Oh man have we got us a card full of entertaining scraps this weekend. Hopefully everyone was smarter than me last weekend and didn’t buy that god awful Woodley vs Thompson fight (It’s okay though, Big Buck Hunter made me my money back plus some). Lucky for us, the UFC is giving us a nice treat with a fee card featuring warriors like Vitor Belfort, Shogun Rua, Edson Barboza and many more. This cards going down in Brazil, and we know I love to go with the home teams in sports.. so expect a very common theme in this blog 😉
Edson Barboza #5 vs Beneil Dariush #9:
When I watch the UFC, I kinda make a mental list of guys I’d absolutely never fuck with if we crossed paths.. and Barboza is probably #2 on my list behind Anthony Johnson. I’ve never seen a man kick with as much power, speed and precision as Edson Barboza does. What he did to Paul Felder with those body shots shoulda been a crime, and I’m pretty sure he had Terry Etim eating out a tube for a month after that spinning wheel kick practically decapitated him. Dariush on the other hand is a mauler. The guy moves forward and grinds you down, which is a bad matchup for my boy Edson. Dariush holds a clear advantage on the ground, while Barboza will try to punish him in the standup. Barboza has a strong takedown defense, and should also be able to slow Dariush down with a handful of leg/body shots. I like the hometown boy. Barboza to win.
Kevin Lee vs Francisco Trinaldo #11:
Don’t get me wrong, I think Lee is a stud with a great future ahead of him at only 24 years old. But Trinaldo has won 7 straight with wins over serious fighters including Paul Felder, Ross Pearson and Norman Park.. oh, and he’s fighting on home soil, yet Lee is the favorite having never been in the cage with anyone like Trinaldo. This just feels like the UFC rushing one of their prospects again, and locking him in a cage with a beast he’s not ready to handle. I like the dog at home in this one. Trinaldo to win.
Rani Yahya #14 vs Joe Soto:
“Big B’s Lock” Yahya is the Demian Maia of the lighter weight classes. His BJJ game is on a different level than everyone else, and he seems to be able to do anything he wants once he grabs a hold of you. In 23 career victories Rani has a whopping 17 submissions! That is unheard of. Soto is also no slouch on the ground with 10 of his 17 wins coming by submission. The former Bellator champion came into the UFC to fight on the UFC 177 undercard. The main event was set to be a rematch between then champion TJ Dillishaw vs Renan Barao.. long story short, Barao pretty much died cutting weight and Soto stepped up to the main event slot on 1 day’s notice and got his shit rocked. That’s honestly the last time I heard the name Joe Soto until this card was announced.. he’s gone 2-2 since that fight and hasn’t done anything too substantial in that time. I’ll take a clean sweep with the Brazilians. Yahya to win.
That’ll do it for this one, peace out ya’ll.