I’m getting really annoyed with how the UFC is choosing to name its events. This particular event is actually The Ultimate Fighter: China Finale, but it’s billed as UFC Fight Night: Macao. However, it’s not following the (albeit unofficial) numbering system of UFC Fight Night cards. The last UFC Fight Night event was UFC Fight Night 36: Machida vs. Mousasi and UFC Fight Night 37 is Gustafsson vs. Manuwa. So what does that make this card, UFC Fight Night 36.5: Kim vs. Hathaway?
The answer is: I’m spending way too much time thinking about this card considering the main event features Dong Hyun Kim and John Hathaway. Nothing against the guys, but it’s not a fight with a lot on the line in terms of title contention. That being said, I am looking forward to Matt Mitrione vs. Shawn Jordan which should end in a knockout, and Nam Phan vs. Vaughan Lee should be entertaining. Hatsu Hioki and Ivan Menjivar should be…well, I recognize their names, so there’s that. The rest of the card is populated with fighters who no one knows because they’re from The Ultimate Fighter: China show, but at least this is a way to get introduced to them.
If you plan on watching this event live, keep in mind you NEED a UFC Fight Pass subscription to watch it. The free trial is now over, so you’ll need to pony up the $9.99 per month to gain access to the fight, but fortunately there’s a lot of other good content on UFC Fight Pass that comes along with this fight card.
The start time for UFC Fight Night 36.5: Kim vs. Hathaway is at 6:15AM EST with the preliminary fights and the the main card kicks off at 8AM EST. Yes, this is crazy early, but like I said after the last early card, if you’re an adult, getting up early to watch fights on a Saturday morning will give you the same sort of feeling you got when you were a kid who woke up early on Saturday mornings for cartoons.