UFC Boise Preview – Potato Country gets a great night of fights on Saturday

OK. Last week my picks were awful, I went against my gut in both the main event and the co-main. I will not make the same mistake here. I will not let the odds-makers sway me. In the Main Event, we have the return of a former champion in Junior dos Santos, he takes on the Bulgarian WSOF import in Blagoy Ivanov.

Women’s Bantamweight: Cat Zingano (+107) Vs. Marion Reneau (-127)

Reneau is unbeaten in her last 4 fights and she really impressed me when she came back from a terrible first round performance against Sara McMann and tapped her out in the second round. Contrary to Reneau, Cat Zingano isn’t coming into this fight with momentum. She has been away from the sport for two years prior to her battle with Ketlen Vieira in which she lost by Split Decision. I give Zingano her credit for coming off the couch and giving Vieira a good scrap, but I believe that Reneau and her constant activity will overtake the former title challenger. Marion Reneau Def. Cat Zingano

Featherweight: Myles Jury (+125) Vs. Chad Mendes (-145)

Myles Jury returned to action at UFC 210 and was able to come out of his return victorious by Defeating Mike de la Torre, he followed that performance up by defeating Rick Glenn at UFC 219. Chad Mendes was Brutally KO’ed by Conor McGregor and Frankie Edgar in back to back fights, then was Suspended by USADA for using skin cream for a condition he has had since childhood (Bullshit). The big question now is, does Chad Mendes’ bad luck streak run out? I do not think so, Myles Jury has been eating, sleeping and breathing MMA since his return while Mendes has been out of the Gym for a while. Myles Jury Def. Chad Mendes 

Welterweight: Randy Brown (-128) Vs. Niko Price (+108)

Niko Price and Randy Brown are two welterweights on the rise and they get to go at it on the main card to market themselves further. Randy Brown is 4-2 in the UFC while Price is 3-1 with 1 No Contest, but both have had big wins over big names in their careers, Price has beaten Alan Jouban and Brown has beaten Mickey Gall. This fight in my eyes is a big toss up so I’m instead going to look at who they’ve lost to in their careers and the one damper on Price’s record is Vicente Luque, a Prospect in whom I am very high on. I’d say Randy Brown’s best opponent was Belal Muhammad and he lost to him rather easily. I’m going to go with Price because I consider Luque to be a top 10-15 welterweight so I will not hold Price’s loss to Luque against him. Niko Price Def. Randy Brown 

Featherweight: Dennis Bermudez (-225) Vs. Rick Glenn (+190)

Dennis Bermudez had a pretty bad 2017, he was KO’ed by the Korean Zombie in his first main event then proceeded to lose two fights by decision to Alpha Male Fighters in Darren Elkins and Andre Fili. Bermudez now face’s his third Alpha Male fighter in Rick Glenn, and while Bermudez has been scouted heavily by the Alpha Male Gym over the last year I believe that Fili and Elkins are on Dennis’ level, I do not believe that Rick Glenn is. Dennis Bermudez Def. Rick Glenn

Welterweight: Zak Ottow (+106) Vs. Sage Northcutt (-126)

Once again, Sage Northcutt gets another chance to show off his skills in a prime spot on the card, this time in the Co-Main Event. You know what fight deserves the Co-Main event spot, the Volkanovski vs Elkins fight on the prelims deserves to be the Co-Main Event. So I’m not even gonna go over the Co-Main. Zak Ottow will win. Zak Ottow Def. Sage Northcutt

Real Co-Main Event – Featherweight: Alexander Volkanovski Vs. Darren Elkins

Alexander Volkanovski is a talented Australian Featherweight with a professional record of 17-1 and he is 4-0 in the UFC. He really impressed me when he defeated Jeremy Kennedy by TKO at UFC 221 as Kennedy was grinding out wins versus dangerous opponents and was unbeaten as a professional. Darren Elkins has also been very impressive recently but none of his most recent performances even come close to his come-from-behind victory over Mirsad Bektic at UFC 209, he was getting beaten like eggs in the first two rounds just to come back and Head-Kick Bektic back to Bosnia. This fight is tough for me to call because I think Volkanovski is a very impressive prospect and I think that Elkins has been overlooked so many times that he doesn’t deserve to be overlooked again. I looked back at my old blogs and I said that Elkins would defeat Michael Johnson and I was correct. I hope I will be correct again as I pick Volkanovski. Alexander Volkanovski (-360) Def. Darren Elkins (+295)

Heavyweight: Blagoy Ivanov (+145) Vs. Junior Dos Santos (-170)

Junior Dos Santos hasn’t fought since he lost in his title shot to Stipe Miocic in 2017. He was scheduled to face Francis Ngannou at UFC 215 but that fight was halted due to a Failed Drug Test from JDS which ended up being a Tainted Supplement. JDS has been out of the cage for a short while so it’ll be interesting to see how he handles himself against a hungry Russian Striker. Blagoy Ivanov is a dangerous fighter with both Submissions and KO’s on his highlight reel. With a record of 16-1, he has fought tough competitors in both the World Series of fighting and Bellator and was able to defeat nearly everyone he has faced. Ivanov’s lone loss was to Alexander Volkov, who is currently ranked at number 5 in the world. With Junior’s long layoff and Ivanov’s impressive win streak, I have to think that Ivanov will make his Octagon debut a good one. Blagoy Ivanov Def. Junior Dos Santos

Other Selections:

Bantamweight: Alejandro Perez (-170) Def. Eddie Wineland (+145)

Flyweight: Said Nurmagomedov (-147) Def. Justin Scoggins (+127)

Featherweight: Kurt Holobaugh (-175) Def. Raoni Barcelos (+150)

Women’s Flyweight: Liz Carmouche (-135) Def. Jennifer Maia (+115)

Flyweight: Mark de la Rosa (+120) Def. Elias Garcia (-140)

Women’s Strawweight: Jodie Esquibel (-151) Def. Jessica Aguilar (+131)




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