UFC Fight Night

A week after the horrendous event that UFC 208 turned out to be, we look ahead to this Sunday as the UFC returns to Halifax, Canada for an exciting UFC Fight Night six-fight main card. The card looks to be promising when it comes to delivering, as it features a heavyweight main event between Derrick Lewis and Travis Browne, four ranked fighters, two former champions and up and coming talent from all over the place. With that being said let’s go ahead and dive in the main card as we look at how the fights could possible break down.

Paul Felder vs Alessandro Ricci (Lightweight)

This should be a good fight to kick off the card with well-rounded local Canadian Ricci taking on Felder. Unfortunately for Ricci this could be bad news for him in front of his hometown crowd. Felder hopes to build on top of what was a very strong 2016 for him. Ricci loves to keep the fight standing, but I think that can be where the fight favors Felder over Ricci, as Felder is the more aggressive and fierce fighter, and will have no problem taking it to the ground if Ricci doesn’t try to mix things up.

Prediction: Felder by 2nd round KO

Sara McMann vs Gina Mazany (Women’s Bantamweight)

Gina Mazany is coming off a first round-TKO in 2016 which was exactly what she was looking for, putting her name back in the MMA world with such a strong outing. Previously Mazany took  a long extensive break after losing to Juliana Pena in 2013, and she looks to stay in the octagon for now on. Unfortunately, Mazany faces another huge test this Sunday, and that’s the former Olympian Sara McMann. McMann is coming off back-to-back wins and most recently earned a “Performance of the Night” bonus over Alexis Davis who’s also a threat in the division. There’s no questioning the talent Mazany has, but quickly stepping into the octagon with a top 15 ranked women’s fighter may not be what Mazany needs at the moment.

Prediction: McMann 2nd rd submission

Elias Theodorou vs Cezar Ferreira (Middleweight)

What a fight we have here, as a spot in the top 15 rankings can be up for grabs here Theodorou loves to fight at a lighting pace from bell to bell, punishing his opponents and constantly putting pressure on them not wasting time. He has a high percentage when it comes to striking per minute, and even more importantly he suffers less damage per minute when it comes to his opponents landing. Ferreira on the other hand is a bit slower when it comes to landing shots, but makes up for it with his power in his kicks, punches, and his takedowns will play a huge factor in deciding who walks out victorious here. As much as I believe that Ferreira is the better talent here, Theodorou is doing pretty good for himself as of late, and ultimately I think his speed, and constant pressure will be too much for Ferreira.

Prediction: Theodorou by 3rd rd TKO

Sam Sicilia vs Gavin Tucker (Featherweight)

Sicilia is the better fighter here, and a seasoned vet at that, but UFC new comer and Canadian local Gavin Tucker is coming into this fight finishing 8 of his last 9 professional fights. Both of these guys have no problem when it comes to knockout power, or taking a fight to the ground, which could be bad news for Tucker being that he hasn’t fought competition like this in his 11-fight career as a pro, but this is just one of those fights where the crowd is going to be on fire from the opening bell for the hometown boy in Tucker, and I can see him feeding off the momentum to surprise the MMA world in finishing Sicilia.

Prediction: Tucker by 2nd rd KO

Johnny Hendricks vs Hector Lombard (Middleweight)

The two former Middleweights look to put on a show in the co-main event, and rejuvenate their careers so to say, but to be brutally honest I’m not interested in this fight at all. Maybe if we were back in 2011 well then hell yeah! Both of these fighters will more than likely keep this fight standing for the majority of the fight, and if these guys have anything going for them it’s that they both still possess the power in the left hand when it comes to knockout power. Here’s how this fight breaks down. It’s not going to be exciting, you’re going to hear lots of boos if both of these fighters past their prime don’t mix things up, or the energy up at that which will drag the fight. This fight can also end quickly which could be the best scenario for everybody, if one of these guys lands a big shot early on, but with a horrible gas tank in Lombard is what’s going to cost him the fight if this makes it all the way. Especially a guy like Hendricks who would at least be more intact at that point.

Prediction: Hendricks by decision.

Derrick Lewis vs Travis Browne (Heavyweight)

Ehh another fight I’m not to excited for, of course unless we see a knock because who doesn’t love knockout am I right? And I’m not taking anything away from these guys, Travis Browne is 6’7 250 plus and is a serious threat to anybody at anytime in the heavyweight division, Derrick Lewis on the other hand has claimed many victims as well in the octagon when it comes to tko’ s and finishing the fight. The problem here is Lewis’s last fights have been a bit sluggish, but he’s overcome it by being able to finish the fights which he comes in this Sunday riding on a five fight win streak. Brown on the other hand has been horrible! I don’t know if it’s the Ronday Rousey effect, being that their dating, but losing four of his last six fights. Now in his defense most of those losses came to former champions including Cain Velasquez at UFC 200, but before he went into this slump Browne was a serious contender in the heavyweight division winning 6 of 7 fights, as he displayed that scary knockout power, and elite striking which led many to believe that he would one day stand atop the division as champion. Boy times have changed since 2012. “The Black Beast” on the hand has the ability to finish the fight with one punch, despite his sluggishness and has been to the judges one just once! In his 10 fights with the UFC.

Prediction: Lewis by 3rd rd KO



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