While it might not do blockbuster business, next weekend’s UFC 209 is a huge card for hardcore MMA fans. Headlined by a pair of very intriguing title conflicts, the card also includes plenty of fan favorites, and several of the more highly regarded prospects on the roster at the moment. The main event is going to be the welterweight title rematch between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson. Their battle on the massive UFC 205 card proven to be a much better contest than many anticipated, end in a vast majority draw. Woodley had the a lot more demonstrative moments in the struggle throughout the first and fourth rounds. But, Thompson was able to back him against the cage for long stretches of the rounds, and although he didn’t accomplish much once there he took those rounds. The fifth saw Thompson open on a tired Woodley and finish the fight on a strong note, but it had been only enough to get him back level on two scorecards. Just as Woodley and Thompson failed at UFC 205, the co-main occasion could steal the show here as well. The interim lightweight title bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson comprises just two of those fighters in the branch who have taken the long road to their name shots. Nurmagomedov is currently 8-0 within the Octagon and 24-0 entire in his career. He’s been tapped for large things considering entering the UFC, and after overcoming a rash of severe harms, finally seems always fit and is favored to win the buckle on March 4th. Ferguson has seen his own bumps in the road on the road to this particular shot. After winning the 13th year of’The Ultimate Fighter’ back in 2011, he also scored three successive wins. He dropped a decision to Michael Johnson in 2012 that only stopped his sanity for a moment. Ever since then, he has reeled off nine consecutive wins against the likes of Rafael dos Anjos, Edson Barboza, and Josh Thomson, always putting on must-see struggles. The combination of both Nurmagomedov’s dominance and Ferguson’s high-paced, all-action strategy makes their bout of the best bookings at the UFC in some time, and almost makes you forget that there is a guy out there holding the UFC lightweight title who appears to possess no desire to defend it. The main card of UFC 209 additionally features a heavyweight rematch between Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt. The two fought in DREAM back in 2008 under far different conditions. Overeem was just beginning his transformation into Ubereem, while Hunt’s commitment to the sport was about based on Mario Yamasaki’s desire to stop fights on time. Both men are a lot of fighters at this point, as Overeem has adopted a far more conservative fashion and Hunt has rounded out his game considerably. In their first battle, Overeem quickly took Hunt down and submitted himbut we have not seen too much of his offensive fighting game lately. Will this battle mark its recurrence, or will the K-1 Grand Prix winners participate on the feet? Rounding out the most important card, former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans makes his long-awaited middleweight debut against the always sudden Dan Kelly. The now 37-year-old Evans is 2-4 in his past six, and has not won a fight since 2013. Kelly, despite turning 40 after this season, has impressed in his UFC run — despite the amount of competition was a far cry from what Evans would have offered within his prime — going 5-1 despite being that the gambling underdog in each of his UFC outings. Finally, one of the rising stars at lightweight gets the opportunity to show off his striking, although from a technical standpoint this might be his stiffest test yet on the feet. Lando Vannata stormed into the UFC, almost upsetting Tony Ferguson on brief note in his introduction, then scoring the favorite choice for 2016’s knockout of this year against John Makdessi. He’ll be confronting an underrated opponent in David Teymur, with a pair of TKO wins on his UFC restart after breaking into the organization through TUF. The undercard also has some struggles to keep your eyes on, as undefeated prospects Mirsad Bektic, Luke Sanders, Paul’The Bear Jew’ Craig, and Tyson Pedro make their yields. The latter two are paired using a light heavyweight division which desperately needs fighters to rise up the rankings. Meanwhile, Bektic and Sanders face their stiffest professional evaluations against Darren Elkins and Iuri Alcantara, respectively.