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UFC looks ahead to big August

by Nitesh Dutt, July 26, 2012

After a rather lackluster end to the month of July, thanks in large part to an injury riddled UFC 149, the UFC and President Dana White have to be hoping that the month of August will be much more entertaining. Of course, with only two events taking place it will be much easier to make fans happy and keep them wanting more.

With less than the usual amount of matches that UFC fans have gotten used to in a single month, there are five fights that stand out more than the others.

1) Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar 2 UFC 150: The long-awaited rematch between champ, Henderson, and challenger, Edgar, is set to take place in Denver on Aug. 11. After their first bout went to a decision, which was unanimously in Henderson’s favor, the build up for the sequel has been solid. The two lightweights are out to prove that either one of them is the best in the UFC’s deepest division.

2) Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader UFC on FOX 4: This is one of two light-heavyweight bouts on the August 4 card, which will take place in Los Angeles. UFC President Dana White has said that depending on how this match and Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera goes, the night will go a long way in deciding the next LHW title contender.

3) Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard UFC 150: On the same night that two of the top lightweights take center stage, Cerrone and Guillard look to stake claim as top contenders for the title. Guillard is back in action a month after making easy work of Fabricio Camoes at UFC 148 on July 7. Cerrone is back in the octagon after defeating Jeremy Stephens back in May. This should be an entertaining bout of grapplers that have no problem striking.

4) Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner UFC on FOX 4: Lauzon is back in action after being on the receiving end of a highlight worthy KO via Anthony Pettis at UFC 144 in February. It was his second loss in his last four bouts and, quite frankly, his most devastating as well. Varner, on the other hand, is looking to capitalize on his TKO victory over Edson Barboza at UFC 146. It was Varner’s return to the UFC after a five-year hiatus.

5) Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson UFC on FOX 4: There’s not much backstory to this bout, but it is Swick’s first bout in the UFC in over two years. His last bout was a submission loss to Paulo Thiago at UFC 109. A misdiagnosis by doctors caused Swick to go on a very restrictive diet that didn’t allow him to keep or add any muscle. After recovering from that Swick was slated, on several occasions, to make his return but had to withdraw each time due to injury. So, for the first time since 2010 Swick will be back in action in the UFC as a welterweight.

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