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A look at UFC Fight Night Glasgow


While Dana White keeps riding Conor McGregor‘s coattails this week throughout his press tour, UFC fans have seemed to forget that there is a FS1 card this week. UFC octagon will return to Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday for an event that I am surprised isn’t only on Fight Pass. I’ve seen the UFC neglect cards in the past, such as UFC 201 or UFC Oklahoma City and this is another clear cut showing of that because this card is kind of underwhelming. Nevertheless, lets take a closer peek.

Welterweight: Santiago Ponzinibbio (+165) Vs Gunnar Nelson (-190)

I firmly believe this is the first ever meeting between mixed martial artists who hail from Argentina and Iceland. Both of these individuals have taken the MMA flag for their nations and run with it. Nelson, who normally splits time training between Mjolnir Gym in Reykjavik and SBG in Dublin is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace who is 7-2 in the UFC with 6 of those victories coming via submission (Nelson can throw hands too, see Alan Jouban fight). Ponzinibbio is an all-around fighter who has gone 6-2 in the UFC and has won four straight while training out of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida. These two men both possess Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts so one can expect that these two are not expecting the other to make any mistakes on the ground, I can see this fight being one that stays standing up and that is where I could see Ponzinibbio taking advantage of the direction. Ponzinibbio has won 3 of his 6 victories in the UFC by KO or TKO while Nelson has only gotten people shaken to the point where he can take them down and submit them. I have the upset victory for Ponzinibbio in this one. Santiago Ponzinibbio Def. Gunnar Nelson

Strawweight: Joanne Calderwood (+185) Vs Cynthia Calvillo (-220)

Jojo is fighting at home in this fight as she hails from nearby Kilmarnock. In her first go around in Glasgow, she dominated Cortney Casey, since then she has won once and lost once. While Jojo is the higher ranked fighter she is also a huge underdog. Calvillo comes into this fight with a lot of hype behind her. She submitted her last two opponents in Pearl Gonzalez and Amanda Cooper and Dana White seems to like her a lot (Which will answer the question as to why she got a Co-Main event spot). If this fight gets to the ground I see Calvillo submitting Calderwood easily, but if the fight stays standing up or they get into a wrestling war then this fight could be a toss up. Calderwood’s major strength is her Muay Thai, so if there is a point in the fight at which Calderwood is in a favorable position in a clinch there could be some major problems for Calvillo. But since Calvillo has been fighting recently, has a major ground game advantage and is the favorite i’m gonna pick her. Cynthia Calvillo Def. Joanne Calderwood

Lightweight: Stevie Ray (-115) Vs Paul Felder (-105)

The two young lightweights of Stevie Ray and Paul Felder have seen success and failure in the octagon within the last two years, but ultimately, both are coming off of impressive wins of Joe Lauzon and Alessandro Ricci, Respectively. I can see these two warriors having the fight of the night. I can see the Scotsman taking the decision in this tilt, but I expect a seriously close and competitive battle. Stevie Ray Def. Paul Felder

Middleweight: Jack Marshman (-415) Vs Ryan Janes (+345)

When there is a fight that has a favorite of this magnitude, there needs to be some kind of reasoning as to why. At first glance I do not see any reason why. They are both 1-1 in the UFC with their last losses coming on the same night in february Marshman lost to Santos while Janes lost to Meerschaert. A couple days ago, Meerschaert lost to Santos via TKO so I’m gonna use the transitive property (No idea what this means) and gonna pick Marshman to win in the UK. Jack Marshman Def. Ryan Janes

Light Heavyweight: Khalil Rountree Jr. (-235) Vs Paul Craig (+200)

Paul Craig is a scotsman who has taken a shine to the BJJ world. He made an impressive debut against Henrique da Silva then unfortunately lost to a Talented young Aussie in Tyson Pedro. Rountree Lost the TUF:23 finale to Andrew Sanchez then also lost to Tyson Pedro. He has since bounced back, defeating Daniel Jolly during Super Bowl weekend. In a match of Strikers vs Grapplers, I’m taking the Grappler every time (unless Anthony Johnson is fighting). In this scenario, Craig is the grappler, he is fighting at home and is looking for redemption in his last fight. Paul Craig Def. Khalil Rountree Jr.

Other Selections

Heavyweight: Justin Willis Def. James Mulheron

Welterweight: Danny Roberts Def. Bobby Nash

Flyweight: Alexandre Pantoja Def. Neil Seery

Welterweight: (Actual Killer) Charlie Ward Def. Galore Bofando

Lightweight: Daniel Teymur Def. Danny Henry

Bantamweight: Brett Johns Def. Albert Morales

Women’s Bantamweight: Leslie Smith Def. Amanda Lemos

 

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