This week, UFC Fight Night 150 was formally announced and the occasion will occur May 4 in Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Along with declaring the card, a number of bouts have been shown, and here they are below along with my initial thoughts on these.
Derek Brunson vs. Elias Theodorou, UFC Fight Night 150
The most important fight announced for this card thus far is a middleweight bout between top-15 fighters Derek Brunson and Elias Theodorou. Brunson (18-7) is 9-5 in the UFC and will be coming off of back-to-back KO losses to Israel Adesanya and Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza. Theodorou (16-2) is 8-2 at the UFC and has won his last few fights such as a determination win over Eryk Anders in his last outing. Brunson has the wrestling and power but Theodorou has the cardio and chin. Difficult one to call but I’d have to prefer Theodorou at this point.
Arjan Bhullar vs. Juan Adams, UFC Fight Night 150
A fun heavyweight bout sees Arjan Bhullar take on Juan Adams. Bhullar (8-1) is 2-1 at the UFC and won a decision over Marcelo Golm his final fight. Adams (5-0) has won five of his pro fights by TKO such as a knockout over Chris de la Rocha in his UFC debut. Although Bhullar has solid wrestling, I believe Adams is a top notch prospect and could make him a big favorite here.
Sarah Moras vs. Leah Letson, UFC Fight Night 150
Women’s bantamweight Sarah Moras will take on Leah Letson. Moras (5-4) is 2-3 in the UFC and has dropped her last two conflicts. Letson (5-1) is on a five-fight win series including a success in her UFC debut. Moras is fade material and I would greatly favor Letson to get the win here.
Brad Katona vs. Merab Dvalishvili, UFC Fight Night 150
Bantamweight prospect Brad Katona will find a step up when he chooses on Merab Dvalishvili. Katona (8-0) is 2-0 at the UFC and just dominated Matthew Lopez in his final fight after winning TUF. Dvalishvili (8-4) is currently 1-2 in the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Terrion Ware in his final struggle. Katona is a great prospect and Dvalishvili is an excellent test for him at the point of his career. It is a tough one to call but given the fact Katona remains undefeated, and of course Canadian, I think you have to prefer him here.
Mitch Gagnon vs. Brian Kelleher, UFC Fight Night 150
Bantamweights in desperate need of wins will fulfill as Mitch Gagnon takes on Brian Kelleher. Gagnon (12-4) is 4-3 in the UFC and is coming off of consecutive losses. Kelleher (19-10) is 3-3 at the UFC and has also lost his last two fights. Both men are fade cloth but awarded Gagnon’s long layoff you’d need to slightly favor Kelleher within this one.
Marc-Andre Barriault vs. Andrew Sanchez, UFC Fight Night 150
Former TKO middleweight champion Marc-Andre Barriault will take on Andrew Sanchez in his UFC debut. Barriault (11-1) is coming from eight wins in a row in TKO and is one of Canada’s best MMA prospects. Sanchez (10-4) is 3-2 at the UFC and defeated Markus Perez by decision in his last struggle. Sanchez is a good fighter but I believe Barriault is going to be very good and I would definitely prefer him to get the win in the capital of Canada.
Aiemann Zahabi vs. Vince Morales, UFC Fight Night 150
And finally, bantamweights Aiemann Zahabi and Vince Morales will struggle. Zahabi (7-1) is 1-1 in the UFC and dropped to Ricardo Ramos via KO in his last struggle. Morales (8-3) lost his UFC debut to Yadong Song. This one could go either but I’d prefer Zahabi just because of the fact he’ll be fighting so near home.
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