A Big Weekend in MMA – UFC Austin and Bellator 194

This weekend, we have been gifted two great cards with multiple exciting fights. In the east at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut we have part 2 of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix in which Matt Mitrione will face off against Roy Nelson, this card can be seen on Paramount Network. In the great state of Texas, The UFC will hold a free fight night card on FS1 in which my fight of the year winner Yancy Medeiros gets the opportunity to build his name on the back of a legendary fighter in Cowboy Cerrone.


Roy Nelson (+145) Vs. Matt Mitrione (-175)

Nelson and Mitrione have fought once before previously, Mitrione jumped in on short notice after Shane Carwin got hurt and Mitrione ended up in another dimension. Now, things have changed. Mitrione has a bunch of momentum since his move to Bellator from the UFC, with wins over Carl Seumanutafa, Oli Thompson, and Fedor Emelianenko. Roy Nelson has also had some success since his move from the UFC, notably a win over Javy Ayala. I believe that Mitrione’s momentum and his Roy’s mileage in the sport will lead Matt Mitrione into the next round. Matt Mitrione Def. Roy Nelson

Other Selections:

Heather Hardy (-300) Def. Ana Julaton (+230)

Vadim Nemkov (+110) Def. Liam McGeary (-140)

Patricky Freire (-205) Def. Derek Campos (+165)


James Vick (-225) Vs. Francisco Trinaldo (+190)

James Vick needs this fight. He just became a ranked fighter after his dismantling of Joe Duffy and a win over the always game Trinaldo will help propel him into a fight with a top 10 opponent. Francisco Trinaldo, however, is 38, this is most likely his last run at a title shot in the UFC and needs to keep winning to achieve it. In his last 10 fights, Trinaldo is 9-1 with his only loss coming to Kevin Lee via Rear-Naked Choke. James Vick is 12-1 as a pro with his only loss coming to Beneil Dariush. I feel like being in his home state and fighting on the main card of a free televised event will help gain him more fans and will drive him to victory on Saturday Night. James Vick Def. Francisco Trinaldo.

Marcin Tybura (-141) Vs. Derrick Lewis (+121)

Marcin and Derrick are cut from two different cloths. Derrick Lewis can be described by some as a one-trick fighter with his mean clinch game and powerful punches. While Marcin is seen as a well-rounded fighter, as we saw in his defensive game in his fight against Werdum and in his dismantling of Andrei Arlovski. I believe that this fight will be closely contested, with Derrick Lewis wobbling Tybura early to win the first round but Tybura will then resort to wrestling and distance control to contain Lewis’ fists for the next two and will win by Unanimous Decision. Marcin Tybura Def. Derrick Lewis

Yancy Medeiros (+125) Vs. Donald Cerrone (-145)

I love Donald Cerrone, But I have to wonder if his “I’ll Fight anytime, anywhere” Montra has finally caught up with him. Cerrone has lost his last three fights to Jorge Masvidal, Robbie Lawler, and Darren Till and he faces stiff competition in Yancy Medeiros on Saturday. Yancy Medeiros is 3-0 at Welterweight in the UFC with wins over Sean Spencer, Erick Silva and he had won my Fight of the Year in his war with Alex Oliveira. Now, he faces his toughest challenge yet in Donald Cerrone. Now, I believe that Cowboy was seriously outsized in his fight with Darren Till, who is really a natural Middleweight. In his fight with Robbie Lawler, he showed signs of brilliance but ultimately lost by decision. In his fight with Masvidal, He fucked up. I think he wins on Saturday Night by a late stoppage of some kind, but Medeiros puts on a good show as well and earns some fans with his toughness. Donald Cerrone Def. Yancy Medeiros

Other Selections:

Curtis Millender (+145) Def. Thiago Alves (-170)

Brandon Davis (-205) Def. Steven Peterson (+175)

Sage Northcutt (-285) Def. Thibault Gouti (+245)

Carlos Ferreira (+210) Def. Jared Gordon (-250)

Geoff Neal (-200) Def. Brian Camozzi (+170)

Roberto Sanchez (+120) Def. Joby Sanchez (-140)

Sarah Moras (+145) Def. Lucie Pudilova (-170)

Alex Morono (-280) Def. Josh Burkman (+240)

Oskar Piechota (-300) Def. Tim Williams (+250)

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