Featuring a main event as significant and undeniably historic as the third act of the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos trilogy, UFC 166 didn't have to have to action-packed fight card—and yet it does.
On Saturday night—long before that heavyweight championship showdown blows the roof off Houston's Toyota Center—fans will be treated to a series of contests between more explosive fighters than any fight card needs to feature.
Just consider this: The slugger versus veteran showdown laying dormant in Nate Marquardt vs. Hector Lombard had to be squeezed onto the undercard.
Need I say more?
Here's the full timeline and details for UFC 166's fight card:
|Full Fight Card and Start Times|
|Main Card||Pay-per-view||10PM ET|
|UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez||vs.||Junior dos Santos|
|Daniel Cormier||vs.||Roy Nelson|
|Gilbert Melendez||vs.||Diego Sanchez|
|Gabriel Gonzaga||vs.||Shawn Jordan|
|John Dodson||vs.||Darrell Montague|
|Televised Preliminary Card||Fox Sports 1||8 PM ET|
|Tim Boetsch||vs.||C.B. Dollaway|
|Nate Marquardt||vs.||Hector Lombard|
|Sarah Kaufman||vs.||Jessica Eye|
|George Sotiropoulos||vs.||KJ Noons|
|Online Preliminary Card||Facebook/YouTube||6:15 PM ET|
|TJ Waldburger||vs.||Adlan Amagov|
|Tony Ferguson||vs.||Mike Rio|
|Jeremy Larsen||vs.||Andre Fili|
|Dustin Pague||vs.||Kyoji Horiguchi|
In the off chance that typed names—no matter how prominent—don't get you pumped for a night of fights, here's something a bit more visual. Courtesy of the UFC's official YouTube channel, the countdown special for both the main and co-main event really sets the stage.
Will Velasquez manhandle dos Santos for a second consecutive outing, or will he succumb to a well-timed grenade detonated at the leading end of "Cigano's" fist? Is Cormier the man to crumble the granite-encased chin that has made Nelson infamous inside the Octagon?
With less than 24 hours left before showtime, be sure to sound off with your picks in the comments below.