UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ARLOVSKI vs. BARNETT PREVIEW

UFC Fight Night 93 is a packed card with several great matches lined up.
UFC Fight Night 93 is a packed card with several great matches lined up.

By Kyler Kuehler

UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett will air on September 3, 2016 in Hamburg, Germany.

#6 ANDREI “THE PIT BULL” ARLOVSKI (25-12-0, 1 NC) vs. #9 JOSH “THE WARMASTER” BARNETT (34-8-0)
This is a five round main event in the heavyweight division. In this fight are two former UFC Heavyweight Champions that are fighting to get another crack at the belt after not holding UFC gold for many years. Arlovski brings karate, sambo, boxing, kickboxing and jiu-jitsu that have made him the deadliest striker in the heavyweight division as well as being a former Heavyweight Champion. Barnett brings kickboxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling that has made him well-rounded on both feet and ground game that even lead him to becoming a former Heavyweight Champion as well. As both fighters contain their own style of striking and grappling the outcome will be decided on who can use their skills to the fullest, though if the fight remains on their feet I see Arlovski walking away as the victor all due to his deadly striking power that always contains enormous power in every strike. With that in mind I am not sure Barnett will be able to with stand that kind of power, but if Barnett managed to use his wrestling and bring the fight to the ground he just might have a chance of winning as Arlovski has lost a lot of his ground game over the years and that now looks to be his weak spot. Though Barnett is not the same man he use to be either and by the looks of things he could very well be much weaker than he use to be so Arlovski could very well finish him with ease just the same way. My prediction: Arlovski wins via knockout in Round 1.

#2 ALEXANDER “THE MAULER” GUSTAFSSON (16-4-0) vs. JAN BLACHOWICZ (19-5-0)
This is a three round fight in the light heavyweight division. In this fight are two fighters at different ends of the leader board with one trying to show why he is at top and the other wanting to make a statement and make a major jump on the leader board. Gustafsson brings boxing, shootfighting, jiu-jitsu and wrestling that has made him efficient in striking power as well as being the toughest challenge the former Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones has ever faced in his career. Blachowicz brings Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu making him well-rounded in striking and grappling. With this fight containing a top dog and a lower fighter this fight looks to be pretty one-sided as Gustafsson will be considered the huge favorite in this matchup all due to his well-rounded striking and ground game that could very well be much more than Blachowicz can handle. Though Blachowicz could use his Muay Thai to good use in this fight and be able to match the striking power of Gustafsson and possibly pull off a major upset of his career. However, Gustafsson is one of the toughest fighters in the UFC and standing with him is almost like fighting charging bull that you will always want to stay clear of and that will be what Blachowicz will have to overcome if he wants to stand a fighting chance against “The Mauler”. My prediction: Gustafsson wins via knockout in Round 1.

#4 RYAN “DARTH” BADER (21-5-0) vs. #12 ILIR “THE SLEDGEHAMMER” LATIFI (13-4-0, 1 NC)
This is a three round fight in the light heavyweight division. This fight contains two fighters that are looking to work their way into a possible future title shot. Bader brings boxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling that has lead him to 20 career victories over his 25 matches. Latifi brings some striking, jiu-jitsu and wrestling giving him great grappling techniques as well as having balanced cardio. With this fight being one of many that fans around the world have been dying to see choosing a favorite could be difficult, but I would have to choose Bader all due to his wrestling background that just might be a little better than Latifi’s own and that is what I believe will be the main key to winning this fight. Though Latifi has a much better setup of striking as well as submission techniques that could be his main weapons to defeat Bader if he managed to keep the fight on their feet or setup a takedown to where he maintains top control. Though Bader has plenty of striking techniques of his own and with his wrestling background he also has plenty of takedown defense to use against Latifi and keep him from gaining control of the fight. My prediction: Bader wins via unanimous decision.