clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Buzzfeed! UFC Fight Night 31: 'Fight for the Troops 3' edition

We take a look at the buzz surrounding the entire UFC Fight for the Troops 3: "Kennedy vs. Natal" fight card, which takes place at Fort Campbell in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The main event will be a five-round fight featuring Tim Kennedy vs. Rafael Natal. The co-main event features Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis.

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

Here is our third edition of "Buzzfeed," as we take a look at everything you need to know surrounding UFC Fight Night 31: "Fight for the Troops 3," which takes place this Wednesday night (Nov. 6, 2013) at Fort Campbell in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Let's get right into it:

Who: Tim Kennedy vs. Rafael Natal
What: UFC Fight for The Troops 3
When: Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Where: Fort Campbell in Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Why it matters: Tim Kennedy and Rafael Natal will both be looking to establish themselves as top 10 middleweights, as they each look to be victorious in Kentucky on Wednesday night. Kennedy fights in front of a crowd of soldiers and army workers, after serving for the United States Army for a long period of time himself.

What's Hot:

--Liz Carmouche and Alexis Davis have a chance to steal the spotlight this midweek, as all fingers point to a potential slugfest between the two bantamweights in the co-main event. Each looking to climb further up the rankings, the winner could make the case for a title shot depending on the outcome of the fight.

--13 free fights on a Wednesday night is not bad. This is a large portion of fights and even if the main card is a little weak, we will be treated to over six hours of mixed martial arts (MMA) well before the weekend.

What's Not:

--It sounds unjust to complain, but Lyoto Machida's absence on this card gives it a little bit of a blow. Machida was used to replace Michael Bisping's injury mishap at UFC Fight Night 30 just a few weeks ago, so it is an understandable situation. Although, this card could use a big name or two.

--There has been almost zero promotion and interest for this card from the company itself, along with websites and television broadcasts who are ignoring this event. The casual fan may not even know there is a UFC event happening this week.

New Blood:

--Only one fighter on this card makes his promotional debut, and that is the undefeated Brian Houston, who fights Derek Brunson in the night's opening contest of the online "Prelims."

Original Card vs. Actual Card:

--Lyoto Machida was originally slated to face Tim Kennedy in the main event; however he replaced the injured Michael Bisping in Manchester, England, for UFC Fight Night 30. Rafael Natal took his place and he now meets Kennedy.

--George Roop and Francisco Rivera were originally supposed to duke it out at UFC 166, but their contest was moved to this card to bulk it up.

--Nik Lentz was supposed to face Dennis Bermudez on the "Prelims," however he was pulled from the event and will now face Chad Mendes at UFC on FOX 9. Bermudez meets Steven Siler, who is coming off a knockout win over Mike Brown.

--Finally, Derek Brunson was supposed to meet Antonio Braga Neto, however the latter suffered an injury and the undefeated Brian Houston steps in to make his promotional debut.

There were some canceled matchups that were intriguing,but besides the main event, there was not a major blow anywhere else.

How do the "Prelims" look?

Pretty solid.

Some of the FOX Sports 1 (FS1) "Prelims" look better than some fights on the main card. There is some good action on both the televised and online portions, including a bantamweight scrap between Francisco Rivera and George Roop, and a featherweight battle between Dennis Bermudez and Steven Siler.

The online "Prelims" are not too shabby either, with Chris Camozzi and Lorenz Larkin in the featured bout, alongside longtime MMA veteran Yves Edwards against Yancy Medeiros.

Interest Level: 5/10

Diehard and habitual fans will be all right with tuning in during Wednesday afternoon to watch a pile of fights, yet there are no top dogs on this card and the excitement level takes a hit because of that. There are some really intriguing "Prelims" fights; however, nothing on this card is truly meaningful when we look into the future of all these competitors. In other words, there are no title eliminator bouts or extremely pivotal match-ups to speak of.

The lack of promotion for this card also took a blow, as UFC Fight Night 32 and UFC 167 overshadow this card, since both those events take place in under 12 days.

Here is the full UFC Fight for The Troops 3 fight card:

Main Event:

185 lbs.: Tim Kennedy vs. Rafael Natal

FOX Sports 1 Main Card (7 p.m. ET):

135 lbs.: Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
185 lbs.: Ronny Markes vs. Yoel Romero
155 lbs.: Rustam Khabilov vs. Jorge Masvidal
155 lbs.: Michael Chiesa vs. Colton Smith

FOX Sports 1 Prelims (5 p.m. ET):

155 lbs.: Bobby Green vs. James Krause
135 lbs.: Francisco Rivera vs. George Roop
145 lbs.: Dennis Bermudez vs. Steven Siler
135 lbs.: Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie

Online Prelims (3:30 p.m. ET):

185 lbs.: Chris Camozzi vs. Lorenz Larkin
155 lbs.: Yves Edwards vs. Yancy Medeiros
170 lbs.: Seth Baczynski vs. Neil Magny
185 lbs.: Derek Brunson vs. Brian Houston will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 31 fight card TONIGHT (Nov. 6, 2013), starting with the Facebook "Prelims" at 3:30 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1-televised under card bouts at 5 p.m. ET and then main card action also on FOX Sports 1, which is slated to begin at 7 p.m. ET.

Be sure to check out our entire UFC Fight for the Troops 3 news archive right here.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the MMA Mania Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your fighting news from MMA Mania