UFC 204: A Complete A-to-Z Preview
UFC sets up shop on U.K shores for the second time in 2016 with the famed Octagon descending on Manchester as newly-minted world champion Michael Bisping defends his UFC middleweight title against MMA hero Dan Henderson, while the co-main event pits another iconic name in Vitor Belfort tackling former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi.
So you know the drill, instead of the same ol' recycled text recapping each fighter's recent matches and predicting how they will win this weekend, I've compiled an A-to-Z list previewing each and every aspect of UFC 204.
A is for All-nighter
To accommodate television audiences in the States, it means the card kicks off at 11:30 p.m local time, and the main card doesn't commence until 3 a.m!
B is for Bantamweights
The televised prelims will showcase the 135lbs'ers; Stasiak vs. Grant and Alcantara vs. Pickett.
C is for Career
When you've accomplished everything Dan Henderson has in his illustrious career, it's tough to have many regrets. But as the 46-year-old prepares for another crack at UFC gold, he rues not getting the chance to take on Jon Jones. The two were expected to meet at UFC 151 until injury scuppered the fight, and ultimately the event.
D is for Debut
There is a lot of buzz surrounding Marc Diakiese ahead of his UFC debut. The 23-year-old lightweight will put his undefeated record on the line against Poland's Lukasz Sajewski.
E is for Europe
Mousasi is unbeaten in Europe under the UFC going 3-0 with victories in Stockholm, Sweden, Berlin, Germany and London, England.
F is for Feud
Seven years later, Bisping and Henderson renew hostilities, this time for the middleweight title. Their feud began during The Ultimate Fighter: Team USA vs. Team UK.
G is for Gift
Has Henderson been gifted a UFC title shot? It's split opinion in the mixed martial arts world with fans divided on whether he 'deserves' it considering his run of form and ranking, but you cannot deny the interest in the rematch.
H is for 'Hot Chocolate'
A 5-0 record in Cage Warriors prompted matchmaker Joe Silva to call-up Danny Roberts. The 170lbs contender has made a winning start to life in the UFC earning back-to-back victories including a 'Fight of the Night' bonus against Dominique Steele. 'Hot Chocolate' meets gobby American Mike Perry.
I is for Icons
Not one but two MMA icons will grace England in Henderson and Belfort. Both the American and Brazilian will fight on U.K soil for the first time since 2007, under the UFC and Cage Rage banners, respectively.
J is for Jamaica
The Jamaica-born Birmingham resident Leon Edwards is in the barnburner of the night when he takes on dangerous Russian striker Albert Tumenov. This has 'Fight of the Night' written all over it!
K is for Kick
We're pretty sure 'Cro-Cop's' soul is still present at the Manchester Arena following Gabriel Gonzaga's vicious head-kick.
L is for Lay-off
Knock out artist Jimi Manuwa hasn't fought since his brutal loss to No.1 light-heavyweight contender and overall scary bastard Anthony Johnson last September, but will bid to get his UFC title ambitions back on track tangling with Ovince Saint Preux.
M is for Manchester
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UFC 204 marks the promotion's first return to Manchester since 2013.
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N is for Next
There's a few middleweight contenders itching for a shot at the title. Is Chris Weidman or 'Jacare' next?
O is for Over-Under
Will Stefan Struve's bout with Daniel Omielanczuk last longer than 16-seconds? The same duration for his demolition job over 'Bigfoot' Silva.
P is for Prospect
The main-card was supposed to open with a tremendous bout featuring two of the hottest prospects in the UFC, but, unfortunately, injury curtailed Arnold Allen's participation. Though Mirsad Bektic (10-0) seeks to extend his perfect unbeaten record when he meets short notice opponent Russell Doane.
Q is for Quotable
"Decrepit", "cheating", ready to "KO old man", "before he dies, I would like to knock him out." The ever-quotable Bisping ahead of UFC 204.
R is for Retirement
MMA legend Henderson say his title bout will be the final fight in his storied career. Can he go out on a bang?
S is for Six
The promotions eagerly anticipated return to Manchester reflected the ticket sales as the event was sold-out in just SIX minutes.
T is for Trilby
Trilby-touting UFC fan favourite Brad Pickett snapped a three fight losing skid by controversially out-pointing Francisco Rivera as he takes on yet another dangerous Brazilian in the shape of Yuri Alcântara.
U is for Ultimate Fighter
Ultimate Fighter graduate Davey Grant is one of a few remaining from Season 18. Grant's UFC career has been blighted with injuries but looks to get it back on track and needs to make up for lost time by scoring a big win over Poland's Damian Stasiak
V is for Vitor
Vitor Belfort holds wins over the headlining act, could the 'Phenom' be line for a title shot against the winner should he come out victorious?
W is for Wins
If victorious, Bisping will become the first fighter to notch up 20 wins inside UFC.
X is for X-Factor
The X-factor in this main-event contest is the H-Bomb. Henderson still carries dynamite in his hands.
Y is for Year
It's 2016 and Bisping is UFC champion defending his title against 46-year-old Henderson...
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Z is for Zzz
The title-implicated rematch precedes their first meeting at the historic UFC 100 card where Henderson slept Bisping by delivering his signature H-Bomb. And it all goes down again on Saturday night, well, actually Sunday morning. We can't wait!
UFC 204 is live on BT Sport 2 from 1am, Sunday 9th October.
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