UFC 216: Storylines
Credit: LowKick MMA By: Bryce
This weekend, like every other fight weekend, is carrying some important storylines in a number of divisions. From 125 to heavyweight, here they are:
- Will Tony Ferguson continue to decimate the division?
It seems like at this point in his career, the only guys at the top that Tony has yet to face that people really want to see are Khabib and Conor. Fans are getting a hell of a consolation prize this weekend, however. Kevin Lee is an exciting prospect that hits hard and has a sneaky good BJJ game. Is he to the level of Ferguson? Probably not. Do I want to see it? You bet. Should Ferguson continue to win, this should all but guarantee a fight with either Khabib, a fight that needs to happen for the sport, or Conor to unify the belt. Both of those fights make me drool, and we get a good matchup this weekend, too. Woot!
2. Will Will Brooks have his breakthrough?
When he was brought into the organization, Will Brooks was thought to be one of the best fighters outside of the UFC, and he looked to show that in his debut, defeating a tough Ross Pearson decisively. Since then, he has lost two straight, being finished both times. This Saturday should be a coming-out party for the former Bellator champion. Look for him to make a statement to the division that he is the real deal. If not, he'll continue to remain on the outside looking in on the division's elite.
3. Can Mighty Mouse make history?
This is the most notable record of the card. With a victory over Ray Borg, Demetrious Johnson will hold the UFC record for the most consecutive title defenses. He is currently in a tie with Anderson Silva. This is a crucial fight for Johnson, who wants to be regarded as one of the best fighters ever. Some believe he is already there, but he wants to leave no doubt in anyone's mind.
4. Heavyweight title contender?
Another marquee fight this weekend is the clash between former champion Fabricio Werdum and Derrick Lewis. Lewis is coming off a loss to Mark Hunt, which ended his 6 fight win streak. His win streak propelled him to the top of the division. Werdum, on the other hand, has been among the elite as a Heavyweight for quite some time, but he is also coming off of a loss. The winner of this bout, however, is going to be on the short list of next in line at the belt. I suspect the winner will face the winner of Overeem and Ngannou later this year. Stipe Miocic has a bunch of killers below him, and this is going to be a great rest of the year for the division.