The MMA world is primed for a stellar night of fights this Saturday, March 14th, at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. Here are five reasons to watch UFC 185.

1. Anthony “Showtime” Pettis

The 28-year old lightweight champion is set to defend his title versus the No. 1 contender, Rafael dos Anjos. Pettis has an impressive resume (18-2, 5-1 in UFC), with his last four victories coming by submission or knockout.

The Milwaukee, Wisc., native has truly lived up to his nickname, with dynamic striking ability and a well-versed ground game. His infamous “Showtime kick” in 2010 versus then champion Benson Henderson is still talked about like a mythical warrior tale.

Rafael dos Anjos (23-7, 12-4 in UFC), hailing from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, is looking to claim championship gold. His impressive run to the top contender spot includes nine wins in his last 10 bouts.

2. Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza

This 27-year old from Irvine, Calif., became the inaugural strawweight champion after winning last season’s The Ultimate Fighter reality show. Her victory over Rose Namajunas showcased her excellent wresting and her ability to finish fights.

Esparza (10-2, 1-0 in UFC) is set to make her first title defense when she faces the No. 1 contender from Poland, Joanna Jedrzejczyk. With two exciting fights in the United States, Jedrzejczyk (8-0, 2-0 in UFC), is hoping to continue her undefeated streak and earn the title of best strawweight in the world.

3. Johny “Big Rigg” Hendricks

The former welterweight champion is fighting in his hometown of Dallas, only adding pressure to the competition, as he will square off against veteran Matt “The Immortal” Brown.

Hendricks (16-3, 11-3 in UFC) is coming off two closely contested fights versus the new titleholder, Robbie Lawler. If he wants another shot at the belt and to solidify his top dog status, he will need to bring his A-game.

Brown (19-12, 11-6 in UFC), who is also coming off a loss to Lawler, is looking to improve on his fifth-ranked position in a stacked division. Winner of seven of his last eight fights, the blue-collar scrapper from Xenia, Ohio will test the endurance of Hendricks and try to finish him in dramatic fashion.

4. Roy “Big Country” Nelson

The 38-year old heavyweight from Las Vegas, Nev., is a fan favorite for his aggressive haymakers and unorthodox appearance. With his long hair, bushy beard and “Buddha belly,” Nelson (20-10, 7-6 in UFC) is going to battle with another octagon veteran, Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem. Both men have enjoyed success in the division, and this bout should be a slugfest no doubt.

Overeem (38-14, 3-3 in UFC), from Amsterdam, Netherlands, is ready to capitalize on another big-name opponent after knocking out Stefan Struve this past December.

5. Josh “Cuddly Bear” Copeland

With the least intimidating nickname and a friendly demeanor, this heavyweight from Denver, Col., has high expectations going into Saturday night. Copeland (9-1, 0-1 in UFC) will attempt to earn his first victory inside the octagon. His challenger, hoping to wreck those plans, is Jared “The Big Show” Rosholt, fighting out of Arlington, Texas.

Winner of three of his four bouts in the promotion, Rosholt (11-2, 3-1 in UFC) looks to impress the fans from his home state, and make a statement to the masses.

The UFC 185 prelims begin on FX at 8 pm ET, followed by the pay-per-view at 10 pm ET.

For full UFC 185 pre- and post-fight coverage, tune into SiriusXM Sports Zone, channel 92, on Saturday March 14. Beginning at 5 pm ET, join Jordan Breen and Greg Savage as the break down all the fights leading you into UFC 185. Then after the fights, join Gorgeous George and Goze for SiriusXM Post Fight Live, for complete reaction and analysis.

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