Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heads to Hamburg, Germany, today (Sat., Sept. 3, 2016) as the Barclaycard Arena plays host to an entertaining Heavyweight scrap between Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett. Both have seen better days, as "The Pitbull" has been defeated by strikes in his last two outings, while "Warmaster" was choked out by "Big" Ben Rothwell via gogo choke in his last appearance inside the eight-walled cage. Only one man can right his ship while the other keeps tumbling. In addition to the main event, former 205-pound title contender Alexander Gustafsson will look to get back on track after two straight defeats when he face Jan Blachowicz. Catch all the UFC Fight Night 93 action LIVE with a main card start time of 3 p.m. ET (for up-to-second UFC Fight Night 93 results click here).
Below is everything you need to know to stay on top of the UFC Fight Pass event in Germany.
Who: Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett
What: UFC Fight Night 93
When: Sat., Sept. 3, 2016, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass
Where: Hamburg, Germany inside Barclaycard Arena
How To Watch: Main card at 11:30 a.m ET for UFC Fight Pass early "Prelims" followed by main card action also on Fight Pass set to begin at 3 p.m ET.
Live UFC Fight Night 93: Play-by-play coverage here.
Andrei Arlovski's Cinderella run since returning to UFC's ranks took a turn for the worst over his last two fights, suffering back-to-back knockout losses to Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem. At 37, dropping three straight could leave "The Pitbull" at a crossroads in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
Also, Alexander Gustafsson looks to bounce back from a tough 2015 that saw him drop two straight in the highly-competitive 205-pound division.Though those two defeats came against top contender Anthony Johnson and division king Daniel Cormier, at the end of the day they still look bad on your record. Time for a new-and-improved "Mauler?"
I am not against Fight Pass, but I know many who are and simply don't like watching fights on their computer, laptops, etc. I get it, the quick fix is to connect your device to your television, set it and forget it. However, the streams are still far from perfect and lags do occur here and there. And while I appreciate the fact that UFC put on a great card on Fight Pass, I'd prefer to just like to sit back and enjoy this rather decent card on FOX Sports 1. But, that's just me (and I'm sure many others).
Original Card vs. Actual card:
Reza Medadi was replaced by Leandro Silva in his fight against Rustam Khabilov for after he had to withdraw for undisclosed reasons. Also, the Brad Pickett vs. Iuri Alcantara fight was moved from this card to UFC 204.
Veronica Macedo, Jim Walhead and Jessin Ayari all look to dazzle in their Octagon debuts. A win for each of them will ensure they get another crack inside the Octagon, and perhaps beyond.
Injuries: A bout between Michelle Waterson and Aisling Daily was axed after both women suffered injuries. Germaine Randamie was also forced to bow out after she suffered a foot injury and was replaced by Veronica Marcedo to take on Ashlee Evans-Smith.
How The "Prelims" Look:
The undercard portion of the event will feature plenty of new comers (see above) who are out to prove they belong on the biggest MMA stage in the world. While there may not be a lot of names on there some may not recognize, the up-and-coming and potential contenders could provide fight fans with some entertaining fights since they're trying to earn main cards spots down the line.
Who Needs A Win Badly:
Alexander Gustafsson didn't know what was going to be of his fighting career after losing to Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson. Not a good sign for a fighter who failed to win the title in his two attempts and has dropped three of four. Sure, Gustafsson's spot on the crowded roster is secure just on name value alone, but he needs a win in the worst way now that he's decided to give it another go.
Interest Level: 7/10
The main card is pretty good, as it also features plenty of big names who are looking to right their ship in a big way. With Gustafsson, Arlovski, Barnett and Bader all coming off losses, these "cornered animals" could come out with a vengeance to get back into the win column and live to fight another day. Plus, it's always a good time when fan favorite Ilir Latifi joins the party.
FULL FIGHT CARD:
UFC Fight Pass Main Event:
265 lbs.: Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett
UFC Fight Pass Main Card (3 p.m. ET):
205 lbs.: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jan Blachowicz
205 lbs.: Ryan Bader vs. Ilir Latifi
155 lbs.: Tae Hyun Bang vs. Nick Hein
UFC Fight Pass Under Card (11:30 a.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Jessin Ayari vs. Jim Wallhead
170 lbs.: Nicolas Dalby vs. Peter Sobotta
135 lbs.: Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Veronica Macedo
155 lbs.: Leandro Issa vs. Taylor Lapilus
265 lbs.: Christian Colombo vs. Jarjis Danho
185 lbs.: Scott Askham vs. Jack Hermansson
155 lbs.: Rustam Khabilov vs. Leandro Silva
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