Alvarez vs Pettis Also Rumored For The Card

Published on September 10th, 2015 8:19 pm EST

UFC President Dana White revealed last night that TJ Dillashaw will be defending his Bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz in the main event of a Fox Sports 1 card on January 17th. The card, which will be taking place in Boston, will follow the conclusion of the NFC divisional game on Fox.

For both the UFC and Fox, January's Fox card has become one of the biggest events of the year. There are many, many eyeballs on the card thanks to the NFC Divisional playoff game, and Fox will be advertising the card constantly throughout the game. Last year's January card on Fox featured Conor McGregor vs Dennis Siver in the main event, and this card ended up producing the biggest ratings number for a UFC card on Fox Sports 1.

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Dillashaw vs Cruz is THE marquee fight in the Bantamweight division right now. Cruz is the former Bantamweight champion who had his title stripped after enduring multiple surgeries on his knee, while Dillashaw is the current champion who has looked fantastic in all of his title defenses. At one time, Dominick Cruz was considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, which adds an extra bit of drama to this fight. In addition, Cruz and Dillashaw legitimately dislike each other.

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In addition to Dillashaw vs Cruz, there is also a rumor floating around that Eddie Alvarez will be squaring off against Anthony "Showtime" Pettis in the co-main event. In my opinion, this is the perfect co-main event to have on this card, as Alvarez is one of the gutsiest fighters in the UFC while Pettis has one of the most dynamic striking attacks that the promotion has ever seen.

You can be sure that the UFC will stack this card, as they have a tremendous opportunity thanks to the lead-in from the NFC divisional game. Don't be surprised to see somebody like Paige Vanzant on the main card as well, as this will give the UFC the opportunity to promote one of their fastest rising stars.


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