UFC is starting the new year with UFC 195, Jan 2, in Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas. The event is being headlined by welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, who is scheduled to defend his title against ‘The Natural Born Killer’ Carlos Condit, and in the co-main event, we will potentially see the next title contender in the heavyweight division, after the winner of Andrei Arlovski Vs. Stipe Miocic is presented.

On the UFC 195 undercard, we will have the good fortune to witness undefeated fighters, women’s MMA, the return of Michael MacDonald, and the match-up between previously scheduled Fight Pass main event, Dustin Poirier Vs. Joseph Duffy.

Even with all of that to look forward to on Saturday, there is still more.

Flying under the radar is a potential ‘Fight of the Night’ worthy, striker vs striker collision, happening in the welterweight division between 24-year old Albert ‘Einstein’ Tumenov versus the 29-year old veteran Lorenz Larkin.

Since going down to welterweight in early 2015, Larkin has renewed himself and he has been able to showcase his excellent stand up striking that always was there but never fully got to present itself before. Going 2-0 after a rough outing at middleweight, Larkin has proved that giving him a second (perhaps even a third) chance was a good bet to make, even when most fans probably counted him out.

He has admitted that he was stubborn about a move from 185 to 170-pounds but, boy oh boy, did it ever pay off. 2015 was clearly the best year for Larkin of his past three years in the UFC, coming off two stoppage victories against John Howard and Santiago Ponzinibbio. Now, in 2016, he will be standing opposite his most dangerous test in his UFC career yet: Tumenov.

The man nicknamed ‘Einstein’ is on a four-fight win streak with his most recent win against the Versace model, Alan Jouban, in which he was awarded a bonus of $50,000 for a ‘Performance of the Night, after knocking Jouban out in the first round.

Since losing his first fight in the UFC in 2014 by split decision, ‘Einstein’ has collected three out of his four victories by first round knockout in a most devastating fashion, creating his own highlight reel worthy video. It may not be as ‘flashy’ as Larkin’s technics, but I would argue that Larkin’s stand up is not as ferocious in its outcome as Tumanov’s is.

Folks, this is clearly an ‘under-the-radar’ fight worthy to take notice of. Do not blink, don’t take a break, because you might miss a brutal contest from these two elite mixed martial artists. The winner here is going to make a strong case for a top 15 opponent next, and just in a few days from now, we will have found out who the person is.

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Christian Larusson
Staff Writer

Christian Larusson is a passionate Mixed Martial Arts fan. With experience in writing for Swedish MMA sites, he now solely writes in English through blogging, PunchDrunkSports and The MMA Corner. Got his heart broken early in his life when a friend, ‘Judas’, told him that WWE/WWF wasn’t real. Then one day, he saw MMA on a friend's computer, he was overwhelmed with emotions from what his eyes had just seen. He´s been in love ever since. Christian has been published in different Swedish papers and books, nothing to do with MMA though, so who gives a shh-.