Matches to Make: UFC Fight Night 36

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Lyoto Machida went 2-0 at middleweight with his decision win over Gegard Mousasi. Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately for the UFC, the new Performance of the Night scheme didn’t seem to give their fighters more incentive to go for finishes. Aside from Charles Oliveira and Erick Silva, none of the fighters on the card were able to finish their opponents and there were 10 decisions on the 12-fight card. Another shocking, and discouraging, statistic is that the last 14 preliminary fights have gone to decision.

Sure, decisions can be entertaining, just look at the likes of Mark Hunt vs. Bigfoot Silva and Diego Sanchez vs. Gilbert Melendez. However this is a rarity, and only one of the preliminary fights was re-watchable, a scrappy affair that ended in a poor judging display contested between Iuri Alcantara and Wilson Reis. Aside from this bantamweight fight, the preliminary card was one of the worst in recent history and this is a concerning thing for the UFC going forward.

It was revealed this week that Gilbert Melendez has accepted terms with Bellator, and an interesting Tweet really caught my eye regarding that issue yesterday. With Melendez offered £200,000 per fight at Bellator, while the UFC are opting to sign a number of unconvincing debutants who are receiving around £10,000 per fight – would you rather have 20 preliminary fighters who will go to decision, or one Gilbert Melendez?

Anyway, rant aside, the main card last night was a pretty good one and Ronaldo Souza and Lyoto Machida impressed. Both fighters have earned top 5 status in the 185lbs division, with decision wins over Francis Carmont and Gegard Mousasi respectively. Erick Silva got back to winning ways with an overwhelming performance over Takenori Sato, where Silva utilised an incredible technique using heel kicks to his opponent’s face while he went for a single leg takedown.

Elsewhere Nicholas Musoke continued his promising start to his UFC career with a win over hometown favourite Viscardi Andrade after a failed walkaway knockout attempt from Andrade in the first round. Charles Oliveira had an entertaining fight with Andy Ogle, who also proved his worth in the UFC, and won via triangle choke in the third round.

So without further ado, here are a list of matches to make after the UFC Fight Night 36 event.

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