Nov 12, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Joanna Jedrzejczyk (red gloves) reacts after defeating Karolina Kowalkiewicz (blue gloves) in their strawweight title bout during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

UFC 211 is finally upon us, and despite the lack of transcendent super-star talent on the docket, it may very well be the best card the UFC puts on display this year. Here are the five reasons why.

Your Favorite Fighter’s Favorite Fighter(s)

Are you looking for a new favorite fighter to watch? One who is vicious on her feet and is always looking for the finish? Then Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade for the Women’s Strawweight title is your fight. Wondering which fighter was being referred to? Both. These women will most certainly change the way you view female fighters, and you may just come out of it with a new rooting interest.

Jędrzejczyk’s will rely on her exceptional Muay Thai, a blend of doing damage in the clinch and a variety of strikes, to keep Andrade at a safe distance. Andrade’s game plan is simple: she’s the hardest hitter at 115 pounds, and her guillotine choke game has led to six of her seven total submissions.

New School vs. Old School

Yair Rodriguez is 6-0 in the UFC and is coming off a TKO victory over UFC royalty in B.J. Penn. Now Rodriguez has set his sights on another featherweight legend in Frankie “The Answer” Edgar. Edgar, however, isn’t a veteran on his last legs. He’s following a unanimous decision victory over heavy handed Jeremy Stephens, and while Rodriguez and others may be the future of the featherweight division, The Answer won’t be ready to relinquish control. This fight will be a war.

OGs in the Octagon

Two legends look to prove they still have it. Demian Maia and Eddie Alvarez are far from washed up. Maia has won six straight fights inside the Octagon, and Alvarez was the reigning UFC Lightweight champion of the world just last November. However, both men are in desperate need of a victory to prove that they are still of championship pedigree as a loss for either one of them would be devastating for their chances to ever fight for a belt again.

Maia is squaring off with Jorge Masvidal who has won his last two fights via knock out and is looking for his own shot at the title. Meanwhile, Alvarez is facing Dustin Poirier who has won five of his last six bouts. Neither Maia nor Alvarez will have an easy route to victory, but that never stopped either of them before.

Heavyweight Crown

The baddest man on earth will be crowned. All due respect to Anthony Joshua, but the fight between Stipe Miocic and Junior dos Santos will tell us who is the scariest man on the planet. Miocic is looking to add himself to the rare list of men who have defended the UFC Heavyweight title twice. No one has ever defended it three times. But he will have to get through JDS, who is not only a former Heavyweight champion himself but also the last man to hand Miocic a loss inside the Octagon. The last time these two men went toe-to-toe the result was one of the greatest striking displays in UFC heavyweight history. Expect nothing less at UFC 211.

House of Cards

Knock on wood, but a card finally held up. Well, almost completely (Cejudo vs Pettis was a late scratch). Seriously, though, this is cause for celebration. Far too often the UFC puts out great cards on paper, but one thing leads to another, and they fall apart. It’s been so far, so good for UFC 211: only one major injury during camp, no one tested positive for any banned substances. Now they just need to get through weigh-ins, and the event is home free. The UFC needed a card to go off without a hitch to win back some goodwill of fans, who have felt more than a little burned by the late scrubbing of premier fights as of late. So, find your lucky rabbit’s foot, and rub that sucker raw for one more day of no surprises, and you’ll get to feast your eyes on the best card the UFC will put out this year

This article first appeared on The Sports Fan Journal and was syndicated with permission.

QUIZ: Name the longest reigning UFC champions in each division

Can you name the longest reigning champions in each of the UFC's ten active divisions?

Cain Velasquez
Light heavyweight
Jon Jones
Anderson Silva
Georges St-Pierre
B.J. Penn
Jose Aldo
Dominick Cruz
Demetrious Johnson
Bantamweight (women's)
Ronda Rousey
Strawweight (women's)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk

MLB to limit mound visits from players and coaches in 2018

Anthony Rizzo opens up about vigil speech: 'Hardest thing I ever had to do'

Silver: 2019 All-Star draft likely to be televised

Jeremy Lin defends JJ Redick over perceived racial slur

Shiffrin’s boyfriend sent home from Olympics after post-race remarks


Joey Votto is sick of losing

Giannis vows to stay with Bucks

Peter King believes Kirk Cousins will end up with Broncos

Teddy Bridgewater calls 2017 ‘my favorite season by far’

Gus Kenworthy happy NBC televised him kissing boyfriend

New format leads to competitive NBA All-Star Game

Top 30 NFL free agents

Sports & Politics Intersect: NBA united against racial divide

MLB's top 10 starting pitchers for 2018

Dario Saric thriving in shadows of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons

MLB's top 10 catchers for 2018

Ten bold predictions for 2018 MLB season

Wil Myers has a tough adjustment ahead of him

10 NFL offseason moves that need to happen

Flyers reverse course behind a balanced attack

Champions League Round of 16 preview, predictions

Signing A.J. McCarron would be a typical Browns move

Big surprises, disappointments heading into NBA All-Star break

MMA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Top 30 NFL free agents

Sports & Politics Intersect: NBA united against racial divide

The 'Emerald City on ice' quiz

NHL Weekender: Blackhawks, Rangers continue to free fall

The 'Hope springs eternal' quiz

Dario Saric thriving in shadows of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons

MLB's top 10 starting pitchers for 2018

MLB's top 10 catchers for 2018

The 'My Bronny valentine' quiz

Flyers reverse course behind a balanced attack

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker