This was a busy weekend for UFC fans, with the company staging an international doubleheader that featured 21 fights in total. Half of those were on the Fight Pass exclusive card from New Zealand, and aired in the wee hours of Saturday morning for US fans. If you skipped the Fight Night: Te Huna vs. Marquardt card but want to know what to watch to get caught up, Bloody Elbow has you covered.
Here's your guide on what to watch from UFC Fight Night: Te Huna vs. Marquardt.
Fights You Need to See
Charles Oliveira vs. Hatsu Hioki - It's appalling that this did not win Fight of the Night. Here you have two highly skilled grapplers engaging in a terrific bank and forth ground battle. Too often, when you get this kind of high level grappler vs. high level grappler match up, it turns into low level kickboxer vs low level kickboxer. Not here. Oliveira and Hioki went to the mat and threw everything at each other, ultimately culminating in a super rare and cool submission finish. Seriously, this was awesome. Watch it now.
Nate Marquardt vs. James Te Huna - Marquardt looked terrific here, channeling the Nate the Great that ran wild in the Middleweight division in 2008/2009. It remains to be seen if he can keep it up, but it was a great night for him and a fun battle for the 1 round it lasted. Plus, the finish is great, and you have to hear the way it silences the highly partisan crowd.
Jake Matthews vs. Dashon Johnson - Goldberg and Florian were quite effusive in their praise for Matthews, drawing a comparison to Rory MacDonald. While it's maybe a bit early for that, it also may be perfectly accurate. Matthews looked like an absolute future world champion here. He's only 19, and he has not been severely tested yet, but he is a fighter who you need to watch right now because you may be seeing the dawn of a very special career.
Dan Hooker vs. Ian Entwistle - It's short, fun, and features a very interesting finish that I have never seen before. Worth your time.
That's it for my Must Watch category - 4 out of 10 fights, which is not a bad ratio at all. Of the remaining fights, none were really bad (OK, Rosholt vs. Palelei was bad), but none were essential either. If you're curious, here's why you might want to watch the rest of the card:
- Watch Jared Rosholt vs. Soa Palelei if you need to see Rosholt in a big win that helps establish him in the division and you don't mind slogging through a boring 15 minutes to do so.
- Watch Robert Whittaker vs. Mike Rhodes if you are one of those people who thinks Whittaker has a massive upside and you want to see him perform well, or if you are one of those people who thinks Rhodes has a massive upside and you want to see what went wrong.
- Watch Neil Magny vs. Rodrgio de Lima if you want to see Magny continue his impressive and steady rise up the ranks.
- Watch Sean O'Connell vs. Gian Villante if you love that kind of wild offense/sloppy defense stand & bang fight that Dana White just loves to hand FOTN to.
- Watch Vik Grujic vs. Chris Indich and Richie Vaculik vs. Roldan Sangcha-an if you are a completist and just need to see it all. Neither one is a bad fight, but there's nothing to distinguish them from your typical regional level show.
What's your take BE faithful - what are the must watch fights from this Fight Pass card?