This week, UFC Fight Night 150 was formally announced and the event will occur May 4 in Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Along with announcing that the card, a range of bouts are shown, 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 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 from 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 last outing. Brunson has the wrestling and power 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 in the UFC and won a decision over Marcelo Golm his final struggle. Adams (5-0) has won 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 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 from the UFC and has dropped her last two fights. Letson (5-1) is on a five-fight win streak including a success in her UFC debut. Moras is fade cloth and that I would heavily 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 at the UFC and only mastered Matthew Lopez in his final 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 final fight. Katona is a great prospect and Dvalishvili is a great test for him at this stage of his profession. It’s a hard one to call but given the fact Katona is still undefeated, not to mention 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 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 long layoff you’d 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 in the UFC and defeated 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 certainly prefer 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 fight. Zahabi (7-1) is 1-1 at 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 can go either but I would favor Zahabi just due to the fact he’ll be fighting so close to home.
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