UFC 175 takes place on Saturday night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main event, Chris Weidman defends the UFC middleweight title against former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. The co-feature has UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey facing off against Alexis Davis. You can watch the show starting at 7 p.m. ET with one fight on UFC Fight Pass, then switches over to Fox Sports 1 at 8 ET and then live on pay-per-view starting at 10 p.m. ET. Here are five reasons why you should watch UFC 175.
1) Two title fights: Very rarely does the UFC put on two title fights on the same card. The last time it happened was at UFC 168 last December when Weidman rematched Anderson Silva and Rousey rematched Miesha Tate. When you see these type of fights on one fight card, it is something special. You have the same two headliners from the aforementioned UFC 168 and it drew over one million buys on pay-per-view. Can the Weidman/Rousey combination match that mark once again?
2) Ronda Rousey: I have been saying ever since she beat Miesha Tate in 2012 under the Strikeforce banner that Rousey is the biggest star in mixed martial arts. Rousey broke the barrier for women to enter the UFC and when they are on the card, it usually is the most exciting fight of the night. “Rowdy” has defended the women’s bantamweight title on three occasions and has filmed three movie roles that are due to come out this year and in 2015. When Rousey fights, you pay attention. Everytime she walks to the cage, you get goosebumps as she walks with that swagger and ready to pounce on her opponent. She has that “it” factor that you rarely see in fighters and is always a treat to watch. Will Alexis Davis be the one to stop Rousey?
3) Can Lyoto Machida make history? : Only two fighters have won UFC titles in two different weight classes. BJ Penn won the lightweight and welterweight titles and Randy Couture won the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles. Machida has the chance to join that illustrious club if he can defeat Weidman in the main event this Saturday. “The Dragon” provides a different skill set than Anderson Silva possessed in his two fights with Weidman last year. The karate and counter-punching style has proven to be difficult for many fighters to figure out. Machida has all the tools to beat Weidman and we will see if he can make history.
4) Comeback of Stefan Struve: Struve hasn’t competed inside the Octagon since a loss to Mark Hunt at UFC on Fuel TV 8 in March of 2013. Later on last year, it was revealed that Struve was suffering from a heart condition and his return to the octagon at that time was murky. In April, doctors gave Struve a clean bill of health and his fight with Matt Mitrione this Saturday was booked shortly thereafter. “The Skyscraper” has won four of his last five fights and it will be a great story to see him back inside the octagon.
5) Urijah Faber headlining the preliminary card: You read that headline right. Faber is facing Alex Caceres this Saturday, with the fight originally scheduled to be on the main card. When the Chael Sonnen/Vitor Belfort fight was scrapped, Faber/Caceres was moved to headline the preliminary portion of UFC 175 on Fox Sports 1. The move makes a lot of sense. You get quite arguably the biggest name under 170 pounds in a prime spot on free television and it will help get those last second pay-per-views. Faber gives 110 percent in every fight and should be an exciting fight with Caceres.