This week, UFC Fight Night 150 was formally announced and the event will take place May 4 in Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to 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 crucial battle declared for this particular card thus much is a middleweight bout between top-15 fighters Derek Brunson and Elias Theodorou. Brunson (18-7) is 9-5 in the UFC and will be coming from back-to-back KO declines to Israel Adesanya and Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza. Theodorou (16-2) is 8-2 in the UFC and has won his last few fights such as a determination win over Eryk Anders in his final outing. Brunson has the power and wrestling however Theodorou has the cardio and chin. Tough one to call but I’d 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 in the UFC and chose over Marcelo Golm his final fight. 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 strong wrestling, I believe Adams is a top-level prospect and would 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 lost her last two fights. Letson (5-1) is on a five-fight win streak including a success in her UFC debut. Moras is fade material and I would heavily 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 takes on Merab Dvalishvili. Katona (8-0) is 2-0 at the UFC and only mastered Matthew Lopez in his last fight after winning TUF. Dvalishvili (8-4) is 1-2 at the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Terrion Ware in his last fight. Katona is an excellent prospect and Dvalishvili is an excellent test for him at the stage of his profession. It’s a hard one to call here but given the fact Katona remains undefeated, and of course Canadian, I believe you have to favor him here.
Mitch Gagnon vs. Brian Kelleher, UFC Fight Night 150
Bantamweights in desperate 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 at the UFC and has also lost his last two fights. Both men are fade material but given Gagnon’s extended layoff you’d need 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 from eight wins in a row in TKO and is one of Canada’s best MMA prospects. Sanchez (10-4) is 3-2 in the UFC and conquered Markus Perez by choice in his final struggle. Sanchez is a good fighter but I believe Barriault is going to be very good and I would certainly prefer him for the win 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 dropped to Ricardo Ramos through KO in his last fight. Morales (8-3) lost his UFC introduction to Yadong Song. This one could go either but I’d favor Zahabi just due to the fact he’ll be fighting so close to home.
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