The Octagon is in Boston this Friday for an awesome night of fights headlined by light heavyweights Dominick Reyes and Chris Weidman.
Dominick Reyes has been waiting for an opportunity to prove that he's the next guy to challenge longtime light heavyweight king Jon Jones. "The Devastator" has put together a perfect 11-0 record on the way to welcoming former middleweight champion Chris Weidman to the ranks at 205-lbs. It's his first main event and he's ready to cement his status as a top title contender.
Weidman on the other hand, is excited for his future at light heavyweight. It's something he's thought about for a while and it's a move that he believes will help him get right back in the mix for a belt.
The co-main event is going to be heated, as Jeremy Stephens and Yair Rodriguez run it back after their fifteen second no contest less than a month ago. That bizarre bout combined with the hotel incident following the fight, have made this an even more highly anticipated bout.
Elsewhere on the card are rising prospects in Maycee Barber, Gillian Robertson, Greg Hardy and Molly McCann.
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Dominick Reyes' rise up the light heavyweight ranks has been slow and steady. He took the next step toward becoming one of the names to watch in the division by defeating Jared Cannonier (who is currently thriving at middleweight) in impressive fashion.
After three losses in a row, Chris Weidman needed a big time comeback. He needed to take out a rising contender and he needed to remind everyone why he was a force at middleweight. The former champion did just that by getting ahold of Kelvin Gastelum and finishing him by submission.
In the lead-up to UFC 197 much was made about Yair Rodriguez's potential. Well, he showed just how dynamic, explosive and exciting he is in a dramatic knockout victory over Andre Fili.
No one doubts the heart and power of Jeremy Stephens. He brings it each and every time he steps into the Octagon. At UFC St. Louis in January of 2018, Stephens brought his trademark violence and earned himself a great finish over Dooho Choi.
Juan Adams asked for Greg Hardy, and he got Greg Hardy. Take a look at Hardy's most recent performance in the Octagon to see why he is an exciting prospect in the heavyweight division.
During the UFC's 25th Anniversary event, Maycee Barber made quite the impression. The at the time 20-year-old dominanted Hannah Cifers and simply overwhelmed her. It was an exciting moment for Barber and helped add more hype to the hype train.
Gillian Robertson's nickname is "Savage" and for good reason. She came to Prague on a mission and left with a submission finish over Veronica Macedo.
Molly McCann has been developing as a fighter since joining the UFC. It started with a loss but after a big time win over Priscila Cachoeira, McCann felt like she has found her groove. She proved that once again in her dominant win over Ariane Lipski at UFC Greenville.
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The UFC Boston main card starts live on ESPN2 at 9pm/6pm ETPT. Make sure you tune in to see all the action live from Boston.
Gavin Porter is a digital producer and writer for UFC.com, follow him on Twitter at @PorterUFCNews