2015 has flown by and August is nearly over, but four months of first-rate UFC fights remain! A number of bouts that you won’t want to miss have been inked for the remaining months, making it tough to choose just five of the most-hyped standouts. Check out our rundown of the top five most anticipated UFC matches below!
Cormier (USA) vs. Gustafsson (Sweden)
The embers are being stoked for UFC 192, where the main event will feature Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier defend his UFC light heavyweight title for the first time against number two contender Alexander ‘The Mauler’ Gustafsson. After Gustafsson was knocked out by Anthony Johnson during his last fight, he publicly stated that he was having serious doubts about continuing to compete. Gustafsson possesses excellent hands and footwork but will need to overcome the mental repercussions of coming off of such a damaging loss before he can hope to seriously challenge Cormier for the title.
Hendricks (USA) vs. Woodley (USA)
Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley has been waiting for a long time for a re-match against college rival and former UFC welterweight champion Johny ‘Bigg Rigg’ Hendricks. The two first met at the Big 12 wrestling finals in 2005, where Woodley (Mizzou) alleges that Hendricks (Oklahoma State) faked being bit on the hand to call in the referee and penalize Woodley. Hendricks took the match at the time, but Woodley has been waiting all these years to get a shot at redemption and will finally get his chance in October. Another reason to catch this contest? If you’re up on your pop culture trivia, you already know that Tyron Woodley plays a role in the recently released biopic, Straight Outta Compton. Check out the movie in theaters this weekend and order your tickets to UFC 192 for a Tyron Woodley double feature!
Johnson (USA) vs. Dodson (USA) – Part 2
This isn’t the first time Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson and John ‘The Magician’ Dodson have met in the ring. Johnson beat Dodson back in 2013 to defend his flyweight title and hasn’t surrendered it yet, in spite of five consecutive challenges. Though Dodson’s recent knee injury has kept him out of the spotlight for nearly a year, his ability to scramble and wrestle makes him a serious competitor. The first fight was extremely close, and we hope that Dodson has something similar up his sleeve for 191. Want to see how the first fight went down? Check out the 2013 Johnson vs. Dodson match for free on UFC’s YouTube channel here!
McGregor (Ireland) vs. Aldo (Brazil)
Christmas comes a little early this year – the featherweight championship title unification bout is set between Jose ‘Junior’ Aldo and Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor. Aldo’s ground game and his knockout power will give McGregor a run for his money, but McGregor won’t give up his interim belt without a fight. This bout is a do-over from UFC 189, which heavily promoted Aldo vs. McGregor, but Aldo was forced to pull out beforehand due to a broken rib. This meeting in December promises to finally deliver what we were promised in July: an intense battle between two of UFC’s most talented featherweights!
Weidman (USA) vs. Rockhold (USA)
Like your fights with a little more weight? UFC 194’s co-main event is right up your alley. Champion Chris ‘The All-American’ Weidman defends his middleweight title against #1 ranked middleweight Luke Rockhold on this epic night in December. Weidman has stated in no uncertain terms that he plans to steamroll Rockhold and that Rockhold ‘might be a little insecure about himself.’ Weidman was a Psychology major at Hofstra University, but we won’t take his diagnosis as gospel just yet given Rockhold’s four consecutive wins and brutal defeat of Lyoto Machida back in April.
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