It’s International fight week, as always there are multiple UFC events set to take place, last year there were 3 events mainly because of UFC 200, however this year there are 2 events. Here is the main card breakdown for the Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.
(Light Heavyweight) Jordan Johnson vs Marcel Fortuna: We start off the main card with 2 great prospects. Both are very good on the ground and each were victorious in their UFC debut. Johnson is 7 – 0 – 0 and looks to make it 8 while Fortuna is a former Dragon House Light heavytweight champion; he fought at heavyweight in his UFC debut but is going back to light heavyweight. This could potentially pick up a submission of a the night accolade.
(Middleweight) Brad Tavares vs Elias Theodorou: This one will most likely go the distance, Tavares is an Ultimate Fighter finalist while Theodorou is an Ultimate Fighter winner. Both are all round fighters but are known for fighting till the end. Theodorou has a better win/loss record with 13 – 1 – 0 as compared to Tavares who has a record of 14 – 4 – 0. It’s still a pretty even affair.
(Light Heavyweight) Jared Cannonier vs Steve Bosse: Jared Connonier is a knockout artist while Bosse is more of an all rounder, Cannonier took a shot at being a middleweight and has come back up to the light heavyweight while Bosse did the same thing and as a result he is on a 2 fight win streak. Both have good records, Cannonier has a record of 9 – 2 – 0 while Bosse is 12 – 2 – 0. With the recent departure of Anthony Johnson from the divison, the division still looks strong.
(Lightweight) Marc Diakiese vs Drakkar Klose: This should be an interesting bout. The last time we saw Diakiese was for a brief 30 seconds in London’s o2 arena where the former BAMMA lightweight champion KO’d Teemu Packelen. Both men are knockout artists and are known for going the distance. I would be very surprised if this didn’t pick up an accolade of the night.
(Ultimate Fighter 25 Final) (Welterweight) Dhiego Lima vs James Krause: Well this it, Dhiego Lima who was in the Ultimate Fighter 19 and reached the final only to be upset by Eddie Jordan early in the first round, he will want to put that right. James Krause was meant to be in the Ultimate Fighter 15 but lost his qualifying fight to Justin Lawrence. Since then he has signed with UFC and was announced as part of the Ultimate Fighter despite being an active UFC competitor. It was a bit touch and go with Krause having an eye injury before the semi final and it will be interesting to see if that plays a part in this showdown. Both are all rounders with Krause being extremely dangerous on the ground.
(Main Event) (Lightweight) Michael Johnson vs Justin Gaethje: Lastly, we have another redemption story. Johnson, whose last UFC outing was a one sided battle where he was defeated by Khabib, however he did show great endurance to last the entire second round and half of the 3rd before he was submitted. He holds wins over Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson. Gaethje is a very tough opponent however, undefeated with a record of 17 – 0 – 0 with 14 KO’s, a former WSOF Lightweight champion. If he can get the job done against Johnson then perhaps he will be put in the title picture along with Khabib and Ferguson for when McGregor returns from his fight with Mayweather.