UFC Fight Night 35 is tonight, and if you’re not in Duluth, G.A. to watch it in person, the event will air on FOX Sports 1 starting at 5pm EST. Is it worth watching this midweek UFC? Well, if the headlining bout between former Strikeforce champ Luke Rockhold and up-and-comer Costa Philippou doesn’t motivate you, there are a few notable names on the undercard that just might. Here’s a breakdown of reasons you should tune in:
- Costa Philippou – An ace striker with some of the most accurate hands in the business, Philippou had a pretty decent win streak going until Francis Carmont decided to lay on him for three rounds. But that just illustrates the point that makes Philippou worth watching: if you don’t lay on him for three rounds, he’s picking you apart.
- Charlie Brenneman – He went 4-4 in his first run in the UFC, and when he went back down into the minor leagues, he was simply too good for regional competition. Yeah, on Wednesday night, Brenneman will be in the cage that he belongs in, and in case you don’t know, it’s worth tuning in to found out why.
- Brad Tavares – This hard-nose Hawaiian is all about grinding opponents into dust, and that mode of attack has worked in six out of seven Octagon appearances. Want a reason to watch Tavares? Because he’s badass. That’s why.
- John Moraga - He had a rough time of it in his last fight, but that’s because Moraga was in the cage with Demetrious Johnson, a.k.a. the best in the world. Otherwise, Moraga is pretty much always the predator in the Octagon while his opponents are the prey.
- Luke Rockhold – He was Strikeforce’s last middleweight champ, and for good reason: Rockhold can kick ass. Whether it’s on the feet or on the ground, this American Kickboxing Academy exponent is capable of delivering a serious beating. That’s justification for watching right there.
- Mike Easton - Easton’s been in the game a long time, and accompanying that wealth of experience are solid jiu-jitsu and the kind of Muay Thai that can spell doom for anyone.
- Sam Sicilia - This TUF veteran is always good for a slugfest. Always.
- Yoel Romero - Romero combines Olympic-level wrestling (he represented Cuba in the 2000 Summer Olympics) with explosive strikes and an intensity that often overwhelms. He’s one to keep on eye on just to see how far he goes in the sport.