MGM Grand Garden Arena is once again the host of an incredible fight card. The event is headlined by the return of the sport's biggest star, Brock Lesnar, as he squares off against Dutch kickboxing sensation Alistair Overeem in his UFC debut. Also on the ticket is former WEC fan-favorite Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone taking on the always-tough Nate Diaz in a lightweight showdown that appears to have become very personal between the two fighters.
Nam Phan vs. Jimy Hettes
Fighting in local shows in and around his home state of Pennsylvania, Hettes was undefeated in his first eight fights with all of his wins coming by way of submission stoppages. He made his UFC debut in August and continued that streak with a rear naked choke over Alex Caceres, proving that his record is no fluke. Don't confuse Hettes for a one dimensional grappler though; he's been boxing since the age of 14 and knows how to handle himself on his feet.
After competing in the 12th season The Ultimate Fighter TV series, Phan made his UFC debut against Leonard Garcia at the finale. Many believed the Vietnamese-American was given a raw deal in the split-decision loss, including Dana White, who awarded Phan his win bonus just as if he had won the fight. The contest was a Fight of the Night and a strong enough performance to keep him fighting with the promotion. Phan is looking to bounce back after a decision loss to Mike Brown at UFC 133.
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Matyushenko will turn 41 years old next Wednesday. To say that he hasn't slowed down some over the years probably wouldn't be accurate but "The Janitor" is still very relevant and has proven that he can still swim in the deep end of the UFC's talent-rich 205lb division. Since returning to the UFC Matyushenko is 4-1, only losing to current champ Jon Jones. He's 26-5 in his pro career and he's been in rings and cages with some of the best in the sport.
At 24 years old, Gustafsson has a bright future in mixed martial arts. He's 5-1 in the UFC and is being mentioned as a contender for the title in the not-so-distant future. The Swede known as "The Mauler" is part of the new wave of the sport in that he's trained and experienced in several different facets of the sport as opposed to specializing in one discipline then learning the rest on the fly. He's 12-1 over all and a win over a tough veteran like The Janitor would be a big step toward his ultimate goal.
Johny Hendricks vs. Jon Fitch
Hendricks is a two-time division 1 national wrestling champion and a four time All American. He's 12-1 for his mma career and 6-1 in the UFC. His only loss was a hard fought, close decision to Rick Story at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale. Hendricks isn't a guy who just wrestles out decision wins though- he's recorded 8 (T)KOs over the course of his career and is also a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He holds notable wins over Charlie Brenneman and Amir Sadollah.
Fitch is 23-3-1, has fought all kinds of top competition, has dominated most of his opponents, and is one of the most criticized fighters on the UFC roster. Fair or not, fans want to see fights finished. The truth is, Fitch won his first six fights in...