UFC 202 will be one for the books as one of the most of anticipated rematches in UFC history will take place–Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 2. This alone would sell out the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their personalities and the memory of their first fight may loom over the other matches on that night but there are other spectacular match-ups ?to look forward to.
Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira, Light Heavyweight – Co-Main Event, PPV
These two heavy hitters are coming out to get it on. Anthony Johnson ( ranked #1) and Glover Teixeira (ranked #2) are known for their stand-up acumen and their striking power. Both men are also formidable on the ground. But action on the ground is not something fans are looking forward to when the Octagon doors are closed. Fans expect a knock out or at the least a three-round war. Yes, this is how exciting this bout is. Something less than a finish might disappoint some fans.
Teixeira won three straight of his bouts via finishes. One via submission over Ovince St. Preux and two stoppages via strikes. One was a TKO win against Patrick Cummins. Another was a first-round KO of former champion Rashad Evans.
Johnson, on the other hand, is coming in after two Performance of the Night stoppage wins against Jimi Manuwa and Ryan Bader.
This has fireworks written all over it. Also, this might have title implications.
Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki, Bantamweight – Prelims, Fox Sports 1
Cody Garbrandt (ranked #8), the Team Alpha Male fighter, is young, hungry and undefeated. He is being groomed by Urijah Faber to maybe challenge Alpha Male archenemy Dominick Cruz. Takeya Mizukagi (ranked #11) is a veteran of the sport and has fought the best of the best in the division including Dominick Cruz and Faber–losing to both. A win for Garbrandt could put him higher up in the bantamweight rankings, maybe 2 or 3 more wins away before his title shot. Mizugaki is the biggest name that Garbrandt has ever fought. Will we see the rise of a new star or challenger in the bantamweight division? Would a win warrant a showdown with Aljamain Sterling or even former teammate and former champion T.J. Dillashaw? This is a fight to watch.
Neil Magny vs. Lorenz Larkin, Welterweight – Prelims, UFC Fight Pass
Neil Magny looks to have improved every time he steps in the cage. This welterweight prospect comes in with a three-fight win streak that includes a TKO win over veteran Hector Lombard. This win earned him a Performance of the Night award and a No. 7 spot in the UFC welterweight rankings. ?Standing in front of him in the cage will be the ?The Monsoon,? Lorenz Larkin, a dangerous match-up on the ground.
A win for either man will be big as this inches them closer to bigger paydays and fights. Also, considering their exciting fighting styles, this would be a fun fight to watch. A win over Larkin would likely match Magny up with big name opponents such as former champ Johny Hendricks, former interim champ Carlos Condit and Rory McDonald. Larkin is not ranked in the division.
What other fights are you looking forward to in this card? McGregor?s teammate, Artem Lobov, will also be fighting Diaz?s teammate, Chris Avila, in the Prelims on Fox Sports 1. This just makes the hype for the main event bigger.