This week, UFC Fight Night 150 was formally announced and the event will take place May 4 in Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to declaring the card, a range of bouts have been revealed, and here they are under along with my first thoughts on them.
Derek Brunson vs. Elias Theodorou, UFC Fight Night 150
The most crucial 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 from the UFC and is coming from back-to-back KO declines to Israel Adesanya and Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza. Theodorou (16-2) is 8-2 in the UFC and has won his last few fights such as a determination win over Eryk Anders in his last outing. Brunson has the power and wrestling but Theodorou gets the chin and cardio. Tough one to call but I’d have to prefer Theodorou at this stage.
Arjan Bhullar vs. Juan Adams, UFC Fight Night 150
A pleasure heavyweight bout sees Arjan Bhullar take on Juan Adams. Bhullar (8-1) is 2-1 in the UFC and won a decision over Marcelo Golm his last struggle. Adams (5-0) has won all five of his pro fights by TKO including a knockout over Chris de la Rocha in his UFC debut. Although Bhullar has solid wrestling, I think Adams is a top-level 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 lost her last two fights. Letson (5-1) is really on a five-fight win streak including a success in her UFC debut. Moras is fade cloth and that I would heavily favor Letson to get the win here.
Brad Katona vs. Merab Dvalishvili, UFC Fight Night 150
Bantamweight prospect Brad Katona will get a step up when he takes on Merab Dvalishvili. Katona (8-0) is 2-0 at the UFC and just mastered Matthew Lopez in his last fight after winning TUF. Dvalishvili (8-4) is 1-2 in the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Terrion Ware in his last struggle. Katona is a great prospect and Dvalishvili is a great test for him at this stage of his profession. It’s a tough one to call here but given the reality Katona is still undefeated, not to mention Canadian, I believe 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 in the UFC and has also lost his last 2 fights. Both guys are fade material but given Gagnon’s extended layoff you’d have 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 greatest MMA prospects. Sanchez (10-4) is 3-2 at the UFC and conquered Markus Perez by choice in his final fight. Sanchez is a good fighter but I believe Barriault will be very good and I would certainly prefer him for 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 lost to Ricardo Ramos through KO in his last struggle. Morales (8-3) lost his UFC introduction to Yadong Song. This one could go either but I’d prefer Zahabi just because of the fact he will be fighting so close to home.
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