If following UFC 223, and the exhausting lead-up to it, you’re thinking about taking a pass on this Saturday’s UFC on FOX 29 card, you should really, really, think again…Why’s that?
The Card’s Start Time
Sure, if you’re a night owl or like to get up to all sorts of shenanigans until the wee hours of the morning, then the normal start times for UFC cards may not concern you. Especially if you live on the West Coast, as main cards typically begin at 7 PM/PT.
But, tomorrow’s prelims are going to get underway at 6PM/ET – 3 PM/PT, and the main card will start at 8 PM/ET – 5 PM/PT, leaving time to do something afterwards. So really, even if the card was littered with ‘nah, who cares’ bouts, which it’s not, why wouldn’t you tune in?
Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori
If you’re a hardcore fan who follows the prospect beat, then this bout was added to your must-see list a while back. Adesanya lived up to the enormous hype surrounding his Octagon debut in February, by taking out Rob Wilkinson, and in Vettori, he’ll battle a middleweight who has also shown some promise. So, it will be fascinating to see if “The Last Stylebender” can put on another, highlight performance against Vettori, and continue to fill up his bandwagon.
Carlos Condit vs. Alex Oliveira
Now, a lot of hearts sunk when it was recently announced that Matt Brown will no longer fight Condit, due to a knee injury. But, in terms of finding a replacement for Condit, who will bring it and then some, the UFC did a fantastic job in tapping Oliveira. Case in point, if you didn’t see Oliveira’s last fight with Yancy Medeiros, then your life is incomplete until you change that.
Brad Tavares vs. Krzysztof Jotko
This middleweight fight will go down on the prelims, but it has all the makings of a memorable, scrap. Not only because of each fighter’s skillset, but because of the position they’re in.
It wasn’t long ago when Jotko was widely considered to be one of the fastest rising commodities at 185, due to a five fight winning streak. But, more recently the Polish fighter has dropped bouts to David Branch and Uriah Hall, so Jotko is kind of in a must-win situation.
Tavares, on the other hand, has been re-establishing himself as a force at 185 the last couple of years. Following his KO loss to now, champ, Robert Whittaker, the talented striker has won three in a row.
Justin Gaethje vs. Dustin Poirier
This is such a no-brainer, it’s almost not worth mentioning it. Pretty much any fight that involves Gaethje is a cause for celebration, and since he’ll be facing another of the UFC’s most dangerous lightweights, this fight has to be watched. It’s the reason to give joyous praise and thanks to DVRs, if you can’t watch tomorrow’s card live.
UFC on FOX 29 will go down in Glendale, Arizona.