August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Justin Lawrence (right) fights Max Holloway (left) during UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

UFC 155: Best Facebook Prelim Bouts Ever?


UFC 155 fighter Phil De Fries. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

As I was sitting here looking out the window at all of the snow falling around me, I decided to remind myself about how awesome UFC 155 is going to be this weekend by checking out the fight card. As always, there will be a five-fight main card on pay per view supplemented by prelim fights on FX and Facebook. What’s really awesome is that the two bouts scheduled for Facebook, Todd Duffee vs. Phil De Fries and Max Holloway vs. Leonard Garcia, have the potential to be the two most exciting fights put on the social network in immediate memory.

Since the UFC signed its soul away to Fox about a year ago, there have been so many cards that generally the only bouts left for Facebook involve inexperienced guys you’ve never heard of that are looking to move up the ladder. That isn’t the case with the UFC 155 offerings.

De Fries has compiled a 2-1 record in the octagon and is coming off a submission victory against Oli Thompson this past August. He will square off against Duffee, who my friends and I affectionately call “The Great Jacked Hope.” Duffee stormed on the scene in 2009 with a devastatingly scary seven-second knockout win that catapulted him to the cover of “Muscle and Fitness” and being the recipient of the UFC’s full promotional hype train. To this point, a combination of injuries, Mike Russow’s iron chin, and The Reem has kept Duffee from fulfilling that hype, but now he will finally get his chance to get back on track in the UFC. I like Duffee to an irrational extent, and I think that he and De Fries are going to come out guns’a blazing in order to put on a show. That, plus the thought of what Duffee did to Tim Hague in his debut are more than enough alone to make me like the UFC Facebook page in order to be able to watch the prelims.

What’s even more awesome is that the De Fries-Duffee scrap isn’t the only thing on Facebook. Instead, we also get a free fight between Leonard “Every Fight I’m in is an Amazing, Sloppy Slugfest” Garcia and barely old enough to drink uber-prospect Max Holloway. Garcia has lost three in a row, and is certain to abandon any game plan that has been prepared for him in favor of making the fight an insane brawl with little concern for anyone’s personal well being. Holloway should be more than happy to oblige Garcia in making it an exciting fight, as he has bounced back from an octagon-jittery debut against Dustin Poirier with two straight strong wins, and should be amped to try and make a name for himself against the former title contender Garcia. Plus, if past Garcia fights are any indication, not only will this be a battle, it will also come down to a hotly contested decision that will have the Twitterverse Tweeting. And I do love it when the Twitterverse Tweets.

But the best part about all of this? The fights are free on Facebook. As a result, we can watch them from the comfort of our computers as we check out pics posted by girls we haven’t talked to since the senior year of high school. Or is that just me?

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