Here’s the official ‘UFC 227: Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt 2’ lineup; time to grade the fight card

The UFC returns to pay-per-view next week with “UFC 227: Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt 2,” so check out the official lineup and grade the fight card.

UFC 227 takes place Aug. 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The main card, which is one of the lightest overall in UFC history thanks to title fights in the UFC’s smallest weight classes, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX (not FS1) and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, 135-pound champion T.J. Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC), who’s No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, rematches former champ and No. 2-ranked Cody Garbrandt (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC). It’s an immediate rematch; in the duo’s most recent bout, Dillashaw reclaimed the belt and started his second title reign with a second-round knockout victory at UFC 217 in November.

In UFC 227’s co-headliner, long-reigning flyweight champion and 125-pound kingpin Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC), who’s ranked No. 2 pound-for-pound and No. 1 in his division, meets No. 2-ranked flyweight Henry Cejudo (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) while looking to extend his record for UFC title defenses.

“Mighty Mouse,” who’s registered 11 straight title defenses since his title reign began in 2012, defeated Cejudo via first-round TKO in April 2016.

Also on the main card, No. 6 featherweight Cub Swanson (25-9 MMA, 10-5 UFC) meets No. 11 Renato Moicano (12-1-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), J.J. Aldrich (6-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) fights fellow female strawweight Polyana Viana (10-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), and recent Dana White’s Contender Series winner Kevin Holland (12-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets middleweight veteran Thiago “Marreta” Santos (17-6 MMA, 9-5 UFC).

In the featured prelim, which airs on FX instead of FS1 because of an MLB game, two bantamweight contenders clash in a high-stakes bout for their title hopes. No. 14-ranked Brett Johns (15-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) meets Pedro Munhoz (15-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC), who’s ranked a spot behind at No. 15.

The official UFC 227 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt – for bantamweight title
  • Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo – for flyweight title
  • Renato Moicano vs. Cub Swanson
  • J.J. Aldrich vs. Polyana Viana
  • Kevin Holland vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET)

For complete coverage of UFC 227, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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