This week, UFC Fight Night 150 was formally declared and the event will occur May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Along with announcing that the card, a range of bouts have been revealed, and here they are under along with my first thoughts on these.
Derek Brunson vs. Elias Theodorou, UFC Fight Night 150
The most important battle declared for this particular 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 from 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 three fights such as a determination win over Eryk Anders in his final outing. Brunson has the power and wrestling but Theodorou has the chin and cardio. Tough 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 last 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 think 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 really on a five-fight win series including a victory in her UFC debut. Moras is fade cloth and I would greatly favor Letson to get the win .
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 at 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 an excellent test for him at this point of his profession. It is a hard one to call but given the fact Katona remains undefeated, not to mention Canadian, I believe you have to favor 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 in the UFC and is coming off of consecutive losses. Kelleher (19-10) is 3-3 in the UFC and has also lost his last 2 fights. Both men are fade material but given Gagnon’s extended layoff you’d need 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 best MMA prospects. Sanchez (10-4) is 3-2 in the UFC and defeated Markus Perez by choice in his last fight. Sanchez is a solid fighter but I think Barriault will be very good and I would definitely prefer him to get the win here 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 in the UFC and dropped to Ricardo Ramos via 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 will be fighting so near home.
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