This week, UFC Fight Night 150 was formally announced and the occasion will occur May 4 in Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Along with announcing the card, a range of bouts have been revealed, and here they are below along with my first thoughts on these.
Derek Brunson vs. Elias Theodorou, UFC Fight Night 150
The most important battle declared 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 is coming from back-to-back KO losses to Israel Adesanya and Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza. Theodorou (16-2) is 8-2 at the UFC and has won his last three fights such as a determination win over Eryk Anders in his final outing. Brunson has the power and wrestling however Theodorou gets the chin and cardio. Difficult one to call but I’d have to prefer 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 last fight. Adams (5-0) has won all five of his pro fights by TKO including a knockout over Chris de la Rocha in his UFC debut. Though Bhullar has solid wrestling, I believe 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 on a five-fight win streak including a victory in her UFC debut. Moras is fade cloth and I would greatly favor Letson to get the win .
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 in the UFC and only dominated Matthew Lopez in his last fight after winning TUF. Dvalishvili (8-4) is currently 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 an excellent test for him at this stage of his profession. It’s a tough one to call here but given the reality Katona is still undefeated, and of course Canadian, I think you have to favor him here.
Mitch Gagnon vs. Brian Kelleher, UFC Fight Night 150
Bantamweights in dire need of wins will fulfill as Mitch Gagnon takes on Brian Kelleher. Gagnon (12-4) is 4-3 at the UFC and is coming from consecutive losses. Kelleher (19-10) is 3-3 at the UFC and has also lost his last 2 fights. Both guys are fade cloth but awarded Gagnon’s extended layoff you’d have 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 from eight wins in a row in TKO and is one of Canada’s greatest MMA prospects. Sanchez (10-4) is 3-2 at the UFC and conquered Markus Perez by choice in his last struggle. Sanchez is a good fighter but I believe Barriault will be very good and I would definitely favor 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 can go either but I’d favor Zahabi just because of the fact he’ll be fighting so close to home.
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