UFC Fight Night 70 on Saturday June 27, 2015, features a main event with the #4 middleweight Lyoto Machida vs. the #6 middleweight Yoel Romero.

Both fighters will be trying to show that they deserve to be in the title talk with a victory over one another.

Machida is coming off of a devastating loss to Luke Rockhold, who now is fighting for the title, but is trying to show that he can get back on track against Romero. Machida will be going into the fight losing two of his last three fights, but the losses are against Champion Chris Weidman and newly title challenger Rockhold.

Romero has been on a tear in the UFC, winning all five of his UFC fights, and is showing that he is a legitimate title contender in the middleweight division. After his last victory, a round three KO/TKO victory against Tim Kennedy, Romero will get a chance to show that he can beat another top caliber guy in the division.

Other than the middleweight contender fight, there is a very competitive welterweight division fight between Santiago Ponzinibbio and Lorenz Larkin.

Larkin did not have the start to his UFC career that he may have wished for, but he is coming off of an impressive round one KO/TKO over John Howard and looking to turn it all around against a very tough competitor in Ponzinibbio.

Ponzinibbio has won his last two fights, with his most recent victory coming against Sean Strickland by way of unanimous decision. Before his victory over Strickland, Ponzinibbio won by KO/TKO over Wendell Oliveira in round one. Ponzinibbio is looking to win his third fight in a row and try to show that he deserves bigger fights in the UFC.

Here are the keys to victory for Ponzinibbio at UFC Fight Night 70:

Take Control Of The Fight:

Four of Larkin’s last five victories have come by way of decision and Saturday night he could be looking to come out and grind away another victory. Ponzinibbio needs to make sure that Larkin is not in control of the fight and does not push through three tough rounds on his way to a decision victory.

Stay Aggressive Early:

If Ponzinibbio can come out early and push Larkin on his toes, then he will be a step closer to a victory on Saturday. Ponzinibbio is known for being aggressive and he needs to make sure that he comes out on Saturday and shows Larkin he is.

Win The Striking Battle:

Larkin could very well want to grind out a decision, but if Ponzinibbio can take control of the fight, stay aggressive early, and win the striking battle; he could walk away with a victory on Saturday. Ponzinibbio has won 52% of his fights by KO/TKO and if he can win the striking battle on Saturday, that percentage should go up.

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Jeremy Klump
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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.