ROBBIE LAWLER VS RAFAEL DOS ANJOS
Fight sports activities knowledge is SuperFight delayed is just not so tremendous anymore, however that’s not the case with Saturday’s foremost occasion between Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. Again in 2015, when each held world titles, light-weight champ RDA considered transferring as much as 170 kilos and difficult welterweight boss Lawler, however that by no means occurred. Two years later, it might be a greater combat now, with Dos Anjos exhibiting his finest kind but as a welterweight whereas Lawler is, properly, nonetheless Lawler. If Dos Anjos can take Lawler’s bombs and maintain off the same old late combat rush from “Ruthless,” he can construct up sufficient factors within the center rounds to win the combat. That’s a giant “if,” although, making this compelling viewing whether or not it goes 5 or 25 minutes.

RICARDO LAMAS VS JOSH EMMETT
If Ricardo Lamas didn’t halt Jason Knight within the first spherical in July, I might need much more questions on his motivation heading into this co-main occasion towards Josh Emmett. However in taking out the rising star in emphatic vogue, it confirmed me that it doesn’t matter what the rankings say, Lamas is exhibiting as much as each combat intent on successful huge. That might be dangerous information for late substitute Emmett, but when the proficient Californian does pull off the upset in Saturday’s co-main occasion, he’ll know that he didn’t catch Lamas napping, however that he beat the very best model of the “Bully” in Winnipeg.

SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO VS MIKE PERRY
We all know that is going to be one to recollect, so we might simply transfer on, however I did take one thing away from my latest chat with Mr. Perry that’s value telling right here. Ponzinibbio is a kind of fighters who won’t draw back from a blood and spit flying battle. I requested Perry if the Argentinean may give him that sort of combat. Perry stated if Ponzinnibio can take his energy, he can. That might result in a fighter deciding that he actually doesn’t need 15 minutes of that, however Perry embraced it, saying he was prepared for all of it. So prepare, this might finish spectacularly in 30 seconds or produce 15 minutes of gritty motion that might end in a pair of bonus checks for these two welterweights.

GLOVER TEIXEIRA VS. MISHA CIRKUNOV
If not for the truth that Glover Teixeira is from Brazil and Misha Cirkunov from Latvia, I’d be satisfied that the 2 gentle heavyweights had been brothers. Each are soft-spoken gents who depart the trash speaking to the youngsters and as an alternative give attention to coaching, getting higher and successful. And as laid-back as they’re exterior the Octagon, they’re each scary when that gate closes, making this a battle of wills that requires your full consideration for 15 minutes or much less.

JULIAN MARQUEZ VS DARREN STEWART
Julian Marquez seems like a severe prospect at 185 kilos earlier than he even makes his UFC debut this weekend, because of knockout wins over Matt Hamill, Cameron Olson and Phil Hawes. Will he preserve the momentum going towards Darren Stewart, who’s hungry for a UFC win after three misses so far? It’s onerous to select towards him until the first-time UFC jitters assault.

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JAN BLACHOWICZ VS JARED CANNONIER
It was just one combat, however when Jan Blachowicz defeated Devin Clark in October, you possibly can nearly see his demeanor change as he picked up his third UFC win. That confidence in all probability led him to tackle a combat towards Jared Cannonier on quick discover, and it makes him a harmful menace towards a fighter who additionally obtained a jolt of adrenaline because of his transfer from Alaska to coach with the MMA Lab gang in Arizona. Put them each collectively, and the winner of this one might come right down to who breaks the opposite’s confidence first.

CHAD LAPRISE VS GALORE BOFANDO
Chad Laprise seemed like a brand new man at welterweight his final day trip, and he’s assured heading into Saturday’s assembly with the nonetheless comparatively unknown Galore Bofando. Within the little over two minutes we noticed the Brit towards Charlie Ward in July, he’s obtained an unorthodox type with the power to complete in emphatic vogue, and this combat might find yourself being a case of Laprise dwelling as much as his standing as favourite so long as he doesn’t make a mistake towards an opponent who could make him pay in a split-second for the slightest miscue.

TIM ELLIOTT VS. PIETRO MENGA
Tim Elliott is a nightmare matchup for anybody at 125 pound with a full coaching camp. To return in on quick discover like Pietro Menga is can ramp up the diploma of issue considerably. However if you’re unbeaten and an underdog, like Menga is, the chances may even out a bit, making this an attention-grabbing matchup for combat followers if the Manchester newcomer can decipher Elliott’s unorthodox assault.

JOHN MAKDESSI VS ABEL TRUJILLO
John Makdessi is likely one of the light-weight division’s best enigmas, as you by no means know which model of “The Bull” will present up on combat night time. The identical might be stated for his Saturday opponent, Abel Trujillo, making this an nearly inconceivable combat to get a severe learn on. Trujillo might dominate if he will get the combat to the mat and retains it there, however he’s not shy about getting right into a brawl on the toes, a spot the place Makdessi would favor to maintain it. And whereas Makdessi is the higher technical striker, Trujillo swings hammers, night the enjoying subject significantly.

ALESSIO DI CHIRICO VS OLUWALE BAMGBOSE
After a 1-Three begin to his UFC profession, Oluwale Bamgbose finds himself in a decent state of affairs heading into bout quantity 5 towards Italy’s Alessio Di Chirico. So to prepare, the New Yorker spent a while with Duke Roufus and Dan Henderson, and if he takes the teachings realized there and provides them to his uncooked however spectacular ability set, he might flip that one right into a two in Winnipeg. The affected person Di Chirico is a troublesome matchup, although, particularly if he can climate an early blitz and get the combat into the second and third rounds.

JORDAN MEIN VS ERICK SILVA
Of their final six mixed fights, Jordan Mein and Erick Silva are 1-5. Usually, the response could be, “So why do I care?” Properly, you care as a result of these are two aggressive finishers who’ve their again up towards the wall. The again up towards the wall factor normally produces fireworks, and if you add of their combating types, this one might find yourself selecting up Battle of the Yr consideration by the tip of Saturday night time. That’s why it is best to care.

NORDINE TALEB VS DANNY ROBERTS
Nordine Taleb and Danny Roberts had been scheduled to face Sultan Aliev and Sheldon Westcott, respectively, on Saturday, however when Aliev and Westcott had been compelled out of their fights, a good higher combat might have surfaced. Taleb is a affected person attacker who can explode when needed (see his win over Erick Silva), whereas Roberts is a extra aggressive kind who appears to all the time discover himself in entertaining scraps. It might be a cat and mouse recreation for a bit, however I anticipate to see this one erupt right into a combat finally.

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