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UFC Charlotte Preview – Does redemption from a former defeat make an appearance for Brunson?


UFC is on Big Fox this weekend as the Octagon heads to Charlotte, North Carolina. In the main event, Derek Brunson looks to avenge an earlier loss he received at the hands of Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. In the co-main, Two featherweights look to get another victory that can springboard them to better things

Drew Dober (-155) Vs. Frank Camacho (+135)

Frank “The Crank” Camacho last had an incredible war against Damien Brown back in November and looks to feed off of that and put a beating on Drew Dober. Drew Dober is also coming off of an incredible victory over the aging Josh Burkman back in July. Once these two warriors enter the cage, we are going to see fireworks. People in the media have been saying this is one of the weaker fox cards that we’ve seen, but they are only saying that because they are overlooking this fight. Drew Dober has had some great training from the Elevation Fight Team and I feel as if his training will push Dober to take a close victory over Camacho to open the card. Drew Dober Def. Frank Camacho

Jordan Rinaldi (+445) Vs. Gregor Gillespie (-575)

When the odds are this great, one of two things is usually correct. 1) It’s a Short Notice Pickup. 2) It’s a Showcase Fight for a person who the UFC is looking to market. In this case, Scenario 2 is what is occurring. Gregor Gillespie has a record of 10-0 and after defeating Andrew Holbrook by a quick punch in April, Gregor has been getting a strong and steady main card push first by getting put on the main card on FS1 against Jason Gonzalez and now will try to be victorious against Jordan Rinaldi in a similar fashion. Rinaldi is a native son of North Carolina but the money that Gillespie can give the UFC takes away a possible storybook finish for Rinaldi as I believe Gillespie will win. Gregor Gillespie Def. Jordan Rinaldi

Dennis Bermudez (-145) Vs. Andre Fili (+125)

In his 9 UFC Fights, Andre Fili’s UFC record has gone Win, Loss, Win, Loss, Win, Loss, Win, Loss, Win, and I believe that this pattern will continue for Fili against Dennis Bermudez. Dennis “The Menace” Has lost his last two fights to The Korean Zombie and Darren Elkins but those losses seem to fuel him. Bermudez’ last loss against Darren Elkins was via a Split Decision and I felt like he may have done enough to take that victory. These two losses will drive Bermudez to take a Unanimous Decision victory against Fili. Dennis Bermudez Def. Andre Fili

Derek Brunson (+110) Vs. Jacare Souza (-130)

In their first fight back in Strikeforce. Jacare rolled over Brunson in 41 seconds and I feel as if that loss doesn’t sit well with Brunson, for obvious reasons. In his last 10 fights, Brunson is 7-3 but I throw out two of the victories 1) Anderson Silva did not win when they fought, Brunson won outright and 2) Yoel Romero is a Cheater who sits on his stool for longer than the allotted time and his cornermen are in on this scheme as well. so he is really 7-1-2 and the only loss is to current Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker. Jacare Souza also has a loss to Robert Whittaker and is already 38. Also, the way that Brunson has been defeating his opponents is incredible. He Destroyed Lyoto Machida, Dan Kelly, and Uriah Hall quickly and I can see him doing it to Souza if Brunson avoids the takedown. Derek Brunson Def. Jacare Souza

Other Selections

Bobby Green (-158) Def. Eric Koch (+138)

Mirsad Bektic (-600) Def. Godofredo Pepey (+450)

Katlyn Chookagian (-145) Def. Mara Borella (+125)

Juliana Lima (+140) Def. Randa Markos (-160)

Justine Kish (-280) Def. Ji Yeon Kim (+240)

Joaquim Silva (-105) Def. Vinc Pichel (-115)

Niko Price (-300) Def. George Sullivan (+250)

Austin Arnett (UNL) Def. Cory Sandhagen (UNL)

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