The UFC has a great track record when it comes to their shows in Europe. Always fielding a strong fight card, the European Fight Nights are continuing to develop into a fantastic brand for the promotion.
Keeping with this them, UFC Hamburg is no exception.
The event will be headlined by former UFC heavyweight champions Andrei Arlovksi and Josh Barnett, as the pair come face to face inside the Octagon for the first since their proposed bout eight years ago at Affliction, which sadly fell through.
Although both men are coming of defeats in their last fights, this fight will be a highly anticipated event. As I mentioned above, each has held the heavyweight championship and both have put on incredible performances throughout their careers.
Arlovski was once seen as one of the most feared heavyweights on the planet, beating Tim Sylvia for the title back in 2005. Since losing the belt a year later, Arlovski's career has taken a bit of a turbulent ride. Staring retirement in the face after a run of four straight loses, the Belarusian switched to Jackson's MMA gym in Albuquerque to reinvigorate his career.
Although he suffered defeats to Alistair Overeem and current heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic earlier this year, Arlovski is still ranked as the No. 7 heavyweight on the roster. Coming off the back of two defeats, expect Arlovski to be fired up when he enters the Octagon in Hamburg.
Josh Barnett is one of the first ever UFC heavyweight champions. A veteran in the world of MMA, Barnett furthered his reputation as a name within the heavyweight division in the legendary Japanese Pride organization, fighting the likes of the legendary Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Like Arlovski, Josh Barnett is also coming off a loss earlier this year and, like Arlovski, will also be seeking to get back to his winning ways.
With both men looking to get their careers back on track with a possible future title shot, expect UFC Fight Night Hamburg to be a high-octane event. Taking place at Germany's Barclaycard Arena on Sept. 3, the card will also feature a co-main light-heavyweight bout between Ryan Bader and Ilir Latifi.