UFC 211 will take place on May 13, 2017 and will emanate from American Airlines Arena in Dallas, TX. Featuring some of the promotions top talent, and headlined by two title fights, this card is completely stacked and has the potential to deliver an unforgettable night in Big D.
(How Good Is This Card?)
The premier preliminary bout features the #9 ranked lightweight in the world Dustin “The Diamond” Porier (21-5) and former lightweight champion, “The Underground King” Eddie Alvarez (28-5). Porier, who is coming of a majority decision victory over Jim Miller at UFC 208 looks to keep his momentum going against Alvarez who is coming off the biggest fight of his career, headlining UFC 205 in NYC with “The Notorious” Conor McGregor.
Alvarez was dominated and finished by TKO in the second round of his bout with McGregor, losing his lightweight title in the process. Alvarez looks to regain his footing in the division that he once ruled as champion and make his case for another title shot down the road.
(The Main Card)
In the first bout on the main card, the #2 ranked flyweight in the world Henry “The Messenger” Cujedo (10-2) takes on the #6 ranked flyweight Sergio Pettis (15-2). Cujedo comes in to UFC 211 trying to get back to his winning ways after suffering two straight defeats.
Loss #1 came in April 2016 to the pound-for-pound greatest fighter on the planet Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson who stopped Cujedo in the first round with devastating knee strikes at UFC 197. The second loss came by split-decision to Joseph Benavidez during the Co-Main event of the Ultimate Fighter Season 24 Finale.
“The Phenom” Sergio Pettis rides in to UFC 211 on a three fight win streak with his latest victory coming in January at UFC Fight Night 103 by Unanimous Decision over John Moraga. This fight should be intense as both fighters attempt to make their way to the top of their division and secure a date with the G.O.A.T. and current Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson.
The second fight on the main card features two top ten warriors as the #2 ranked featherweight on the planet Frankie “The Answer” Edgar (20-5-1) takes on the 7th ranked featherweight Yair “El Pantera” Rodriguez (10-1).
Edgar looks to stay in contention for the featherweight strap after a unanimous decision victory over Jeremy “Lil Heathen” Stephens at UFC 205. Rodriguez enters UFC 211 on quite a win streak with his most recent victory coming against UFC Legend B.J. Penn. Rodriguez finished Penn by TKO in the main event of UFC Fight Night 103.
Both Edgar and Rodriguez have a lot on the line as the victor of their showdown could potentially earn a title shot against the winner of the Aldo vs. Holloway fight which takes place at UFC 212 in Brazil.
UFC Legend and #3 ranked welterweight Demian Maia (24-6) will throw down with Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal (32-11) who has made his way up the welterweight rankings and currently sits at #5 respectively.
Maia rolls in to Dallas on a six fight win streak with his latest victory taking place in the Main Event of UFC on Fox 21 in Canada where he submitted Carlos Condit by Rear-Naked-Choke in the very first round. Masvidal enters the contest on a win streak of his own, winning his last three fights, (two by TKO).
Masvidal recently defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone by TKO in round two in the Co-Main Event of UFC on Fox 23. Maia vs. Masvidal was originally scheduled to headline UFC Nashville, but will instead take place on Pay-Per-View in Big D.
The Co-Main Event of the evening is sure to deliver as current Women’s Strawweight Champion and polish sensation Joanna Jedrzejczyk (13-0) battles the #3 ranked strawweight Jessica Andrade.
Joanna strolls into Dallas with an undefeated record, the women’s strawweight title and one goal in mind, to solidify herself as the greatest female fighter on the planet.
Joanna’s last win was a unanimous decision victory over fellow countrywomen Karolina Kawalkiewicz, in a knock down drag out fight at UFC 205 in NYC. Andrade comes in on a three fight win streak with her latest victory coming by unanimous decision against Angelia Hall at UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston, TX.
Andrade’s success has now presented her with the huge opportunity that presents itself at UFC 211.
Can Jessica Andrade become the first to defeat and dethrone Jedrzejczyk and become the new strawweight champion? Or will the current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk continue her title reign as she looks to become the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
One thing is for sure, there will be high drama when these two finally clash inside the octagon.
Headlining this massive card is two of the greatest heavyweights on earth. Current Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic (16-2) looks to avenge his unanimous decision loss against the #4 ranked heavyweight Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos.
Stipe rides the momentum wave of a four fight win streak in to UFC 211, with his last victory coming by way of knockout against the always dangerous Alistair Overeem in the Main Event of UFC 203 in Stipe’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Dos Santos is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Ben Rothwell in the Main Event of UFC Fight Night 86.
It would be foolish to look away at any point during this fight, as the chance of a knockout will present itself for either fighter almost instantly. With the power these two men possess I’m sure it’s not too farfetched to assume a quick KO is what they’ll shoot for. Will it be a #AndNew kind of night? Or will Stipe Miocic avenge one of only two career losses and retain his heavyweight crown?