After a much maligned series of event UFC fight fans have something to look forward to in UFC Fight Night 50 on September 5, 2014. The event takes place live at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, CT and will air on Fox Sports 1.

It’s been a rough couple of months for the UFC between injuries and less than stellar fight cards but UFC Fight Night 50 should wash that bad taste out of the mouths of fight fans everywhere. This card is littered with great matchups and solid name fighters but if you need specifics here is why UFC Fight Night 50 is a can’t miss event.

Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira

If you are a fan of high level MMA grappling then this is the matchup you have been waiting to see again; Lentz and Oliveira fought to a disappointing No Contest back at UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry. Lentz is a top tier wrestler with an impressive submission game while Oliveira is a high level BJJ black belt. Oliveira is coming into this fighting having won “Fight Night” bonuses in his last three bouts.

Joe Lauzon

Lauzon may not be the best fighter in the world but when he steps into the cage fans are never disappointed. Lauzon has won an incredible 12 “Fight Night” bonuses; six “Submission of the Night” awards, five “Fight of the Night” awards and one “Knockout of the Night”. Lauzon lays it all on the line and looks to finish every second, every fight. When he fights we watch.

Matt Mitrione vs. Derrick Lewis

Mitrione rose to fame during his season of The Ultimate Fighter but he has never gotten over the hump as a competitor. Mitrione is a talented and charismatic fighter but he will never be a UFC champion. That said he is a great measuring stick for Lewis to be judged against. Lewis is undefeated in his last eight bouts with all seven of his wins coming by way of knockout. Lewis is still raw but he has a ton of potential and devastating power.

Alistair Overeem

A few short years ago Overeem was widely considered to be the best heavyweight on the planet and his destruction of Brock Lesnar in his UFC only strengthened the claim. Then he was knocked out by Antonio Silva and Travis Browne and people began to question whether he even belonged in the UFC. With a victory over former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir under his belt Overeem is moving in the right direction again but the jury is still out.

Ronaldo Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi

Remember with the UFC middleweight division was a barren wasteland ruled mercilessly by Anderson Silva? Well those days are long gone and the division is as deep and talented as it has ever been. Souza and Mousasi are trying to separate themselves from the rest of the pack and a win here would go a long way towards doing just that. Mousasi and Souza know each other well too as they met once before for the inaugural DREAM middleweight title in which Mousasi knocked Souza out with an upkick. Souza will be looking for revenge this time around.

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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.