UFC 187 was scheduled for a light heavyweight title fight between Jon “Bones” Jones and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson until the UFC decided to punish Jones for his latest run-in with the law and Jones was replaced by Daniel Cormier.

UFC 187 also had Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov until Nurmagomedov was injured and replaced by John Makdessi.

Many, including myself, were very disappointed hearing that these two amazing fights were no longer on the card and believed that UFC 187 was ruined even with the middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort.
Anytime you lose arguably one of the greatest fighters ever and a fight that you have been waiting for in Cerrone vs. Nurmagomedov, there will be some disappointment.

However, anyone that doubts this card should dig a little deeper to see that UFC 187 is worth every penny.

For starters, the middleweight title fight I mentioned should be a great one. It may still be the co-main event of the evening, but this is a fight that many are excited for. Chris Weidman is 12-0 in his career and has looked like a true champion. Vitor Belfort has been doing it since UFC 12 and is looking to become a champion once again. This fight has Fight of the Night all over it and the fans should be excited.

Johnson vs. Cormier surely is not Jones vs. Johnson, but it does not mean it still is not a great a fight. Cormier is coming off of his disappointing loss to Jones and is looking to show that he can be a champion in the UFC. Johnson has been on a tear since his loss to Vitor Belfort and after knocking out Gustafsson; Johnson is ready to become the light heavyweight champion.

Obviously any title fight is one that people will enjoy, but there are some other great fights on the card that fans have looked over because of the Jones and Nurmagomedov losses.

#3 Travis Browne vs. #7 Andrei Arlovski

This is a heavyweight fight that will not disappoint and should end in a bang. Both fighters win at least 70% of their fights by KO/TKO and whenever two heavyweights who end fights with KO/TKO step into the cage, you know there will be some fireworks.

#2 Joseph Benavidez vs. #5 John Moraga

Since losing to Demetrious Johnson for the title, Benavidez has won two in a row. He will be taking on Moraga who is also on a two-fight win streak since his loss to John Dodson. Both of these fighters will be looking to prove that they deserve a title shot against Demetrious Johnson.

#1 John Dodson vs. #9 Zach Makovsky

Dodson has also lost to Demetrious Johnson and has also gone on a two-fight win streak since that loss. He will be taking on Makovsky, who has the biggest opportunity of his career, and will be looking to shock a lot of people. This fight should be a good one and for the main event of the free Fox Sports 1 prelims, it will not disappoint.

UFC 187 has the star power to make even the casual fans become a frequent flyer as we progress into the mid-part of the year.

About The Author

Jeremy Klump
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Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.