Raphael Assuncao hugging opponent TJ Dillashaw after his split decision win. Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

UFC 170: Three Bantamweights Looking to Steal the Spotlight

                             UFC 170: Three Bantamweights

                               Looking to Steal the Spotlight


Main Events sell pay per views and put butts in the seats. Co-main events add intrigue to a card, and usually help settle out contenders from pretenders for fighters who are at the top of their divisions.

Yet, a card with a poor under card can hurt the overall momentum of a show. They may not be in the hype videos, be the tongues of those talking the card, or getting the loudest cheers, but these fighters are UFC 170 have an awful lot at stake or to prove in a wide open UFC Bantamweight division:

Raphael Assuncao

He’s definitely getting some hype from those within the industry, because a win should vault him into the number one contender spot in the Bantamweight division. What’s important for Assuncao, is that he wins impressively. He doesn’t have the interest of the casual fan, and a fight against the reigning champion Renan Barao, doesn’t exactly make MMA fans mouths salivate. That’s what makes his performance on Saturday so important. A lot of fighters in his position take the “play it safe” approach, in order to not lose a potential title shot, but he must play Saturday’s fight differently. He needs to come out and destroy Pedro Munhoz, and truly create a tidal wave of momentum.

Aljamain Sterling

Sterling will making his UFC debut on Saturday, and has the potential to quickly rise up the bantamweight division. Sterling is a former NCCA Division III wrestler who fights out of the Matt Serra/Ray Longo camp, home to UFC Middleweight Champion, Chris Weidman. Sterling is undefeated so far in his career and Serra describes him as a future world champion. Those are some big words, though Serra did say the same thing about Weidman. Sterling is a guy to watch on Saturday.

Zack Makovsky

Makovsky was a late injury replacement for John Dodson at the UFC on Fox 9 card and was supposed to be a relatively easy fight for Scott Jorgensen. Nobody told Makovsky, who defeated the former bantamweight challenger via unanimous decision. Makovsky needs to keep things rolling and not let his momentum slow down. A win probably means a top 10 contender is next, and a win there could lead to anything.

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