UFC Fight Night 37 is scheduled to take place this Saturday in London and a lot is riding on this card. After the disappointing experience that was UFC 170 the promotion really needs a fight card to excite the fans. This card could be the one to do just that.
There are a number of story lines that are intertwined here so let’s get right to it. Here are 3.5 reasons to watch UFC Fight Night 37.
1. Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jimi Manuwa – The last time we saw Alexander Gustafsson he was beating up light heavyweight champ Jon Jones at UFC 165. The judges saw it differently and Jones retained the title. If The Mauler wins this fight he should be next in line for Jones. But getting past Manuwa will be no easy task. Manuwa is 14-0 with 13 KO’s. None of his fights have gone the distance. He has incredible striking power but Gustafsson is at a level that Manuwa has never faced. Manuwa has a puncher’s chance and that always makes an exciting fight.
2. Brad Pickett – Will “One Punch” still have his power at 125? This is the question on everyone’s mind. Pickett was supposed to face Ian McCall but Uncle Creepy had to withdraw due to injury. Pickett will now face newcomer Neil Seery. This should be a fairly easy fight for Pickett but you never know.
3. Gunnar Nelson – How good can Gunnar Nelson really be? According to Renzo Gracie he can clean out the entire 170 division. This could be considered Nelson’s coming out party, unfortunately it will only be seen on UFC Fight Pass. Omari Akhmedov is no slouch and Nelson will have his hands full.
3.5 UFC Fight Pass – This card will be the real test for Fight Pass. Up until now I have been on the fence whether or not to pay mu $10 for the service. The first two Fight Night cards did not really blow me away. The fight library that is available is okay but not enough for me to pay for it on a monthly basis.
So there you have it, these are the main reasons you should watch UFC Fight Night 37. I have already paid my $10 for Fight Pass; now all that remains is to see if it’s worth it.