A few other things to watch for during UFC 91
UFC 91 is banking heavily on the Randy Couture-Brock Lesnar main event. The phenom vs. the legend certainly has plenty of intrigue, but what if it’s a short fight? What else is there to look forward to? While this show doesn’t have the depth that UFC 92 possesses there are still two other very intriguing matchups to keep an eye on.
The first is Kenny Florian taking on Joe Stevenson. Florian has established himself as the top lightweight contender and has been on a hot streak, but Stevenson is another elite lightweight and this could be a very entertaining fight. Florian could have waited his turn for a shot at B.J. Penn and the lightweight championship but he wanted to stay active and took the best fight available. Risky play, to be sure, but he deserves respect for the decision.
The second is a fight that was just added to the main card. Welterweight Dustin Hazelett has a future as bright as any fighter in the UFC. He’s young (22) and is coming off a stellar performance against Josh Burkman in the The Ultimate Fighter 7 finale. Hazelett took home Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night bonuses for his win. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt is not an elite welterweight yet but he’s on his way into breaking into that group. His fight against Tamdan McCrory will be one to keep an eye on. Hazelett is the superior fighter in this matchup and hopefully we’ll get another textbook submission from him in this one.
The Nate Quarry-Demian Maia matchup should also be entertaining. Couture-Lesnar drives this show but Florain, Hazelett and Maia will at least make the rest of the night interesting. This isn’t UFC 92, which has three huge fights, but this card is much better than it’s getting credit for and much better than UFC 90.