On September 20, 2014 the UFC heads to the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan for UFC Fight Night 52. If you haven’t signed up for UFC Fight Pass just yet this card might just be the enticement you need to come over to the dark side.

The main event of the evening features a clash of heavyweight titans as Roy Nelson takes on Mark Hunt. Nelson is coming into this bout off of an impressive knockout out of fading legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Hunt on the other hand is coming off of an exciting but less than ideal draw against Antonio Silva, which was a five-round war for the ages.

The co-main event of the evening features a lightweight bout between Japanese MMA legend Takanori Gomi and undefeated rising star Myles Jury. Gomi’s UFC career hasn’t been what many fans would have hoped for from the former-Pride Champion but he is coming off of a “Fight of the Night” victory over Isaac Vallie-Flagg and he will be extra motivated fighting in front of a home crowd. Jury is one of the best prospects in the UFC right now and coming off of an impressive victory over Diego Sanchez in his last bout.

Just looking at the main and co-main event this is one of the best UFC Fight Pass cards to date and there are plenty of reasons to give the UFC’s streaming service a go here.

Kyoji Horiguchi

The UFC flyweight division is still very young and as such is still building depth. Champion Demetrious Johnson is head and shoulders above the rest of the division and has all but cleared out the entire top-tier of the division. The UFC needs good young talent to move into the title picture and Kyoji Horiguchi can be one of those guys. Horiguchi is a former Shooto bantamweight champion and he is riding a seven fight win streak. His is a name fans will likely be hearing a lot more of.

Miesha Tate

Former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate is one of the best in the world and any time she fights fans should tune in. Tate is coming off of a solid decision victory over Liz Carmouche in which she showed off some improved striking skills. Having previously lost to champion Ronda Rousey twice means that Tate is going to have to pile up wins to make a strong case for another title shot but if anyone has the drive and talent to pull off earning a third fight with someone you’re 0-2 against, she does. Rin Nakai will definitely have her hands full and will need to take full advantage of fighting on her home turf.

Myles Jury vs. Takanori Gomi

Gomi is one of the true legends of MMA and even though his career is winding down he still remains an extremely dangerous fighter. Jury is a fighter on his way up but he needs to rack up some high-profile wins to start getting the fan attention he deserves. A win over Gomi would turn a lot of heads but it’s easier said than done. Gomi’s power and unorthodox striking make him an extremely dangerous puzzle to solve in the cage.

Roy Nelson vs. Mark Hunt

Neither Nelson nor Hunt will likely ever wear UFC gold, but that is okay because both men provide depth and excitement to the historically thinnest division in all of MMA. These guys throw heavy leather and they have great chins, so buckle in for a good old fashioned slugfest. This won’t be a technical striking clinic, although it might start out that way, but the winner of this bout is going to be the tougher, grittier fighter. Fun fact, Roy Nelson has absorbed more head strikes in a single fight without going down than any other fighter in the history of the UFC, ever.

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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.