The UFC 194 card just keeps getting better and better…
We thought we were spoiled at UFC 189 where the Conor McGregor v
Jose Aldo Chad Mendes main card absolutely delivered and was full of enthralling exciting fights.
It’s hard to think anyone was bored when Gunner Nelson rear naked choked Brendan Thatch, or Jeremy Stephens and Dennis Bermudez went into all out war.
There was also the matter of Thomas Almeida’s flying knee against Brad Pickett:
Do we even need to mention the Welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Rory McDonald?
…And all of this was before the main event ‘that Conor built’. Now, at UFC 194 we are scheduled to have another ‘very McGregor’ card.
McGregor faced Max Holloway on his way to the top in the bout where the Dubliner tore his ACL. Currently at 14-3, Holloway has been on a tear, winning seven in a row, culminating in a TKO win (by injury) over Charles Oliveria.
While he lost to an injured McGregor, Holloway is still a remarkably young 23 years old and is getting better in every fight. At present he is pushing towards the murderous top six of the featherweight division, highlighted by Aldo, McGregor, Mendes, Frankie Edgar, Ricardo Lamas and Cub Swanson. The Hawaiian will face off with Jeremy Stephens (24-11), fresh off his thunderous knockout of Dennis Bermuez at UFC189 as aforementioned.
The other bout added to the card at Bantamweight sees McGregor nemesis and Ultimate Fighter Coach, Uriah Faber, face off with Frankie Saenz. The 4th-ranked Bantamweight Californian Kid has been enjoying the limelight from starring and verbally jarring with the Notorious one and becomes the latest big name on the 194 card.
Faber is 32-8 and has won six of his last eight fights. Veteran, Saenz comes in as the 14th ranked fighter in the division but has a seven fight win streak in his favour.
Another Irish fan favourite has also been confirmed as being on the card as SBG’s own Gunner Nelson will come to blows with Demian Maia (21-6). The thirty-seven year old Brazilian, ranked 6th in the Welterweight division, will pose a difficult but interesting test for Nelson.
The adopted Irish man was on an astonishing quick route towards a top five spot in the division and a title shot before being beaten by split decision against Rick Story, the only blemish on the 14-1 record of the submission specialist. This should be a grappling-fest as two ten-submission win fighters face off on this amazing card.
As well as these and the unification bout between Aldo & McGregor, UFC 194 will host the highly anticipated Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold fight as well as a clash of beasts at Middleweight between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and the controversial Cuban Yoel Romero.