UFC 211, which will take place in Dallas on May 13th, is shaping up to be one of the best cards of the year. With us being just a few days from UFC 209, which I have already labeled my early front-runner for the best card of the year, with Woodley vs. Thompson 2 & Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib as the co-main events, this card will be electric, but UFC 211 is making a strong case on paper.
Yesterday, a huge welterweight matchup was added to the Dallas card, with #3-ranked Damian Maia looking to solidify his spot up next for the title shot as he takes on #6-ranked Jorge Masvidal. This is a fight of styles for sure, as Maia is likely the greatest submission artist in the UFC with a ground game feared by all, because of his absolutely elite jiu-jitsu; while Masvidal is a monster in the standup game and loves to put away opponents with a flurry of strikes. He showed how good he was standing up when he dominated Cowboy a few weeks ago, and really put himself on the map with that win.
UFC 211 is already featuring two title fights, with Stipe Miocic defending his Heavyweight title against Junior dos Santos, in a highly anticipated rematch, as there first fight in 2014 was one of the best fights of the year, with JDS winning in a 5-round decision; and Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her Strawweight title against Jessica Andrade, in what should and could be a 5-round brawl. These co-main events are two huge title fights, both featuring some of the most evenly matched championship fights that we have seen in a while. I think Stipe is able to weather the storm that is Junior, and wins by KO in the 2nd round - and if he can't put him away, I think this time he figures out how to win it in 5 rounds. As for Joanna, I just hope she is able to show her champion ways as she always does, because Andrade has been on a tear since moving to the Strawweight division.
Not to mention, the card is (likely) featuring a potential title-eliminator fight, with Fabricio Werdum squaring off against Ben Rothwell, which is a fight that could feature a huge knockout or a brilliant submission, as both of these men possess elite power and submission skills.
Stipe & Junior's first fight is truly one of my favorites, just two Heavyweights bringing everything they have and slugging it out, this second one should be just as fun.