The UFC recently announced four bouts for for their March 14 show.
The headliner will be a lightweight title bout between champion Anthony Pettis and challenger Rafael dos Anjos. Pettis is coming off of a big win over former Strikefor titleholder and fan favorite Gilbert Melendez. Dos Anjos put on a great performance against Melendez’s Scrap Pack partner Nate Diaz.
In the co-main event between women’s strawweight champion Carla Esparza and undefeated Polish powerhouse Joanna Jędrzejczyk. Jędrzejczyk will be a good test for Esparza’s first title defense.
Two other big matches include a heavyweight slug fest between Roy Nelson and Alistair Overeem, as well as a welterweight showcase with former champion Johny Hendricks vs. longtime octagon veteran Matt Brown.
Overeem is coming off of a knockout win over Stefan Struve while Roy Nelson is looking to rebound from his loss to Mark Hunt.
Hendricks was expected to face UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler in a second rematch while Lawler was scheduled to fight Tarec Saffiedine in February but the former Strikeforce 170-pound champion pulled out of the fight due to injury.
Hendricks isn’t the only one who is coming off a loss against Lawler. Brown dropped a decision to the UFC champion back in July 2014, which snapped his seven-fight winning streak.
These four fights alone make UFC 185 a worth-while card, particularly the two title matches.
Other bouts on this card include a pair of flyweight bouts (Chris Cariaso vs. Henry Cejudo and Sergio Pettis vs. Ryan Benoit) and a lightweight contest between Ross Pearson and Sam Stout.