Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber absolutely despise one another. That alone should be reason enough to watch their rubber match, scheduled for July 7 at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. as the main event of UFC 148.
In their first meeting in 2007 at WEC 26, Faber locked up his signature guillotine choke on the less-experienced Cruz and finished the fight in the very first round to win the featherweight title.
Four years later, the two met at UFC 132 for the bantamweight title and Cruz showed he was a completely different fighter than in 2007 with a unanimous decision victory.
Now more than a year later from their second fight, Cruz and Faber will finally settle the score. Coaching The Ultimate Fighter: Live together will only fuel their hatred and add to the anticipation surrounding their fight.
As if this card couldn't get any better, there's still three big fights leading up to the main event. One of them is another UFC rubber match.
Tim Boetsch vs. Michael Bisping
Making the move to middleweight was probably one of the best decisions Tim Boetsch made and it certainly paid off when he earned a TKO victory over former No. 1 contender Yushin Okami in February. The impressive win propelled Boetsch into the mix of top middleweights and a fight with Michael Bisping will be the ultimate test.
Bisping has been on the prowl for a shot at middleweight king Anderson Silva for some time now, but losses against top-flight opponents have cut his title runs short. A loss to Chael Sonnen in January stopped his run once again and now Bisping must work his way back to the top.
Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz
The fans wanted it and now they have it. The Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz trilogy will finally come to an end and two of the era's greatest light heavyweights will clash in what could be one of the last remaining fights in their careers.
Ortiz has already publicly acknowledged that this will be the last fight of his career, while Griffin returns to the Octagon after a long layoff to ponder his future.
Fans who witnessed the first two fights know this could go down as yet another epic fight in UFC history. How could you turn down the opportunity to watch two future Hall of Famers in what could be one of their last hurrah?
Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le
It's been more than a year since former middleweight champion Rich Franklin stepped in the Octagon after a loss to Forrest Griffin at light heavyweight. After bouncing between two different weight classes, he finally returns to face Cung Le at middleweight.
Despite an almost perfect career in Strikeforce, Le didn't receive a warm welcome from Wanderlei Silva in his UFC debut. Le was battered and bloodied by the "Axe Murderer" before surrendering to TKO in the second round last November.
Franklin is less of a wild man than Silva, which should bode well for Le, who has yet to really show off his striking in the UFC. As both men approach the ripe age of 40, this could be another sparks-filled bout between two veterans.