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The UFC’s now-annual International Fight Week is inarguably the most exciting time to be a fan of mixed martial arts.
This year is a little different. MMA’s premier promotion is putting a lot of eggs into this basket of top tier fights—spread across three UFC shows from Thursday to the grand finale of UFC 200 on Saturday night.
International Fight Week is starting in some style with UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez (otherwise known as UFC Fight Night 90), which kicks off the run of three events on Thursday night. This event marks the second ever North American UFC show to be broadcast on UFC Fight Pass in its entirety and the first ever to showcase a UFC title fight.
The event will see Brazilian lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos defend his crown against former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez in a matchup which creates plenty of intrigue—intrigue that will no-doubt be matched in the fight itself. This bout is complimented by the sure-fire heavyweight barnburner between Roy Nelson and the ever-entertaining Derrick Lewis.
Lower down on the main portion of the fight card, the bout between “Irish” Joe Duffy and Mitch “Danger Zone” Clarke certainly catches the eye as a worthy contender for Fight of the Night honors.
Duffy is looking to get his UFC career back on track having fallen short against surging lightweight Dustin Poirier at UFC 195, losing a lopsided decision in his first true step up in competition during his UFC tenure. Meanwhile, Mitch Clarke returns to the Octagon for the first time in 15 months after a long layoff through injury.
Clarke’s last appearance in the cage was at UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas in April 2015, where he lost a unanimous decision with scores of 26-29, 26-29 and 28-29 to Michael Chiesa—scores which ….View full article