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GFL preview: UFC vets Tim Hague and Kalib Starnes battle, plus the return of Julian Lane

"Let Me Bang, Bro!"

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You officially have permission to bang, Julian Lane.

The Ultimate Fighter veteran (TUF) steps into the cage this weekend on, looking to halt a three fight losing streak and return to the win column.

Lane isn't the only noteworthy fighter set to battle on GFL this weekend, as several UFC veterans are scheduled for fights on the regional scene all across the world over the next two days.

Once again, as a gift to MMAmania readers, GFL is offering 20% off any event, using the exclusive coupon code "GFLMania." Without further ado, let's take a look at the top five fights to watch on GFL this week.

5. Julian Lane vs. Antonio Castillo Jr. - IT Fight Series 43

While I wouldn't exactly deem this fight as "great," it does give us the opportunity to reminisce Julian Lane's psychotic meltdown during his stint on TUF, and that has to be worth something right?

Ironically, Lane's TUF castmate, Mike Hill also fights on GFL this weekend at XFFC 9.

Lane was once a promising prospect in MMA, and after earning the CES title and defending it in early 2015, many believed "NightTrain" could be destined for Bellator.

Instead, the heavy-handed Lightweight found himself on the wrong end of three straight losses, and will need to defeat Antonio Castillo Jr. on short notice in order to salvage what's left of his career.

As for Castillo, the Ohio native recently had his five fight winning streak snapped via a knockout loss, so it will be interesting to see if he can rebound on Saturday night.

4. Rico DiSciullo vs. Jake Constant - CES 35

This Bantamweight rematch is all about Rico DiSciullo.

The undefeated Bellator veteran has already won two fights in the organization, and yet he has returned to the regional scene in hopes of proving his worth to UFC brass.

DiSciullo is very well rounded, and has a ton of experience for a young fighter. Don't let his 5-0 record fool you, as the Massachusetts native had an 11 fight amateur career prior to turning pro.

Back in late 2014, DiSciullo defeated Jake Constant after a freak injury, and after losing his original opponent for CES 35, Constant stepped up on short notice to get his redemption.

Constant is an unimpressive 6-9 in his MMA career, but a win over DiSciullo would be a massive feather under his cap.

3. Lee Mein vs. Derek Daku - Rumble In The Cage 52

It seems strange that UFC veteran Jordan Mein has opted to retire, while his father -- age 48 -- continues to battle.

Regardless, Lee Mein will once again be featured on GFL, as the 7-13 Heavyweight battles Derek Daku in his professional MMA debut in the main event of RITC 52.

You just have to love regional MMA!

Mein is fresh off a submission victory in early January, and is looking to procure his first two fight winning streak of his career.

As for Daku, the Saskatchewan native will return to the cage following a four year-layoff. The Heavyweight was 2-1 in his amateur career, with two knockout finishes to his credit, but you have to wonder whether or not he will be able to perform after such a long sabbatical.

I don't expect this fight to last long or to be at all technical, but you can bet it will be entertaining from the get go.

2. BJ Young vs. Phil Caracappa - Ring of Combat AM 22

Both Ring of Combat and Dead Serious MMA have become a breeding ground for UFC prospects, so their co-promoted amateur event this weekend on GFL should not be looked over.

The card is headlined by three title fights, with BJ Young and Phil Caracappa taking top billing for their Featherweight battle.

Young is 4-0 thus far in his career, absolutely dominating each opponent he has faced. The only knock on the 23-year old would be his killer instinct, as he has only managed to finish one fighter inside the cage.

As for Caracappa, the 145-pound prospect has stayed busy since his debut in 2014, winning four out of his five fights in impressive fashion. In his last bout, the New Jersey native scored a vicious knockout just four seconds into the third round over Rob Fletcher.

This fight may very well be looked back upon in a few years from now if Young and Caracappa continue to impress inside the cage.

Who knows? Maybe both men are UFC bound.

Only time will tell.

1. Kalib Starnes vs. Tim Hague - Xcessive Force Fighting Championship 9

Two UFC veterans are slated to battle one another in the main event of Xcessive Force Fighting Championship 9 tonight on GFL, and it has the potential to be a memorable fight.

While Tim Hague and Kalib Starnes may have never reached their true potential, they have both become renowned for putting on exciting fights; Besides of course Starnes' laughable UFC loss to Nate Quarry back in 2008.

Neither Hague nor Starnes are particularly gifted athletes, but both men are notorious for hunting for the finish by any means necessary. Considering both men have a combined 33 wins via finish -- and 12 losses via finish -- don't expect this fight to reach the third round.

The 41-year old Starnes is the current XFFC Heavyweight champ, while Hague is looking to bounce back following three straight knockout losses.

This fight may very well come down to who lands the big haymaker first, and whether or not either man can still take a punch.

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