Another week and we are treated to another UFC card. Not to sound like the typical “back in my day” old man, but back in my day there were no fight nights, ESPN shows or the Contenders Series. In the Zuffa era, there were numbered UFC events at a clip of about one every 2-3 months.
Given their rarity, they were big events. Hell, family trips were planned such that my dad and I always made sure we were somewhere we could watch the PPV. Now there are shows every week, and plans are made around only the biggest PPV cards.
OK, enough lamenting better days gone by: let’s focus on how good we now have it. The truth is there is intrigue and excitement in every card, including this one. You just have to look with the right eyes. Let’s ride!
Thiago Santos (-240) vs Glover Teixeira (+200)
The main event should be a good old-fashioned brawl between a couple of hulking Brazilian 205’ers. As I rewatch video on these two, I keep thinking how amazing this fight would be if we could somehow transport the Glover Teixeira of 2009-2012 into the present.
Unfortunately, Doc Brown broke the flux capacitor, so we’re stuck with today’s version of Glover. However, that’s not so bad, as he has quietly put together a four fight win streak which includes a victory over fellow title challenger Anthony Smith. Speaking of title challenges, many would argue Thiago Santos won the Jon Jones fight and thus should have the LHW strap today. Santos is an absolute beast, a rare combination of speed and power that sets him apart from most other light heavyweights.
Glover has substituted craftiness for his diminished physical tools, but that won’t get it done against the freakish skills of Thiago Santos. His length, hand speed and power are too much. Play Santos anywhere you can fit him. Leave Glover alone.
Tanner Boser (-275) vs Andre Arlovski (+235)
At one time, I was convinced the guys who made Mike Tyson’s Punchout modeled Glass Joe’s chin after Arlovski’s. However, even as his career winds down, Arlovski is still a skilled boxer who is a physical specimen that moves with the fluidity of a man half his size.
That elusiveness and careful counter striking is his only chance against ex-hockey enforcer turned MMA purveyor of violence Boser. This guy has scary power in his hands; hands that have lead Boser to a 3-1 UFC record, including a 2 fight KO streak.
Boser has 15 minutes in which to touch Arlovski’s chin, and that should be about 12 minutes more than he needs. Boser is a great play, period, although I prefer him in GPPs. Keep the “Pitbull” on a leash.
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