Five most intriguing fights at UFC on FOX 15

The UFC will return to FOX on Saturday night as UFC on FOX 15 will come from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and will be headlined by a middleweight bout as Lyoto Machida meets Luke Rockhold. UFC on FOX 15

The co-main event of the fight card will also be a middleweight bout as Chris Camozzi steps up on six days notice to meet top title contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in a rematch of their 2013 bout.

Also on the main card on FOX, Cub Swanson returns to the cage following a defeat last year to meet Max Holloway and in a key women’s strawweight bout, Ultimate Fighter alum Felice Herrig faces Paige VanZant.

Let’s take a look at the 5 most intriguing bouts on the card.

5. Tim Means vs. George Sullivan
Two heavy hitting, rising welterweights go toe to toe on Saturday night in Newark. Sullivan has won his first 2 appearances inside the octagon and 8 overall. Means is on a streak of his own, winning 3 in a row and 5 of 6. Both men are large for the division and like to use their size to dictate where the fight goes. With that advantage likely neutralized, look for the winner of this fight to be the man who takes the center of the cage and stays the most active.

4. Jim Miller vs. Beneil Dariush
At one point not too long ago, Miller was considered one of the best lightweights in the world. After falling short in several of his bouts against top competition, the New Jersey native has been relegated to gatekeeper status. He takes on Dariush, who is coming in on short notice after an impressive win over Daron Cruickshank. This will be an excellent test for Dariush and should serve as measuring stick for his potential contender status. While Dariush is improving in his stand up game, this has the makings of an extremely entertaining grappling contest.

3. Aljamain Sterling vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Another case of a rising prospect taking on a talented, if flawed, gatekeeper of the division. Sterling is unbeaten in his professional career and is looking to continue to climb up the bantamweight ladder. The Serra-Longo product is thought to be one of the better prospects under the Zuffa banner. Mizugaki is looking to rebound from the trashing handed to him by former champ Dominick Cruz. Prior to that loss, he had won 5 in a row. The winner joins the short list of title contenders in the shallow bantamweight division.

2. Cub Swanson vs. Max Holloway
Two of the best strikers in the featherweight division in what should be a barnburner. Swanson is looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance against Frankie Edgar where his wrestling deficiencies were exposed. Luckily, that is not likely to be a problem against Holloway. The 23 year old has seemingly grown up inside the octagon and has managed to turn himself into something of a finishing machine. The winner will likely find themselves in a top contender’s bout next time out.

1. Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold
Quite simply, this is one of the best fighters the UFC has to offer, regardless of title bouts. Both patient strikers who look to time the perfect openings, this fight will likely come down to who gets off more often. Rockhold has a slick submission game that has been showcased in his most recent bouts but it would be a surprise if he looks to take the fight to the mat. Machida is also dangerous on the ground, however we hardly ever see him there due to his preference to keep the fight standing and excellent takedown defense. I except a somewhat similar bout to the Mousasi/Machida fight, however a bit higher paced. Appreciate this one, they don’t come around often.