I saw the next card after UFC 209 was an FS1 card in Brazil and immediately groaned. I figured it'd be a halfway decent main event, a bad main card and a horror show for prelims. Turns out this card is pretty damn good. The only huge favorite on the show is Gastelum at -425 currently against Vitor. The next two biggest are on the Fight Pass prelims, with all the favorites on TV (besides the main event) -225 or lower.
Even the lopsided main event is intriguing. The legend Vitor Belfort, seemingly on the very tail end of his career, faces off against the rising Kelvin Gastelum. Kelvin is in the second fight of his newest stint at 185 lbs, coming off of a very impressive win over Tim Kennedy at UFC 205. With the 25 year old still trying to get a complete grasp of the new division after missing weight three times at 170, the current version of Vitor is a perfect opportunity to not only find more traction at 185, but to add an impressive name to his resume.
In the co-main event, another legend in Shogun Rua faces off against a fighter who is still looking for a signature win in his career in Gian Villante. The odds have Shogun, who is coming off 2 decision victories, as a -145 favorite.
Rising 155er Beneil Dariush will take on arguably the toughest fight of his career in the ALWAYS exciting Edson Barboza. Dariush is 8-2 in the UFC with wins over Jim Miller and Michael Johnson, while Barboza steps in the octagon for the first time since his decision won over Gilbert Melendez in July. With 20 finishes between them, this fight is a definite favorite for Fight of the Night going into Saturday.
If those fights aren't enough for you, we also get a rematch between Tim Means and Alex Oliveira after a controversial no contest at UFC 207. Former title challenger (yeah yeah I know) Bethe Correia takes on Marion Reneau and former Fight of the Night winner Francisco Trinaldo squares off with exciting newcomer Kevin Lee.
We'll have our picks up for the biggest fights on the card early Saturday afternoon, and we'll be live tweeting the event as always @UntitledMMA on twitter.