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UFC 215: Overhands in Oil Country

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Once again, its time. After some time off during the Mayweather-McGregor spectacle and then some online only events now we’re finally back to the bread and butter here. That has been and always will be exciting title fights. UFC 215 will be in Edmonton, Alberta Canada this Saturday, September 9th at 10pm on pay per view.

This fight card is going to be good outside of the two title fights that we’ve got ahead of us. The other fights on the main card will be setting up fighters to move up the top 10, and may even set one into title contention.

Overall 33-35-1 

Let’s get to it…

#8 Jeremy Stephens (-120 favorite) vs. #14 Gilbert Melendez (-110 favorite) 

This one is going to be close, and is an important fight for the featherweight division. Stephens is on the verge of being a real contender, but has lost to the cream of the crop when he gets to fight them, a la Frankie Edgar, Max Holloway, and Cub Swanson. Melendez is moving down to featherweight after some really nice runs at lightweight, including two title shots. He fell short, but is a dangerous guy who loves a brawl. Stephens is powerful, but relies too much on his power. These vets will for sure put on a show, and straight striking might just favor Stephens, but Melendez has a better overall game, and is looking to make a statement.

(Melendez by Decision) 

#10 Ilir Latifi (-130 favorite) vs. #13 Tyson Pedro (+110 underdog) 

Latifi is a powerful scary guy. He’s resting just in the Top 10 for light heavy’s and hopefully will move up if he wins big. He’s coming off a year layoff after being KO’d by Ryan Bader, but he can really really slug, and comes at you from insane angles. Pedro is a wrestler how just pounds guys that he gets onto the ground. If you need evidence check out what he did to Paul Craig’s face. Latifi is really going to have to work the clinch game to avoid takedowns and to land damage. Its possible, but Pedro has the skills to take the legs out from under Latifi, and pound or submit him.

(Pedro by submission Rd 1.) 

#6 Neil Magney (-210 favorite) vs. #10 Rafael Dos Anjos (+170 underdog) 

Dos Anjos is staying at welterweight. He did really well in his move up fight against Tarec Saffiedine, and looks to be comfortable. Neil Magney is looking to make him uncomfortable though, and he probably will with his 10 inch reach advantage. Magney is a rising contender for sure, but has fallen to a pressure fighter before in Lorenz Larkin. That is Dos Anjos style and it won’t be surprising if he comes out with that manner. Magney is a gamer though and looks to be hitting his prime.

(Magney by TKO Rd 3.) 

C Amanda Nunes (-110 favorite) vs. #1 Valentina Shevchenko (-120)

These two are finally going to meet again. Their first fight was razor close. Nunes came out strong, gassed in the second, and Shevchenko rallied and won the third round decisively. Since then both have defeated champions, with Nunes taking out Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey, and Shevchenko took out Holly Holm, and top contender Julianna Pena. Nunes is going to come out fast as she always does, but will likely face a test on her conditioning as she did their previous bout. Shevchenko has looked her best in her last two fights, and if she looks the same or better then its likely that “Bullet” will walk away with her first taste of gold.

(Shevchenko by Decision) 

Demetrious Johnson (-900 favorite) vs. #3 Ray Borg (550 underdog) 

Demtrious Johnson is special. With a win he’ll set the the record for most title consecutive defenses…with 11. It’s an amazing number he’s reaching for, and he’s proven to be the best in the division in all aspects. Ray Borg is a guy who is a tenacious wrestler with good ground and pound moves and submissions. He’s come up through the division and faced a lot of good fighters, but Johnson has beat the best in the division for years. He hasn’t lost a fight since 2011. That being said Borg can win if he finds take down success and keeps Johnson on his back and just continues to feed him fists. Laying a couple bucks on him wouldn’t be a waste. That being said, Johnson is the premier champion in the sport, and is likely to set a record.

(Johnson by Decision) 

 

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