Well, what should be one of the more interesting cards of the year, we will see a rematch main event, the toughest women’s straw weight challenge yet and a returning Eddie Alvarez since his loss to Conor McGregor against another former opponent of McGregor in Dustin Poirier. Here is our main card breakdown, as always the card is subject to change:
(Lightweight) Eddie Alvarez vs Dustin Poirier:
I know this fight is on the prelims and not the main card but it’s worth putting on the breakdown. As I said in the opening paragraph, both men are former opponents of the current lightweight champion Conor McGregor. Poirier lost in a featherweight bout, after which; he went back up to the lightweight division and has been there ever since picking up wins over Yancy Medeiros, Joseph Duffy and Jim Miller. Alvarez last fight was the first event in New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden since the MMA ban had been lifted in early 2016. He is a former lightweight champion and holds wins over Michael Chandler, Anthony Pettis and Rafael Dos Anjos. Both men are known for KO’s. Even though it’s a prelim, it’s one of the more prominent fights on the card.
(Flyweight) Henry Cujedo vs Sergio Pettis:
We start off the main card with a flyweight bout, Henry Cujedo is an Olympic Gold Medalist in freestyle wrestling, his record stands 10 – 2 – 0, his last 2 fights have been defeats against the current champion Demetrious Johnson and then Joseph Benevidez, all 3 men are the highest ranked in the division, Cujedo will be the favourite, experience is on his side. His opponent Sergio Pettis, younger brother of former lightweight champion Anthony is on a record 15 – 2 – 0 and currently on 3 fight win streak; he is known for going the distance and doesn’t get many finishes but occasionally does.
(Featherweight) Frankie Edgar vs Yair Rodriguez:
One of the more interesting fights on the card, whoever wins this one could potentially face the winner of the UFC 212 main event between champion Jose Aldo and interim champion Max Holloway. Frankie Edgar is a former UFC lightweight champion and has notable wins over Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes and 3 victories over B.J. Penn. Speaking of Penn, in his long awaited return earlier this year, the man to beat him was none other than Yair Rodriguez. Rodriguez is currently on an 8 fight win streak not having lost in 4 and half years. Both men are known for going the distance. Experience is on the side of Edgar, however youth and momentum are on the side of Rodriguez.
(Welterweight) Demian Maia vs Jorge Masvidal:
2 veterans take to the cage next Maia who many believe including myself should get a shot at the Welterweight belt and now’s the time, at 39 years old and with a reputation for being one of the best grapplers in the sport. He is currently on a 6 fight win streak and surely a win here will put him in the title frame. His opponent Masvidal, more known for his knockouts and decisions, he’s fought all over the world for promotions like Strikeforce, Bellator and many others and is currently on a 3 fight win streak. If Masvidal wants to come out on top he’ll need to keep the fight standing up. Could potentially be fight of the night.
(UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship) Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) vs Jessica Andrade:
Since becoming Women’s Strawweight champion Jedrzejczyk has become one of the more popular fighters in the sport, on a current 13 – 0 – 0 record and an extensive striking background in Kick Boxing and Muay Thai. Her opponent Andrade has a record of 16 – 5 – 0, and since coming down to the strawweight division last year has been on a 3 fight win streak. This is definitely Jedrzejczyk’s toughest challenge, can the Polish superstar remain undefeated.
(Main Event) (UFC Heavyweight Championship) Stipe Miocic (c) vs Junior Dos Santos:
And lastly we finish with a grudge match. Miocic has lost to 2 men in his career. Stefan Struve and former heavyweight champion Dos Santos back in 2014 in what was a close unanimous decision. Miocic will want to avenge his loss, currently on a 4 fight win streak against some heavy hitters knocking out Hunt, Arlovski, Werdum to become champion and a KO over Overeem aswell. The champion looks unstoppable however, Dos Santos is no stranger to knocking people out himself, names include former champions Mir, Velasquez and Werdum, aswell as Mark Hunt and the other man to beat Miocic, Stefan Struve. Whoever lands that one solid blow will come out on top.