When a UFC event features the long-awaited return of a true superstar like Georges St-Pierre, it can be somewhat difficult to look beyond the card's headliner—especially when that headliner is a title unification bout.
The collective fascination focused on the night's main event is understandable—it's a very intriguing match—but it has served to overshadow what is an overall deep fight card wrought with both meaningful and potentially explosive contests.
As per usual, the main card will feature a combination of rising contenders (Francis Carmont and Constantinos Philippou, for instance) as well as a match with significant title implications (Martin Kampmann vs. Johny Hendricks).
But even so, the splendors of the night are not confined to pay-per-view. On the contrary, the card's prelims will host several intriguing matches that promise their own brand of fireworks.
The show will kickoff with a quartet of Facebook affairs before the promotion changes mediums to the small screen, where FX will host another four contests prior to the launch of the PPV event. It is there on FX where perhaps the evening's most entertaining action will occur.
I'm not talking about Patrick Cote vs. Alessio Sakara, though that will be one to watch.
I'm talking about Sam Stout vs. John Makdessi—a fight that features a pair of well-matched standout lightweight strikers with a penchant for putting on epic shows.
Both Stout and Makdessi employ stand-up-heavy tactics that lead to fireworks more often than not. While Makdessi's kickboxing repertoire is a bit more varied than Stout's punching-focus arsenal (though he too comes from a kickboxing background), both fighters tend to be as flashy as they are skilled.
What truly makes this fight so promising is that, despite the combined knockout power shared by the two competitors, neither Stout nor Makdessi has ever been knocked out in a combined 36 career bouts.
That means a 15-minute thriller could very well be in order.
Throw in that both guys will be looking to impress a crowd made up of their countrymen, and there is every reason to expect a firefight.
In terms of importance, FX is probably a reasonable place for Stout vs. Makdessi. But in terms of entertainment potential, this Fight of the Night candidate might just turn out to be UFC 154's shining moment.
Don't miss it. There's a good chance you'll be sorry if you do.
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