MMA fans will finally have the chance to witness UFC 189’s cancelled main event featuring Jose Aldo and Connor McGregor in UFC 194 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will be featured on pay-per-view while the prelims will be shown in UFC Fight Pass and Fox Sports 1.
Ranked as the #1 pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world, Jose Aldo carries a 25-1 fighting record with his last defeat dated way back in 2005. On the other corner, Connor McGregor at 18-2 boasts a 14-fight winning streak.
The two fighters were scheduled to fight back in July, but Aldo had to pull out because of a broken rib which awarded the interim featherweight championship against replacement fighter, Chad Mendes. Right now – barring injuries – both fighters are ready to rock the octagon in the most hyped up MMA fight for 2015.
Joining Aldo and McGregor will be another title fight between the UFC Middleweight Champion, Chris Weidman against #1 contender, Luke Rockhold.
Another exciting match in this fight card will be another middleweight match between #3 ranked fighter, Ronaldo Souza against Yoel Romero, who is currently ranked at #4. The winner will get the chance for a title fight against the winner of Weidman and Rockhold.
Rounding up the main fight card will be No. 10 welterweight Demian Maia (21-6 MMA, 15-6 UFC) vs. No. 15 Gunnar Nelson (14-1-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC), and No. 6 featherweight Max Holloway (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) vs. No. 12 Jeremy Stephens (24-11 MMA, 11-10 UFC).
The full UFC 194 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Champ Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor – for featherweight title
- Champ Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold – for middleweight title
- Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo Souza
- Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson
- Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
- Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Saenz
- Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson
- Warlley Alves vs. Colby Covington
- Kevin Lee vs. Leonardo Santos
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
- Magomed Mustafaev vs. Joe Proctor
- John Makdessi vs. Yancy Medeiros
- Marcio Alexandre Jr. vs. Court McGee