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
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 (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 (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 (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
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.