Hello again, friends of sanctioned, unarmed violence! UFC Fight Night 48 and 49 both technically take place on Saturday, so here’s a mega-live discussion thread to talk about all of the fights in one handy-dandy location. Please do take a look at the With Leather Staff Predictions because we put a lot of effort into those, and it shows, as the With Leather Staff Predictions are the most intelligent, funny, and accurate predictions in the entire known multi-verse.
UFC Fight Night 48 is in Macau, China. This means the card will take place entirely on Fight Pass, and it begins at 6:30 AM ET. Most of the prelim fights are of the Local Attraction variety, which means it’s a bunch of scrubs from the area throwing down sloppily. I am interested in the women’s bantamweight fight between Elizabeth Phillips and Milana Dudieva, though, since I’m a big time proponent of WMMA. There’s also an interesting bout between Roland Delorme and Yuta Sasaki. Both guys are grapplers, so hopefully we’ll get some cool ground fighting.
The main card starts at 9:00AM ET, and the card is half dudes from TUF China, and half dudes that people have actually heard of. Tyron Woodley and Dong Hyun Kim are going at it, with the possibility of maybe the winner getting put into a title eliminator bout. The main event will be Michael Bisping and his winning personality taking on Cung Le. The only thing I want out of that fight is an unconscious Michael Bisping. Help me Cung Le, you’re my only hope.
Fight Night 49 is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, so the times for everything are much more reasonable. The Fight Pass prelim, a flyweight contest between Wilson Reis and Joby Sanchez, begins at 7:30PM ET. The rest of the prelims are on Fox Sports 2, and that starts at 8:00PM ET. Ben Saunders makes his return to the UFC for hopefully some more clinch knee destruction as he takes on Chris Heatherly, while my nemesis, Neil Magny, takes on Alex Garcia in the prelim main event.
The main card is on Fox Sports 1 and it begins at 10:00PM. Chas Skelly and Tom Niinimaki have the potential for a ground fighting extravaganza, as does the Francis Carmont versus Thales Leites fight. There’s also Max Holloway taking on late replacement Clay Collard. We’ve also got a fun co-main event as the young, fresh-faced Jordan Mein takes on the old, grizzled, mulleted veteran, Mike Pyle. The main event has potential for a grapple-palooza, too, as Ben Henderson squares off against Rafael Dos Anjos. There could be title fight implications for the winner of this fight (Though either man cashing in would require Anthony Pettis to remain healthy for more than two weeks at a time).
There are a ton of fights, and there’s a lot to look forward to with both cards, so come hang out, make some jokes, and react to everything going down inside the cage with us!