By Raphael Garcia
UFC 210 comes at a great time, as a lull in UFC action has created a degree of “excitement” about this weekend’s event in Buffalo, New York. While some suggest that UFC 210 isn’t a strong card, it actually offers compelling fights beyond the main and co-main event. One such matchup is the lightweight bout between Will Brooks and Charles Oliveira, a fight that can could steal the show.
On paper, Brooks vs. Oliveira doesn’t leap off the page. Both men are coming off of losses and didn’t look exceptionally good in their last fights. However, in Brooks we have a former Bellator champion looking to carve out his place in the UFC’s lightweight division. And Oliveira remains a fighter to watch at just 27 years of age. He is capable of standout performances, as well as others where he looks like there’s an imposter in his body.
Conor McGregor and the lightweight title, there’s a lot of room to make big fights with the remaining 155-pounders on the roster. Both Brooks and Oliveira should be in consideration for some of these big fights. A win for either man doesn’t catapult the victor to the title tier, but it does give him the opportunity to reestablish himself in the UFC’s Top 15. Those rankings don’t mean much, but they do create conversational fodder for the discussion of who should fight whom. Brooks and Oliveira both have the ability to be top contenders in this division, but their recent failures have kept them out of the running for some of the bigger fights at 155 pounds.
At UFC 210, Will Brooks welcomes Charles Oliveira back to the lightweight division. This isn’t the fight that jumps off of the page as the reason to watch tonight’s PPV. But it does offer important value to the fighters’ careers and the lightweight division as a whole. And this is the type of fight that can surprise everyone and be a show-stealer.