UFC OTTAWA ANNOUNCED WITH SEVERAL BOUTS INCLUDING DEREK BRUNSON VS. ELIAS THEODOROU
This week, UFC Fight Night 150 was formally announced and the event will take place May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to announcing that the card, a number of bouts have been revealed, and here they are below along with my first thoughts on these.
Derek Brunson vs. Elias Theodorou, UFC Fight Night 150
The most important battle declared 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 losses to Israel Adesanya and Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza. Theodorou (16-2) is 8-2 at the UFC and has won his last three fights such as a decision win over Eryk Anders in his final 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 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 think Adams is a top notch prospect and could 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 from the UFC and has dropped her last two fights. Letson (5-1) is on a five-fight win streak 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 takes on Merab Dvalishvili. Katona (8-0) is 2-0 in 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 last fight. Katona is a great prospect and Dvalishvili is a great test for him at this point of his profession. It’s a hard one to call here but given the reality Katona remains undefeated, and of course 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 at the UFC and is coming from 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 given Gagnon’s extended layoff you’d have to slightly favor Kelleher in 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 from eight wins in a row in TKO and is among Canada’s best MMA prospects. Sanchez (10-4) is 3-2 at the UFC and defeated Markus Perez by choice in his last fight. Sanchez is a good fighter but I believe Barriault is going to be really good and I would definitely favor him for 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 fight. Morales (8-3) lost his UFC introduction to Yadong Song. This one could go either but I’d favor Zahabi just because of the fact he’ll be fighting so close to home.
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