UFC 187 is one of the most anticipated events of 2015 and just might be the best event to take place this year. Though many people are probably more pumped about the Aldo vs. McGregor fight set to take place at 189 in July, 187 still has many reasons why it is a big event not to miss and just might be the biggest event since 168 back in December of 2013.
First, there are two titles on the line at this event and not just any two, but two of the most popular titles that always seem to bring crowds in great numbers and high buyrates in pay per-view sales. There is the co-main event between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort for the Middleweight Title, which is a fight that fans have been looking forward to seeing for almost a year and a half and over that time frame both fights have seem to have grown a grudge against each other adding more tension to the fight. Then there is the main between Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier for the vacant Light Heavyweight Title, after Jon Jones was stripped of the title for being involved in a hit and run incident and having possession of marijuana on him at the time. Though the light heavyweight title fight might not be as interesting as it was before Jones was involved in the fight, it still is a great fight that will contain a hard striker against a former Olympic wrestler and prove to show fans who really deserves to hold the title and become the new Light Heavyweight Champion.
There then comes the lightweight fight, which could still possibly be a title eliminator match-up. Indeed this fight as well will probably not be as interesting to watch as it would have been before when the fight would be between Khabib Nurmogomedov and Donald Cerrone, but just recently Nurmogomedov pulled citing an injury, he has been replaced by John Makdessi. Newly crowned Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos will probably still be keeping his eye on this match giving him an idea on who his next possible opponent might be so he can begin training even harder and prove to everyone why he is the champion of the lightweights.
Then, of course, the second and first fight of the card which consists of Travis Browne vs. Andrei Arlovski and Joseph Benavidez vs. John Moraga, which are two great match ups to start off an action packed pay per-view. What makes these two fights stand out is for the fact that both are possible match ups that could decide the next number one contender in the heavyweight and flyweight division. In the flyweight match up there are two fighters that move with intense speed, which is one thing fans love to see in fights. Then in the heavyweight match up fans will be seeing two fighters that throw heavy hits with both punches and kicks, in which the fight will test to see who really has the stronger chin.
The prelims are even stacked with match ups between John Dodson and Zach Makovsky, Dong Hyun Kim and Josh Burkman, Uriah Hall and Rafael Natal, and Rose Namajunas and Nina Ansaroff. In many of these fights they have top contenders that are a part of the card to where no one will have to pay to see them fight on live television getting fans more pumped up for the pay per-view itself.
It now is just a matter of time till fans will get to see all the action go down on the 23rd of May and then it is game on.