9 Things to Watch Out for at UFC 211

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With UFC 211 right around the corner, MMA fight fans are in for a great set of fights.

It’s not just the two title fights that should be noticed, but the entire card in general is promising to be quite a spectacle. From epic rematches, classic matchups, and the old guard versus the new, there’s so much in store for fans at UFC 211. With that, let’s check out what to expect.

Rematch of the UFC on Fox 13’s Fight of the Night
Before Stipe Miocic became the UFC Heavyweight champion, he took on Junior Dos Santos. Dos Santos himself was fresh from a loss for the title in the rubber match against Cain Velasquez. “Cigano” would bounce back and start anew by putting on one hell of a performance against Miocic. Two and a half years later, Miocic has the chance to avenge that loss and prevent history from repeating itself.

Two women are putting their undefeated strawweight records on the line
Jessica Andrade has regained her winning ways ever since making her strawweight debut, finishing two of her last three opponents. Women’s straweeight champ Joanna Jędrzejczyk is currently 7-0 with four successful title defenses. The odds favor the champ, as Jędrzejczyk has had experience breaking unbeaten records. We’ll see which woman can keep her unblemished streak intact.

Unbelievable striking defense vs. Back-to-back TKOs
In his last four fights, Demian Maia has given up only 13 significant strikes. Jorge Masvidal, on the other hand, has vastly outstruck his last three opponents. Will Masvidal put a stop to Maia’s late career resurgence? We’ll find out.

Old School vs. New School

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To put things into perspective, Frankie Edgar was still the UFC Lightweight champion and had just defended his title against Gray Maynard when Yair Rodriguez made his MMA debut two days later. Almost 6 years later, the two will finally meet in the ring. It’s a toss up between experience vs. youth, but fireworks is almost a certainty.

Resurgence of Eddie Alvarez
In his first fight since losing the lightweight title to the brash Conor McGregor, Alvarez will take on another man who fell to the Irishman, Dustin Poirer. Interestingly enough, a majority of UFC fighters who have lost to McGregor and are still in the company have experienced a resurgence in their careers. Max Holloway and Jose Aldo are now holding belts, and Dustin Poirer has gone 5-1 since his loss. A loss to McGregor may be a bitter pill to swallow, but you never know what kind of lesson it may have imparted.

Never been finished
Although Chas Skelly and Jason Knight are not exactly sporting perfect records, they still have one important trait they share: Neither one has been finished, be it KO/TKO or submission. Even better, the two have a high finishing rate with 10 submissions and at least two knockouts each. Expect this to be one very exciting matchup.

David Branch is making his return to UFC
Branch has gone 12-1 with a 10-fight win streak in WSOF. Last seen in the UFC tapping out to Rousimar Palhares waaaay back in 2011, Branch has gone undefeated in the World Series of Fighting. The promising middleweight is on an important road to redemption, and winning his first fight back will surely show the UFC how much he’s grown.

The natural finisher
Marco Polo Reyes has only won by decision once in seven victories with 5 KO/TKOs. On the flip side, he has never lost by decision, either. This is one fighter who goes all out and goes for a finish. You want someone who’ll go balls-to-the-wall? Then this is your guy.

Streaking fighters make their debut
Three fighters will be making their UFC debuts, with at least a three-fight win streak each. And when we say “at least”, it’s because the other two fighters are sporting a five- and fourteen-fight win streak. Jared “Flash” Gordon, Michel “El Capo” Quinones, and Dmitry Poberezhets are all making their UFC debuts in the UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card.

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George Pastor

Amateur baker by day, MMA news writer by night, Judoka during the weekends. Will name his future son after his man-crush, GSP. Moonlights as content creator for Tap.Nap.Snap. Your MMA Recap. Seriously, he makes good macaroons.
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