This week, UFC Fight Night 150 was officially announced and the occasion will take place May 4 in Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Along with declaring the card, a range of bouts have been shown, and here they are under along with my first thoughts on them.
Derek Brunson vs. Elias Theodorou, UFC Fight Night 150
The most important fight announced for this card thus much is a middleweight bout between top-15 fighters Derek Brunson and Elias Theodorou. Brunson (18-7) is 9-5 from 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 three fights such as a decision win over Eryk Anders in his final outing. Brunson has the power and wrestling but Theodorou gets the chin and cardio. Difficult one to call but I’d have to favor Theodorou at this stage.
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 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 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 in the UFC and has lost her last two conflicts. Letson (5-1) is really on a five-fight win streak including a victory in her UFC debut. Moras is fade material and that I would greatly 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 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 in the UFC and is coming off of a decision win over Terrion Ware in his last 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 here but given the reality Katona remains undefeated, and of course 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 two fights. Both guys are fade material but given Gagnon’s extended layoff you would need to slightly favor Kelleher in this .
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 among Canada’s greatest MMA prospects. Sanchez (10-4) is 3-2 at the UFC and conquered Markus Perez by choice in his last fight. Sanchez is a solid fighter but I think Barriault is going to be really good and I would definitely 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 struggle. Zahabi (7-1) is 1-1 at the UFC and dropped to Ricardo Ramos through KO in his final struggle. Morales (8-3) lost his UFC introduction to Yadong Song. This one could go either but I’d favor Zahabi just because of the fact he will be fighting so near home.
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