The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s interim bantamweight champion will be determined when Urijah Faber and Renan Barao square up at UFC 149. The event is scheduled for July 21, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Canada. Here are my predictions for the entire UFC 149 fight card:
Urijah Faber versus Renan Barao
Barao is currently on a 27-fight win streak, and he’ll try to add UFC gold to his resume on Saturday. He’s won his three fights in the promotion, but he’ll be in for a serious step up in competition when he faces Faber at UFC 149. Both men are well-rounded MMA fighters, but Barao’s solid takedown defense (his takedowns aren’t bad either) should give him the edge. Barao wins by decision.
Hector Lombard versus Tim Boetsch
Lombard will make his UFC debut when he faces Boetsch on July 21. The former Bellator middleweight champ hasn’t lost a fight in almost six years, and he seems eager to make a strong statement in his UFC debut. Boetsch showed a lot of heart during his upset victory against Yushin Okami, but I don’t think it’ll be enough to get him past “Shango.” Lombard wins via TKO.
Cheick Kongo versus Shawn Jordan
Jordan looked good in his UFC debut, knocking out Oli Thompson during the second round of their encounter. Kongo on the other hand didn’t do too well in his last outing against Mark Hunt, and I haven’t been impressed with his performances lately. Jordan should be able to hold his own against Kongo in the striking department, and I expect him to emerge victorious.
Brian Ebersole versus James Head
Ever since his 2008 loss to Lombard, Ebersole has been a beast inside the cage, winning his next 11 fights. Head won his welterweight debut against Papy Abedi, but I don’t think he’s ready for the “Bad Boy.” Ebersole wins via decision.
Chris Clements versus Matt Riddle
Riddle struggled against an undersized Henry Martinez during the first round of his last outing, but he showed a lot of heart in the latter rounds, winning the fight via split decision. He’ll need to watch out for Clements’ heavy hands at UFC 149, but I expect him to grind out another close decision.
Court McGee defeats Nick Ring
Roland Delorme defeats Francisco Rivera
Ryan Jimmo defeats Anthony Perosh
Mitch Gagnon defeats Bryan Caraway
Daniel Pineda defeats Antonio Carvalho
Mitch Clarke defeats Anton Kuivanen
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.