Free cards are always great, but at this Sunday’s UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle fans get a bonus as the entire card is free. Yes all 12 UFC Mixed Martial Arts bout will air completely free on Facebook and then on the Versus network. As everyone beats the main card to death (including us) we decided to think outside the box and give you a look-see at the preliminary card streaming on Facebook.
So without further ado, here is the three Facebook preliminary fights you don’t wanna miss:
• Cole Miller vs. T.J. O’ Brien
Two hungry 155′ers coming off losses try to stay relevant in what is by far the deepest division in the UFC in this one.
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For ATT product Cole Miller, it’s been Two wins, ones loss, two wins one loss and two wins one loss three times over now. While it may not get him anywhere in the long run, all he needs to do is continue this pattern and he’ll pick up a victory Sunday night. Win or lose the reason you don’t wanna miss this one is that Miller WILL leave it all in the cage and things WILL get ugly. If you’ve seen Cole Miller fight once or twice you already know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t just go study some tape or look up his resume. This Lightweight sub specialist with a tale lanky frame poses serious problems for just about everyone in this division.
If anyone is a mirror image of Miller it’s his UFC Live 5 opponent T.J. O’ Brien. After all these two are the two tallest fighters in the Lightweight division which makes you wonder just how much fun matchmaker extraordinaire Joe Silva is having when he peruses his roster. O’ Brien is coming off a vicious TKO loss to Liverpool’s Paul Kelly in Auburn Hills last November. A win over Cole Miller would be by far the biggest of his professional Mixed Martial Arts career and would catapult him up the proverbial Lightweight ladder.
• Ed Herman vs. Kyle Noke
While C.B. Dollaway vs. Jared Hamman may be the “featured” Middleweight bout on this card, I believe that this is the one of most importance for the future of this division.
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Many including myself were holding our collective breath back in the Summer of ’09 when Ed Herman suffered one of the most disturbing injuries in Octagon history at the end of the first round against Aaron Simpson back at UFC 102 forcing him to basically fall a victim of his own attempted leg kick at the start of the 2nd round awarding Simpson the win. Now when I see a fighter like Herman suffer an injury of this degree that forces them to take a two year break for fight I hope for the best and expect the worst when they return to the Octagon. All Ed Herman needed was 48 seconds to make a statement in his first fight back proving that he’s back and in full effect with a TKO victory over Tim Credeur at the TUF 13 Finale.
TUF 11 alum Kyle Noke is coming off a submission of the night performance in his own backyard which makes him a perfect 3-0 since he graduated from TUF fame. A win over Herman puts him right in the mix at 185 and would give him a significant upgrade in opponent. I’d like to see the winner of this one matched up with the winner of UFC 135′s Nick Ring vs. Tim Boetsch.
• Joseph Benavidez vs. Eddie Wineland
Last but not least we have a Bantamweight contest that could headline any Free TV card in my world. In my opinion both of these guys are getting a raw deal not being featured on the Versus portion of this one. That said, if you want to catch a fight between two of the sports most elite it’s time to start tuning in to these UFC Facebook Live Streams if you aren’t already.
Joseph Benavidez is a perfect 14-0 against all fighters not name Dominick Cruz against guys that are realistically a weight class about him. When the UFC finally introduces the Flyweight division comes early 2012 expect Joseph Benavidez to be front and center. For now though we get to see one of the top pound for pound athletes in our sport fight the best of the best at 135 and Sunday night he has quite the challenge in front of him in the form of former WEC Bantamweight Champion Eddie Wineland.
The UFC did such a phenomenal job promoting Wineland’s UFC debut against superstar Urijah Faber back at UFC 128 in The Garden State. How does one not get shaken up by the story of Eddie’s brother’s body being 98% burnt in garage fire at the age of 3? Wineland (A Full Time Indiana Firefighter) looks to get back on track in his MMA career against another Team Alpha Male Product in Benavidez Sunday Night. If I were a betting man this would be the bout I’d throw down on this bout for Fight of the Night honors. A win for Benavidez won’t get him another title shot as long as D. Cruz is holding the strap but if Wineland can pull of the upset look for him to be put right in line behind Faber in the 135 hunt.
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