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'Countdown to UFC 185' videos released offering behind the scenes footage

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UFC 185 is set to highlight this weekend's sporting action and, with the start of fight week upon us, the UFC have released the latest set of 'Countdown to' videos, taking you into the mind of the fighters before the fight.

The main card is stacked with big fights and will feature no less than two title fights, a potential number one contender's fight and two crucial fights for rankings.

Headlining will be Anthony 'Showtime' Pettis defending his UFC Lightweight title against Rafael dos Anjos, while Carla Esparza will face off against Joanna Jędrzejczyk for the UFC Women's Strawweight title in the co-main event.

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With that said - let's look at the fights and the hype videos that accompany them.

UFC Lightweight Championship Bout - Anthony Pettis (c) versus Rafael dos Anjos

The main event will be just the second time that Pettis has defended his title since he won it back in August 2013.

Injuries have kept him out of action and, in his absence, a plethora of title contenders have popped up. He's already seen off one challenger, Gilbert Melendez, back in December.

For Rafael dos Anjos, he's the lucky man who's next in line.

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The Brazilian fighter is riding a three-fight win streak coming into the bout, with victims including the previous champ, Benson Henderson, and Nick Diaz (who was overweight when he faced dos Anjos).

Both men have great records in recent history though. Pettis' last loss came back in June 2011 to Clay Guida, while in that same time dos Anjos boasts a 9-2 record.

The edge will have to be given to Pettis, who looked phenomenal against Melendez back in December but never rule out of the underdog, especially in a division as stacked as the Lightweights.

UFC Women's Strawweight Championship Bout - Carla Esparza (c) versus Joanna Jędrzejczyk

The UFC's most recent division will get featured on pay-per-view for the first time, with Carla Esparza defending her newly crowned title against challenger, Joanna Jędrzejczyk.

Jędrzejczyk says the world will be able to call her Joanna Champion after this fight, making no qualms about her surname being perhaps one of the most difficult to say in MMA history.

Still, it's going to be a big platform for these two to showcase the division, which is the lightest in UFC history.

They'll be bolstered by the success of UFC 184, which saw Ronda Rousey defend her Bantamweight title in impressive fashion.

Expect a great mix up of styles as Esparza will look to takedown the Polish fighter, who is former kickboxing champion.

UFC Welterweight Bout - Johny Hendricks versus Matt Brown

It's been a tough few months for Johny Hendricks.

First he lost his welterweight title to Robbie Lawler to a close decision, and then fan outrage over a rematch with Lawler saw Rory MacDonald leap to a title shot in his place.

Still he has all the potential to set that right with a big win over Matt Brown, and put himself right back in the title picture.

The same also goes for Brown though, who hasn't fought since July of last year in a loss to Lawler.

The 34 year old will be looking to upset Hendricks and throw the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons for UFC matchmaker, Joe Silva.

Many will want to see the explosive Hendricks that won him his fans on the way to a title shot, rather than another limp points effort in his last couple fights.

This fight is set to be another barnburner like the ones that will follow it and should ignite the crowd even further.

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