Hamburg, Germany is the location for UFC Fight Night 93. Josh Barnett takes on Andrei Arlovski in the main event. Both fighters are former heavyweight champions and are looking to get back in the win column. While neither are poised to make another serious run at the title, it's nice to see these two veterans still competing.
The co-main event features the return of Alexander Gustafsson as he takes on Jan Blackowicz. Gustafsson is looking to get back in the light heavyweight title chase, while Blachowicz is looking to make a name for himself by beating the former contender. The main card rounds out with light heavyweights Ryan Bader vs. Ilir Latifi and lightweights Nick Hein vs. Tae Hyun Bang.
The Main Card
Nick Hein (13-2, 1 NC) vs. Tae Hyun Bang (18-9) | Current Line: Hein -325, Bang +265
The UFC is hoping Hein looks good in front of the German crowd. As long as Hein avoids Bang's power and utilizes his superior grappling skills to keep Bang at bay, I think he takes this one rather easily.
Winner: Hein by decision
Ryan Bader (21-5) vs. Ilir Latifi (13-4, 1 NC) | Current Line: Bader -210, Latifi +270
Latifi comes into this fight against Bader winning five of his last six fights. He is certainly a fighter to keep your eye on as he continues to improve. The veteran, Ryan Bader will look to get back on track after getting knocked out in 90 seconds by Anthony Johnson back in January. The problem with Bader is he never seems to be able to win the big fight needed to be considered a serious title contender. This match-up favors Bader as he's the better wrestler and will look to control the fight from top position. Should Bader get the fight to the latter rounds, he will take the fight by decision. I just think Latifi is a competent fighter on the rise and gets the early stoppage.
Winner: Latifi by TKO
Alexander Gustafsson (16-4) vs. Jan Blachowicz (19-5) | Gustafsson -650, Blachowicz +450
Gus' losses in the division came against the very best including, Daniel Cormier, Anthony Johnson and Jon Jones. Further, Gustafsson has only won one fight over his last four. On the other hand, Blachowicz has lost to far lesser fighters, with his biggest wins coming against Ilir Latifi and Igor Pokrajac. I don't expect this fight to be very competitive, as Alexander gets back on track.
Winner: Gustafsson by TKO
Andrei Arlovski (25-12, 1 NC) vs. Josh Barnett (34-8) | Current Line: Barnett -155, Arlovski +135
Arlovski's return to the UFC saw him go 4-0 and look impressive in doing so. Since then, he's o-2, getting knocked out in both losses. Arlovski has the advantage in striking, however, his chin is clearly in question at this stage of his career. What normally should be a clear advantage, may not be one after all. Barnett carries heavy hands and if the fight turns into a slug fest, Arlovski will need to end it quickly as I don't think he can trade with Barnett over an extended period of time.
Barnett is clearly the better wrestler. If he has success taking Arlovski down, I can see him either getting a late submission, and yes I know Arlovski has never been submitted in his career, or a the decision.
Winner: Barnett by decision
Enjoy the fights!
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