Viktor Pesta (10-1-0) as stepped in to replace Anthony Hamilton (14-4-0) who had to drop out of his bout against Derrick Lewis (12-4-0) at UFC 192. The 25 year old fighter lost his debut but won his first bout in January of this year. Now, he has a chance to make it two straight against the heavy hitter who will be looking to make a statement after going 1-2 in his last three fights.
Court McGee (16-4-0) returns from a two year hiatus from the sport to take on Marcio Alexandre Jr. (12-2-0) at UFC 194. McGee won his season of TUF at Middleweight and went on two win three straight before dropping two bouts in a row. A drop to 170 revered his fortune until he ran into the, at the time, undefeated Ryan Laflare who took a unanimous decision and sent McGee packing for a few years.
Benson Henderson (22-5-0) will headline against Thiago Alves (21-10-0) at UFC Fight Night 79 which is set to take place in South Korea. Henderson has opined for match there since he is of Korean descent. While Alves had announced his intention to drop down to Lightweight, it looks like he will stay at 170 for the match with Henderson who used to be the 155 pound champion. Henderson announced his intentions of keeping busy like Donald Cerrone after losing to the current number one contender, and that rang true for the first few months when Henderson fought twice and has not fought since. Has been waiting for this card so hopefully the wait has been worth it before he steps back in the Octagon.
Also announced for the card is a parking between Hyun Gyu Lim (13-5-1) and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (14-5-0) at UFC Fight Night 79. Lim is looking to rebuild after starting off his UFC career with two spectacular finishes, he has gone 1-2 in his last three fights. A TKO loss to Neil Magny and decision loss to Tarec Saffiedine sandwich a first round TKO victory. Santos has had less luck having lost his only UFC fight by split decision.
Pat Curran (21-7-0) s on the path to becoming a champion again and UFC veteran Justin Lawrence (8-2-0) will be on that path at Bellator 145. Curran seemed to be a real threat at 145 when his record was 19-4 with his only loss in Bellator at 155 to Eddie Alvarez, and he was the first person to win tournaments at multiple weight classes. Unfortunately, a span of four fights where he went 1-3 and the fight with Lawrence will be a chance to go 2-1 for 2015. Lawrence made it to the UFC through TUF, but a 1-2 record in the promotion dropped him. He went to RFA where he won three straight including their Featherweight title which got him a contract with Bellator. He made the most of the opportunity by knocking out his debut opponent with only 4 seconds left in the first round.