Aside from the pay per view treatment the UFC is once again extending portions of the preliminary card to the public as two fights are being shown on Spike TV in addition to the two bouts being streamed on UFC's Facebook page. Let's take a look at the undercard starting with the preliminary fights on Spike TV between Edson Barboza (7-0) vs. Anthony Njokuani (13-4).
Barboza is a solid addition to an already stacked UFC lightweight division. The Muay Thai specialist has finished five of his seven fights in the first round and his leg kicks are fierce. In his UFC debut at UFC 123 in Detroit, Barboza's leg kicks were too much for Mike Lullo to handle and the bout was stopped in the third round.
Njokuani will be looking to find consistency when he steps in to face Barboza. "The African Assassin" dropped two straight after his highlight reel head kick victory over Chris Horodecki losing to Shane Roller and Maciej Jewtuszko. In his most recent outing he bounced back to stop Edward Faaloloto in the second round and with both Barboza and Njokuani being aggressive strikers this bout has the potential to end quickly and violently.
The other fight lined up on Spike TV features Eliot "The Fire" Marshall (10-2) vs. Luiz Cane (10-3) in a light heavyweight showdown that could provide walking papers to the loser.
Marshall has everything to prove in his return to the octagon since being cut following a split decision loss to Vladimir Matyushenko. Marshall hit the regional circuit to regain momentum and posted three consecutive victories before getting the call back to the big stage. Marshall has found victory in six out of his last seven contests and a victory over Cane would justify Marshall sticking around for at least another fight in the UFC.
While Marshall was called back up to the UFC, Cane is the fighter who stands to lose the most in this fight. Where once Cane was considered a fast rising prospect in the dog eat dog world of 205 lb. his last two showings have been lackluster as he has been put down by Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Cyrille Diabate. Cane holds a distinct advantage over Marshall on the feet but if he is unable to keep the fight standing it could prove to be a long night in a must win fight for the Brazilian.