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Fight Night 50 set to be a classic with Bellator showdown

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The UFC has started to stack up it's Fight Night 50 card as it prepares to go head-to-head with rival Bellator's 123 pay-per-view.

They announced yesterday that they had moved the Gegard Mousasi-Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza middleweight clash from the cancelled UFC 176 to the Fight Night event and they've also added two huge heavyweight fights.

Alistair Overeem will face off against Ben Rothwell and Matt Mitrione will fight Derrick Lewis, with both fights having a high potential to see a knockout finish.

Mitrione was expected to face Stefan Struve at UFC 175 but Struve was ruled out of competition by doctors just an hour before their fight after he complained that he felt like he was going to faint.

Also on the card is the return of lightweight, Joe Lauzon, who alongside Anderson Silva has the highest amount of post-fight rewards in UFC history with twelve.

Lauzon is a potential show stealer anytime he's on the cards and he's become a fan favourite in the past couple of years due to his fights usually ending in a KO or submission victory for him or his opponents.

His last three fights have gone the distance (only four fights over his career have gone that far) and fans will be hoping that he gets back into his old form when he face Michael Chiesa.

Chiesa is just as exciting as Lauzon as he's finished eight of his eleven wins via submission and will be a stern challenge for Lauzon's ground game.

Although it is their 50th Fight Night card, one of the bigger reasons will be that Bellator will start their latest season on the very same night.

Bellator are the number two MMA organisation in America and while they don't pose much of a threat to the UFC, the UFC won't want to give up an inch to their rivals.

They're set to kick off Season 11 of Bellator with two of their top middleweight fighters, Brennan Ward and James Irvin main eventing their Bellator 123 pay-per-view.

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