UFC 217: 3 preliminary fights you should not miss

The preliminary card has many good fights to start out the night. Below is a list of three fights you should not miss.

This weekend Saturday, November 4 the UFC returns to Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York for UFC 217.

It is a stacked card from top to bottom showcasing some of the promotions best fighters and one of the best fighters of all time, Georges St-Pierre.

The event will have three title fights on the main card and the middleweight, strawweight and bantamweight crowns will be at stake.

  1. 1 James Vick vs Joseph Duffy

    A matchup between two talented strikers in the lightweight division, James Vick vs Joseph Duffy is a real sleeper fight that might not go the distance and if it does, it won't be boring.  James "The Texecutioner" Vick is one of the most dangerous strikers in the division with his unusual length and slick striking skills. A pro since 2011 he has a record of 11-1 with impressive wins over Abel Trujillo, Ramsey Nijem, and Marco Polo Reyes. 

    A finisher, Vick is lethal both on the feet and the mat making him a very tricky opponent. "Irish" Joseph Duffy is one of the premier MMA fighters to come out of Ireland. One of the few men to hold a victory over lightweight champion Conor McGregor, it is a testament to his diverse skill set and fighting spirit. Duffy holds an impressive record of 17-2 with 15 wins coming by way of a finish. He has a black belt in tae kwon do, so he is very dangerous wherever a fight goes. 

    I don't see this fight going the distance it is a sure candidate for fight of the night if both men perform to the best of their abilities.

  2. 2 Aiemann Zahabi vs Ricardo Ramos

    Aiemann Zahabi vs Ricardo Ramos is a fight between two exciting newcomers to the UFC's bantamweight division. 

    Ricardo Ramos made his debut in the promotion earlier this year getting the victory which makes his current record 10-1. The Brazilian at just 22-years-old is a very exciting prospect for the division as he can finish fights everywhere, but is most dangerous on the ground with six of his ten wins coming via submission. 

    The 29-year-old Aiemann Zahabi is the brother of much revered MMA trainer Firas Zahabi and trains out of the famous Tristar Gym with the like of Georges St Pierre. He has an undefeated pro record of 7-0 since debuting in 2012. All but one of his victories coming by way of a decision, Zahabi is a very exciting fighter and I expect him and his opponent to both try to make an impression of what is only their second fight in the UFC.

  3. 3 Randy Brown vs Mickey Gall

    Two of the UFC's young prospects Randy Brown and Mickey Gall look to make an impression this weekend in front of millions of fans from all across the globe.

    A great opportunity for both men, it would make sense they come for a finish in what is the most important fight of their young careers. 

    Randy Brown first burst onto the scene after being discovered by Dana White on his show Looking for a Fight. Since then Brown has gone 3-2 in the division with impressive finishes over Erick Montano and Brian Camozzi. 

    Mickey Gall also came to notice through Dana White Looking for a Fight debuting in the UFC in 2016. He has since amassed 3 straight victories all coming by rear naked choke most notably his wins over CM Punk and top prospect Sage Northcutt. Gall has amazing Jiu-Jitsu and I see him finishing this one easily if the fight goes to the ground. On the feet, though, both men have similar skills so it should make for an exciting exchange when they meet this Saturday night.

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