UFC 189 is set to go down on July 11th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and has a host of huge fights to offer. The headlining action is a featherweight collision between two of the division’s brightest stars. The champion Jose Aldo and feirce rival Conor McGregor have been on course for a fight since the Irish sensation joined the UFC, and the hype will likely reach an all-time high in the coming months.

There’s also a welterweight title scrap in the co-main event for the evening, with champion Robbie Lawler putting his belt on the line in a rematch with Rory MacDonald. ‘Ruthless’ beat ‘Ares’ by decision when they fought at UFC 167, in a bout that ultimately led to Lawler’s first UFC title bid at UFC 171. MacDonald has gone unbeaten in three since, most recently putting the screws to Tarec Saffiedine by TKO last October in Halifax. Just the two top bouts put the UFC 189 card up there with the most anticipated of the year, in a similar way that UFC 187 was being billed before this weekend just gone (May 23rd, 2015).

Headlining acts Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson and Chris Weidman vs Vitor Belfort made the event unmissable, and the entire PPV (pay-per-view) card delivered in a big way. UFC 187 truly delivered, and the preliminary card had it’s fair share of action too, the question is can UFC 189 top that? Just a glance at the rest of the July 11th card gives an indicator of how good it could be.

Scrappy featherweights Dennis Bermudez and Jeremy Stephens will go at it on the main card, as will welterweight standouts Gunnar Nelson and John Hathaway. 19-0 Chute Box prospect Thomas Almeida will take on ‘One Punch’ Brad Pickett in a bantamweight attraction, and then there’s Matt Brown vs Tim Means at 170 pounds. Also at welterweight is the returning Brandon Thatch as he takes on heavy hitter John Howard, and Mike Swick’s comeback will pit him against Alex Garcia.

Neil ‘Two Tap’ Seery goes up against Louis Smolka in a flyweight affair, and Yosdesnis Cedeno vs Cody Pfister at lightweight, as well as Cody Garbrandt vs Henry Briones open the card. There’s not much more you could ask for a card of UFC 189’s magnitude, especially when you consider the featherweight talent that hold the most weight on the card.

With UFC 187 proving to be one of, if not the best card of the year so far, do you think the super-stacked blockbuster event that is UFC 189 will be a better watch?

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