UFC Fight Night 89: Quick Preview
We are just a week away from a free Fox Sports 1 fight card that is headlined by a potential Fight of the Year candidate. Here’s a quick rundown of the FS1 main card for June 17th.
Welterweight: Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen Thompson
The last time we saw Rory he fought Robbie Lawler in the best and bloodiest title fight the sport has ever seen. Unfortunately for MacDonald, Lawler was able to pour on too much damage to his shatter nose ending the fight in the fifth round. The last time we saw Stephen Thompson, he dismantled the former champion Johnny Hendricks with a spectacular striking display. A win for Thompson gets him a shot at the title, a win for MacDonald will mean his future is in the hands of Robbie Lawler. If Lawler defends his title against Woodley the UFC may be hesitant to give Rory another fight with the champion who has beaten him twice. If Woodley wins, the UFC will not hesitate to give the immensely popular and younger “Canadian Psycho” a shot at the Welterweight title.
This fight has the potential to be something special, both fighters are spectacular strikers with great chins and the penchant for some flash. Stephen Thompson has more variety in his striking, particularly in his arsenal of kicks, but MacDonald is a far better boxer. MacDonald is also the better rounded fighter and I think that will be his key to victory. I see MacDonald taking the fight to the mat and using his superior grappling skills to pound Thompson until he opens up for a submission.
Welterweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Cote
Donlad Cerrone is one of the most exciting fighters on the UFC roster, I can’t remember him having a boring fight. Patrick Cote has been around the block and seems like the perfect fight for Cerrone to get back on his path and string together another win streak to follow up his phenomenal first round submission victory over Alex Oliviera. I see this fight taking a similar route, Cerrone lands some big strikes on Cote then submitting him.
Light Heavyweight: Steve Bossé vs. Sean O’Connell
This is one of those fights that the UFC throws into a card with hopes for a knock out finish. Both fighters have heavy, heavy hands but O’Connell does like to mix in some wrestling. I still think Bosse ends this one in the second after an exchange early in the round.
Lightweight: Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Thibault Gouti
Aubin-Mercier likes to grapple and grind out his fights. I don’t think Gouti will let him do that. Gouti is too well rounded and will keep the fight where he is comfortable. This is going the distance with Gouti taking a unanimous victory.
Women’s Flyweight: Valérie Létourneau vs. Joanne Calderwood
Why isn’t Joanne Calderwood higher up on this card? Perhaps the UFC wants people in early to watch as many fights as possible. Regardless of her placement on the card Calderwood is an exciting fighter. She’s gritty, and likes to attack hard and early. However, she faces Letourneau who fell short after a full five rounds against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, in their title bout. If Letourneau survives the early onslaught, she could take this fight away from Calderwood and with it put a halt to the hype-train.
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