It’s common belief that only the UFC events that are pay-per-view only are the ones really worth watching, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Often times it’s the smaller cards that are free on TV that produce some of the most action-packed, fast-paced battles that are worth watching over and over again. This Saturday, UFC Fight Night 26: Rua vs. Sonnen could very well produce one of the greatest nights of fights in MMA history. Why? It’s free on TV, that means these guys don’t need to worry about being a “pay-per-view draw”, but rather be exciting and as entertaining as possible to get more people changing their channels to FOX Sports 1. Also, this card is full of fighters known for being exciting, and producers of entertaining brawls that gets the entire audience on their feet.
Let me break down some statistics:
44 UFC post-fight bonuses are possessed among all the fighters on the card, with Joe Lauzon leading the pack with 12
Only 4 out of the 13 bouts will be held at middleweight or above (185-265lbs), that means the other 9 bouts are under 185lbs, which generally means they will be faster-paced, and overall more entertaining. However, that’s just a general rule of thumb and not necessarily a statistic.
Out of the 26 fighters on the card, only 5 of them are primarily wrestlers. Those five being: Chael Sonnen, Michael Johnson, Mike Brown, Ovince St. Preux, and Ramsey Nijem. Other fight cards average around anywhere from 6-10. Fight Night 26 has a low number of wrestlers, which will generally mean less stalling, and more striking.
Only one fighter will be making their UFC debut this Saturday, that man being James Vick who competed on The Ultimate Fighter. Every other fighter has had UFC experience.
UFC Fight Night 26 will also feature a total of 6 top-ten fighters (Shogun Rua, Alistair Overeem, Travis Browne, Urijah Faber, Brad Pickett, and Michael MacDonald). Other fighters such as Chael Sonnen, Joe Lauzon, Yuri Alcantara, Matt Brown, and Mike Pyle are just shy of the top-ten rankings but are arguably in the top 15.
So as you can see, Fight Night 26 has a lot to offer when it comes down to an exciting line-up of fighters. You can catch part of the prelims and the main card on FOX Sports 1 Saturday evening, so stay tuned for more coverage through-out the week!