It’s fight week, this Saturday night; Vegas will be the battleground. Here is the UFC 216 main card breakdown. As always, card subject to change.
(Featherweight) Tom Duquesnoy vs Cody Stamann: It’s a prelim fight, I know, but it’s worth mentioning as Duquesnoy is a known Euro talent. Both men are 15 – 1 – 0, with Duquesnoy having 1 NC to his name. Duquesnoy is a former BAMMA featherweight and Bantamweight champion while Stamann is a former TXC featherweight champion and MFL bantamweight champion. Duquesnoy has the advantage with many saying he is one of the top prospects in MMA and could one day be in a cage, fighting for UFC gold. His UFC debut was not as impressive as most people hoped, however he still got the win, he’ll want to put on a showcase here.
(Lightweight) Beneil Dariush vs Evan Dunham: We start off the main card with an up and comer vs a seasoned veteran. Dunham has more experience, been with the company since 2009 while Dariush has been there since 2014. Both are known for submissions and decisions. Dariush was unsuccessful in his last outing against Edson Barboza while Dunham is on a 4 fight win streak. They are part of the pecking order in the lightweight division as Dariush is #12 while Dunham is #13 in the lightweight division. It’s all to play for here, could potentially pick up a submission of the night.
(Heavyweight) Fabricio Werdum vs Derrick Lewis: Next, we have a clash between former UFC Heavyweight champion Werdum against knockout artist Lewis. Lewis is the younger of the two by 8 years and has less experience turning pro in 2010. He holds wins Travis Browne, Roy Nelson and Gabriel Gonzaga racking up a record of 18 – 5 – 0 (1) losing his last fight to Mark Hunt. Werdum also lost his last fight against Alistair Overeem, he has more experience, is the former champion and holds notable wins Fedor, Cain Velasquez, Mark Hunt to name a few, he’s more of an all rounder and is going in the favourite but Lewis is a hard opponent to beat, especially if the fight doesn’t go to the ground.
(Flyweight Championship) Demetrious Johnson(c) vs Ray Borg: This could possibly be Demetrious Johnson’s last fight in the Flyweight division. Originally they were meant to face off at UFC 215 in the main event but Borg pulled out due to illness. If Johnson wins here, he will have the record for most successful title defences. Ray Borg is the only credible opponent in the division that Johnson hasn’t beaten. Borg is coming off a two 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 fastest fighters in the world and is #1 pound for pound. If he wins here, hopefully he will move up to the bantamweight division.
(Main Event) (Interim Lightweight Championship) Tony Ferguson vs Kevin Lee: Main event time. Everybody is eagerly anticipating the return of Conor McGregor after his foray in boxing, but the question on MMA fan’s minds is; who does the champ face when he gets back? Ferguson was meant to face Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 209 but Khabib became ill trying to cut weight. Ferguson is known for been a finisher and many believe he will be victorious in this one and against McGregor. However, don’t count Lee out. He may have less experience and his last outing against Michael Chiesa may have been a win but wasn’t the most successful, that all been said, he’s finished his last 4 opponents, he’s also hungry and reminds a lot of people including myself, of being a young McGregor. Is he championship ready? Probably not, but as we all know, there has many upsets in UFC, don’t be surprised if you see another one on Saturday.