According to an Aug. 16 post from Bleacher Report, the results are in from the UFC Fight Night 47 MMA event that went down on Aug. 16 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine. UFC Fight Night 47, which opened with a stacked preliminary card on FOX Sports 2, has an exciting main event that sees perennial light heavyweight contender Ryan Bader putting his top 10 ranking on the line against fast-rising striker Ovince Saint Preux.
Bader and Saint Preux are both currently ranked in the top 10 at light heavyweight, so whoever wins will be put in the mix for a future title shot. Bader is ranked No. 8 in the division, while Saint Preux recently earned the No. 10 spot. Whoever wins will likely earn a fight against a top five contender, such as Anthony Johnson or Alexander Gustafsson. That said, Bader vs. Saint Preux is an absolute must-watch.
UFC Fight Night 47 kicked off with a 135-pound clash pitting Nolan Ticman against Frankie Saenz. Both men weighed in at 136 pounds, one day prior to the fight. That said, neither man came into the fight with a significant size advantage. Both Ticman and Saenz were making their UFC debut, so it was an important clash. In non-UFC appearances, Ticman was 4-1 and Saenz went 8-2.
Later on the UFC Fight Night 47 prelims, Tom Watson took on Sam Alvey in a key 185-pound clash. Elsewhere, Lauren Murphy made her UFC debut with a fight against former title challenger and Olympic wrestler, Sara McMann. Murphy and McMann are both Invicta FC veterans, who have elite skills when it comes to grappling. McMann has a long road ahead if she wants to ever get another shot at UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey, the woman who absolutely demolished her earlier this year.
Headlining the UFC Fight Night 47 preliminary card, Jussier Formiga took on Zach Makovsky in a 125-pound collision. Both men are looking to climb the flyweight ranks, for a crack at Demetrious Johnson. Opening the UFC Fight Night 47 main card, Thiago Tavares takes on Robbie Peralta in a 145-pound bout, prior to a heavyweight clash between Jack May and Shawn Jordan.
Also on the UFC Fight Night 47 main card, Seth Baczynski battles Alan Jouban at 170 pounds, and Tim Boetsch looks to climb the middleweight ladder by taking out Brad Tavares. In the UFC Fight Night 47 co-main, Ross Pearson looks to rebound from his controversial loss at the hands of Diego Sanchez, while Gray Maynard hopes to extend his career a bit longer.
Maynard has dropped three of his last four, and he might not have much left in the tank at age 35. A win by Maynard would extend his UFC career, but a loss could earn him a pink slip. Finally, UFC Fight Night 47 wraps up with a key light heavyweight clash between Bader and Saint Preux.
Bader is no longer a young, up-and-coming prospect. At age 31, the time is now to prove he's a legitimate contender in the UFC's 205-pound division. The problem is that he already lost to Lyoto Machida, Jon Jones and many of the top stars at 205 pounds. However, the division has evolved over the years, and the list of top contenders has changed significantly. In the future, Bader might find himself up against the likes of Daniel Cormier or Alexander Gustafsson.
If Bader loses, he might be viewed as nothing more than a gatekeeper, a guy who was able to crack the top 10 but not get much farther than that. For Saint Preux, a win is vital to continue to advance up the ranks at 205 pounds. He has won four in a row, but hasn't beaten any household names. UFC Fight Night 47 goes live at 5 p.m. in the east, on Fox Sports 2. The action then shifts to Fox Sports 1, for the main card.