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Anthony Johnson vs. Daniel Cormier – Vacant Light Heavyweight Championship Bout
Johnson's (19-4) renaissance at 205 pounds has been one of the UFC's best stories in recent years as he is fighting at a comfortable weight and does not need to do anything drastic to cut weight. While he has a strong wrestling base, Johnson's key is his power in his strikes and he might be the strongest man in the division. His cardio has also improved, and it will be tested against Cormier (15-1), who is going to try to take him to the mat again and again as he is a former Olympian, but Cormier has worked on his striking to get it up to “decent”. His lone loss came against Jones, so it will be interesting to see if Cormier has come up with a gameplan to test another striker/wrestler like Johnson.
Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort – Middleweight Championship Bout
This match is a year in the making as it was supposed to take place at UFC 173, but both have had various injuries and situations where it had to be rescheduled. Weidman (12-0) is a top-notch submission artist who has stepped up his striking leaps and bounds to the point where he defeated Lyoto Machida in 2014's Fight Of The Year to show that his two wins over Anderson Silva were no fluke. Belfort (24-10) is one of the legendary strikers of all time and there are not many who are more explosive than the former 205-pound champion, but he is also a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Expect the pre-match talk to revolve around TRT, which Belfort says he is now done with after struggling with testosterone levels.
Donald Cerrone vs. John Makdessi – Lightweight
Cerrone (27-6, 1 NC) won a controversial decision over former champion Benson Henderson to earn an eliminator match, and he will probably still get a chance to fight for the title if he wins this decisively. It was his seventh win in a row and Cerrone can go wherever you want; standing up, he is a kickboxing whiz, but he has also submitted 15 opponents. The issue is that he often struggles in big matches as nerves take over, but this is probably his last shot at the belt. Makdessi (13-3) stepped in for the injured Nurmagomedov and has won four of his last five, and he is a black belt in karate and taekwondo, which means he should want to keep this standing up as Makdessi does not have the grappling chops that Cerrone has.
Travis Browne vs. Andrei Arlovski – Heavyweight
Browne (17-2-1) got back on track with a win over Brendan Schaub after losing to Fabricio Werdum in title eliminator and as a heavyweight, it is pretty simple what Browne's plan is: to knock you out, and he has done so 13 times in his career. However, he does have a “Submission of the Night” award over Chad Griggs at UFC 145, so Browne can handle himself on the mat if he has to. Arlovski (23-10, 1 NC) is a former UFC heavyweight champion, both undisputed and interim and he has won four in a row after he knocked out Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. The sambo and kickboxing fighter has experience and can fight wherever you want, and at 36 he can see his window closing on a title shot.
Joseph Benavidez vs. John Moraga – Flyweight
Benavidez (21-4) has lost twice in his last 11 fights, but both were to 125-pound champion Demetrious Johnson; however, since Johnson has cleaned out the division, he might be in line for a third try at some point down the road. Benavidez has submitted nine opponents while knocking out six, and he fights at a feverish pace which many cannot sustain. Moraga (16-3) has also lost to Johnson, but he is a strong wrestler with good conditioning who has submitted eight opponents. Both men know the stakes are high in the 125-pound division, and a win could put them right back in the running for a shot.