That’s right, fight fans! It’s that time again for the UFC to headline a Pay-Per-View card that is action packed to say the least! This PPV is in Dallas, Texas where there will be two UFC titles up for grabs along with a number one contender spot, as well. Saturday March 14, 2015 we will see in the main event UFC World Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis defend his title again against Rafael dos Anjos who has been on a tear in the Lightweight division and earned his chance for the title. In the co-main event we have UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Carla Esparza defending her new title for the first time against undefeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk who is a dangerous striker. For the number one contender spot in the Welterweight division former champion Johny Hendricks is taking on dangerous Matt Brown who is looking to have a war with the former champion. Let’s take a look at the fight card and then I will discuss the other 3 fights in a bit.
The first 3 fights you can see on the UFC Fight Pass which is at 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT. In the first fight of the night the ladies will take the stage with a women’s Bantamweight fight where Larissa Pacheco will be taking on Germaine de Randamie. Both of these ladies want to show the world that even though they are first we will remember them at the end of the event.
The Lightweights are up next with Jake Lindsey taking on Joseph Duffy and these men are looking to make a name and create a splash for themselves. The last Fight Pass fight in the Flyweight division is Sergio Pettis who is making his return to this division taking on Ryan Benoit. I am excited to see this fight cause both of these fighters and their weight class are exciting to watch.
Next up we have the free prelims on FX at 8PM ET/5PM PT. Here we have the big boys of the Heavyweight division, Jared Rosholt vs. Josh Copeland, and man these men really want to work their way up the ranks. The next fight screams fight-of- the-night to me with Lightweights Daron Cruickshank vs. Beneil Dariush. The reason I say that is that these men love to strike and bang it out. Next up we have the Middleweights with Elias Theodorou vs. Roger Narvaez. Both men have a lot to prove to the UFC and want to keep it going in their futures. In the last prelim of the night we have Ross Pearson vs Sam Stout in a Lightweight fight that both men need a win to keep things going for them in the UFC.
Now onto the main card for UFC 185 PPV. We will have Chris Cariaso vs. Henry Cejudo in the Flyweight division which has a strange feeling to me. I say this because if Cejudo does not make weight this time at 125lbs Cariaso has said that he will not fight him and this fight will be scrapped. So, we will have to see what happens there.
We have a Heavyweight fight that screams SLUGFEST! I am excited about this fight where we have Roy Nelson vs. Alistair Overeem. This fight will determine which man will move up and which man will move down. The loser of this fight may have a tough time making it back up through the ranks. For the next three fights I am going to get into more detail.
In the Welterweight division we have former champion Johny Hendricks making his return from his title loss. He will be taking on Matt Brown who is looking to create another winning fight record. Both of these men are looking for a chance to take on the man they both lost to, UFC World Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler.
Brown met Lawler on July 26, 2014 in what people still talk about as one of the best fights of 2014 in a 5-round war where Lawler took the UD. Hendricks took on Lawler for the second time on December 4, 2014 in his first title defense since winning the title in March. Lawler was ready this time around and we saw the crowning of a new champion that night. Now that both these men have lost to the champion they want to get back at him and get their wins again. This fight is too tough to call and for me that’s what makes it exciting.
The co-main event and the first of two title fights is newly crowned UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Carla Esparza vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Esparza is looking to make this her first title defense since winning TUF and the title back in December. At the same time, Jedrzejczyk is an undefeated fighter as well as a 6-time world champion in Muay Thai Kickboxing. This will be an old-school fight with a grappler taking on a striker, but this is MMA so I think both these ladies will be showing off all their skills. Esparza is looking to demonstrate why she is the champion in both Invicta and the UFC. So, if she thinks her back is against the wall, she will want to prove herself all the way. Jedrzejczyk wants to get her first title and show the world that she is the best and to keep her undefeated record going.
It’s time for the main event for the UFC World Lightweight Championship where current champion Anthony Pettis is looking to defend and keep his title. He has his hands full with number one contender, Rafael dos Anjos. Anjos has been with the UFC a long time and has put everything together to become a true MMA fighter. Pettis isn’t just the UFC champion, he is also the last WEC World Lightweight Champion. He is loving the fact that RDA is a southpaw because that doesn’t present a problem for Pettis unlike most other fighters. Pettis loves it because of the fact that it’s a mirror image. Pettis can see more of what is happening. Let’s not forget that when Pettis won the WEC title it was against Benson Henderson who is a southpaw where we saw the showtime kick heard around the world.
Pettis is a crafty fighter with moves that most fighters dare not to execute. But, lets not get ahead of ourselves here because RDA is one of the most complete fighters in the Lightweight division. RDA has been in the UFC since November 15, 2008 which is hard for a lot of fighters to say and and to keep ther jobs in one of the most stacked and exciting weight divisions. RDA has proven time and time again that he is one tough fighter that you can’t look past. What caught the UFC’s and other people’s attention was RDA’s 5-fight winning streak against tough fighters who were in the upper ranks. He has proven that he is a serious contender who can take the title away from Pettis.
RDA is 8-1 in his current run. His one loss was to undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov. RDA didn’t let that loss stop him from reaching the title shot that he has earned. With this fight set, RDA has been training like this is his only shot at the title and wants to show that he is ready to be a champion. Pettis is looking to not only keep his championship but become the most dominant champion in the UFC Lightweight division and take on all comers from any weight class.
What do you fight fans think of these fights ?