UFC 170 is set for February 22nd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will feature Ronda Rousey defending her bantamweight belt for the second time in two short months, and as against fellow Olympian and silver medalist in wrestling, Sara McMann.
The card is further stacked with a fight between Rashad Evans and Daniel Cormier, in a match that marks Cormier’s much anticipated debut fight at light-heavyweight.
Below the Evans / Cormier co-main is a very important welterweight bout between Rory MacDonald vs. Demian Maia. Although the fight is not critical to either of their careers, they are, however, both coming off of losses and a win puts the victor in the title mix, while a loss puts the vanquished into second tier status within the division.
Beyond these matches the card is peppered with other great fights inclusive of a very important women’s bantamweight match between Alexis Davis and Jessica Eye. Ranked number three and five in the class respectively, the winner of this fight may well be the next number one contender behind Cat Zingano.
In addition to the great fights already slated, the UFC has announced today the addition of flyweights Josh Sampo vs. Zach Makovsky to the 170 event.
Sampo is 1 & 0 in the UFC (11 & 2 professionally) and brings to the fight a submission and decision heavy record; six submissions, five decisions, no T/KOs. “The Gremlin” is coming off of a round two submission victory over Ryan Benoit at “The Ultimate Fighter” 18 finale, and as such will be fresh back to the Octagon with only twelve weeks between bouts. Sadly, Sampo will be best remembered for his “TUF” 18 win; a fight that saw him lose a $50,000 Fight-of-the-night bonus for missing weight; 127.5 pounds; 1.5 pounds off; an expensive lesson, indeed.
Likewise, Zach Makovsky is also fresh off of a win at December’s UFC on Fox 9 card, with a unanimous decision win over Scott Jorgensen. Like Sampo, “Fun Size” has but one fight and victory in the senior promotion (17 & 4 professionally), and also carries a submission and decision heavy professional record; six submissions, ten decisions and one TKO. For the record, Makovsky is a former Bellator Bantamweight champion, as well as the most recent Resurection Fighting Alliance (RFA) flyweight champion; vacated in November of 2013.
Both fighters have been submitted and lost by decision, but of the two only Sampo has been stopped by way of KO.
On the face of it, this looks to be an evenly matched fight between two opponents of similar styles.
The UFC 170 card (as it stands) is as follows:
Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann
Rashad Evans vs. Daniel Cormier
Rory MacDonald vs. Demian Maia Demian Maia
Rustam Khabilov vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Jessica Eye vs. Alexis Davis
Mike Pyle vs. T.J. Waldburger
Zach Makovsky vs. Joshua Sampo
Bryan Caraway vs. Lucas Martins
Erik Koch vs. Rafaello Oliveira
Raphael Assuncao vs. Francisco Rivera
Stephen Thompson vs. Robert Whittaker