This Saturday marks the first time in 22 years since UFC has been held in Buffalo, New York. UFC 7 in 1995 was back in the days of tournaments and Ken Shamrock was champion. 203 UFC’s later and the sport is almost unrecognisable to back then. Here is the main card breakdown:
(Lightweight) Will Brooks vs Charles Oliveira: We start of the main card with a lightweight bout between 2 experienced fighters, Will Brooks is a former Bellator lightweight champion with a record of 19 – 2 – 0 with his last fight been a loss to Alex Oliveira, no relation to Charles. Charles Oliveira on the other hand is an exciting fighter to watch, one of his biggest problems is making weight, however at the weigh-in, he made weight, that been said; his record currently stands at 27 – 7 – 0 but has 3 submission, performance and fight of the nights to his credit, so Brooks may have a better record but Oliveira is a tough opponent to beat. And if it goes to the ground, Oliveira could come out with the W.
(Welterweight) Thiago Alves vs Patrick Cote: Could possibly be fight of the night, 2 UFC veterans. Thiago Alves, like Charles Oliveira also struggle to make weight, but made weight for this bout. He has a record of 21 – 11 – 0 and has 2 fight of the nights, 1 performance and 1 KO of the night to his credit and once took GSP to the bitter end at UFC 100. Cote is an ultimate fighter finalist has a record of 23 – 10 – 0 and 1 fight and 2 KO’s of the night. Both men have lost their last fight with Alves losing his last 2 fights. It’s anybody’s ball game.
(Women’s Strawweight) Cynthia Calvillo vs Pearl Gonzalez: The fight that nearly didn’t happen because Gonzalez had breast implants however the decision was later reversed. Gonzalez who is making her debut has a record of 6 – 1 – 0 with 4 wins being submissions. Cynthia Calvillo is still a newcomer with her second UFC fight but has a record that stands currently 4 – 0 – 0, but both fights have been on the main card. UFC must like her. Current Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk is set to face Jessica Andrade next month at UFC 211. If Calvillo wins here she may be in the title conversation or at least the picture.
(Middleweight) Chris Weidman vs Gegard Mousasi: Could potentially be the best fight on the card. Chris Weidman; the man who famously ended Anderson Silva’s streak as Middleweight champion and then stopped him again in the rematch. His last 2 fights however weren’t as successful. For a long time he wasn’t liked by the audience, but how can you not respect the man after the beating he got from Luke Rockhold and managed to walk away. His last fight was against what many consider including myself the rightful no.1 contender for Michael Bisping’s middleweight title Yoel Romero. Despite the 2 losses he still has an impressive record 13 – 2 – 0 and is impressive as an all round fighter.
His opponent Gegard Mousasi is no stranger to success; once holding the Strikeforce Lightweight belt and both of Dream’s Lightweight and Middleweight titles. He currently has a record 41 – 6 – 2 and is also an all rounder but more notably a striker and KO artist. He currently on a 4 fight win streak. Weidman needs a win here to get back to where he was when he was champion while if Mousasi wins here; an argument could be made for both Romero and him being no.1 contenders.
(Light Heavyweight Title) Daniel “DC” Cormier(c) vs Anthony “Rumble” Johnson: A blockbuster main event. DC and Rumble went at it back at UFC 187 in May 2015 for the vacant title after Jon Jones had to forfeit the belt due to a hit and run. DC got the better of Rumble and won with a rear-naked choke in the middle of the third round. It really is anyone’s fight. Jon Jones could face the winner however Jimi Manuwa has said recently on Whoatv that he too wants the winner. Rumble is one of the hardest hitters in the sport and him vs Jones would be major box office. DC at the weigh in missed weight by 1.2 lbs but came out 2 minutes later and was 205 lbs. With age it’s harder to make weight, but it’s obvious DC threw up back stage to lose that 1.2 lbs, will that have an effect on the fight. If the fight goes to the ground or goes the distance than it could very well be DC’s, but if Rumble keeps his distance from the wrestler he could take home the prize and we could see Rumble vs Bones Jones or even Posterboy Manuwa. Be sure to check out all the action on PPV this Saturday night.