UFC OTTAWA ANNOUNCED WITH SEVERAL BOUTS INCLUDING DEREK BRUNSON VS. ELIAS THEODOROU
This week, UFC Fight Night 150 was officially declared and the occasion will take place May 4 in Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to announcing the card, a number of bouts have been revealed, and here they are below 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 far is a middleweight bout between top-15 fighters Derek Brunson and Elias Theodorou. Brunson (18-7) is 9-5 in the UFC and is coming off of 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 has the chin and cardio. Difficult one to call but I would have to favor 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 struggle. 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 strong wrestling, I believe Adams is a top-level prospect and would 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 streak including a victory in her UFC debut. Moras is fade material and I would greatly favor Letson to get the win .
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 currently 1-2 in the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Terrion Ware in his final struggle. Katona is an excellent prospect and Dvalishvili is a great test for him at the point of his career. It is a tough one to call here 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 dire need of wins will meet as Mitch Gagnon takes on Brian Kelleher. Gagnon (12-4) is 4-3 in the UFC and is coming from consecutive losses. Kelleher (19-10) is 3-3 in the UFC and has also lost his last two fights. Both guys are fade cloth but awarded Gagnon’s extended layoff you would 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 off of 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 defeated Markus Perez by decision in his last struggle. Sanchez is a good fighter but I believe Barriault will be very 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 lastly, 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 final struggle. Morales (8-3) lost his UFC introduction to Yadong Song. This one could go either but I would prefer Zahabi just due to the fact he will be fighting so close to home.
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