By Ryan Knuppel
UFC is back for a second week in a row with UFC on Fox 24: Johnson vs. Reis, on April 15th. Last week at UFC 210, we had an off week going 2-2 bringing our yearly 2017 record to 20-6. This week, we are looking to get back on the winning track and cash some plays in the UFC.
Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis
The #1 pound for pound fighter in the world, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson will look to defend his UFC Flyweight Title for the 9th time. DJ is on an 11 fight win streak and is 13-1 in the UFC.
Wilson Reis is 22-6 overall and 6-2 in the UFC. Reis is on a 3 fight win streak with his last loss coming to Jussier Formiga in 2015. Reis was originally scheduled to fight DJ at UFC 201 but “Mighty Mouse” got injured and forced the UFC to cancel the fight. Reis is a high-level BJJ Black Belt and probably the best grappler that DJ has ever squared off against.
Rose Namajunas vs. Michelle Waterson
“Thug” Rose Namajunas is 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the UFC. She is coming into this fight off a loss against Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Prior to the loss, she was on a 3 fight win streak over Tecia Torres, Paige Van Zant and Angela Hill.
Michelle Waterson is 14-4 overall and 2-0 in the UFC. Her two wins in the UFC come against Paige VanZant and Angela Magana.
Ronaldo Souza vs. Robert Whittaker
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is 24-4 overall and 7-1 in the UFC. Souza’s only loss in the UFC came via a split decision against Yoel Romero at UFC 194. Many people believe that “Jacare” won that fight and should be fighting for the UFC Middleweight Crown.
Robert Whittaker is on a 6 fight win streak. He is 17-4 overall and 8-2 in the UFC. Whittaker is a very strong striker with one punch KO power. In his last fight, he KO’d Derek Brunson in the first round. His last loss came against Stephen Thompson back in 2014.
Jeremy Stephens vs. Renato Carneiro
Jeremy Stephens has a record of 25-13 and is 12-12 in the UFC. He has knocked out 16 opponents with his one punch KO power. Stephens lost his last fight against Frankie Edgar in a fight that he was a heavy underdog. Stephens has lost 4 out of his last 6 fights.
Renato Carneiro will be making his 3rd fight in the UFC. He is currently 10-0-1 overall and 2-0 in the UFC. His last fight went the distance with him getting the split decision win over Zubaira Tukhugov.
Roy Nelson vs. Alexander Volkov
Roy “Big Country” Nelson is 22-13 overall and is 9-9 in the UFC. He has fought the who’s who in the UFC Heavyweight Division. In his last fight, he knocked out Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the 2nd round. Nelson has lost his last 4 out of 5 fights.
Alexander Volkov is the former Bellator Heavyweight Champion. He is on a 3 fight win streak, sporting a 27-6 record. Volkov made his UFC debut back in November 2016 and secured a split decision victory over Timothy Johnson.
Tom Duquesnoy vs. Patrick Williams
Tom Duquesnoy is making his UFC debut against Patrick Williams. Duquesnoy is on a 10 fight win streak, winning 8 of those fights by the finish. Duquesnoy has finished 79% of his opponents. Duquesnoy has fought for BAMMA 8 times and should not be affected by the UFC jitters due to his high level of competition at BAMMA.
Patrick Williams has not fought since 2015. Williams is 8-4 overall and is 1-1 in the UFC. It is very tough to handicap Williams because of his distance outside of the octagon and limited amount of time in the octagon. In his two fights for the UFC, he went 1 round in the second fight and was KO’d in the 2nd round in his 1st fight.
Rashid Magomedov vs. Bobby Green
Rashid Magomedov is 19-2 and 4-1 in the UFC. Magomedov is 4-0 as a favorite in all of his fights. Magomedov’s only loss in the UFC came in his last fight against Beneil Dariush by unanimous decision.
Bobby Green is 23-7 overall and 4-2 in the UFC. Green is coming off back to back losses to Dustin Poirier by 1st round KO and Edson Barboza by unanimous decision. Green has not won a fight since 2014.
Louis Smolka vs. Tim Elliott
Smolka is coming off back to back losses for the first time in his career. Smolka lost to Ray Borg and Brandon Moreno over a 2 month time period. He now sports an 11-3 record and 5-3 in the UFC. Smolka went from being talked about as a title contender to possibly fighting for his job if he loses 3 in a row.
Tim Elliott is coming off winning The Ultimate Fighter Season and getting a shot at champion Demetrious Johnson. Elliott is 13-7-1 overall and 2-5 in the UFC. Elliott will be the hometown favorite in this fight.
Devin Clark vs. Jake Collier
Devin Clark is a Junior College National Wrestling Champion and is 7-1 overall with a 1-1 record in the UFC. Clark showed a terrible gas tank in his last 2 fights with no cardio whatsoever.
Jake Collier is 10-3 and 2-2 in the UFC. He has spent his entire UFC career fighting at 185lbs and will now move up in weight to 205lbs and take on unproven Devin Clark. There really shouldn’t be much of a size difference here as Clark realistically should be fighting at Middleweight because he is a very undersized light heavyweight.
Anthony Smith vs. Andrew Sanchez
Anthony Smith comes into this fight off an impressive 2nd round KO of Elvis Mutapcic. In that fight, he started out slow, losing the first round on the scorecards. He let his hands go in the second round and dominated Mutapcic to a KO victory. Smith is now 26-12 overall and 2-3 in 2 stints in the UFC.
Andrew Sanchez is 9-2 overall and 2-0 in the UFC. Sanchez won The Ultimate Fighter Season 23 at 205 LBS then immediately moved down to his normal weight of 185 lbs as a middleweight. 5 out of his last 6 wins come by way of TKO!
Aljamain Sterling vs. Augusto Mendes
Aljamain Sterling is coming into this fight off back to back losses to Raphael Assuncao and Bryan Caraway, both were split decision losses. He is now 12-2 and 4-2 in the UFC. Sterling is a 2 time NCAA D-III All-American Wrestler out of Suny Cortland.
Augusto Mendes is 6-1 overall and 1-1 in the UFC. Mendes trains out of the MMA Lab in Glendale, Arizona. He earned his last win against Frankie Saenz in a split decision outcome and his only other UFC fight was a loss against current champion Cody Garbrandt.
Nathan Coy vs. Zak Cummings
Coy is 15-6 overall and 1-1 in the UFC. Coy trains with American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida and won his last fight against Jonavin Webb. Coy has not stepped in the Octagon in over 1 year so use caution with
Zak Cummings is 20-5 overall and 5-2 in the UFC. In his last fight, he defeated Alexander Yakovlev in the second round by submission. Cummings has won 3 out of the last 4 fights with his only loss coming by way of a unanimous decision against Santiago Ponzinibbio.
Ketlen Viera vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Ketlen Viera is undefeated at 7-0 and 1-0 in the UFC. She made her UFC debut back on October 1, 2016, against Kelly Faszholz, winning a split decision in 3 rounds.
Ashlee Evans-Smith is 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the UFC. She fought UFC newcomer Veronica Macedo in her last fight and TKO’d her in the 3rd round of their bout back in September of last year. Evans-Smith is a 4 time All-American Collegiate Wrestler.
Zak Cummings over Nathan Coy by 2nd Rd TKO
Aljamain Sterling over Augusto Mendes by 3rd Rd Submission
Jake Collier over Devin Clark by 2nd Rd TKO
Tom Duquesnoy over Patrick Williams by Unanimous Decision