Three reasons to tune in early for UFC 184
UFC 184 is only days away and the Women’s Bantamweight Championship Belt is on the line again. Saturdays card will also be the first time a main event and co-main event are both female fights. Ronda Rousey has stood at the top of the division since almost single-handedly creating it. Two years later every challenger has fallen and Rousey’s streak appears virtually impossible to stop. It is possible that she will retire undefeated as the most dominant champ of all time. This Saturday however, the greatest threat to this streak comes by the name of Alpha Cat Zingano. Cat, also undefeated and the clear #1 contender, is the most dominant female fighter in the UFC not named Ronda Rousey. Cat has proven she can get wins late in the fight and outstanding endurance. Many people think Cat has a toughness that can’t be taught by beating all odds and fighting through adverse conditions. Both women know how to win and Saturday night should be a great one for fight fans around the world. A Zingano win would most certainly mean an instant rematch, but a Ronda win will certainly mean there is not a female fighter active today (assuming Cris Cyborg doesn’t come down in weight) that is a threat to dethrone the champ. With an action packed main even planned the UFC always does a great job of creating entertaining fights from top to bottom. Here are three reasons to tune in early and catch a full night of fights.
The co-main event features two of the fastest rising stars of the women’s bantamweight division in Raquel Pennington and Holy Holm. Holm a decorated and dominant boxer became 18-time world champion in three separate weight classes. Saturday Holm makes her UFC debut ranked #13 against Torque Fighter and #12 ranked Raquel “ROCKY” Pennington. Pennington is coming off a big win against Ashlee-Evans. Pennington got the finish late in the first round with one second left on the clock, getting a deep bulldog choke. Rocky put on a dominant performance against Roxanne Modafferi before dropping a split decision to Jessica Andrade. A win against the highly regarded Holm could propel Pennington into the top ten and a serious contender for big fights in the near future.
Torque fighter Richard “Filthy Rich” Walsh steps back into the octagon to face Alan Jouban. Rich is coming off a controversial split decision loss to Kiichi Kunimoto in which many people though Walsh dominated the first two rounds. Before that loss he rattled off 6 straight wins and is well on the way to making a mark in the welterweight division. A stand out from the Ultimate Fighter Nations Australia vs. Canada, Walsh was a semi-finalist before losing to Olivier Aubin-Mercier. Look for Walsh to come out strong against 10-3 Jouban.
Brazilian Dhiego Lima gets his third UFC fight after a win against Jorge de Oliveria. During the first episode of The Ultimate Fighter Edgar vs. Penn, Lima defeated Adam Stroup via unanimous decision after two rounds. Lima went through Tim Williams and Roger Zapata to make the finals against Eddie Gordon. Despite a loss to Gordon Lima is a standout in the division and looking to move up the ranks this weekend in Los Angeles.
Don’t miss Weigh in streaming live at UFC.com Friday 4PM PT. and catch all of UFC184 action Saturday Night. Early Prelims 4:00PM PT , Fox Sports 1 prelims 5PM PT, and the main card beginning at 7PM PT.