In most fight fans’ eyes, UFC 149 is one of those fight cards that have sadly been cursed—with numerous injuries to named fighters supposedly spicing up the event. But it’s not exactly the case. While devoid of household names, some fights are full of promise and will make it worth your while to view it.
In fact, it could be a coming out party for some to eventually become big names in the sport of MMA. We Pinoys love underdogs, and here at FHM HQ, we’re suggesting you don’t miss what we will dub as “Underdog Fight Sunday.” Here are three reasons why.
The Main Event
The fight for the UFC’s interim bantamweight championship between Urijiah “The California Kid” Faber and Renan “Barao” Pegado promises to be full of action. As the old scribes would say, styles make fights and these two octagon warriors have hardly been in bad fights.
Faber, who looks more like a chill-as-a-stoner surfer, is a fast and athletic wrestler. Prior to plying his trade in the UFC, he was the defunct WEC’s featherweight champ where he became a fan favorite for his superior takedowns, slick striking, and underrated submission game.
Barao on the other hand, isn’t a slouch as well. He hasn’t lost since 2005 and the Brazilian is a master of the submission game—finishing most of his opponents on the ground. He’s not such a bad striker either with his arsenal of kicks and knees. This is a five-round fight, but the way these two exert their dominance; the ending might be sooner than expected.
Hector Lombard’s UFC Debut
An Olympic Judoka for his native Cuba, Hector Lombard is a highly touted prospect that finally makes his UFC debut. He’s on a 25-fight winning streak and has captured titles in the minor leagues. His great takedown defense allows him to unleash his power punches on anyone who dares cross his path.
Check out his highlights on Youtube and you’ll surely be curious as to how he will fare against the top middleweights in the UFC. But first, he must hurdle Tim Boetsch. Coming off his Rockyesque knockout victory of former number one contender Yushin Okami, Boetsch posses the raw power that can immediately change the pace of a fight. We expect this one to be an all out war.
When you first hear of the match up between Cheick Kongo and Shawn “The Savage” Jordan, we’re sure you have that face that just screams, “da who?”. But upon closer inspection, this match-up has fight-of-the night written all over it.
Kongo is pretty much a gatekeeper in the heavyweight division. His striking plus his brute strength can make any prospect look bad on any given night. Jordan though, isn’t called “The Savage” for nothing. Most of his wins are either by KO or TKO and isn’t afraid to go for submissions as well. If the fight stays standing, we can expect these two to try and take each other’s head off.