Hector Lombard (Keith Mills/Sherdog)UFC 182: What To Watch For Dale De Souza December 31, 2014 News, Spotlight It feels only appropriate to kick off 2015 with a bang, and no event promises to bring a bigger bang for an MMA fan’s buck than UFC 182. How good is the card? The UFC’s first card of the new year features a light-heavyweight title headliner between two bitter rivals in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division: kingpin and favorite Jon Jones against the undefeated title challenger Daniel Cormier. Adding to the buzz surrounding the card, two hard-hitters will represent the loaded UFC lightweight division as perennial fan-favorite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone combats undefeated UFC lightweight prospect Myles “Fury” Jury. Cerrone, a former WEC lightweight title contender, will pose arguably the toughest test to date for Jury. With a little bit of something for everyone, the first card of 2015 promises to ring in the new year in epic fashion, and just as a solid card should, this event gives us plenty of things to watch for on Saturday night. Lombard vs. Burkman Fans know a UFC card is stacked when Hector Lombard, one of the top welterweights in the UFC’s 170-pound weight class at the moment, is kicking the main card off. In fairness, he will welcome former WSOF welterweight title contender Josh Burkman back into the UFC, and needless to say, that task will not be an easy one for Lombard, given how tough Burkman is and how far he has come since his last go-round in the UFC. The best flyweight under the radar? It didn’t take Kyoji Horiguchi long to make noise in the UFC flyweight division, and yet we don’t hear people bring him up, for whatever reason. Those that do speak of him know he is a perfect 2-0 at flyweight since dropping down to the division, with wins over Darrell Montague and Jon Delos Reyes on his resume. The young prodigy of Kid Yamamoto’s Krazy Bee gym faces former TUF 14 hopeful Louis Gaudinot, who competed with the likes of eventual bantamweight winner John Dodson and others on the show, and a win in impressive fashion would certainly help Horiguchi to send a tremendous message to the rest of the ranks. The other “0” that doesn’t want to go With much of the hype surrounding the main event, we cannot forget UFC 182’s other prominent fighter with the undefeated mark, Mr. Myles Jury. Jury has found himself in tough bouts up to this point because he doesn’t want anything less than the best; in Donald Cerrone, Jury certainly faces one of the best that the UFC’s loaded lightweight division has to offer. Jury brings a style that employs just a little bit of everything, from striking to wrestling to submissions, which will benefit him well, as Cerrone is one that will employ everything from leg kicks and head kicks to triangle chokes and a variety of other grappling techniques en route to a win. No love lost Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier is one of those rare moments in the sport of mixed martial arts where no honest expert can properly analyze the fight down to its core without taking note of the natural animosity between the two. To put it all in perspective, Jones has engaged in pre-fight banter with Rashad Evans in the past, but as much as Jones wanted to settle a score with Evans and vice-versa, Jones wants to settle his score with Cormier more. Tempers have flared with such an intensity that a brawl actually broke out between the two at a promotional event for UFC 178, the event at which the UFC originally planned to feature this contest. Things only promise to intensify at Friday’s weigh-ins, but when the cage door shuts, one of the two men will have to maintain a cooler head in order to prevail.