The world is currently talking about the newly announced UFC 187 fight card that features Jon Jones vs. Anthony Johnson for the light heavyweight title, Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort for the middleweight title, and the long-awaited Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Donald Cerrone fight. Also announced on the card was a heavyweight contender fight between Travis Browne and Andrei Arlovski followed by another contender fight, but at the flyweight division, between Joseph Benavidez and John Moraga. Obviously this event deserves the attention it has gotten, but there is a fight card that people need to be talking about that happens before UFC 187.

On April 18, 2015, live on Fox at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the UFC will be giving you one of the best, if not the best, free fight cards of the year: UFC on FOX 15.

The card currently consists of these fights (Bout Order TBD by UFC):

  • #3 Lyoto Machida vs. #5 Luke Rockhold
  • #2 Ronaldo Souza vs. #6 Yoel Romero
  • #5 Cub Swanson vs. #10 Max Holloway
  • #8 Felice Herrig vs. #10 Paige VanZant
  • #8 Ovince St. Preux vs. #14 Patrick Cummins
  • #11 Jim Miller vs. Paul Felder
  • #6 Takeya Mizugaki vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Chris Dempsey vs. Eddie Gordon
  • Corey Anderson vs. Gian Villante
  • Nick Catone vs. Vitor Miranda
  • Kenny Robertson vs. George Sullivan

UFC fans all over the world should be jumping up and down that this card is free. In my opinion, some of these fights could easily be on the main cards of a PPV.

Here are some of the fights we should be looking forward to:

#3 Lyoto Machida vs. #5 Luke Rockhold:

Machida is coming off of an impressive TKO victory over CB Dolloway and is looking to show that he deserves another title shot. Rockhold has won three fights in a row and is looking to move into top contention with what could be one of his greatest victories of his career.

 

#2 Ronaldo Souza vs. #6 Yoel Romero:

Souza is currently on a seven-fight win streak and his last loss was in 2011, to the main event fighter, Rockhold. He is taking on Romero who is on an impressive five-fight win streak, with his last victory over Tim Kennedy. Both of these fighters could move up and be close to a title shot with a victory.

 

#5 Cub Swanson vs. #10 Max Holloway:

Swanson is coming off of a loss to Frankie Edgar and is looking to bounce back to have his name being floated around for a title shot. He is taking on Holloway, who just recently beat Cole Miller by way of unanimous decision and is on a five-fight win streak. Some people think that this is too big of a step for Holloway, but we will find out on April 18.

 

#11 Jim Miller vs. Paul Felder:

This is probably the fight I am most excited for and UFC fans should start to get excited for as well. Miller is one of the best to do it at the lightweight division, but after a loss to Donald Cerrone he has moved down the stacked lightweight division rankings. He is taking on Felder who is coming off of the knockout of the year in many people’s eyes. Felder is 2-0 in the UFC and 10-0 in his career that has had some impressive knockouts. A win over Miller would be huge for Felder’s career and would get him ranked in the lightweight division, and in my opinion, maybe even in the top 10. A win for Miller would cement his solid ranking in the division and probably move him back into the top 10. This fight is going to be awesome and I am already predicting a fight bonus will be awarded when this one is over.

 

#6 Takeya Mizugaki vs. Aljamain Sterling:

Same story for this fight as in the Miller vs. Felder fight. Mizugaki is coming off of a loss to Dominick Cruz, but is trying to show the UFC that he is a top contender in the bantamweight division. His opponent, Aljamain Sterling who has one of the best nicknames in MMA [Funk-Master], is oddly similar to Felder with a 2-0 record in the UFC and a 10-0 career record. If Funk Master can come out with a victory on April 18 he could also see his name jump up the rankings, but in the bantamweight division.

 

Chris Dempsey vs. Eddie Gordon:

Gordon has something to prove after losing his last fight by an amazing head-kick KO to Josh Samman. I am looking forward to seeing if The Ultimate Fighter 19 winner can bounce back and get a victory in April. He is taking on Dempsey who is coming off of a loss in his UFC debut to Ilir Latifi by KO as well.

 

Kenny Robertson vs. George Sullivan:

Robertson is currently on a three-fight win streak and is 15-3 in his professional MMA career. He is taking on Sullivan who is currently on an eight-fight win streak and is 2-0 in his UFC career. I think this fight is very underrated and I think Sullivan is a very underrated fighter. He has a chance to make a solid run in 2015 if he can beat Robertson at UFC on Fox 15.

About The Author

Jeremy Klump
Interview Coordinator / Video Manager

Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.