Boston’s TD Garden will play host to a night of UFC fights that is set to go down as one of 2019’s finest. Light-heavyweight contender Dominick Reyes gets a chance to prove that he’s one of the world’s elite when he takes on former middleweight champion Chris Weidman in the main event. The co-main event sees the rematch of the highly-controversial featherweight bout between Yair Rodriguez & Jeremy Stephens.
Take a look at the fights-to-watch:
(#4) Dominick Reyes vs (#8 – MW) Chris Weidman – light-heavyweight bout
Middleweight veteran Chris ‘The All-American‘ Weidman will move to 205lbs, with the hopes of re-capturing a UFC title. Standing in his way is a crafty prospect with similar visions – Dominick ‘The Devastator‘ Reyes.
Reyes holds an undefeated record, currently standing at 11-0. With a 52% striking rate, Reyes’ strong-suit is his kickboxing. The former American-footballer will (presumably) look to keep the fight on the feet, with all of Weidman’s losses coming via KO/TKO. His last victory was a heavily disputed decision victory over Volkan Oezdemir, which took place at UFC London.
The New-Yorker is currently on somewhat of a downward skid, but looks to rebound at light-heavyweight. Looking at the fight from a wrestling perspective, Weidman – a NCAA Division 1 wrestler – has the clear edge. The ex-champ does have a strong striking base, but won’t be looking to keep it there for very long.
Despite the fact that Reyes is the slight favourite, both fighters have been picked by the MMA community. The general assumption is that – should the fight remain standing – Reyes should walk away with a victory, but if it hits the ground, the nod will go the Weidman.
(#7) Yair Rodriguez vs (#8) Jeremy Stephens – featherweight bout
Featherweight rivals Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens run it back, 27 days after their original meeting at UFC Mexico. This time, however, there is bad-blood.
Yair Rodriguez unfortunately delivered a fight-ending eye-poke to Jeremy Stephens just 15-seconds into their first fight. Right out of the gate, Rodriguez showed his signature speed and creativity. Even in the early-goings of the first fight, we could see that the Mexican was beating his opponent to the punch. This could have been a sign for what was to come in the rematch.
‘Lil’ Heathen‘ Stephens has made it very clear to MMA fans that he intends on putting a bad beating on Rodriguez, going so far as to say, “If he doesn’t die, it doesn’t count”. With arguably the most one-punch KO power at 145lbs, Stephens will look to put his opponent’s lights out. Whether he will or not still remains to be seen.
Rodriguez has certainly received backlash for his comments on the situation and has – undoubtedly – lost fans. This has lead to the majority of fans picking Stephens as the winner.
Other fights to watch out for is the debut of Oceanic prospect Ben Sosoli, when he fights Greg ‘The Prince of War’ Hardy. Maycee Barber and Gillian Robertson also square off in a pivotal flyweight matchup.
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