This week, UFC Fight Night 150 was formally declared and the event will occur May 4 in Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to announcing that the card, a number 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 fight announced for this 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 off of 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 including a determination win over Eryk Anders in his final outing. Brunson has the wrestling and power however Theodorou has the cardio and chin. Tough 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 at 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 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 dropped her last two conflicts. Letson (5-1) is really on a five-fight win series including a success 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 mastered Matthew Lopez in his last fight after winning TUF. Dvalishvili (8-4) is 1-2 in the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Terrion Ware in his last struggle. Katona is a great prospect and Dvalishvili is an excellent test for him at this point of his career. It’s a hard one to call here but given the fact Katona is still 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 at the UFC and is coming from consecutive losses. Kelleher (19-10) is 3-3 in the UFC and has also lost his last 2 fights. Both men are fade cloth but given Gagnon’s long layoff you’d need to slightly favor Kelleher in 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 off of 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 fight. Sanchez is a solid fighter but I think Barriault will be really good and I would definitely favor him to get the win here in the capital of Canada.
Aiemann Zahabi vs. Vince Morales, UFC Fight Night 150
And lastly, bantamweights Aiemann Zahabi and Vince Morales will fight. Zahabi (7-1) is 1-1 in the UFC and dropped to Ricardo Ramos through KO in his final fight. Morales (8-3) lost his UFC introduction to Yadong Song. This one can go either but I would prefer Zahabi just because of the fact he’ll be fighting so close to home.
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