The UFC heads to Boston, Massachusetts this Friday night for UFC on ESPN 6: Weidman vs. Reyes. Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman makes the jump up to light-heavyweight as he takes on the undefeated Dominick Reyes. For the co-main event, Jeremy Stephens and Yair Rodriguez will have a chance to settle the score after their no-contest result at UFC Mexico a few weeks ago. Lets take a look at 3 fighters I’m targeting…along with some others I’ll be mixing and matching.

Chalk (9k+)

Greg Hardy $9300 – You could make a case that Hardy should be the highest priced fighter for this card, as he has won 2 in a row both by 1st round knockout. Hardy will be extremely popular and if he takes care of business he will more than likely be on the winning lineup. His opponent Ben Sosoli is making his UFC debut, and has 4 straight wins on the regional scene, all via KO/TKO. Hardy is a substantial favorite at -310 or so, and it’s always a risky proposition with heavyweights. I like Hardy to get the job done, he’s the more powerful guy and way more athletic.

Mid-Tier (8k+)

Maycee Barber $8300 – Both Barber and her opponent Gillian Robertson had to bring out the hoop during weigh-ins, but I won’t put a lot of stock into it. I like the roll that Robertson has been on, and she’s not a bad option. I do however like Barber in this spot…what I really liked about her last performance is that she faced a little adversity and made the proper adjustments. I think she can pay off her salary here and get a finish.

Underdog (7900 and below)

Chris Weidman $7400 – I am not sure what the ownership will be, but I like Weidman to win in his debut at 205. I am quite aware of the multiple surgeries he’s had and the knockout losses he’s suffered, but I really think the fact that he won’t be going through a brutal weight cut will help significantly. Those weight cuts diminish your ability to take a clean shot, it’s a proven fact. I think he is the better all-around fighter than Reyes, and if he employs a wrestling-based approach he can get the win. Reyes made a name for himself winning impressively against inferior competition, but let’s be honest. He lost his last fight against Oezdemir. Weidman is the smaller guy and still has a small reach advantage as well. I think this is just one of those fights that you have to back the former champion.

Others I’m considering…

Bermudez/De La Rosa (50/50) – Bermudez needs to get back on track and is capable of getting a quick finish, but was he a tad exposed in his last bout? Rosa definitely has the tools to give Bermudez some trouble and his salary is only $7500, split ownership for me.

Darren Stewart $8000 – If Stewart can keep the fight standing he is very capable of knocking out Deron Winn…that’s a big IF, but Stewart definitely has the advantage standing and the experience as well.

Boston Salmon $9000 – Salmon didn’t have a great UFC debut, but I expect him to put on a solid performance here and get a first round finish. Randy Costa is severely outmatched in this one.