Hype Trains collide in UFC 216 headliner

Normally when you get cards in Las Vegas, they are massive, exciting and usually, live up to the hype. This weekends card, however, is a little different because of the events that took place on Sunday Night. What happened there at the Route 91 Music Festival was tragic. The UFC has already pledged a Million Dollars to help those affected by this tragedy. With that being said, let us take a closer look at the card, which will now have more of a somber tone too it.

Tony Ferguson (-213) Vs. Kevin Lee (+183)

Kevin Lee has his hands full with Tony Ferguson however, Ferguson is probably the most complete fighter in the Lightweight division. His stand up game is calculated and accurate, his BJJ is probably the best in the Lightweight Division and his wrestling is top notch. Ferguson currently has a win streak that goes back to 2013 with victories over Rafael dos Anjos, Edson Barboza and Josh Thomson and 6 others. Lee is also on a nice win streak with victories over Francisco Trinaldo, Jake Matthews and Michael Chiesa (Kinda). Lee can absolutely use his distance and takedown defense skills to keep Ferguson at bay and if he can get Ferguson in a questionable place he can cause some real damage. Let me tell you what, the UFC absolutely wants Lee to take this victory. Lee is a loudmouth from Detroit who could absolutely help sell a fight against Conor McGregor, (Assuming McGregor will actually defend his belt instead of going for a third bout with Diaz). If Lee takes this win, he can absolutely get on the mic and rip McGregor a quality promo and if that happens I see McGregor taking that fight, while I do not see the same happening if Ferguson takes the W. If Lee wins, Dana White will see Dollar Signs in his dreams. Will that happen? Probably not. I’ve got Ferguson by Submission, Specifically D’Arce Choke. Tony Ferguson Def. Kevin Lee

Demetrious Johnson (-1250) Vs. Ray Borg (+825)

This fight was supposed to take place last month at UFC 215 but didn’t because Borg got sick. Demetrious Johnson has been the pinnacle of consistency since he won the title back in 2012 against Joseph Benavidez. Since capturing the gold, he has defended it ten times, defeating John Dodson, John Moraga, Joseph Benavidez, Ali Bagautinov, Chris Cariaso, Kyoji Horiguchi, John Dodson again, Henry Cejudo, Tim Elliott and Wilson Reis, having won in spectacular fashion against many of them. Johnson knocked out the favored Joseph Benavidez in their title rematch, defeated Ali Bagautinov by absolute domination while Ali was oozing EPO, tapped out Kyoji Horiguchi in the last second of the last round in their fight in Montreal, and more recently, submitted a very decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner in Wilson Reis by an Armbar in the third round. DJ’s all-around game is head and shoulders above everyone else in UFC’s Flyweight division and the betting odds describe that. With all this in mind, Ray Borg is no slouch. Borg is coming off of two very impressive decision victories against Louis Smolka and Jussier Formiga. Since his switch from Fit NHB to cross-town camp Jackson/Wink MMA, Ray’s overall game and nutrition have flourished. I’ve been impressed with Borg over the last half year. However, I do not see him standing a chance against Demetrious Johnson. DJ is just way too skilled for “The Tazmexican Devil” to put up a solid fight. Demetrious Johnson Def. Ray Borg (This was my preview from UFC 215, nothing has changed other than Borg not being able to make weight due to sickness)

Fabricio Werdum (-250) Vs. Derrick Lewis (+210)

The former champion Werdum has had some bad luck recently. The fight he was expecting to have at UFC 207 against Cain Velasquez was scrapped because Cain said he was having surgery after the fight and the NSAC was just like “HAHA…NO”. He was supposed to fight Ben Rothwell at UFC 211 but Rothwell failed a drug test. Then he lost in a close fight against Alistair Overeem. Werdum I think is at the end of his game, however, I believe he is too crafty for the one dimensional Lewis. Lewis emotionally retired after he lost his last fight to Mark Hunt and quickly reversed course once he was offered a fight with Werdum. In all honesty, Lewis is really just a KO artist, while Fabricio Werdum can win in multiple different fashions. I have Werdum winning. Fabricio Werdum Def. Derrick Lewis

Beneil Dariush (-225) Vs. Evan Dunham (+190)

The Kings MMA Product Dariush is looking to come back from being on the receiving end of one of the most brutal knockouts of the year from Edson Barboza. Beneil has some of the most calculated striking, wrestling and jiu-jitsu in the UFC and that patience has given him success (James Vick) and failure (Edson Barboza). Evan Dunham is currently 4-0 since going 0-3. He hasn’t fought in a year because his fight scheduled with James Vick fell through. Dunham has quite the BJJ background but that will be negated due to Dariush’s BJJ background. I personally believe that Beneil Dariush will take the win, but I feel as though the fight will result in a decision. Beneil Dariush Def. Evan Dunham

Other Selections:

Kalindra Faria (UNL) Def. Mara Romero Borella (UNL)

Cody Stamann (+145) Def. Tom Duquesnoy (-170)

Will Brooks (-350) Def. Nik Lentz (+285)

Lando Vannata (-212) Def. Bobby Green (+182)

Pearl Gonzalez (+117) Def. Poliana Botelho (-137)

Walt Harris (-315) Def. Mark Godbeer (+265)

Magomed Bibulatov (-510) Def. John Moraga (+395)

Brad Tavares (-190) Def. Thales Leites (+165)

Matt Schnell (-125) Def. Marco Beltran (+105)


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