5 Fighters to Keep an Eye On Ahead of UFC Fight Night 94

This Saturday evening, the UFC will set foot in Hidalgo, Texas for the very first time. It's always sad to see a mixed martial arts event not getting the attention and love it deserves. However, the amount of buzz for this card has been particularly low. Surprisingly so, because I believe the warm folks from The Lone Star State are in for a solid set of fights. Considering this, I decided to avoid writing the typical main event preview you all know and (hopefully) enjoy. Instead, I'll be designating five fighters you probably want to keep an eye on before, during, and after Fight Night 94. Without further ado, let's get to it:

5. Alejandro Perez

Fresh from a 'Performance of the Night' award in April of this year, Alejandro Perez is set to step foot into the octagon once again. Winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, he's been gradually making his way up the ladder. It's important to mention that 'El Diablito' is still in the process of fully developing his skillset;having said that, he's an active, combination-oriented striker who has shown effective grappling defense. At only 27 years of age, chances are he could become the next Latin star as long as he continues to chain victories.

4. Chris Wade

Moving on, we encounter a Long Island athlete who started his UFC career with three victories, but stumbled against Rustam Khabilov in May. Chris Wade is a former Division III wrestler who has developed a sharp set of kickboxing tools. Following his first defeat within the organisation, he's on a quest to return to his winning ways. If he wants to do that, he'll have to surmount one of the most suffocating lightweight grapplers in the world, Islam Makhachev. Currently, Wade is the underdog. Rightfully so. It'll be interesting to see if the American can beat the odds in order to get one step closer to the top.

3. Rick Glenn

If you exclusively watch the UFC product, you likely don't know who Rick Glenn is. To be honest, I wasn't overly familiar with this man either. After watching a couple of his fights, I can tell you that 'The Gladiator' is legit. A former WSOF featherweight champion, this boxer is incredibly aggressive, technically sound, and tough. He'll be making his debut against a shockingly well-rounded 155er by the name of Evan Dunham. This bout could really go either way, and it promises to deliver back-and-forth action.

2. Uriah Hall

Uriah Hall is one of my favorite fighters to watch...at times. Telling by his 13-6 record, he has shown some deeply concerning consistency issues. When Hall is on, he's a destruction machine. A fast and powerful striker, he has repeatedly finished his opposition with brutal strikes you would think are only possible in video games. If I showed you his highlight video, you would definitely think 'Prime Time' is a multiple-time world champion. Sadly, the highs have also brought many lows. At times, Hall struggles when he's not able to force his gameplan. Whenever that happens, he begins to make puzzling decision that ultimately lead him to failure. This Saturday, he'll be looking to prove he truly belongs at the top of the middleweight rankings when he battles Derek Brunson, a promising up-and-comer southpaw who has won his last 4 fights. Will we get Tekken Hall or unfocused Hall? I can't wait to find out.

1. Dustin Poirier

Indeed, the main reason why you should tune into FS1 this Saturday is to see The Diamond go to war. Approximately two years ago, Dustin lost to Conor McGregor. A tough pill to swallow at the time, it might have given him the motivation he needed to reach the next level. Since then, Poirier has returned to the lightweight division, where he's currently sitting on a four-fight win streak (three of them by first-round KO). With 15 UFC bouts under his belt, it's safe to say the Louisiana native is a veteran in combat sports. Primarily a stand-up artist, he's known for his ferocious power and deep technical knowledge. In the main event of the night, he'll be facing off against Michael Johnson, a tricky and durable athlete who is presently going through a rough patch. This is an exciting and unpredictable matchup that I truly believe could blossom into a FOTY contender.

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