UFC Fight Night 106 Main Card Breakdown

The great thing about events held in Brazil is you are guaranteed 2 things, a passionate Brazilian crown and many Brazilian fighters on the card. Here is the main card breakdown for UFC Fight Night 106

(Welterweight) Alex Oliveira vs Tim Means: We start of the night with a rematch between Brazilian Oliveira and American Means. At UFC 207, they fought to a NC when Means landed several knees to Oliveira’s head when he was considered a downed opponent. Oliveira is a knockout artist with a record of 16 – 3 – 1(2) and is a former CEF Welterweight champion. Means is another knockout artist with a record of26 – 7 – 1(1) and is a former KOTC Junior Welterweight champion and KOTC lightweight champion. This will be mostly stand-up.

(Women’s Bantamweight) Bethe Correia vs Marion Reneau: Before she fought Rousey, Correia was undeafeated, after that loss, she lost another to Pennington, however she’s back to winning ways, with a victory over Jessica Eye last September which put’s her record at 10 – 2 – 0. Reneau entered MMA later in life, thinking she was too old to start but has a good record of 7 – 3 – 0 picking up a performance of the night in her second UFC fight.

(Flyweight) Jussier Formiga vs Ray Borg: Formiga is known for going the distance or submission, he has no knockouts to his name but was a SHOOTO 123 lbs champion and is a regular on Brazilian cards with a record of 19 – 4 – 0. Borg has a record of 10 – 2 – 0 with 6 victories by submission and 2 simultaneous performance of the nights to his name. On paper Formiga is the favourite as he #3 flyweight and Borg is #14; but on the night anything can happen.

(Lightweight) Edson Barboza vs Beneil Dariush: This has the potential to be fight of the night, Barboza has a record of 18 – 4 – 0 and a list of accolades longer than my arm, known for his ferocious kicking coming from a kickboxing background has made him #5 lightweight. His opponent Dariush is #7 lightweight and has a record 14 – 2 – 0 and is a former RITC lightweight champion and has 1 performance of the night. Whoever gets a win here could be in the title picture down the road.

(Light heavyweight) Mauricio Rua vs Gian Villante: This could all come down to experience, if you’ve never Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua; then you can’t really call yourself an MMA fan, a record of 24 – 10 – 0; fighting in promotions all over the world including Pride where he was a middleweight champion and holds notable knockout victories over Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell and Lyoto Machida which won him the light heavyweight belt. Gian Villante; like his opponent has an impressive CV, another knockout artist with a record 15 – 7 – 0 and is a former Ring of Combat Heavyweight Champion and has 3 fight of the nights to his name.

(Main Event) (Middleweight) Vitor Belfort vs Kevin Gastellum: Another fight that will come down to experience. Belfort like Shogun has a list of accolades longer than my other arm. With notable wins over Wanderlei Silva, Couture, Dan Henderson (x2), Franklin, ‘Midnight’ Johnson, Bisping, Rockhold with a record of 25 – 13 – 0, however his last 2 fights have been defeats. Gastellum who was a middleweight who went down to welterweight but after he struggled to cut weight he is now back in the middleweight. With a record 13 – 2 – 0, he is an ultimate fighter winner. He is undefeated as a middleweight but Belfort does have the experience and home crown which could make the difference.

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