The UFC heads to Ottawa this Saturday as Donald Cerrone takes on Al Iaquinta in the main event, it should be one hell of a fight. In my opinion the rest of the card is ok I guess. As you get these UFC events every weekend, some of the cards may be a little watered down. Don’t get me wrong there are some interesting fights for sure, but I can’t say that this is one of the better cards. Who knows though, when the expectations are low, these low profile events sometimes sometimes deliver in a big way.
Macy Chiasson $9400 – Don’t get her confused with Macey Barber, but Chiasson is one of the rare finishers in the women’s bantameight decision. Macy just needs to keep this on the feet and she should take care of business. She’s averaged 105.25 fptsin her two UFC fights, and she the striking advantage she has over Moras is huge.
Nordine Taleb $9300 – When Taleb has been priced over 9k he’s scored 82 in a win over Oliver Enkamp, and 8 in a submission loss to Claudio Silva. Some may fade this fight altogether, but Taleb is the much bigger guy and the better striker. Kyle Prepolec is really up against it for a short notice UFC debut.
Shane Burgos $8800 – It’s been a great career for Cub Swanson, but I think this this fight will show that it may be time for him for him to start thinking about retirement, if he hasn’t already. You look at the line on this fight and you might think that Cub might be an attractive underdog, but just go look at his last 3 fights.
Derek Brunson $8200 – Brunson is coming off of two tough losses, but the move to Henri Hooft camp is going to pay dividends. I can’t stand seeing Elias Theodorou fight, and I think Brunson’s wrestling and speed is going to really give Elias problems. I think Brunson gets back on track Satruday night with a KO win.
Iaquinta / Cerrone – Al Iaquinta is one of the toughest dudes on the UFC roster. The guy has some serious heart and he’s really hitting his stride. What else can you say about Donald Cerrone, the ultimate veteran and a future UFC Hall of Famer in my opinion. This fight could go so many ways, Iaquinta by KO, Cerrone via submission, or it could go to a decision. I will have ownership of both and a stack wouldn’t be a bad idea in a lineup of two.
Dvalishvili / Katona – Merab Dvalishvili has averaged 82 fptsin his 3 Octagon appearances. He’s 1-2 in the UFC and is coming off a win against Terrion Ware where he scored 98 fptsin a decision win getting 5 takedowns. In his two losses he’s scored 78.5 and 70. You don’t see that often but that’s because he averages 7.3 takedowns per fight. He sets a nonstop pace but has been known to put himself in bad positions (see the Ricky Simone fight). Merab will be going up against the undefeated Brad Katona, who is a high level Jiu-Jitsu black belt and is extremely dangerous off his back. I’ll most likely have more of Dvalishvili but will have some Katona as well.
Arjan Bhullar $7900 – Bhullar is a former Olympic wrestler going up a former D1 wrestler in Juan Adams. If this is goes past round 1 this is Bhullar’s fight to lose. His cardio is much better than Adams and Bhullar’s wrestling is far superior. Heavyweight fights can go either way but I think Bhullar will be overlooked by many and he provides a little bit of salary relief.