This week, UFC Fight Night 150 was formally announced and the occasion will take place May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to announcing that the card, a range of bouts have been shown, and here they are under along with my initial thoughts on them.
Derek Brunson vs. Elias Theodorou, UFC Fight Night 150
The most important 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 off of back-to-back KO declines to Israel Adesanya and Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza. Theodorou (16-2) is 8-2 at the UFC and has won his last few fights such as a decision win over Eryk Anders in his last outing. Brunson has the wrestling and power 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 in the UFC and chose over Marcelo Golm his last fight. 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. Though Bhullar has solid 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 lost her last two conflicts. Letson (5-1) is really on a five-fight win series including a success in her UFC debut. Moras is fade cloth and I would greatly 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 just mastered Matthew Lopez in his final 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 an excellent prospect and Dvalishvili is an excellent test for him at this point of his career. It is a hard one to call here but given the reality Katona is still undefeated, and of course Canadian, I think you have to favor 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 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 extended layoff you would 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 from eight wins in a row in TKO and is among 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 solid fighter but I believe Barriault is going to be really good and I would certainly prefer 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 through KO in his last struggle. Morales (8-3) lost his UFC introduction to Yadong Song. This one could go either but I would favor Zahabi just because of the fact he’ll be fighting so near home.
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