UFC 166 has the potential to be one of the greatest cards the promotion has ever put together.

In considering the card’s line-up, matches, history and what’s up for grabs, it’s conceivable that entire affair could be one massive barn burning event, right across the board.

In particular, the win, place and show slots on the card could be all out warfare.

At the top of the card stand the two most dominant and powerful heavyweights the UFC has ever seen. Both men are pillars and paragons of skill, technique, athleticism, accomplishment and confidence. Regardless of the fight’s outcome and winner, the October 19th Houston fight will demonstrate once and for all, which of these two fighters is truly top dog in the division.

In the place spot, Daniel Cormier and his 12 & 0 record, with its 67% finishing rate, collides headfirst with one of the toughest fighters and hardest chins in the sport, in the way of Roy “Big Country” Nelson. This is a very important fight on a lot of different levels and a good test for both. Beyond that, there is some personal animosity in this fight, at least on the part of Daniel Cormier, which might add an additional amount of intensity to the bout.

As it stands, Cormier feels that Nelson has spoken ill of him and as such, has a score to settle. However, in attempting to settle any accounts with Nelson, Cormier will be presenting the bill to a guy who’s only been KO’d once in his career (Andrei Arlovski, 2008), never been submitted, and has a 100% finishing rate in his six UFC victories.

In short, although Cormier is a favorite going into the match, Big Country, nonetheless, stands a formidable test to his talents, and has the power to stop Daniel and steal an upset victory.    

In the show spot are two incredible and intense fighters. both of whom always bring it and never disappoint; Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez.

These two fighters epitomize the word “warrior”. Both are very talented on the feet and on the ground. Both are as tough as it comes; particularly Diego. Neither fighter has any quit in them. Further still, of all the fights on the 166 card, this is the one that will probably take home fight-of-the-night honours, with a nod to being nominated as a fight-of-the-year candidate.

Beyond these three fights, the card also brings with it the much anticipated welterweight debut of Hector Lombard, as he matches up against Nate Marquardt. This is a bout that everyone is going to want to see. This is Lombard’s put up or shut up bout in the UFC and carries similar importance for Marquardt, as well. As both are motivated to cull a victory in this match, it could well be a hotly contested bout.

In considering the card from top to bottom, the slate is packed with talent and marquee names and Joe Silva should get an honorable mention, for putting it together; Cheers, to Mr. Silva.