Three Reasons to Watch UFC 192

UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson takes place on October 3, 2015 and there has not been too much buzz regarding it, but there are still lots of good fights and it is a pay-per-view that is worth watching. Here are our reasons as to why you should watch UFC 192.
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(Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

  1. Up-and-comers
UFC 192 is flooded with up-and-comers from top to bottom. It starts off on the UFC Fight Pass prelims where Sergio Pettis looks to secure his biggest win to date as he takes on his toughest test in former title challenger Chris Cariaso. The UFC Fight Pass prelims also have the debut of 19-year-old Sage Northcutt who has received a lot of hype in the past few weeks. Northcutt will have the opportunity to prove that it is not just hype as he takes on Francisco Trevino. Next up are the Fox Sports 1 prelims, which also have some must watch up-and-comers. They kick off with the long awaited return of Rose Namajunas. Namajunas was on her way to superstardom coming off of ‘The Ultimate Fighter 20’, but her loss to Carla Esparza kept her from becoming the first UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion. It’s been close to a year since she’s last fought and there will be no doubt that she is looking to put that loss behind her as she takes on Angela Hill. The Alan Jouban vs. Albert Tumenov match-up is also a great fight between up-and-comers. Although not very young, Jouban has only been in the sport for less than five years and has shown great potential. On the other hand, Tumenov has shown potential as well and is only 23-years-old. Lastly on the Fox Spots 1 prelims is Yair Rodriguez. Rodriguez’ last time out was memorable for many reasons. His exciting, unorthodox striking was a pleasure for all watching. After a spectacular performance in the octagon, Rodriguez puked on himself in the post fight interview. Rodriguez will be looking to do the same during the fight, but will try and do things a little bit differently during the interview. The last fight that includes an up-and-comer kicks off the pay-per-view main card as Julianna Peña takes on Jessica Eye. There has been a lot of hype surrounding Peña and she will finally be able to show that it is not just hype as she takes on a very tough Jessica Eye. With all the young talent fighting at UFC 192, it is likely that some may be the future of the UFC and that alone is enough reason to watch.  
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(Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

  1. Possible title challengers determined
There are a few fights on the card that could determine the next title challenger in their respective divisions. The obvious one is the co-main event of the evening where Johny Hendricks and Tyron Woodley square off. Hendricks felt he did enough to earn another title shot after his last fight, but instead Carlos Condit was giving the title shot. A win for Hendricks over Woodley will leave no doubt that he is the next in line. For Woodley, a win over Hendricks would be his biggest win and would likely earn him a title shot, as he would be on a three fight winning streak and had just beaten the former UFC Welterweight Champion. The next division is not as clear as the welterweight division. The light heavyweight division is highlighted greatly on this card as four of the top five light heavyweights are on the card. The winner of the Ryan Bader and Rashad Evans match-up could very well earn the next title shot against the winner of the main event between Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson, but the UFC may have something else in mind.  
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(Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

  1. Jon Jones
Jon Jones is overshadowing this event. The story of the event would have been Jon Jones regardless, but the fact that he just recently reached a plea deal makes this all the more about Jon Jones. Jones not only never lost his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, but he also beat both guys fighting for the title. Not to take anything away from Daniel Cormier or Alexander Gustafsson, but with Jones ready to go legally and just needing a fight scheduled, this UFC Light Heavyweight Championship fight is most likely just to see who will face ‘Bones’ next. So, although not even fighting, this event is all about Jon Jones and he is the main reason to watch. Will he be there? Will the winner mention him? You’ll have to tune into UFC 192 to find out.

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