Heavyweight contenders Andrei Arlovski (25-12, 17 KOs, 3 SUBs) and Josh Barnett (34-8, 8 KOs, 20 SUBs) will headline UFC Fight Night 93 on September 3, 2016 at the Hamburg Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The card will be televised on FOX Sports 1.
The UFC will head to Germany for a UFC Fight Night card so loaded it could easily be a FOX event. The main event features former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in a clash against veteran Josh Barnett, while the rest of the card is filled with stars like Alexander Gustafsson, Ryan Bader and Michelle Waterson.
There are title implications as well as fun scraps all over this card, so let’s take a look what you can look forward to.
Heavyweights - Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett
Current odds: Barnett -150, Arlovski +130
Result: Barnett wins by Submission Round 3
These old school heavies go back a long way, and considering how long they’ve been upper echelon fighters, it’s surprising that they haven’t faced each other yet. This is a classic striker vs. grappler matchup, pitting Arlovski’s technical kickboxing with Barnett’s brutal brand of catch wrestling.
Both men have run into tough times as of late, with Arlovski losing two in a row after a six-fight winning streak put him one victory away from a title shot. Barnett has lost two of his last three. The loser runs a risk of being relegated to a gatekeeper role, while the winner stays “in the mix”.
Light Heavyweights - Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jan Blachowicz
Current odds: Gustafsson -650, Blachowicz +475
Result: Gustafsson wins by Unanimous Decision
Poor Alexander Gustafsson. While he’s clearly one of the top 205ers in the world, his losses to Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson puts him in an unenviable position. However, the losses to DC and Jones, both title fights, raised his stock as he gave the two best light heavyweights in the world all they could handle.
On paper, Gustafsson’s matchup with Blachowicz is a mismatch, but the UFC probably just wants one of its younger, more talented fighters to gain a boost of confidence while getting back in the win column. With his active boxing, the “Mauler” is one of the more entertaining fighters in the division, and the 205-pound class is better off with him as one of its contenders
Light Heavyweights - Ryan Bader vs. Ilir Latifi
Current odds: Bader -255, Latifi +210
Results: Bader wins by KO Round 2
Speaking of light heavyweights in unfortunate positions, Ryan Bader probably should have gotten a title shot after compiling a five-fight win streak. Instead, he had to step aside for the returning Jon Jones and was matched up with serial killer Anthony Johnson instead. “Rumble” left Bader out cold within one round.
Bader is obviously a top-7 guy, but in this case nobody has ever considered him a threat for the title. He can start the long road back to title contention by stopping Ilir Latifi’s three-fight win streak. While “Darth” is known for his wrestling, he’s shown a willingness to test his standup, and that could lead for a good fight against a game Latifi.
Women’s Strawweights - Michelle Waterson vs. Aisling Daly
Nicknaming herself “The Karate Hottie” might have done more for Michelle Waterson than any win on her resume. Loads of curious men will tune in to see just how much of a hottie she is, rather than her skills in karate. Fortunately, Waterson also happens to be an entertaining scrapper, and her atomweight championship fight against Jessica Penne might be the most famous bout in Invicta FC history.
But Waterson, a natural atomweight, will always be at a size disadvantage fighting at 115 pounds. That holds true against Aisling Daly, a well-rounded alum of TUF 20. Will Waterson’s grit come through against a bigger veteran?
Former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will look to stop a two-fight skid when he meets No. 9-ranked Josh Barnett in the main event of this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 93. It’s a matchup that has been nearly two decades in the making, as both big men have been top-15 fighters for years -- but have somehow never met in a cage.
UFC Fight Night 93 will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass from the BarclayCard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Action begins at 3 p.m. ET. Let’s break down the fight and your betting options. Continue...
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