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UFC Fight Night 86 preview, quick picks for ‘Rothwell vs Dos Santos’ on FOX Sports 1

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At first glance, there’s not a whole lot going on at UFC Fight Night 86 that would compel you to sacrifice a Sunday afternoon. Unless, of course, you’re have no life and no plans (guilty) and can sit around the house watching mixed martial arts (MMA) all day.

Because fuck chores, someone is getting punched.

That said, the heavyweight main event pitting Ben Rothwell against Junior dos Santos, going down April 10 on FOX Sports 1 inside Zagreb Arena in Croatia, has serious ramifications in the heavyweight division, especially when you consider that everyone in the top seven of the division (see it) — including the champion — is competing between now and UFC 200.

That means one of our two headliners will be eliminated from the 265-pound title chase after the curtain falls in Zagreb.

In the UFC Fight Night 86 co-main event, Gabriel Gonzaga will oppose streaking slugger Derrick Lewis. The stakes are not as high for these two behemoths, but a win does position the victor for a spot in the top 15. Hey, just look at what’s doing in the bottom five.

Roy Nelson, Antonio Silva, Ruslan Magomedov, Alexey Oleinik, and the since-departed Jared Rosholt.

Definitely a spot up for grabs when the new rankings come out early next week. With that in mind, I’ll be focusing on the two marquee fights, then drop some quick picks for the rest of the major players.

Let’s get crackin’.

265 lbs.: “Big” Ben Rothwell (36-9) vs. Junior “Cigano” dos Santos (17-4)

Nostradumbass predicts: Junior dos Santos, in my opinion, has been ruined. That’s a damn shame, too, because he was one of the scariest motherfuckers on the planet for like four years straight, culminating in back-to-back knockout wins over Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir.

Just in case you forgot what “Cigano” was capable of, ….View full article

Source:: mma mania