There isn’t just one prelim fight this Saturday that can be placed in the “can’t miss” category.
Instead, it’s a pair of lightweight ones – and for different reasons that will take place at UFC on FOX 16 in Chicago.
First up is a battle of experienced 155-pounders in Jim Miller and Danny Castillo.
Miller (24-6) has lost two in a row since going unbeaten over four fights between 2012-14. He was on the wrong end of a decision defeat to Beneil Dariush in April after losing to Donald Cerrone in 2014.
For the experienced fighter from New Jersey, avoiding a three-fight losing skid is of the utmost importance. Back in 2011, Miller had won 20 of his first 22 bouts before losing to Benson Henderson.
Castillo (17-8) is just 1-3 over his last four after posting decision wins vs. Tim Means and Paul Sass in 2013. He was knocked out to start the new year by Paul Felder after suffering a split decision defeat to Tony Ferguson in 2014.
One would have to think both of these men are safe in terms of their UFC contracts, but with the promotion constantly expanding, you just never know.
On the other side of things are the red-hot Kenny Robertson and Ben Saunders.
Robertson (15-3), who still teaches when he isn’t fighting or training, knocked out Sultan Aliev in January after earning 2014 wins vs. Ildemar Alcantara and Thiago Perpetuo. Overall, he is 4-2 over his last six fights.
Saunders (18-6-2) is 5-1 in his last six, including UFC wins over Joe Riggs via TKO and Chris Heatherly via submission. In fact, four of his last five victories have been finishes, as he also scored knockouts vs. Raul Amaya and Brian Warren while in Bellator.