Can you feel the buzz, Maniacs?!
Here is our fourth edition of "Buzzfeed," as we take a look at everything you need to know surrounding UFC Fight Night 32: "Belfort vs. Henderson 2," which takes place tonight (Sat., Nov. 9, 2013) at Gioania Arena in Gioania, Brazil.
Let's not waste any time and get right into it:
Who: Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson
What: UFC Fight Night 32
When: Saturday, November 9th, 2013
Where: Gioania Arena in Gionia, Brazil (televised on FOX Sports 1)
Why it matters: The rematch between Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson will happen seven years after their Pride FC 32 encounter, where "Hendo" was able to topple the Brazilian in a unanimous decision victory. We get to see who holds more leverage in terms of future title considerations, alongside a co-main event that was the original The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil" Finale between Cezar Ferreira and Daniel Sarafian.
-- The obvious answer here would be a main event between two mixed martial arts (MMA) legends, with Henderson looking for another victory over the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion. Will "Hendo" be able to impress the brass and take this victory to the table when negotiating his new contract? Or can Belfort earn the next Middleweight title shot?
-- Not that it changes the result for "Mutante," but we finally get to witness the true final from TUF: "Brazil," as Ferreira meets his original opponent, Sarafian, in the co-main event. Sarafian had to pull out of the Finale with an injury and was replaced by Sergio Moraes, who he had beaten in the semifinals. Ferreira beat Moraes to become the 185-pound tournament winner and now Sarafian has a chance to become the lineal TUF: "Brazil" winner.
-- Whether it gets swept under the rug or not, there is too much focus on both fighters being able to use Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) for this fight. And it seems to be the top story of this main event. Both "The Phenom" and "Hendo" have been granted Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) from the athletic commission in Brazil, which is seen as cheating in the eyes of the sport's most dedicated followers. It does not help the cause that two habitual TRT users are main eventing a fight card, with one of the fighters failing a drug test in the past..
-- No surprise here, this card is quite uneventful for a Saturday night of fights. As company president Dana White tells us to never judge a fight card before it unravels in front of our eyes, we remain hopeful that entertaining fights will materialize. Yet, if the appeal is not there before hand, it is hard to get the masses to tune in. It is by no means a bad fight card, but it simply does not contain any flair or flashiness. And besides the main event (and potentially the co-main event), these scraps could all be "Prelims" fights on any other fight card.
-- A few fresh faces will make their Octagon debuts on Saturday night, including Strikeforce and Jungle Fight veteran Adriano Martins, who is coming off a victory against Jorge Gurgel and meets Daron Cruickshank in the Lightweight division. He is currently riding a five-fight win streak.
-- King of The Cage and Tachi Palace Fights alum Dustin Ortiz makes his promotional debut in the opening contest on the "Prelims" against Jose Maria Tome. Ortiz is 11-2 in his MMA career and has only lost twice in his past 10 bouts.
-- TUF: "Brazil 2" cast member Santiago Ponzinibbio will step inside the Octagon for the first time against Ryan LaFlare in the Welterweight division on the main card. "El Rasta" has only lost once in 19 professional career fights.
-- Another Russian fighter will look to turn some heads, alongside his countrymen who have found success in the promotion as of late, as Omari Akhmedov puts his 11-0 MMA record (in which he has only gone to a decision twice) against Thiago Perpetuo. Akhmedov has eight-straight stoppage victories, which have all come in the first round.
Original Card vs. Actual Card:
-- UFC Fight Night 32 did not take too much damage in terms of fighters pulling out of their match ups.
-- Quinn Mulhern pulled out of his "Prelims" fight against Thiago Tavares with an injury and was replaced by Justin Salas.
-- Johnny Eduardo and Lucas Martins were supposed to duke it out on Saturday night, although both Bantamweight up-and-comers suffered injuries and their fight was pulled from the card.
How do the "Prelims" look?
-- Well, it's a "Fight Night" in Brazil, so the "Prelims" look like what you would expect on a "Fight Night" in Brazil. Brazilian!
-- There are five "Prelims" fights, and they take place in the Middleweight, Lightweight, Featherweight and Flyweight divisions, with a 145-pound battle between Godofredo Pepey and Sam Sicilia. The longest-serving UFC fighter on the "Prelims" is Tavares, who fights a replacement in Salas and the other three bouts feature Jose Maria Tome vs. Dustin Ortiz, Adriano Martins vs. Daron Cruickshank and Thiago Perpetuo vs. Omari Akhmedov.
-- They all have the potential to be good fights, yet nothing to write home about for now.
Interest Level: 7/10
-- Apart from a highly-anticipated main event between two powerful and heavy-handed pioneers of our sport, the only fight with much of a story would be the co-main event and that does not even feel like a true co-main event for some fans.
-- The card is not horrendous, but if it were not for these headlining fights, the rating would be much lower. To be honest, 7/10 is quite generous. However, the main event is a worthy attraction and events revolve around the featured fight.
Here is the full UFC Fight Night 32: "Belfort vs. Henderson" fight card:
205 lbs.: Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson
FOX Sports 1 Main Card (8 p.m. ET):
185 lbs.: Cezar Ferreira vs. Daniel Sarafian
205 lbs.: Rafael Cavalcante vs. Igor Pokrajac
170 lbs.: Paulo Thiago vs. Brandon Thatch
170 lbs.: Ryan LaFlare vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
145 lbs.: Rony Jason vs. Jeremy Stephens
Facebook Online Prelims (5 p.m. ET):
145 lbs.: Godofredo Pepey vs. Sam Sicilia
185 lbs.: Omari Akhmedov vs. Thiago Perpetuo
155 lbs.: Thiago Tavares vs. Justin Salas
155 lbs.: Daron Cruickshank vs. Adriano Martins
125 lbs.: Jose Maria Tome vs. Dustin Ortiz
Be sure to check out our entire UFC Fight Night 32 news archive right here.
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