There's no mistaking it, UFC 166 is a fantastic card. Actual English language words do not do this splentastic card justice. Just about every fight from the main event to the preliminary card is intriguing, relevant, and/or exciting in varying degrees. Cain Velasquez lost his heavyweight title to Junior dos Santos in 2011, won it back in 2012, wiped out Antonio Silva at UFC 160, and now is looking to make his second successful title defense as well as edge ahead in this fierce rivalry.
Daniel Cormier and Roy Nelson will partake in the co-main event, in what could be Cormier's last fight at heavyweight. In the lightweight division, Gilbert Mele ... you know what? Let me stop myself mid-sentence and tell you how deep this show is. Including the main event fighters, TEN of the 26 men scheduled for UFC 166 have done at least one of the following:
1.) Won a UFC title, Strikeforce title, or Strikeforce grand prix tournament.
2.) Fought for a UFC or Strikeforce title.
To spare you the research and guessing, the answers are Cain, JDS, Daniel Cormier, Gilbert Melendez, Diego Sanchez, Gabriel Gonzaga, Luke Rockhold, Nate Marquardt, John Dodson, and K.J. Noons.
Houston will be rocking on October 19th, and here's the full fight lineup, which does have 13 fights but no confirmed bout order as of yet beyond the main event and co-main:
Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos
Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson
Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shawn Jordan
Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch
Nate Marquardt vs. Hector Lombard
John Dodson vs. Darrell Montague
George Sotiropoulos vs. K.J. Noons
Anthony Ferguson vs. Mike Rio
T.J. Waldburger vs. Adlan Amagov
Francisco Rivera vs. George Roop
Estevan Payan vs. Charles Oliveira
Matt Grice vs. Jeremy Larsen