The Octagon once again moves up to the great white north. At this point in the year, Winnipeg probably has about seven feet of snow on the ground so you know that those Florida fighters are thinking “Why didn’t I just wait for a little and go to Charlotte or St. Louis” Anyway, the main card on Saturday night is going to be incredible, Fox card’s often times are, anyway, let’s get to the matchups.
I’m gonna start doing these things in reverse order so it ends with the main event. Why you may ask? because I want to do it this way. And that’s the bottom line because Pat Foley said so. Wait, this is UFC not WWE, so I digress.
Glover Teixeira (+135) Vs. Misha Cirkunov (-165)
Glover comes into this fight after being on the receiving end of being dismantled by Alexander Gustafsson’s fists. Before that, he grinded out a decision victory over Jared Cannonier. Before that, he was starched by an Anthony Johnson left-hook in just 13 seconds. As you can see, Glover is not having the best two years. The good thing about Glover, however, is the fact that he only really struggles against top-notch competition. He has only lost to the aforementioned Gustafsson and Johnson, and Phil Davis and Jon Jones inside the octagon. Misha Cirkunov just got starched by Volkan Oezdemir but before that, he was doing decently well, with victories over Nikita Krylov and Ion Cutelaba. I feel as if Cirkunov isn’t too strong of competition for Teixeira so I think he will get the victory. Glover Teixeira Def. Misha Cirkunov
Santiago Ponzinibbio (-200) Vs. Mike Perry (+160)
Mike Perry is a Massive Tool. Like, Seriously, the biggest tool in the UFC. I am not a fan of this man and I feel as if he is overhyped because of his toolness. Yes, I said toolness, his level of tool created a new word. He is 4-1 in the UFC with his only loss coming to Alan Jouban a year ago and his best win came against Jake Ellenberger in April. Santiago Ponzinibbio is a big step up in competition for Perry. Ponzinibbio has won 5 in a row which culminated in a main-event victory over Gunnar Nelson. The Argentinian is, in my opinion, gonna defeat Mike Perry and shut his foul mouth up for good. Santiago Ponzinibbio Def. Mike Perry
Ricardo Lamas (-285) Vs. Josh Emmett (+225)
Josh Emmett is an up-and-coming fighter out of Team Alpha Male and has been relatively successful in the octagon going 3-1. This fight, he makes the drop down to Featherweight division and takes on former title challenger Ricardo Lamas. Lamas won his last two fights over Charles Oliveira and Jason Knight and was supposed to take on former Champion Jose Aldo before he got pulled from this bout in favor of a title-rematch against Max Holloway. Ricardo Lamas has his hands full against a much bigger featherweight in Emmett, but I feel as if this is not Emmett’s time to shine just yet and Lamas will defeat him in a very close decision. Ricardo Lamas Def. Josh Emmett.
Robbie Lawler (-105) Vs. Rafael Dos Anjos (-125)
Now this is gonna be fun. A battle between two former champions who always bring the pain and always try to make it entertaining for the fans. This fight should be the fight of the night and I’m looking forward to watching it. Rafael Dos Anjos has won his two fights at Welterweight against Tarec Saffiedine and Neil Magny, while Robbie Lawler defeated Donald Cerrone in July. This fight is a tough one to predict. On one hand, you have a very dominant, violent former champion in Robbie who never gives up and always seems to put on his best work in the 5th round and on the other hand you have a former champion who has looked more like his old self than that of last year when he lost his belt. I tend to think that the positive momentum of Dos Anjos’ win over Neil Magny could have a significant impact on the early rounds, but I believe that Lawler will harness the strength he showed in the Carlos Condit Fight and sway it in the last round to take a close decision victory that honestly might get turned off cable because it may be so bloody and Fox wouldn’t like that. Robbie Lawler Def. Rafael Dos Anjos
Jan Blachowicz (+150) Def. Jared Cannonier (-185)
Julian Marquez (-340) Def. Darren Stewart (+260)
Chad Laprise (-155) Def. Galore Bofando (+125)
Tim Elliott (-265) Def. Pietro Menga (+205) Fight is off.
Abel Trujillo (-175) Def. John Makdessi (+145)
Oluwale Bamgbose (Even) Def. Alessio Di Chirico (-130)
Jordan Mein (-145) Def. Erick “This Guy Def. Juiced” Silva (+115)
Nordine Taleb (-145) Def. Danny Roberts (+115)