The second UFC event in a span of four days, the UFC fight night scheduled for tomorrow offers interesting matchups. It’s not as deep as a regular weekend event, but there should be some entertaining fights towards the top of the card. I’ll focus on that main card since, to be honest, I don’t know that much about the fighters on the under (besides Michael Johnson)
First Fight on Main Card: Karl Roberson v. Marvin Vettori (Middleweight)
There’s not much difference physically between these two fighters. However, Vettori is the more experienced fighter. He is an above average striker and will be able to throw a lot of stuff. But, Roberson sports tremendous athletic ability and almost knocked out Glover Teixeira, who is fighting in the main event. I can’t really predict a winner in this one, but it should be a good fight between some promising prospects.
Second Fight: Ricky Simon v. Ray Borg (Bantamweight)
I’m actually more excited for this fight than I usually am for a bantamweight matchup between two unranked guys. Other than getting submitted by a never before seen flying armbar from Mighty Mouse, Ray Borg fought relatively well for the flyweight title and has had success in the past. He’s had trouble making the 125 lb. limit, so he was forced to move up a class. Ricky Simon is no chump though. Although he has lost his last two fights, he still possesses elite striking skills. I expect Simon to be hungry for a win, as he’ll use his size and striking advantage to defeat Borg.
Third Fight: Alexander Hernandez v. Drew Dober (Lightweight)
After Cowboy kicked the absolute PISS out of Hernandez’ head last year, I think he woke up and ate a slice of nice humble pie. He is a very talented fighter, but may have been a little too confident in the past. Nonetheless, I expect this fight to be a good one between a young prospect and a guy who has been around for a little while in Drew Dober (who, by the way, has an incredibly large head and round chin. I wouldn’t want to punch that thing. It’s like a cinderblock). They should be pretty evenly matched, as both are good grapplers and both have proven to possess knockout power.
Fourth Fight: Ben Rothwell v. Ovince Saint Preux (Heavyweight)
OSP is one of those guys who just has a ton of talent, but hasn’t really developed/refined it yet. He is making his debut at heavyweight tomorrow as he takes on Ben Rothwell. I’m not saying he’s not good, but that he’s a guy I expected to be contending at the top at this point. His past two fights have been cancelled, so that factors into it, but he’s still a perplexing fighter. As I mentioned, he is moving up a weight class for the first time tomorrow, but that won’t be a problem. OSP is a beast at 205 lbs, and his quickness will be too much for Rothwell. This one shouldn’t take long.
Main Event: Anthony Smith v. Glover Teixeira
This should be an absolute battle. Anthony Smith is a bad mofo who defeated Alexander Gustafsson in his last fight and who competed against Jon Jones for the Light Heavyweight title before that. Glover Teixeira is a grizzly ol’ vet with a TON of highlights from finishing people via knockout and submission. That being said, I do have a gut feeling that age will play some part in the outcome of this fight. I have a ton of respect for Glover and realize that he too is a bad mofo, but a nine year age gap is a tremendous difference, especially when he is 40. I think Smith takes this one.