This past week, the UFC has thrown down the gauntlet as far as events go. Starting with UFC 189 on Saturday, July 11, 2015, and ending with UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites on Saturday, July 18, 2015, the UFC will have hosted four events in just eight days. It’s has been a whirlwind of action, but it’s almost too much to handle.

With so many events and cards to choose from, the UFC is really running the risk of oversaturating the market and burning out their loyal fight fans. If you are thinking about skipping an event to recharge, UFC Fight Night 72 would be a poor choice.

What this card is lacking in big name fighters it more than makes up for with excellent and intriguing matchups. Fans at the The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, have a great card to look forward to; one that features a solid lineup of European talent.

International Up and Comers

While most casual fans only really care about name fighters, the fans with a little more skin in the game truly care about watching and supporting the up and comers. These international UFC Fight Night cards are always loaded with international talent and UFC Fight Night 72 is no different. It’s always fun to get in on the ground floor of a fighters career and watch them grow and progress. Considering Europe is an MMA hotbed, fans will have the opportunity to see some of the sport’s future stars in action for free on Fox Sports 1.

Prospect Watch: Joseph Duffy

By now, everyone is familiar with newly crowned interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor. Well now it’s time to meet the last person to beat McGregor in the cage; Duffy submitted McGregor in just 38 seconds back in 2010 and now he is ready to make his own waves in the UFC. Coming off of an impressive first round TKO victory in his UFC debut Duffy showed that he is every bit the prospect McGregor was when he debuted.

Ross Pearson vs. Evan Dunham

Fights don’t always have to have title implications to be intriguing; sometimes just the matchup alone is enough to peak fans’ interest. That is the case with the lightweight co-main event between Pearson and Dunham. Neither fighter is – or will be for that matter – a force in the lightweight division. But they both fill important gatekeeper roles for the UFC. In addition to that, both of these men know how to put on a show for the fans. With seven combined “Fight Night” bonuses, there’s simply no way this fight doesn’t deliver.

Michael Bisping vs. Thales Leites

A few years ago when Anderson Silva was dismantling everyone put in front of him, the UFC middleweight division was anything but interesting; today, though, the division might just be the most interesting in the entire sport. There is a lot of competition at the top of the middleweight heap and Bisping and Leites are both looking to through their names into the mix.

Since rejoining the UFC, Leites has won five straight including stoppages in his last three bouts. Bisping on the other hand has traded wins and losses in his last eight bouts, but he continues to look good against strong competition. This one should be an interesting fight between two guys who are title hungry.

About The Author

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.