The UFC bantamweight title picture is a logjam due to the controversial upset that occurred when defending champ Petr Yan landed an illegal strike to the downed challenger, Aljamain Sterling. Months later, Sterling (now the champ, via disqualification) is still recovering from surgery, while the Yan rematch has yet to be given a firm date.
So, it would appear nobody new is entering the bantamweight title picture any time soon, unless it's squeezed in by the end of 2021. That said, the headliners this week will put themselves into that conversation for whenever the division can move forward. Or perhaps the winner will advance to a title eliminator against the winner of Cory Sandhagen and TJ Dillashaw, assuming that fight finally happens.
It's crowded title challenger group in the post-Cejudo era, but this week's main event is a key part of solving it.
Prelims start at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and the main card begins at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
Odds are courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill.