Early Look at the Main Card for UFC 194

Demian-MaiaThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be live and on Pay Per View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV on December 12, 2016 with UFC 194: Aldo vs McGregor. The stacked 12-fight card will kick off with Fight Pass prelims at 7pm ET and preliminary action will continue at 8pm ET on FOX Sports 1. The main card will get underway at 10pm ET on Pay Per View. The Aldo vs McGregor featherweight title bout will be headlining the card, and the co-main event will be a middleweight title fight between defending champion Chris Weidman and challenger Luke Rockhold. On paper, UFC 194 is arguably the greatest card in UFC history. If interested in wagering on this fight card, all betting lines will be made available at Several Bookmakerss. Getting the action started for the UFC 194 main card on Pay Per View will be a barn-burner in the featherweight division in the form of Max “Blessed” Holloway vs Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens. Both fighters are fan favorites in the UFC’s 145-pound division and they look to finish fights. This is the perfect scrap to get the main card rolling on a high note. Holloway currently enjoys a very impressive seven fight winning streak, which he hopes to extend to eight and make his claim for a title shot. Looking to stop his momentum and put an end to that streak will be Stephens, who last saw action at UFC 189 five months ago, where he snapped a two-fight losing streak with a knockout of Dennis Bermudez. That was a catchweight bout, as Stephens missed weight by 3.5lbs for the contest. Next up on the evening’s main card will be a welterweight contest between a pair of Brazilian Jiu-JItsu ace’s in Demian Maia and Gunnar Nelson. A very highly anticipated match-up, fight fans cannot wait to see these two square off on December 12th. Maia enjoys a three fight winning streak with unanimous decision wins over Alexander Yakovlev and Ryan LaFlare, and a second round rear naked choke submission of Neil Magny, which snapped Magny’s impressive seven fight winning streak. Nelson returned to the win column in his latest outing at UFC 189 five months ago, submitting Brandon Thatch via rear naked choke inside of the first frame of action. Middling the UFC 194 Pay Per View card is a middleweight war between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero. They had been scheduled to face off twice before but the match-ups never took place due to injuries. Both men presumably healthy now, this is a scrap fight fans have been chomping at the bits to see for quite some time now and it’s finally, almost here. Jacare rides a very impressive eight five winning streak (5-0 inside the Octagon) since losing his Strikeforce middleweight title to Luke Rockhold just over four years ago. Romero enjoys a six fight winning streak inside the Octagon, with five of those victories coming by way of T/KO; four of them in the third and final round of action. An unofficial title eliminator, these 185-pound warriors are expected to leave it all inside the Octagon when they go toe to toe at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The co-main event of the evening for UFC 194 will be a middleweight titlefight between defending champion Chris Weidman and challenger Luke Rockhold. It comes as no surprise that this five round co-main event has already been dubbed by many as ‘the greatest middleweight fight in UFC history’. Long Island’s Weidman took the title from argubly the greatest fighter in mixed martial arts history in Anderson Silva and looks to remain undefeated as a pro with a win over former Strikeforce 185-pound champion Rockhold. The Californian rides an impressive four fight winning streak with four finishes and will look to dethrone Weidman next Saturday night. It’s New York vs California! Shake Shack vs In N Out! This is happening!! It’s finally here! Aldo and McGregor! The long awaited main event of the evening!! Previously scheduled for UFC 189 five months ago, where the champ Aldo pulled out due to a rib injury and was replaced by Chad Mendes, turning the contest into an interim title fight, now the two are presumably healthy and ready for war in this title unification bout. Large chunks of Brazil and Ireland will be traveling to Las Vegas for this contest, almost as if it were a World Cup game, making this the biggest card, fight and week in mixed martial arts and UFC history. The city of Las Vegas will potentially be the most electric it has ever been. UFC featherewight champion Jose Aldo and interim-champion Conor McGregor, after likely refusing to touch gloves, will clash in what is arguably the most highly anticipated fight in the history of both the promotion and the sport. Expected to be a true barn-burner that produces a world of fireworks, these 145-pound champions will both step up to the plate and deliver. UFC 194 is estimated to break many records and it is hard to imagine it won’t. Like every fight fan out there, I cannot wait for the 12th of December.

Written by Gabe Killian

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