It’s no secret to those who know me that I’m a fan of the UFC’s ‘Fight Night’ events, which air for free on Spike TV (as opposed to pay-per-view). In addition to being able to see some great, live fights, it’s a chance for the “casual” fan to see some of the UFC’s talent which they may have not been exposed to before. If you caught the last Fight Night’s match between Jiu Jitsu whiz kid Nate Diaz and Josh Neer, you know what I mean.
Well, “The Dentist” Neer will have air time once again, as UFC Fight Night 17 takes place Feb. 7 at The Palms in Las Vegas. Neer will have a chance to square off against hard-hitting Mac Danzig, who sports a dangerous ground game. Both Neer and Danzig came out on the wrong side of decision losses at the previous Fight Night, 15. Neer’s looking to stay in the UFC after having previously been dropped from the roster, while Mac is seeking his second win in the octagon after winning The Ultimate Fighter season 7 and submitting Mark Bocek at UFC 83.
Not to be the only lightweight match-up, Hermes Franca vs. Joe Lauzon is being rumored as a possible addition to the main televised UFN 17 card. It’s been a rough go for Hermes as of late, with a 12 month steroid suspension after his title fight with Sean Sherk, a loss to Frankie Edgar and now a DUI charge in Florida after an appearance at WEC 36. The Brazilian posted a solid win over his former instructor Marcus Aurelio, so there’s at least some forward momentum for Franca going into the fight.
Joe is also enjoying a recent win via TKO over Kyle Bradley. The brother of Affliction-bound Dan “The Upgrade” Lauzon, has four wins in five fights with the UFC, and should not be taken lightly by any of the 155ers right now. Even with his loss to Kenny Florian, “J-Lau” is dangerously dominant.
As if the sweetness wasn’t already getting sweet enough, TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah will now face Nick Catone in a middleweight showdown. The two 185ers were set to do battle at UFC 91: “Couture vs. Lesnar” but a leg infection forced Amir to reluctantly withdraw. I’m pumped to see this solid Virginia native get back into action and show everyone why he will certainly climb the ranks over the coming year.
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