Just in time for the annual "cold turkey" period for football fans, the UFC has lined up nine straight weeks of action to get us through March. It's the second card into the ESPN era, and the first from Brazil. But in what might normally be a lower-profile Fight Night event in terms of star power, this Saturday's card could actually determine the next title contenders in two divisions.
The final two fights of the night pair top-five ranked fighters at bantamweight and featherweight, bouts that -- depending on outcomes -- could create a new top-ranked contender, or at least secure a fighter's position as next in line for a title shot.
First, we'll take a detailed look at the performance metrics for the main event, a rematch between the current No. 3 and No. 4 bantamweights. Then we'll decide if there's value in the betting line.