UFC OTTAWA ANNOUNCED WITH SEVERAL BOUTS INCLUDING DEREK BRUNSON VS. ELIAS THEODOROU
This week, UFC Fight Night 150 was officially announced and the event will occur May 4 in Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to announcing the card, a range of bouts have been revealed, and here they are below along with my initial thoughts on these.
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 will be coming off of back-to-back KO losses to Israel Adesanya and Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza. Theodorou (16-2) is 8-2 in the UFC and has won his last few fights including a determination win over Eryk Anders in his final outing. Brunson has the wrestling and power however Theodorou gets the chin and cardio. Difficult one to call but I would 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 last 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 would make him a large 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 victory in her UFC debut. Moras is fade material and that 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 only dominated Matthew Lopez in his last fight after winning TUF. Dvalishvili (8-4) is 1-2 in the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Terrion Ware in his final fight. Katona is an excellent prospect and Dvalishvili is an excellent test for him at this point of his career. It’s a tough one to call but given the reality Katona remains undefeated, not to mention Canadian, I think you need to prefer him here.
Mitch Gagnon vs. Brian Kelleher, UFC Fight Night 150
Bantamweights in desperate need of wins will meet 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 2 fights. Both guys are fade material but given Gagnon’s long layoff you’d need to slightly favor Kelleher in 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 conquered Markus Perez by decision in his final fight. Sanchez is a solid fighter but I think Barriault is going to be really good and I would certainly favor 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 at the UFC and lost to Ricardo Ramos via KO in his last struggle. Morales (8-3) lost his UFC introduction to Yadong Song. This one can go either but I would favor Zahabi just due to the fact he will be fighting so near home.
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