On Saturday, June 6, 2015, the UFC heads down south to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans for UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson.

Originally this event was set to feature a light heavyweight bout between Daniel Cormier and Ryan Bader. But after Jon Jones’ personal meltdown, Cormier replaced Jones in the UFC 187 main event and claimed the vacant UFC light heavyweight title. As a result of Cormier being moved to UFC 187, Bader was removed from the card altogether.

Even though UFC Fight Night 68 lost its original main event, this is still a pretty fun card. There are no #1 contender bouts or bouts with any title picture implications for that matter. This is just a card filled with interesting bouts that could easily deliver a great night of fights.

Heavyweight Slugfest

In the feature bout of the Fox Sports 1 portion of the preliminary card, heavyweights Shawn Jordan and Derrick Lewis throw down. Neither one is a title contender in the heavyweight division, but with 24 combined knockout victories, that won’t keep this bout from being fun to watch.

Matt Mitrione a Contender?

Mitrione is one of the few fighters in the history of the UFC who have fought their entire career in the Octagon; all 12 of Mitrione’s fights have been in the UFC. After winning his first five fights, Mitrione moved up in competition and went just 1-3.

But in 2014, it seems like Mitrione found his groove and turned the corner as a fighter. With three first round knockouts and two “Performance of the Night” bonuses last year, Mitrione looks like a dark horse title contender. Ben Rothwell is the perfect test to gauge whether or not Mitrione really is ready for the big time.

Does Dan Henderson Have Anything Left?

Simply put, Henderson is a legend. He is one of the greatest fighters MMA has yet to see and at 44, it’s amazing he still has the fire and drive to want to compete. But as great as Henderson has been over the years, it’s appears as if the sport has passed him by. Just 1-5 in his last six bouts, Henderson is starting to look his age. Tim Boetsch is no pushover, but his is far from being elite. If Henderson can’t get past Boetsch, it would finally drive the point home that Henderson is no more.

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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.