Paid Members wandshogun09 Posted March 19, 2017 Paid Members Share Posted March 19, 2017 Nashville, Tennessee hosts the Octagon on 22nd April. FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARDCub Swanson vs Artem Lobov Al Iaquinta vs Diego Sanchez Ovince Saint Preux vs Marcos Rogerio De Lima John Dodson vs Eddie Wineland Joe Lauzon vs Stevie Ray Jake Ellenberger vs Mike Perry FOX SPORTS 2 PRELIMSThales Leites vs Sam Alvey Dustin Ortiz vs Brandon Moreno Scott Holtzman vs Michael McBride Jessica Penne vs Danielle Taylor FIGHT PASS PRELIMSBryan Barberena vs Joe Proctor Alexis Davis vs Cindy Dandois Hector Sandoval vs Matt Schnell Talk about a card going under the radar. I think this looks quite fantastic, to be honest. Swanson vs Lobov is a strange main event though. Don't get me wrong it should be exciting. But I don't get what the UFC were thinking with this matchmaking. Swanson is coming off a win in what I consider the 2016 FOTY against the 'Korean Superboy' in December. You'd have expected his next fight to be a big name. I was thinking we'd be seeing him against Korean Zombie or maybe Yair Rodriguez. Instead he fights Artem Lobov. A decent fighter with a house brick of a right hand. But it's just a bit of a weird one timing wise. Huge opportunity for Lobov though. Iaquinta vs Sanchez is probably going to be a mugging. I think Iaquinta is going to fuck Diego up. I rate Raging Al. And he does hold wins over Jorge Masvidal, Joe Lauzon, Ross Pearson and Kevin Lee. He's been out two years though. He was meant to fight Thiago Alves at UFC 205 at MSG but he pulled out because he was having contract issues with the UFC. Guess that's sorted now because he's back. I guess the layoff could effect Iaquinta here, and if it does that could really benefit a cardio machine like Sanchez who will really push you conditioning wise. We'll see. To be fair to Sanchez, he has beaten Marcin Held and Jim Miller in recent fights. There's life in the loon yet. Dodson vs Wineland could be good. I'm not that bothered about it truth be told. And I don't really like either of these twats. Wineland annoys me less though so I'll be pulling for him. Dodson's an irritating little shit. Lauzon vs Ray has barburner potential for sure. It gets repetitive saying it but Joe Lauzon really is one of the most exciting fighters pound-for-pound that MMA has ever known. And Ray is starting to break into that level now where he's getting those name fights on his record. He beat Ross Pearson last time out and this is a tough next step for him. Should be a good one. Ellenberger vs Perry is ***WAND'S ONE TO WATCH*** this time. You never know what you're getting with Ellenberger but that kind of adds to the intrigue of this one for me. Because Mike Perry being so dangerous and aggressive could either bring out the best in Ellenberger or make him go into his shell as he's been known to do at times. Perry's also coming off his first career loss to Alan Jouban so it'll be interesting to see if that effects him at all. Leites vs Alvey is an odd little fight. I like it though. Alvey looks like one of the least athletic bastards on the roster but he can definitely pack a punch. And he has an uncanny ability to land that big punch as well. Leites is the veteran though and the way better all rounder. I think he can hang with Smiling Sam in the striking and if it hits the ground he'll hold a significant grappling advantage. Ortiz vs Moreno should be an entertaining flyweight fight. I always feel like Ortiz is a little bit underrated myself and I've really grown to like Moreno. He's usually fun to watch and he's impossible to dislike, he's always so happy and looks like he's genuinely having the time of his life in there. Hopefully he wins this because flyweight needs new contenders to emerge more than any other division right now. Bits and pieces from the undercard... • Jessica Penne badly needs a win. She's coming off back to back stoppage losses where she just got brutally fucked up beyond belief. Granted they were losses to Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade - the current champ and the number one contender - but they were bad, bad beatings she took. If she gets beat up again here it might be time to think about doing something else. Seriously, the Jedrzejczyk and Andrade fights were hard to watch. • Bryan Barberena is back. The man who ended Sage Northcutt's unbeaten run. He lost to Colby Covington in December but I like Bam Bam. I think he's decent and still worth keeping tabs on. • And Cindy Dandois makes her UFC debut down on Fight Pass. Dandois was someone I was hoping they'd sign to beef up their new featherweight division. But she's coming in as a bantamweight here. She's good from what I've seen (which admittedly isn't much). She beat Marloes Coenen in her MMA debut, so there's that. She also TKO'd Jorina Baars in MMA. Baars is the beast who battered Cyborg in a kickboxing fight a while back. And she submitted Megan Anderson, who's another girl I hope the UFC sign for 145. On paper I guess it's a tough introduction for her because Davis is very experienced and she has skills. Davis had a baby and got crushed by Sara McMann on her return recently. But I don't know if that's an indicator of Davis not being the same or the fact that McMann is just on good form right now. Either way it's a solid test for Dandois in her debut. Good looking show. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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