This week, UFC Fight Night 150 was officially announced and the event will take place May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to announcing the card, a number of bouts have been revealed, and here they are below along with my initial thoughts on them.
Derek Brunson vs. Elias Theodorou, UFC Fight Night 150
The most important 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 is coming off of 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 last outing. Brunson has the power and wrestling but Theodorou has the chin and cardio. 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 won a decision 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 fights. Letson (5-1) is on a five-fight win streak including a victory 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 in the UFC and just 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 an excellent prospect and Dvalishvili is an excellent test for him at this point of his career. It’s a tough one to call here but given the fact Katona is still undefeated, not to mention Canadian, I think you have to favor 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 long layoff you’d have 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 defeated Markus Perez by decision in his last fight. Sanchez is a solid fighter but I think Barriault is going to 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 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 last fight. Morales (8-3) lost his UFC debut 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.