UFC OTTAWA ANNOUNCED WITH SEVERAL BOUTS INCLUDING DEREK BRUNSON VS. ELIAS THEODOROU
This week, UFC Fight Night 150 was officially announced and the occasion will occur May 4 in Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to announcing that the card, a range of bouts have been revealed, and here they are under along with my initial thoughts on them.
Derek Brunson vs. Elias Theodorou, UFC Fight Night 150
The most crucial fight announced for this card thus much 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 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 including a decision win over Eryk Anders in his last outing. Brunson has the wrestling and power however Theodorou has the cardio and chin. Tough one to call but I’d have to favor Theodorou at this point.
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 final 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 strong wrestling, I believe 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 from the UFC and has lost her last two conflicts. Letson (5-1) is on a five-fight win streak including a success in her UFC debut. Moras is fade material 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 in the UFC and only mastered Matthew Lopez in his last fight after winning TUF. Dvalishvili (8-4) is 1-2 at the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Terrion Ware in his last fight. Katona is a great prospect and Dvalishvili is an excellent test for him at this point of his career. It is a tough one to call but given the fact Katona is still undefeated, not to mention Canadian, I believe you need to prefer him here.
Mitch Gagnon vs. Brian Kelleher, UFC Fight Night 150
Bantamweights in dire need of wins will fulfill as Mitch Gagnon takes on Brian Kelleher. Gagnon (12-4) is 4-3 at the UFC and is coming off of consecutive losses. Kelleher (19-10) is 3-3 in the UFC and has also lost his last two fights. Both guys are fade material but awarded Gagnon’s long layoff you’d have to slightly favor Kelleher within this .
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 off of eight wins in a row in TKO and is one of Canada’s best MMA prospects. Sanchez (10-4) is 3-2 in 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 favor him to get the win in the capital of Canada.
Aiemann Zahabi vs. Vince Morales, UFC Fight Night 150
And lastly, bantamweights Aiemann Zahabi and Vince Morales will fight. Zahabi (7-1) is 1-1 in the UFC and dropped to Ricardo Ramos via KO in his final struggle. Morales (8-3) lost his UFC introduction to Yadong Song. This one could go either but I’d prefer Zahabi just due to the fact he’ll be fighting so close to home.
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