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UFC 185 Main Card Preview

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Anthony-Pettis
(UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis)

The lightweight and Women’s Strawweight titles are on the line at UFC 185. Anthony “Showtime” Pettis makes his second title defense against Rafael dos Anjos and Carla Esparza makes her first title defense against Joanna Jędrzejczyk. We preview the main card matchups of UFC 185.

Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (18-2) is on a 5-fight winning streak as lightweight champion. Gilbert Melendez pulled out all the stops against Pettis in his first title defense, rushing to clinch and grapple the champion. Pettis got the better of Melendez in the end, handing the former Strikeforce champion a guillotine finish for the first time in his career. Rafael dos Anjos (23-7) is 8-1 in his last 9 fights, taking impressive wins over Donald Cerrone, Benson Henderson and a dominating decision victory over Nate Diaz. This will be an exciting 2nd challenge to Pettis’ spot at as lightweight champion.

Carla Esparza vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk

Carla Esparza vs Rose Namajunas
(Carla Esparza vs Rose Namajunas for inaugural UFC strawweight championship)

Carla Esparza (10-2) makes her first title defense against Joanna Jędrzejczyk (8-0). Esparza fights a very well rounded game, winning 10 professional fights by 3 KO’s, 4 submissions and 2 decisions. Polish fighter Joanna Jędrzejczyk is undefeated as a professional and 2-0 in the UFC. Her last fight against Cláudia Gadelha was a close contest won by split decision for the strawweight title shot.

Johny Hendricks vs. Matt Brown

Johny-Hendricks
(Johny Hendricks weighs in at the MGM Grand)

Johny Hendricks (16-3) faces Matt Brown (19-12) at Welterweight in UFC 185’s main card. Hendricks was originally slated to fight a title trilogy against Robbie Lawler, but now faces veteran Matt Brown. Both Brown and Hendricks have suffered decision losses to Lawler and after his title defense against Rory MacDonald, there’s a good chance either one of these welterweights will face him again regardless of the title outcome.

Roy Nelson vs. Alistair Overeem

Roy-Nelson
(Roy Nelson, photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Roy Nelson (20-10) faces veteran Alistair Overeem (38-14) at heavyweight. Roy Nelson is 1-3 in his last 4 fights, most recently suffering a KO loss to Mark Hunt in September. Alistair Overeem is 2-3 in his last 5 fights, coming off of a KO victory over Stefan Struve at UFC on Fox 13.

Chris Cariaso vs. Henry Cejudo

Chris-Cariaso
(Chris Cariaso, photo by Ed Mulholland/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

A flyweight bout between Chris Cariaso (17-6) and Henry Cejudo (7-0) rounds out the main card of UFC 185. Cariaso is 3-1 in his last 4 fights, coming off of a submission loss to flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 178. Henry Cejudo is 1-0 in the UFC, most recently defeating Dustin Kimura at UFC on Fox 13. This will be Henry Cejudo’s first returning bout to flyweight since missing weight and being medically forced out of UFC 177.

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Kurt Tellez
Kurt Tellez is a Southern California-based writer and musician. He first developed a passion for writing and literature in high school that carried through to the completion of a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2013. Inspired by Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Alan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson, he has pursued a career in writing through contributions to online magazine publications, blogging, and social media management. His musical studies began at thirteen, and has since played in garage bands, concert bands and jazz bands everywhere from Honolulu to The Matthew Street Beatles Festival in Liverpool. Kurt has followed MMA since becoming an avid listener of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Inspired by Eddie Bravo's appearances on the show, he became a member of Tenth Planet Jiu-Jitsu in 2014.