This weekends UFC 226 is without a doubt the best card the UFC has put forward this year and, if it goes down without any issues, it may be one of the best cards of all time. The card will feature twelve incredible bouts stacked some of the most outstanding and entertaining fighters on the roster. If that’s not exciting enough, the event will be headlined by two of the greatest title fights in the history of the sport. These are the top five reasons why you should watch this card.
The Return of Gokhan Saki
At 34 years of age with minimal MMA experience, rebounding from a serious knee injury, it is unlikely that we will ever see Kickboxing legend Gokhan Saki fight for a UFC title. That being said, every single time we see him fight in the UFC it is going to be artistic chaos. Saki is light years ahead of everyone in the division when it comes to his striking and with that one attribute alone is going to be able to test and even beat most of the fighters in the division. It is inevitable that we will someday see Saki defeated due to his lack of grappling experience but this will not be the fight.
Paul Felder’s Impromptu Welterweight Debut
It is very rare that an injury and or fight fallout results in an equally compelling replacement matchup. Luckily for everyone affected, the opponent shuffling that took place involving Paul Felder & James Vick has now resulted in two outstanding matchups. The first of these matchups will take place on the Prelims of UFC 226 when Paul Felder makes his impromptu Welterweight debut against Mike Perry. This fight has all the potential to be one of the best fights of the weekend and will likely provide a memorable finish.
Beast Vs Predator
The two biggest and scariest knockout punchers in the Heavyweight division will be fighting for three rounds. What more do I need to say?
The Greatest Featherweight Fight Of All Time
The UFC 226 Co-Main event between Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega is special. This fight is what happens when a division is in perfect order. Everything has perfectly fallen into place to make this fight happen between the consensus, two best Featherweights in the world. Although Max Holloway is the reigning champion and one of the best fighters of all time, Brian Ortega has a very legitimate chance of dethroning him in this fight. The matchup will play into the strengths and weaknesses of both men and will surely bring out their absolute best. It is impossible to pick a winner in this fight and it is not unreasonable to believe we will be seeing these two fight more than once, regardless of the winner. This fight is going to be absolutely sensational and I can not wait.
A Real Super-fight
The UFC 226 main event between Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Light-Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is without a doubt one of the best Heavyweight fights to ever take place in the UFC. Matchups of this magnitude are very rarely put together but when they are they have the ability to elevate the sport as a whole and be remembered for years to come. This fight holds major consequences for both men outside of just winning and losing. If he is able to successfully defend his belt, Stipe Miocic will without a doubt cement himself as the greatest Heavyweight of all time. Daniel Cormier one the other hand will be fighting for the chance to solidify his legacy and become the fifth two-weight world champion in UFC history and the first to hold both the Heavyweight and Light-Heavyweight belts. This fight is as grand as a UFC title fight can be and will surely produce a historic moment for one of these men. It would be foolish not to be excited for this fight.