UFC on FOX 9 touches down in Sacramento, C.A. on Saturday night, and the main event features a rematch of epic proportions, with challenger Joseph Benavidez looking for redemption and a belt when he takes on champ Demetrious Johnson. Here’s a look at the preliminary bouts.
Flyweight: Darren “BC” Uyenoyama (8-4) vs. Alptekin Ozkilic (8-1)
Expect Uyenoyama to control the fight early using his wrestling to drag the fight to the mat and overwhelm the UFC newcomer. Uyenoyama has some great BJJ and will wear down Ozkilic and lock up a submission.
Darren Uyenoyama via Submission in the Second
Lightweight: Abel “Killa” Trujillo (10-5-1) vs. Roger Bowling (11-4-1)
The first fight between Trujillo and Bowling at UFC Fight Night 26 was an absolute war with both fighters throwing with everything they had. The fight ended in controversy as it was ruled a No Contest due 2 illegal knees that Trujillo landed on a grounded Bowling. I expect another war in the rematch with Trujillo getting the better of the exchanges. Bowling is super durable, so I doubt Trujillo will get the finish.
Abel Trujillo via Unanimous Decision
Lightweight: Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout (19-9-1) vs. Cody McKenzie (14-3)
This is a perfect match-up for Stout. McKenzie is going to try to get this fight down to the mat, but Stout’s takedown defense is exceptional so the likelihood of McKenzie getting Stout down to the mat is slim. I expect this to play out similar to the Mendes vs. McKenzie match-up at UFC 148, with McKenzie being forced to strike with a superior fighter and getting knocked out.
Sam Stout via Knockout in the Second
Flyweight: Scott “Young Guns” Jorgenson (14-7) vs. Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky (16-4)
After an unsuccessful title run at Bantamweight, Jorgenson will be making his Flyweight debut on Saturday. Jorgenson was originally slated to fight top Flyweight John Dodson, but a knee injury forced Dodson off of the card. Taking his place is former Bellator MMA Bantamweight Champion Zach Makovsky. Makovsky is currently 2-0 at Flyweight and has looked solid. Makovsky’s best chance at winning this fight is by getting Jorgenson to the mat and getting the submission. Jorgenson’s counter wrestling is too good to allow this to happen, so it will primarily play out as a striking match. Jorgenson has some crazy power and it’s only a matter of time before he connects.
Scott Jorgenson via Knockout in the First
Lightweight: “King” Bobby Green (21-5) vs. Pat “Bam Bam” Healy (31-16-1)
Green has been on an absolute tear in the UFC submitting Jacob Volkmann with a Rear-Naked Choke and scoring a TKO over James Krause with a liver kick. Bam Bam is currently 0-1-1 in his return to the UFC. His submission victory over Jim Miller was overturned due to a failed drug test at UFC 159. Healy failed to bounce back from his suspension as he was outwrestled by Lightweight standout Khabib Numagomedov at UFC 165, losing a unanimous decision. I expect Green to dominate every aspect of this fight and cruise to a decision win.
Bobby Green via Unanimous Decision
Lightweight: Danny “Last Call” Castillo (16-5) vs. Edson Barboza (12-1)
Both Castillo and Barboza are riding 2 fight win streaks and have looked very impressive. Castillo is not going to want to stand with Barboza and is going to look to drag this fight to the mat. Barboza is not going to allow that to happen and will stay on his feet using his counter-wrestling to punish Castillo with his exceptional Muay-Thai, battering Castillo with leg kicks for all three rounds.
Edson Barboza via Unanimous Decision
Welterweight: Court McGee (16-3) vs. Ryan LaFlare (9-0)
Court McGee is riding a 2 fight-winning streak, and was originally slated to face TUF 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum, but Gastelum was forced to withdraw with a torn PCL. Replacing Gastelum is undefeated Ryan LaFlare who will look to score his third consecutive UFC victory on Saturday. LaFlare possesses some great wrestling and solid striking, which makes him a dangerous opponent for McGee. McGee is too durable and well rounded to be controlled by LaFlare.
Court McGee via Unanimous Decision