In all, we’ll have five titles on the line – assuming all goes as planned this week leading up to the cards – and no shortage of intriguing fights set.
Here’s three ones that are sure to provide plenty of fireworks and keep you on the edge of your seat:
Ricardo Lamas vs. Dennis Bermudez/UFC 180
Yes, the headlines will be filled with Mark Hunt and Fabricio Werdum stories, but this featherweight contest between Ricardo Lamas and Dennis Bermudez isn’t only a viable contender for “Fight of the Night,” it might be the best bout of the weekend.
Lamas has won five of his last six, win the lone loss coming at the hands of Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title. While he never really threatened Aldo over the 25-minute contest, the experience of going the distance with the champion is something you can’t find in a practice room.
And if you have forgot what Lamas is capable of, look back to his 2011 submission win over Cub Swanson, or his 2013 knockout of Erik Koch.
Bermudez has quietly strung together a seven-fight win streak in the division, scoring two submissions during the time. The biggest win of his career came this past July when he locked up a rear-naked choke on Clay Guida.
“The Menace” wants to stake his claim in the 145-pound division and would like nothing more than earning his sixth “fight-night” bonus at the expense of Lamas.