MMA Forethought: UFC 199
By Edward Carbajal
UFC 199 was supposed to be Chris Weidman rematch against Luke Rockhold after losing the title to him back at UFC 194 in December of 2015. Weidman was bit bad by the injury bug requiring neck surgery so in steps “The Count” Michael Bisping in a rematch with an old rival and a title on the line. Also in the Co-main event Dominick Cruz and Uriah Faber face off for third time to finally get their two out of three solidification match that includes bantamweight gold.
With two rematch bouts that have plenty of history behind them, Frontproof Media will attempt to give some forethought on how the main bouts could play out.
Luke Rockhold (15-2) vs. Michael Bisping (28-7)
To hear them in the press conferences leading up to this event, you would think Bisping won their last fight. However, he was submitted in round two when they last faced off at UFC Fight Night 55 in November of 2014. Bisping is probably the toughest veteran fighting in MMA right now and his last fight against Anderson Silva was proof of that. But that may not be enough to take the title from Luke Rockhold.
Dominick Cruz (21-1) vs. Uriah Faber (33-8)
These two men both hold a win over each other. In fact, Cruz’s only loss is to Faber but he was able to avenge that loss when they fought again at UFC 132 by winning via unanimous decision. In one of the press conference Cruz pointed out Faber’s strengths to those in attendance. Not as a compliment but as a sign that Faber has not evolved as a competitor. Cruz has not been as active as Faber dealing with injuries over the years but the time off does not seem to be an issue for him. He did win the title in his comeback fight by decision. Expect him to do the same at UFC 199.
Main Card (PPV, 10 PM ET)
Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping
Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber
Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas
Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard
Bobby Green vs. Dustin Poirier
Preliminary Card (FS1, 8 PM ET)
Clay Guida vs. Brian Ortega
Beneil Dariush vs. James Vick
Jessica Andrade vs. Jessica Penne
Alex Caceres vs. Cole Miller
Preliminary Card (Fight Pass, 6 PM ET)
Tom Breese vs. Sean Strickland
Luiz Henrique vs. Jonathan Wilson
Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Polo Reyes
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.