UFC 177 has seen a lot of changes over the past few months. While it has lost some luster, this card still has a ton of potential to be entertaining, and it features a great featherweight title re-match between T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao.

The event will take place this Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA. UFC 177’s main card will be featured on PPV while preliminary bouts will be featured on UFC Fight Pass and Fox Sports 1.

While this card may not have the name appeal, there are plenty of reasons to tune in and watch all of the action this weekend.

UFC Newcomers

There are four notable UFC newcomers making their debuts at UFC 177: Shayna Baszler, Henry Cejudo, Joe Soto, and Chris Wade. Baszler is a pioneer in women’s MMA and she has competed against a who’s who of notable fighters. Cejudo is a former Olympian and gold medalist in freestyle wrestling. Soto won Bellator’s inaugural featherweight tournament and was the organizations first featherweight champion. Wade is the current Ring of Combat lightweight champion.

Bethe Correia vs The Four Horsewomen of MMA

Bethe Correia laid down the gauntlet to UFC champion Ronda Rousey’s Four Horsewomen of MMA after she defeated member Jessamyn Duke at UFC 172. While Correia is still a very raw fighter with a lot of work to do, her calling out Rousey’s crew turned some heads and brought some more attention to the division. Now she is set to face another member in Baszler at UFC 177. A win over a veteran as respected as Baszler would really move Correia up the ranking and would strengthen this budding rivalry.

The Bang Effect

A switch was flipped when Duane “Bang” Ludwig become the head coach for Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, CA. Team Alpha Male was a great camp prior to Ludwig’s arrival, but his presence has taken the fighters in that camp to another level; most notably current UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw. What happens to Team Alpha Male down the road now that Ludwig is no longer the head coach is a major question, but with two fighters on the card at UFC 177 “The Bang Effect” legend will continue to grow.

The Re-Match

Dillashaw’s victory over Renan Barao at UFC 173 proved once again that nothing is impossible in MMA. Coming in as a huge underdog, Dillashaw dominated the action and finished the fight in the fifth round by TKO. If there first fight was any indication this bout has “Fight of the Year” potential.

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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.