This Saturday marks the first time UFC will host a show in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. Here is the main card breakdown for UFC 215. As always, card subject to change.
(Featherweight) Jeremy Stephens vs Gilbert Melendez: We start off the already stacked card with what could possibly be fight of the night. Jeremy Stephens is one of the more entertaining MMA fighters in the UFC, with a career of 16 KO’s and holds victories over the likes of Rafael Dos Anjos, Marcus Davies and Renan Barao and has racked up 3 fight of the nights and 3 KO’s of the night aswell. Gilbert Melendez is another fighter known for his KO’s and out and out wars, mostly what many would regard as one of the best MMA fight’s of all time with Diego Sanchez. Both men are currently on a losing streak and need a win, so needless to say, this will be balls to the wall.
(Light Heavyweight) Ilir Latifi vs Tyson Pedro: Next we have a bout that is important for a few reasons; the main one is the fact that the light heavyweight division is currently aging for the most part at the top, but currently in light of the recent news about Jon Jones, questions of the title picture is up in the air. Latifi is the more experienced of the two and is most dangerous in the first round having knocked out two opponents in the first minute. Pedro is the younger of the 2 and the Australian picked up a performance of the night in his UFC debut against Khalil Rountree and he still remains undefeated. Both men like an early finish, in particular Rountree, who has still not taken part in a second round yet. Latifi will want to take a defensive approach at the beginning to wear the younger man down.
(Welterweight) Neil Magny vs Rafael Dos Anjos: two veterans in their prime. The winner could be a potential opponent for Tyron Woodley someday soon. Magny is one of the more consistent welterweights. Since arriving in the promotion, he has had wins over the likes of Tim Means, Kelvin Gastelum and Johny Hendricks and also has a few accolades of the night to his name aswell. Dos Anjos has just arrived in the welterweight division, coming from the lightweight division where he was at one point, champion. Since moving up to welterweight, securing a win over Tarec Saffiedine has made him #10 in the division. This will most likely go the distance and could possibly pick up an accolade of the night.
(Women’s Bantamweight Championship) Amanda Nunes (c) vs Valentina Shevchenko: In the co main event, originally this was meant to main event Fight Week at UFC 213, unfortunately hours before the event, Nunes pulled out citing an illness even though she was medically cleared to fight. Last time, these two faced off was at UFC 196 where Nunes was victorious. However the fight ended in a decision, the only win of Nunes’s career that didn’t end with a finish. Shevenchenko is going in with some momentum, picking up wins over Holly Holm and Julianna Pena. Nunes however is on a 5 fight win streak. Holds first round victories over former champions Meisha Tate and Ronda Rousey. It’s all to play for in this one.
(Main Event) (Flyweight Championship) Demetrious Johnson (c) vs Ray Borg: This could possibly be Demetrious Johnson’s last fight in the Flyweight division. If he wins here, he will have the record for most successful title defenses. Ray Borg is the only credible opponent in the division that Johnson hasn’t beaten. Borg is coming off a 2 fight win streak with victories over Louis Smolka and Jussier Formiga. Like Johnson, he can go the distance and is proficient on the ground, however the experience and momentum is on the side of the champion. Johnson is one of the most agile fighters on the roster and is #2 pound for pound after Jon Jones. If he wins here and given what’s going on with Jon Jones, most likely Johnson will back to being #1 and hopefully will move up to the bantamweight division.