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UFC 192 Main Card Preview: Cormier vs Gustafsson

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UFC 192 will be broadcasted live from the Toyota Center from Houston, Texas and will be headlined by a UFC Light Heavyweight Title collision between Daniel “DC” Cormier (16-1) taking on Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (16-3). This will be the UFC’s first time back to Houston since UFC 166 in 2013.

Opening up the main card will be a Women’s Bantamweight attraction featuring the #7 ranked Jessica “Evil” Eye (11-3-1) facing the #12 ranked Juliana Pena (6-2). Eye went undefeated in her tenure with Bellator, going 3-0, however she’s looking to make it back to .500 in her time with the UFC. She lost in her last outing against Miesha Tate by way of unanimous decision in the Co-Main Event of UFC on Fox 16. Pena is the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 18 and has won her last bout over Milana Dudieva by way of first round TKO at UFC Fight Night 63.

The next bout will be a heavyweight slugfest between Shawn Jordan (18-6) and Ruslan Magomedov (13-1). Jordan has been devastatingly dominate as of late and has finished his last 3 fights via TKO. He took out Jack May in the 3rd round at UFC Fight Night 47, Jared Cannonier in the 1st at UFC 182 and most recently Derrick Lewis in the 2nd at UFC Fight Night 68. Trying to end Jordan’s rampage will be Ruslan Magomedov who is on a hot streak of his own as he has won 8 in a row and in the span he’s defeated 2 former UFC Heavyweight Champions, Ricco Rodriguez and Tim Sylvia. Ruslan has won two fights in his UFC tenure, his last being a unanimous decision victory over Josh Copeland at UFC Fight Night 57.

Then in a showcase of top 5 light heavyweights, #5 Ryan “Darth” Bader (19-4) will take on the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion #4 “Suga” Rashad Evans (19-3-1). Both have been through the grinder of The Ultimate Fighter, Rashad won Season 2 whereas Ryan won Season 8. Rashad has been nursing a knee injury for 2 years now but in his last outing he destroyed former multi-time UFC title contender, Chael Sonnen in the first round of their Co-Main Event at UFC 167. Bader is riding on a 4 fight winning streak and in his last bout he took out Bellator’s Number 1 contender Phil Davis via split decision at UFC on Fox 14.

The Co-Main event will follow and a UFC Welterweight Title match is up for grabs as former UFC Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks (17-3) goes up against Tyron Woodley (15-3). Woodley has gone 5-2 since coming to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and of his 5 victories, 4 have come by way of TKO or KO. In his last outing he received a split decision nod over The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner, Kevin Gastelum in the Co-Main event of UFC 183. Hendricks lost his Welterweight strap almost a year ago but won his next fight that followed at UFC 185 winning a unanimous decision over “The Immortal” Matt Brown.

The Main Event will feature a contest for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship which rests firmly on the waistline of Daniel “DC” Cormier (16-1) who will be defending against “The Mauler” Alexander Gustafsson (16-3). Cormier’s only loss of his professional career came by way of decision against the currently suspended former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. Cormier won the belt by defeating Anthony “Rumble” Johnson by rear naked choke in the 3rd round at UFC 187’s main event. Johnson defeated Alexander in Gustafson’s last outing by way of first round knockout in the main event of UFC on Fox 14.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.