UFC 182 experiences big shake-up

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The UFC 182 card has experienced a big shake-up over the last week as the UFC looks to spread the wealth of big fights.

Ronda Rousey's eagerly anticipated title defence against Cat Zingano was initially lined-up as the co-main event alongside Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier.

Instead, the UFC have moved that fight to UFC 184, where Rousey will once again share the spotlight with Chris Weidman for the third time.

A winning formula

The Rousey-Weidman partnership is the UFC's go-to for a big card and they're clearly looking for a huge start to 2015.

The most recent event was UFC 175, which did 545,000 buys while UFC 168 - which featured Weidman vs. Silva 2 - did just over one million buys.

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It's clear that the UFC has a lot of faith in the two as selling machines and with both fighters having hotly anticipated fights heading into the card - expect another big seller.

UFC 182 and UFC Boston get a shake up as well

With the removal of Rousey-Zingano, UFC 182 was in need of a new co-main event, so the UFC have decided to move the recently announced lightweight clash, between Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone and Myles Jury to the card.

It had been expected to play second fiddle to Conor McGregor's bout with Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night on FOXSports 1, in Boston, but now it'll move to Vegas.

In place of Cerrone-Jury, The Boston Herald has reported that another lightweight clash between Benson Henderson and Eddie Alvarez will take it's place.

Just over a year ago, this fight would've been considered a 'superfight' as Henderson was the UFC's Lightweight champ, while Alvarez held the Bellator Lightweight title.

Since then, both fighters have fallen down a bit. Henderson recently lost to Rafael dos Anjos, while Alvarez was beat by 'Cowboy' Cerrone via decision.

All the cards come out well off

Overall, all three cards seem relatively improved, or at the very least around the same level as they were before.

Of course losing a title fight is a blow to the UFC 182 card, but with how well Cerrone has performed recently and Jury being undefeated - it could easily be a number one contender's fight.

The Boston card receives one of the most intriguing lightweight bouts and UFC 184 gets back it's dynamic duo.

Whether the injury bug of 2014 spills over into the New Year and ravages these cards could be another reason the UFC is stacking them up high nice and early.

Dana White
Ronda Rousey
Benson Henderson
Conor McGregor

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