Here's our complete "Fight Day" preview, breaking down UFC Fight Night 47: "Bader vs. St. Preux," which takes place TONIGHT (Sat., Aug. 16, 2014) from Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.
Below is everything you need to know about the mixed martial arts (MMA) event that takes place later this evening.
Who: Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux (see the full fight card here)
What: UFC Fight Night 47
When: Saturday, Aug. 16, with 10 p.m. ET FOX Sports 1 start time, and 8 p.m. ET FOX Sports 2 start time for the "Prelims"
Where: Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine
Why It Matters: Maybe the event isn't very significant as a whole in the big picture, yet the Light Heavyweight main event is an interesting one. The winner of Bader vs. St. Preux sort of escapes the 205-pound division's mid tier with a victory since his next foe will presumably be a top five combatant.
Or, the victor could just be matched up against another adversary coming off a win. Unfortunately, none of us have the ability to decide that.
The co-main event is pretty appealing, too.
What's Hot: Apart from UFC visiting Maine for the first time, there's nothing that sticks out to dilate our pupils. That said, we haven't had a UFC event in almost a month, so it's good to be back in the saddle.
What's Not: Without putting too much focus here, the fight card just isn't all that stimulating. A couple main card tussles shouldn't be where they are, considering there are two fights on the under card that could be far more exciting.
New Blood: Here are the Octagon debutants who compete for the first time under the UFC banner:
-- Nolan Ticman (vs. Frankie Saenz): 4-1, including three wins by either KO or submission. Kings MMA product.
-- Frankie Saenz (vs. Nolan Ticman): 8-2, including five wins by KO/TKO and
Original Card vs. Actual Card: There weren't too many cancellations for this card, which actually got a few healthy additions.
Green was removed to take on Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 12, and was replaced by Ross Pearson. Trujillo suffered an injury in training, which resulted in Gray Maynard taking his place. Camoes was removed from the event and his next bout should be announced shortly.
How The "Prelims" Look: There are two fights on the "Prelims" that could have bolstered the main card quite significantly, and they are the Flyweight battle pitting Formiga against Makovsky, along with McMann against Murphy.
Opening up the FOX Sports 2 (FS2) broadcast will be Saenz against Ticman in a 125-pound duel, followed by a Middleweight battle featuring Tom Watson against Alvey.
Who Needs A Win Badly: This portion is reserved for fighters who could be flirting with a pink slip rather than contenders who can't afford to let their win streaks sink down the drain. Also, Pearson won't apply here, because he "won" his last fight against Diego Sanchez.
Here's a list:
-- Gray Maynard (vs. Ross Pearson): 1-4 in his last five fights, including three knockout losses. He's been stopped in the first round in his last two bouts.
-- Seth Baczynski (vs. Alan Jouban): 1-3 in his last four fights, including one knockout loss. 5-4 UFC record.
-- Jack May (vs. Shawn Jordan): 0-1 in UFC. He lost in the first round, and another stoppage could signal the end of his Zuffa tenure (at least for now).
-- Tom Watson (vs. Sam Alvey): 1-3 in UFC, losing all his fights by decision (two split, one unanimous).
Interest Level: 6.8/10
There are a handful of fights deemed worthy to watch on this fight card, but the bout order is rather peculiar. We could be treated to a lot of awesome turnouts with fun to be had, however, it's not really a night of fights to boast about before they get going. To be honest, nobody is running to their sets to catch the first couple of bouts on the main card.
We'll see what happens.
Here is the full UFC Fight Night 47: "Bader vs. St. Preux" fight card below:
FOX Sports 1 Main Event:
205 lbs.: Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux
FOX Sports 1 Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
FOX Sports 2 Prelims (8 p.m. ET):
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 47 fight card on fight night, starting with the FOX Sports 2 "Prelims" matches, which are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1 main card at 10 p.m. ET.