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Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman seeks a fresh start in a new division. Weidman joins a long list of former pounders, including his former rival Luke Rockhold, who have moved up to try their luck at Weidman will be met by a tough force in the top five of the division: undefeated rising contender Dominick Reyes.
Reyes, who is currently as a professional, most recently put his perfect mark on the line against Volkan Oezdemir in March.
The co-headliner of the evening is a highly anticipated rematch between Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens.
If you tuned in for UFC Mexico City approximately a month ago, then chances are you were most likely not happy with the result of the first fight between these two featherweights. The contest lasted exactly 15 seconds before it ended due to unfortunate circumstances — Stephens was deemed unfit to continue after getting poked in the eye.
The two men will get another chance to go at each other on Friday night, with massive stakes on the line for both of their careers. Hardy, who has looked excellent in the majority of his Octagon time, looks to continue the fast and explosive start to the MMA career.
Sosoli will be given a great chance to put his name out there against one of the biggest names to come into the sport of MMA in recent memory. Instead, the preliminary card airs live on ESPN2 at 6 p. ET, and the main card follows at 9 p. Chris Weidman has won just one fight through his last five outings and suffered all of his losses in this stretch by some form of knockout.
Dominick Reyes is undefeated with six knockouts on his resume. Is there any other possible outcome to this fight besides a big finish for Reyes? Petela: Yes. The big question is how he handles the transition to light heavyweight.
Recently, however, there have been cases where the plan backfired. Most notably, this happened when Max Holloway challenged Dustin Poirier for the interim championship at lightweight, and when the aforementioned Rockhold made the exact transition that Weidman is making and ended up on the wrong end of a Jan Blachowicz left hook that left him with a broken jaw and UFC President Dana White calling for his retirement.
If he tries to stand and trade with Reyes, then he could end up staring up at the lights and questioning whether it might be time to hang up the gloves.
Paik: Sure, there are other possible outcomes. There are always other possible outcomes. He is undefeated, and even though his last fight involved some controversy, we cannot deny that Reyes is a legitimate contender at this point. Even comparing the two physically, Weidman has a slight edge in reach, but Reyes has a couple of inches over him in height.
However, if there is something to think about, it is that some fighters have been helped dramatically by not having to endure a brutal weight cut. It is certainly possible that this is the case for Weidman, considering that he did struggle at times to make the middleweight limit.
How Weidman got used to his new weight class over the course of his training camp will indeed be a big factor in determining his performance. Things turned ugly last month when, 15 seconds in, the fight between Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens was halted as the result of an accidental eye gouge.
Fortunately, fans get a quick turnaround with the rematch in Boston. Paik: The result of the last fight between these two men caused at least slight annoyance in many people, this writer included.
Both fighters had been jawing at each other leading up to the fight, so it was extremely disappointing to see the contest end the way it did.
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Whether or not what happened last month will act as a motivating factor for Stephens remains to be seen, and, quite frankly, no one knows except for Stephens and his team.
However, what is worthy of consideration is the fact that Stephens is on a two-fight skid, which is more of a motivating factor for someone like him.
Stephens has the edge. The veteran has the tools to separate anybody from consciousness with his hands. Stephens has historically struggled with wrestlers or guys who managed to stick to him throughout the fight — guys like Zabit Magomedsharipov and Frankie Edgar.
If Rodriguez utilizes the correct game plan, then Stephens could be left guessing the entire fight, which could ultimately spell bad news. It also holds great significance for the division and the future title picture.
With a win on Saturday night, either fighter could be on their way to receive or fight for a title shot in the near future. It will depend on the performance, but it is tough to imagine a scenario where this fight turns out to be anything less than phenomenal, with great action throughout.
He could get overly aggressive in search of a highlight-reel knockout that leaves him feeling vindicated for the way Rodriguez spoke about him after the eye poke.
As a fight veteran, Stephens will be able to harness the extra motivation into a productive shortened training camp without becoming stubborn in hunting for a knockout throughout the fight. If Stephens can utilize the personal nature of this fight in a similar fashion to the way Khabib Nurmagomedov used his hatred for Conor McGregor to focus him on the task at hand — as opposed to the way Cody Garbrandt let the drama surrounding his fights with T.
Dillashaw overwhelm him — then the Alliance MMA product should be able to come away with a victory in a match-up where he may very well be the less-talented fighter. While he may be overmatched in the athleticism department, he has shown the ability to go 15 hard minutes at heavyweight.
He also has extraordinary power in his hands, even for a heavyweight. After a three-fight skid in , he has gone on to rattle off five straight wins.
Brady is a former Cage Fury FC champion. Cage Fury is the same regional promotion that brought us Paul Felder. The undefeated Brady takes on Court McGee, who is always a tough out but has lost three of his last four. Fans should know Allen, who was a Legacy Fighting Alliance middleweight champion before getting his shot on the Contender Series.
Souza had a rough upbringing, and on the day he turned 15, he saw one of his good friends get shot to death.
Allen takes on Kevin Holland, who has rattled off four straight wins since dropping his own promotional debut to Thiago Santos. Win or lose, Allen will stick around the UFC and should be able to make his way into the rankings. After all, he is only 23 years old and has an impressive professional record.
However, anything can happen in the heavyweight division, so his fight with Daniel Spitz could end up being a dud or result in a highlight-reel finish.
Paik: There are exactly three names on this list that particularly stand out, and they are Allen, Woodson and Brady. I had the pleasure of speaking with Allen last year , when he was getting ready to fight Anthony Hernandez for the LFA middleweight championship.
He has already gotten off to a great start on the Contender Series, where he submitted his opponent in the first round. Allen has plenty of potential to become a threat, especially with some of the biggest names in the division moving out. The weight class could certainly use a prospect, and Allen is as good as it gets.
Woodson comes into the cage with an undefeated professional record of His fight with Bochniak should be an exciting match on its own, but Woodson has shown excellent skills both on the feet and on the ground. His last fight on the Contender Series ended in a devastating flying knee, which earned him an opportunity to fight in the UFC.
Woodson could slowly but surely climb the ranks in the future. Last but not least, Brady comes into the Octagon with an undefeated record of his own.
He faces a very seasoned veteran in Court McGee, who has been in the promotion for nearly a decade now. While a win over McGee would not exactly help Brady move up the rankings, it would be a statement win that helps Brady put the division on notice.
Which fight is the sleeper match-up on this card? Paik: Kyle Bochniak and Sean Woodson. Bochniak, as we remember from UFC , came in unknown to majority of the fans, but he walked out of the cage to a standing ovation after his loss against Zabit Magomedsharipov.