The UFC have released their latest set of 'Countdown to' videos ahead of this weekend's UFC 173 pay-per-view from Las Vegas, Nevada.
The main event of the card will see UFC Bantamweight champion, Renan Barao defend his title and 32-fight unbeaten streak against the up-and-coming, TJ Dillashaw.
Dillashaw was a finalist in The Ultimate Fighter 14 and boasts a respectable 5-2 record in the UFC and is currently ranked #4 in the rankings.
While Dillashaw is confident that he will bring home the gold for Team Alpha Male, many present the fight as a mismatch. #2 fighter, Raphael Assuncao, who defeated Dillashaw in October, was expected to take the fight but couldn't due to injury.
Barao has reigned supreme over the Bantamweight division for nearly two years as both Interim and official Bantamweight champion.
Co-main eventing the card is a light heavyweight clash that is touted at setting up the next number one contender.
It's just Cormier's second fight in the light heavyweight division, after dropping down from heavyweight but his 14-0 career MMA record and Olympic wrestling background more than speak for his credentials.
He was a late comer to MMA, starting out at age 30, now at 35 he's set for the most defining fight of his career.
Opposite him is the 43 year old, Dan Henderson, who could make one last 'Cinderella Man' run at the title with a win over Cormier. However he's 2-3 in his last five fights but both wins came over Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua.
An explosive fight is guaranteed, with both men having finishing power and for Henderson, a finish is his best chance at defeating Cormier.
The third fight featured is the clash between two of the top welterweight fighters in the division today.
Ever since Georges St-Pierre took a sabbatical from MMA and relinquished his UFC title, the welterweight division has been in limbo and while Johny Hendricks is the reigning champion, he doesn't have the aura of St-Pierre just yet.
Both men come into the fights on losses. Lawler lost to Hendricks in the title decider at UFC 171 in March, while Ellenberger last fought Rory MacDonald 11 months ago at UFC on FOX 8.
Despite being #1 contender, Lawler is still another two wins from another title shot, and the same is true for the #6 ranked Ellenberger. This fight will go a long way to establishing who truly is the cream of the crop of the welterweight division.
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