"Fight Night" has arrived for the final time in 2014!
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) looks to cap off a whirlwind year as it travels to Brazil for the seventh time in 2014 for UFC Fight Night 58: "Machida vs Dollaway," airing live on Fox Sports 1 from Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Brazil.
Catch all the action LIVE from the Ginasio Jose Correa with a FOX Sports 1-televised main card start time of 10 p.m. ET (for up-to-date UFC Fight Night 58 results click here).
Below is everything you need to know to stay on top of UFC's final card of the year:
Who: Lyoto Machida vs C.B. Dollaway
What: UFC Fight Night 58
When: Sat., Dec. 20, 2014, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Where: Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Brazil
How To Watch: Main card at 10 p.m ET on FOX Sports 1; FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" under card at 8 p.m ET; and UFC Fight Pass early "Prelims" at 7 p.m. ET.
Live UFC Fight Night 58 results: Play-by-play coverage stream right here
Why It Matters: Although this may not be the strongest card UFC has put forth to end a calendar year, the Brazilian Fight Night event is not all that bad as it features a few marquee names, as well as several up and coming prospects. With potential title shots on the line for Lyoto Machida and Renan Barao, fans could be in for career-defining performances from both men this evening.
What's Hot: The return of Renan Barao in the evening's co-main event. After a catastrophic weight cut failure that caused Barao to pull out of the UFC 177 main event, thus losing his shot at rematching TJ Dillashaw, the former bantamweight champion has switched to a proper diet, ensuring fight fans we will see the best Barao yet. While nearly everyone is picking Barao to beat down his Canadian foe in Mitch Gagnon, this fight could be a lot closer than many perceive, and that hopefully means fireworks.
What's Not: Not to nitpick here, but after the main and co-main event, this fight card falls off drastically. In comparison to some of the events we will see in early 2015, this card simply falls short. When comparing to "end of the year events" in recent years, this card misses the mark by a longshot. Regardless, this is not the worst card UFC has put on this year by any means.
-- Jake Collier (vs. Vitor Miranda): Collier is 8-1 in his short MMA career thus far, with four (technical) knockouts and three submission victories to his credit. Collier is the former RFA middleweight champion, but he has yet to beat anyone of worth yet.
-- Antonio Dos Santos Junior (vs. Daniel Sarafian): UFC welcomes another Dos Santos into the Octagon, and this former Jungle Fight light heavyweight champion will be fighting at 185 in his short notice UFC debut. Dos Santos Junior is 6-1 in his career, compiling four (technical) knockouts and one submission victory over nameless opponents.
-- Renato Carneiro (vs. Tom Niinimaki): Carneiro takes his UFC debut on short notice, and the 8-0-1 featherweight will look for his ninth career victory tonight. Carneiro is the former interim Jungle Fight featherweight champion, and has earned four submission victories in his career. Carneiro has defeated UFC veteran Illiarde Santos via decision.
Original Card vs Actual Card:
The only major loss on this UFC Fight Night card was Brazilian fan-favorite Rony Jason, who suffered another hand injury that forced him out of his scheduled bout against Tom Niinimaki. Renato Carneiro took the short notice opportunity, and will be fighting on just about ten days notice.
The other change on this card derailed Dan Miller's return to the Octagon, as the UFC veteran pulled out of his scheduled bout against Daniel Sarafian due to undisclosed circumstances. UFC tapped Antonio Dos Santos Junior as Miller's replacement, and he too will fight on just about ten days notice in his Octagon debut.
How The "Prelims" Look: Meh.
Severely lacking in name value, this "Prelims" undercard provides very little value for a casual fan to sit down for the entire three hours of fisticuffs.
For the hardcores, UFC could potentially find a new light heavyweight contender as Marcos Rogério de Lima looks to build off his 20 second knockout in his UFC debut, as he takes on UFC veteran Igor Pokrajac in the main event of the "Prelims".
The two UFC Fight Pass bouts could provide some excitement, and fans should definitely look out for Jake Collier's debut against former heavyweight Vitor Miranda.
The last word on the "Prelims": Darren Elkins fights Hacran Dias, so be sure to have something else to do when that fight comes on; Lord knows you can't possibly sit through another 15-minute Elkins' hugfest.
Who Needs a Win Badly: This portion is reserved for fighters who could be fighting for their jobs tonight, rather than contenders or title challengers needing victory. Let's take a look at those who need to pull it together:
-- Daniel Sarafian (vs. Antonio Dos Santos Junior): Daniel Sarafian was once a lauded prospect, but after going 1-3 to start out his UFC career, the Brazilian has his back against the wall tonight at UFC Fight Night 58. Currently riding a two-fight losing streak, Sarafian will almost undoubtedly be cut if he loses to UFC debutant Antonio Dos Santos Junior tonight.
-- Hacran Dias (vs. Darren Elkins): Dias is yet another Brazilian prospect that has failed to pan out in the Octagon, and with a third straight loss this evening, he likely won't be fighting for UFC in 2015.
-- Tom Niinimaki (vs. Renato Carneiro): To make this short and sweet, Niinimaki has been choked out in two straight fights, another loss tonight likely marks the end of his UFC stint.
-- Igor Pokrajac (vs. Marcos Rogério de Lima): Honestly, Pokrajac should have been cut from UFC long ago, but the Croatian has one more opportunity to earn his keep this evening. Barring an overturned decision loss to Joey Beltran, Pokrajac would be on a four fight losing streak, so a win tonight is absolutely vital.
Interest Level: 5/10
Overall this card is pretty mediocre, but the main and co-main event are somewhat of a saving grace. Regardless of who Lyoto Machida is fighting, he is one of the best and most intriguing fighters in UFC history, so he alone can carry a weak card such as UFC Fight Night 58.
With a paltry offering for the "Prelims", and not much to offer in name value after the co-main event, this card gets a meager 5/10 in my book.
Check out the full UFC Fight Night 58: "Machida vs Dollaway" fight card below:
185 lbs.: Lyoto Machida vs. CB Dollaway
FOX Sports 1 Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
135 lbs.: Renan Barao vs. Mitch Gagnon
205 lbs.: Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Patrick Cummins
155 lbs.: Rashid Magomedov vs. Elias Silverio
170 lbs.: Erick Silva vs. Mike Rhodes
145 lbs.: Renato Carneiro vs. Tom Niinimaki
FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" (8 p.m. ET):
205 lbs.: Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Igor Pokrajac
185 lbs.: Daniel Sarafian vs. Antonio dos Santos
145 lbs.: Hacran Dias vs. Darren Elkins
135 lbs.: Leandro Issa vs. Yuta Sasaki
UFC Fight Pass "Prelims" (7 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Tim Means vs. Marcio Alexandre Jr.
185 lbs.: Jake Collier vs. Vitor Miranda
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 58 card TONIGHT, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining under card balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET before the FOX Sports 1 main card begins at 10 p.m. ET.
See you then!