The majority of the headlines and hype ahead of UFC 202 will go to Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor.
And they deserve it.
But the card is an interesting one to see where the real welterweight division plays out.
First things first, we do not know if either Diaz or McGregor will remain at 170 pounds going forward. Nick Diaz is penciled in as a welterweight contender whenever – or if – he returns, while McGregor is the current UFC featherweight champion.
Instead, let us focus in on the five other welterweight bouts set for Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Rick Story takes on the red-hot Donald Cerrone, Hyun Gyu Lim and Tim Means welcome fighters to the UFC, while Neil Magny takes on Lorenz Larkin. The other bout will pit Colby Covington vs. Max Griffin, another newcomer.
Story-Cerrone and Magny-Larkin are the two high profile fights of the bunch.
The 31-year-old Story (19-8) has reeled off three consecutive wins and is 5-2 over his last seven, scoring wins over the likes of Tarec Saffiedine and Gunnar Nelson. Cerrone, meanwhile, is 2-0 since moving up to 170 pounds following his lightweight title fight vs. Rafael dos Anjos. Outside of that first round TKO loss last December, “Cowboy” is 10-1 in his last 11 with seven stoppage wins to his credit.
Magny (18-4) is on a three-fight win streak, having finished Hector Lombard last March after split decision wins vs. Kelvin Gastelum and Erick Silva. He is a similar 10-1 over his last 11, losing only to Demian Maia in Brazil. His opponent, Larkin, is 3-1 with two TKOs over his last four, having bested Jorge Masvidal this past May.
So what happens with these four? How about the winners square off? Wouldn’t Cerrone vs. Magny be a strong “Fight Night” main event?