The UFC returns to Tulsa, OK for the first time in nearly 20 years for UFC Fight Night 49 live at the BOK Center on August 23, 2014. The card is the second offering of a UFC event doubleheader and the main card will air live on Fox Sports 1 with preliminary bouts featured on Fox Sports 2 and UFC Fight Pass.

The main card features a lightweight bout with title implications between Benson Henderson and Rafael dos Anjos, a welterweight clash between Mike Pyle and Jordan Mein, and a middleweight tilt between Francis Carmont and Thales Leites. With interesting matchups and a possible title shot on the line UFC Fight Night 49 is sure to have something for everyone.

#1 – Ben Saunders UFC return

Saunders isn’t going to be a title threat—or even a true Top 10 contender for that matter—but he has a place in the UFC. He has an exciting fighting style and the UFC needs that to fill out all of these fight cards they are putting on. Saunders will be a welcome addition to the UFC roster for fight fans.

#2 – James Vick back in action

TUF alum Vick hasn’t fought in over a year, so his bout with Walmir Lazaro will be one to keep an eye. Vick showed a lot of promise during The Ultimate Fighter: Live and he looked impressive choking out Ramsey Nijem in his UFC debut. Can Vick be a factor in the division? The bout will help answer that question.

#3 – Is Thales Leites a middleweight contender or pretender?

Leites is coming into this bout riding a six-fight win streak and the Brazilian has looked good in his return to the UFC. When Leites left the UFC, the middleweight division was a veritable wasteland, but over the last five years the waters have gotten much deeper. This bout will Carmont will be a good indicator as to what side of the coin Leites comes out on.

#4 – Benson Henderson

Tough, talented and exciting; that pretty much sums up former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson. Every time Henderson steps into the Octagon it is must watch TV. Henderson is one of the best lightweights to ever compete in MMA and he is only 30-years-old. Even though Anthony Pettis has two victories over Henderson, he continues to make a strong case for title consideration with every outing.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.

  • Jason Schielke

    I can’t wait to see Smooth fight. He never fails to excite!!