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UFC 216: Less Weight, Double the Titles

It’s time for another UFC pay per view. This time UFC 216 is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada this Saturday, September 30th. A smaller main card for a pay per view with the recent dropping of the Paige Van Zant vs. Jessica Eyre fight, but the four fights that are on the card are huge tilts.

In addition to handing out a title in the lightweight and in the flyweight division, the flyweight winner will either make or break history. There is also a heavyweight eliminator and a lightweight battle to move into the top ten ranks. So let’s get to it.

#12 Beneil Dariush (-245 favorite) vs. #14 Evan Dunham (+195 underdog) 

Both of these guys are lightweight veterans who are going to come forward. Neither guy is afraid of taking a shot to give a shot, and both will look at some point to go for a takedown. Both of them have close to equal skills, and should eventually cancel each other out, so hopefully that’ll result in this devolving into a brawl.

(Dariush by Decision) 

#2 Frabrico Werdum (-235 favorite) vs. #6 Derrick Lewis (+190 underdog) 

The Black Beast is back, but unfortunately he’s facing off against someone who’s probably his worst nightmare. Werdum has the best bjj out of any heavyweight, and he’s amongst the best of all time. He’s also continuing to get better on his feet. Lewis has power, but has conditioning issues and really has to connect. Its most likely Werdum won’t want to strike with him and will take him right down and put on a submission clinic.

(Werdum by Submission, Round 1) 

Demetrious Johnson (-1150 favorite) vs. #3 Ray Borg (+775 underdog) 

I could just copy and past the the preview I wrote for UFC 215, when these two were supposed to face off but I won’t. I will say that Ray Borg being in the hospital for that fight instead of in the ring and coming back so soon worries me, even if it was for an unrelated issue. Johnson is still the virtually unbeatable champ, and Borg will still have to push the pace, and wrestle relentlessly in order to even have a remote chance.

(Johnson by Decision) 

#2 Tony Ferguson (-220 favorite) vs. #7 Kevin Lee (+180 underdog) 

Finally Ferguson gets a chance to fight for the interim title. He’s been waiting around since his bout with Khabib was called off all the way back in March. Kevin Lee beat Michael Cheisa in a grudge match, finds his star as bright as its ever been and now on the cusp of a UFC title. Lee is powerful, and a very good wrestler. He can do very well in this fight if he can push the pace. Ferguson, otherwise known as “El Cucuy” is unconventional, to say the least. That being said he’s probably the best bjj guy in the division and his striking will confuse the crowd, while knocking out his opponents. The only expectation I have for this one is that it won’t go the distance.

(Ferguson by TKO, Round 2) 

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