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UFC Fight Night: Glasgow, Scotland


The UFC has returned to Glasgow, Scotland and it brings with it an exciting night of fights, fitting for the country known for its long history of combat. Due to the time difference, the main card action starts Sunday afternoon July 16th. Lets get into the picks, and if you want to jump into the conversation find me on Twitter @mmaratea22 and as also tag @CornerPubSports to keep the fight talk flowing.

Let’s get started…

Last Event Record 4-2, Overall Record 26-25-1


James Mulheron (+170 underdog) vs Justin Willis (-215 favorite) 

Both of these guys are making their UFC debuts on this card. Mulheron is the more experienced fighter, but looks to have a size disadvantage against Willis. Both have power, and neither have exhibited much a ground game submission wise. Mulheron is a Brit, and will be in his backyard and have the crowd with him. This will give him at least a 1 round boost, and possibly the edge. Anything goes when two prospects debut against each other, but I like the underdog at home.

(Mulheron by TKO, Round 1)

Khalil Rountree Jr. (-250 favorite) vs Paul Craig (+320 underdog) 

Rountree Jr is an interesting guy at 205 pounds. He packs a heavy punch, and was an Ultimate Fighter finalist. However he’s only 1-2 in UFC competition and has been handled by ground and submission fighters. That’s exactly who he faces in Paul Craig. Craig won’t blow anyone away with his standup, but has the reach advantage, excels in the clinch, and has won almost all of his fights by submission. Craig is also a Scot, and will have the home field advantage. The key is neutralizing Rountree’s one punch KO power, and avoiding ground and pound should he pull guard. That being said, Craig has the weapons to outpoint his opponent should he need.

(Craig by Submission, Round 3)

Jack Marshman (-425 favorite) vs Ryan Janes (+320 underdog) 

Another UK boy takes the stage as Marshman takes on the Canadian Ryan Janes. Janes wants to get the fight to the ground, where he does his best work. Marshman has the power advantage, but also is no stranger to submissions. Both guys are 1-1 in their UFC careers, and coming off losses. Look for Janes to go for takedowns, and for Marshman to use movement and defense to set up his hands. The biggest favorite on the card, I’ll side with a hometown guy, and the odds makers.

(Marshman by Decision)

Stevie Ray (-125 favorite) vs Paul Felder (-105 even) 

Once again there is a home town kid, and that’s Ray, a native Scot. He’s very well rounded, and is on a two fight win streak. Paul Felder is a straight up wild man, fighting out of Philadelphia PA. He’s known for an aggressive brawling style, and heavy hands. Ray has patience, and may wait out Felder’s flurries looking for a takedown or counter opportunity but Felder’s conditioning is great, and he never stops coming. I’m going with Felder, but I can’t pick against the Philly guy, and a guy who’s done some training at my home gym, the UFC Gym in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Side note, if you want to train in boxing, MMA, and Brazilian jujitsu, come by the gym and talk to one of the pro’s there.

#8 Joanne Calderwood (+210 underdog) vs #14 Cynthia Calvillo (-270 favorite) 

Calderwood is another hometown fighter, and is taking on one the biggest rising stars in the women’s 115 pound division in Calvillo. Calderwood is a vet, and has big striking power and a size advantage. She has to keep up the pressure in order to keep Calvillo off balance and away from the ground. She’s had trouble with submissions, getting tapped twice in her career. Calvillo has only fought twice in the UFC, but has won both by submission, and is 100% when going for takedowns. She also showed off aggressive and balanced striking in her last fight against a former pro boxer. This fight ends up on the ground one way or another, and Calvillo will take a neck or a limb.

(Calvillo by Submission, Round 2)

#8 Gunnar Nelson (-200 favorite) vs #14 Santiago Ponzinibbio (+170 underdog) 

In a shocking twist, neither of these fighters are from the UK. It is a classic matchup though, in terms of striker vs grappler. Ponzinibbio is powerful and technical striker, on a four fight win streak. Nelson is a bjj blackbelt (under legendary Renzo Gracie) on a two fight win streak. Nelson also boasts 4 submission of the night bonuses. Nelson can strike with Ponzinibbio, but will take shots to get the fight to the ground where he is one of the best. If the fight stays on the feet, and gets into the 4th and 5th rounds Ponzinibbio makes this fight very interesting. Nelson is a top contender though, and seems unlikely to be denied his submission victory.

(Nelson by Submission, Round 3) provided the odds. in no way endorses gambling. Do you have a gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER

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