This week, UFC Fight Night 150 was formally declared and the occasion will take place May 4 in Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Along with declaring that the card, a number of bouts are shown, and here they are under along with my first thoughts on these.
Derek Brunson vs. Elias Theodorou, UFC Fight Night 150
The most crucial 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 in the UFC and will be coming from 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 including a decision win over Eryk Anders in his final outing. Brunson has the wrestling and power but Theodorou gets the chin and cardio. Tough one to call but I would have to favor Theodorou at this stage.
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 won a decision over Marcelo Golm his last 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 strong wrestling, I think 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 series including a victory in her UFC debut. Moras is fade material and I would heavily favor Letson to get the win .
Brad Katona vs. Merab Dvalishvili, UFC Fight Night 150
Bantamweight prospect Brad Katona will find a step up when he chooses on Merab Dvalishvili. Katona (8-0) is 2-0 in the UFC and only dominated Matthew Lopez in his last fight after winning TUF. Dvalishvili (8-4) is 1-2 at the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Terrion Ware in his last struggle. Katona is an excellent prospect and Dvalishvili is a great test for him at this stage of his career. It’s a tough one to call but given the fact Katona is still undefeated, and of course Canadian, I believe 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 from consecutive losses. Kelleher (19-10) is 3-3 in the UFC and has also lost his last two fights. Both men are fade material but awarded 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 among Canada’s best MMA prospects. Sanchez (10-4) is 3-2 in the UFC and conquered Markus Perez by choice in his final fight. Sanchez is a solid fighter but I think Barriault is going to be really good and I would certainly favor 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 fight. Zahabi (7-1) is 1-1 in the UFC and lost to Ricardo Ramos via KO in his final fight. Morales (8-3) lost his UFC introduction to Yadong Song. This one can go either but I’d favor Zahabi just due to the fact he’ll be fighting so near home.
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