Highlighting Recent UFC Fight Bookings (CMigrator copy 7)

John LinekerEntering the fourth month of 2016, and the UFC’s calendar year continues to fill up. Here are my thoughts on some recently booked match-ups… Fight: John Lineker vs Rob Font Card: UFC 198 Where: Curitiba, Brazil When: May 14 Thoughts: I think this is a real barn burner in the UFC’s bantamweight division and is a scrap I am very much looking forward to. Considering how incredibly stacked the UFC 198 card is, I think this bout will likely be on the preliminary card of the evening. I believe Lineker and Font are both stiff tests for one another, so I am interested in seeing how they fare when finally squaring off against each other inside the Octagon. Fight: Jorge Masvidal vs Lorenz Larkin Card: UFC Fight Night 88 Where: Las Vegas, NV When: May 28 Thoughts: I am a big fan of both of these fighters and I am really looking forward to their welterweight showdown. Larkin has been impressive since dropping to 170-pounds from middleweight, and Masvidal has looked good himself since moving up to the welterweight division from lightweight. They are both talented strikers who are fun to watch and I expect them to go to battle when they are pitted against each other inside the Octagon. This is a fight where I don’t really want to see either fighter lose, so I just hope that they put on one helluva show. Fight: Dustin Poirier vs Bobby Green Card: UFC 199 Where: Los Angeles, CA When: June 4 Thoughts: This is a match-up I’m not exactly thrilled about, but I am expecting a good fight, and with so many of the ranked fighters either booked or injured, I suppose this lightweight scrap does make some sense. It is indeed an important fight for both 155-pounders, as they need a victory to remain relevant in the stacked lightweight division. Fight: Donald Cerrone vs Patrick Cote Card: UFC Fight Night 89 Where: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada When: June 18 Thoughts: This welterweight bout will serve as the co-main event for the card and it is certainly an interesting bout. Cerrone, a former title challenger at 155-pounds is taking on Cote, who is a former title challenger at 185-pounds. Size advantage will certainly be in favor of the French-Canadian, but “Cowboy” will enjoy the advantage in speed. This is a fight I don’t really care too much for, as it does not make too much sense to me. I suppose Cote needs a name opponent for the evening’s co-headliner and Cerrone fits the bill. Fight: Gegard Mousasi vs Derek Brunson Card: UFC 200 Where: Las Vegas, NV When: July 9 Thoughts: This was the second bout officially announced for the UFC 200 card and it could end up on the preliminary card but I think it could very well serve as a main card contest. Mousasi and Brunson are amongst the elite of the division and I see this as a big fight. I am a fan of both of theirs, so this is another situation where I would really hate to see either fighter take a loss, so I at least hope the fight is a great one. Both 185-pounders have looked very impressive in their most recent outings, and while I don’t particularly love the match-up, I think it is one that makes a ton of sense, and I am happy to see them both as part of the big UFC 200 fight card in July.

Written by Gabe Killian

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