The Top-3 billing fights for Saturday night’s UFC 192 card feature a current champion, two former UFC champions, a pair of Ultimate Fighter crowns and two previous title contender among them.
And that’s not including their incredible pre-UFC accomplishments.
But the biggest one – and the one you cannot miss – is the main event in which Daniel Cormier makes his first light heavyweight title defense against Alexander Gustafsson.
Cormier (16-1) claimed the title with a May submission victory over Anthony Johnson. The belt was declared vacant after the legal troubles brought on by Jon Jones, and “DC” took advantage.
Back in January, Jones dealt the ex-Olympian his first MMA loss, earning a decision and retaining his title.
After a 13-fight run in the heavyweight division that featured wins over Roy Nelson, Frank Mir, Antonio Silva and Josh Barnett in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix final, Cormier moved down to 205 to avoid his friend and training partner, then-UFC champion Cain Velasquez.
He quickly demolished Patrick Cummins and the legendary Dan Henderson, setting up the bout with Jones.
Gustafsson (16-3) knows what it’s like to spend 25 minutes inside the Octagon with “Bones,” as he gave the former champion his biggest challenge to date when they fought in 2013.
Despite being defeated on the scorecards, many had “The Mauler” the uncrowned winner that night. He moved directly into a bout with Jimi Manuwa, setting himself up for a rematch with Jones.
However, an injury forced Gustafsson out and allowed Cormier to slide in, and when the Swede returned, he was finished for the first time in his career via strikes by Johnson.
Now he gets the chance to erase all of that when he challenges Cormier for the belt. As he typically does, the 28-year-old will hold a significant height (six inches) and reach (seven inches) advantage over the titleholder.
Those other two marquee bouts pit welterweights Johny Hendricks and Tyron Woodley against one another, along with 205-pound fighters Ryan Bader and Rashad Evans.