Which UFC Vegas 23 bout stands the best chance of taking home Fight of the Night honors?
After no event last weekend, the UFC returns to action with a solid 14-fight card that will be capped off by a middleweight main event between No. 6 Marvin Vettori and No. 10 Kevin Holland. Vettori is coming off his biggest victory to date after he decisioned Jack Hermansson, while Holland is taking this bout on short notice after falling short versus Derek Brunson just three weeks ago.
Few things get a fight fan’s adrenaline pumping more than a flashy knockout or slick submission, but when it’s all said and done, most fans want to see two fighters go at it and produce a level of violence that warrants an extra $50,000 in their bank accounts. At UFC Vegas 23, there are more than a few bouts that have that type of potential. Does the main event have the capability to grab fight of the night? Of course, but we can always dig a bit deeper. Excluding the main event, let’s take a look at which bouts could give fans a thrilling fight of the night.
Which fight has the best chance at winning fight of the night honors?
Contrary to popular belief, a fight does not need to go the distance in order to win fight of the night. A perfect example would be Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Johnson, a bout in which the pair hurt each other multiple times, but it was Gaethje who would end up scoring the TKO finish in round two. And in fairness, there are a number of contests on UFC Vegas 23 that could win fight of the night honors, but one fight in particular stands out among the rest.
The bout with the best chance for a fight of the night performance from both men is Mike Perry vs. Daniel Rodriguez. These two welterweights have a knack for producing exciting, and more often than not, violent fights. It’s hard to see a scenario in which this fight takes place anywhere besides on the feet, and when you put two hard-hitting stand-up fighters opposite each other, we usually get a banger. Of their combined 36 professional fights, the pair have won via stoppage on 22 of those occasions.
Another ingredient for a solid recipe of violence is when both fighters are coming off a losing performance. Surely both men will look to rectify the mistakes they made in their previous fight by looking for the finish in this one. Rodriguez fell to Nicolas Dalby in his last outing, while Perry is on the UFC’s chopping block if he fails to win in this spot. The nature of Perry’s fighting style often produces excitement, but with only three wins in his last nine fights, a loss could send him packing. Perry was last defeated by Tim Means via unanimous decision at UFC 255.
Honorable mentions for fight of the night include Sam Alvey vs. Julian Marquez and Arnold Allen vs. Sodiq Yusuff.
Perry vs. Rodriguez opens up the main card on ABC, so be sure to tune in to see if they produce fireworks and take home fight of the night honors.