This week, UFC Fight Night 150 was officially declared and the event will take place May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to declaring that the card, a range 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 important fight announced 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 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 three fights such as a decision win over Eryk Anders in his last outing. Brunson has the power and wrestling but Theodorou gets the cardio and chin. Difficult one to call but I’d have to favor Theodorou at this point.
Arjan Bhullar vs. Juan Adams, UFC Fight Night 150
A pleasure heavyweight bout sees Arjan Bhullar take on Juan Adams. Bhullar (8-1) is 2-1 at the UFC and chose 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 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 in the UFC and has dropped her last two fights. Letson (5-1) is really on a five-fight win streak including a victory 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 chooses on Merab Dvalishvili. Katona (8-0) is 2-0 at the UFC and just dominated Matthew Lopez in his final fight after winning TUF. Dvalishvili (8-4) is currently 1-2 at the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Terrion Ware in his final struggle. 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 but given the reality 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 at 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 guys are fade material but awarded Gagnon’s long layoff you would have 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 among Canada’s best MMA prospects. Sanchez (10-4) is 3-2 at the UFC and conquered Markus Perez by decision in his last fight. Sanchez is a solid fighter but I believe Barriault is going to be very good and I would definitely prefer him for 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 at the UFC and lost to Ricardo Ramos through KO in his last struggle. Morales (8-3) lost his UFC debut to Yadong Song. This one can go either but I’d prefer Zahabi just due to the fact he’ll be fighting so near home.
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