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Some reasons to watch UFC Fight Night: Demian Maia vs. Jake Shields
I understand the Internet was built around assigning numbers to lists of things, but for the sake of fun, let's be different today. Rather than give you the psychologically comfortable number or five or 10 reasons to watch UFC Fight Night in Brazil on Wednesday night, here are "some" reasons to spend some of your evening tuned into Fox Sports 1 for the fights.
-- All 10 bouts are live and free, and mid-week, starting with the prelims at 5 p.m. ET and the main card at 7.
-- NLDS Game 5 between the Pirates and Cardinals doesn't start until 8:05 p.m. and won't get really interesting until after the fights end around 10.
-- You can watch Thiago Silva fight and perhaps defeat Matt Hamill tonight, then find out in a few days that the result will be overturned because of a failed drug test. That's happened twice to Silva in his past four fights. The other two include a loss to Alexander Gustafsson and a win over Rafael Cavalcante.
-- Demian Maia is as good as it gets in BJJ, and Jake Shields is no slouch either. If you dig grappling, this is your Sunday Night Football this week. "There¹s been grappling fights where I've been at the edge of my seat and jumping up and down going crazy," UFC president Dana White said. "And then there are some grappling fights where I wish someone would run over and punch me in the face." Maia vs. Shields figures to be closer to the former than the latter.
- The next top contender at bantamweight (behind interim champ Renan Barao, Michael McDonald and Urijah Faber) could emerge when No. 5 Raphael Assuncao and No. 9 T.J. Dillashaw fight. White wasn't ready to say Assuncao would be in line for a title shot yet, but added "it's a good fight and it's an important fight."
-- Rousimar Palhares returns and does so at welterweight against Mike Pierce. Go ahead and pencil in three heel hook submission attempts now. That's been his go-to move for some time now. Predictable, sure, but intriguing in that opponents must know it's coming but very often still can't stop it.
-- The Brazilian crowd will be fired up the entire night.
-- Dong Hyun Kim is a solid wrestler and he's up against Erick Silva, a well-regarded welterweight. Kim may not excite a crowd much (last seven wins all by decision), but he's talented.