The UFC is set to kick off its spring tour in Las Vegas this weekend with an event in its first-ever Las Vegas arena.
It’s one of the biggest events in the promotion’s history and, as such, it’ll be a major showcase for the new UFC 207 event card, which will feature two heavyweight bouts, as well as two flyweight bouts, and a middleweight bout.
While we’re still months away from the UFC 207 card, there are still plenty of fighters that have a shot at earning the main event spot in the event.
The two biggest contenders for the title are middleweight champion Jose Aldo (14-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and light heavyweight champion Anthony Pettis (13-2-1 MMA, 7-2 NFL), who are both coming off of victories over John Dodson and Travis Browne.
Aldo’s win over Browne at UFC 208, which took place on March 4 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, was the most recent fight to win a UFC championship.
But Aldo and Pettis have yet to fight each other, and the champion and challenger both had disappointing results in recent months.
It’s not just Aldo who has been disappointing since his first loss in April.
After picking up a TKO win over former champion Anderson Silva, Aldo dropped a split decision to Lyoto Machida.
The Brazilian went on to fight for the UFC’s interim belt and was knocked out by Frankie Edgar in his last fight.
Aldon has since fought three times and lost all three of them.
But Pettis has had a strong run of wins over top prospects in his UFC career, winning the belt with a first-round submission of Daniel Cormier at UFC 197.
Pettis won the title from Anderson Silva last year in the main card of UFC 207, but was knocked down twice in the first round by Silva and then fell to Aldo in the rematch.
But he’s since fought two more times in the UFC, and he beat former UFC heavyweight champion Anderson Henderson to win the belt back in March.
The biggest title fight for UFC 207 will be middleweight champ Anthony Pettiss vs. Conor McGregor.
The UFC has previously had a mixed martial arts event in Las Vega as well, with the UFC 189 and UFC 191 card taking place in 2016.
But this will be the first time that McGregor will make his debut on a UFC card, as he’s yet to make his MMA debut.
The UFC has been looking for a lightweight champion for a while now, and this is just one of those fights where the lightweight division could see a huge shift.
The fight between McGregor and Demetrious Johnson is expected to take place in the summer, but there is still no official date set for the bout.
If it does take place, Johnson will likely be the underdog.
And, as the winner of the UFC lightweight championship, he will have the biggest shot at winning the title in the history of the division.
The main card will also feature a light heavyweight title fight between former champion Cain Velasquez and current champ Anthony Johnson.
The former UFC lightweight champion was defeated by Johnson in his first title defense at UFC 209 in January.
Velasques victory ended a 10-fight win streak for the featherweight title, which was vacated when Aldo became champion.
Velsquez was recently stripped of his title after being arrested on a DUI charge.
Johnson is coming off a knockout loss to Demetrius Jackson at UFC Fight Night 52 in May, but he was also the first to get knocked out in a UFC fight since former heavyweight champion Mike Perry in 2008.
The current champion, Junior dos Santos, will look to bounce back after his knockout loss at UFC 210 against Junior dos Anjos.
Both Johnson and dos Santos will be in their final bouts of the year, but Johnson’s fight with dos Santos is set for UFC 208.
If Johnson wins, he’ll become the first fighter to win three UFC title belts in a year, as dos Santos was the first champion to do it back in 2008 when he was undefeated.
If dos Santos loses, he’d be the only champion to lose three belts in one year since the UFC debuted in 2009.
In other UFC 207 action, Nate Diaz (13:00 p.m.
ET, UFC 207) will make a title defense against Conor McGregor (8:00 a.m., UFC 207).
The Diaz brothers are currently tied for the most UFC titles in history, and Diaz is looking to get back to that number.
But the lightweight champ is a long way from being ready for the lightweight title.
McGregor is also coming off his loss to Nate Diaz, which ended his streak of consecutive title defenses.UFC 207 takes place on April 15 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vagas, Nevada.
It will be broadcast on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.