UFC Fights to Watch in November

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Mitch Viquez|Zuffa LLC|Zuffa LLC

With the UFC wrapped up for the month of October, there are a ton of bouts to look forward to next month. Fans will be treated to four UFC cards in November: UFC Fight Night 77: Belfort vs. Henderson; UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm; UFC Fight Night 78: Brown vs. Gastelum; UFC Fight Night 79: Henderson vs. Alves. All four November headliner will be fantastic and a must-watch, but to make things interesting, I've developed a list of five non-main event or title bouts that fans should definitely keep an eye on.

Glover Teixeira vs. Patrick Cummins (UFC Fight Night 77) 

Teixeira, who recently ended a two-fight skid with a win over surging contender Ovince Saint Preux, is in prime positioning to re-establish himself in the title hunt against Cummins. "Durkin," who is 4-2 in the UFC since leaving his job as a coffee barista in 2014, has finally earned his way back to the co-main event slot since his short notice debut against now light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.  Teixeira is an exceptional striker but also has a sneaky ground game, whereas Cummins' specialty is his wrestling. However, this bout could end up either on the mat or standing up and is guaranteed to entertain fans across the world.

Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva II (UFC 193)

With one of the craziest fights to close out 2013, who wouldn't want to see Hunt and Silva square off again for the chance to finish what they started? Each fighter has had their ups and downs since the last time they met (ironically, both Hunt and Silva have had a knockout win and two knockout losses). We know what we are getting when we will see these two step into the cage at UFC 193, and thats a barnburner of a slugfest -- or a quick knockout, because, well, it's heavyweight. Either way, expect a 'Fight of the Night' or 'Performance of the Night' bonus following this matchup, depending how long the bout lasts.

Jussier Formiga vs. Henry Cejudo (UFC Fight Night 78)

All we have heard since Cejudo joined the UFC in 2014 is how he is destined to be the new kingpin at 125-pounds. He will face his toughest test to date in Brazilian Jussier Formiga. With Cejudo's wrestling being neutralized for the most part by his last opponent in Chico Camus, it will be interesting to see if the Olympic Gold Medalist can keep his hype-train in full force, or if his wrestling falters against Formiga. Expect some really, really entertaining grappling in a very close three-round bout, with the winner earning a title shot against champ Demetrious Johnson.

Uriah Hall vs. Robert Whittaker (UFC 193)

With Hall seemingly finally achieved the hype he established on The Ultimate Fighter 17, he is riding high after dispatching longtime contender Gegard Mousasi. Hall stepped up on short notice to face the middleweight division's new knockout artist, Robert Whittaker, after Michael Bisping pulled out due to injury. This will be an entertaining stand-up fight where the odds simply won't be able to be trusted as Hall is known to falter in key fights and Whittaker emerges victorious when booked as the underdog more often then not. Potentially, a top-ten opponent could be awaiting the winner.

Chas Skelly vs. Kevin Souza (UFC Fight Night 77)

Skelly and Souza are both riding high in the UFC featherweight division, as they're both riding three-fight winning streaks. We could be potentially see a dark horse emerge in the featherweight division after this fight is all said and done. It's hard for UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Joe Silva to ignore such a win streak without rewarding the winner with a big name fight. This is a classic striker (Souza) versus grappler (Skelly) matchup with the winner poised to make some noise in the top 15 of the featherweight division. Honorable mentions:

  • Anthony Birchak vs Thomas Almeida (UFC Fight Night 77)
  • Andre Fili vs. Gabriel Benitez (UFC Fight Night 78)
  • Mirko Filipovic vs. Anthony Hamilton (UFC Fight Night 79)
  • Dong Hyun Kim vs. Jorge Masvidal (UFC Fight Night 79)

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