After the circus that was UFC 203 and coming off our 200th podcast I feel like our readers deserve the truth. The truth is this card really isn't all that great. We have a decent main/co main event but the rest of the card is mostly filler. Still we press on and continue to break down every UFC card because even when a card is weak, MMA is still amazing. Like mentioned before, the main event between Dustin Poirier and Michael Johnson is a interesting fight that has some ramifications within the lightweight division and the co main event between Uriah Hall and Derek Brunson is an intriguing match up between two fighters with conflicting styles. The rest of the card showcase some mid range fighters the likes of Evan Dunham, Roan Carneiro and Kenny Robertson.
Dustin Poirier vs Michael Johnson
This is a fun match up and easily the best fight on paper for the entire card. Dustin has taken the lightweight division by storm winning all four of his fights since moving back up to 155. In fact he hasn't just been winning his fights, he has been destroying all comers getting three first round KOs during this run. Johnson on the other hand is coming off two losses, though the one against Dariush was highly questionable. Johnson is a dangerous opponent who's skilled on the feet with heavy hands and on the ground with a solid wrestling game. I have a hard time imagining Johnson having success with either of those skill sets against Poirier. I see Poirier being able to keep the fight standing and keeping Johnson at bay with his reach advantage as well as a more diverse stand up game. Poirier via 2nd round TKO.
Uriah Hall vs Derek Brunson
The saving grace. Without this fight this card might be entirely skippable. Every Uriah Hall fight is interesting because you never really know what your going to get. Sometimes the guy is completely on fire and seems unbeatable, other times he seems to lack motivation. He'll need to be highly motivated to win against Derek Brunson who himself has been on a hot streak winning his last four fights. It's a tough fight to pick as their strengths conflict with each other. Hall is a killer on his feet once he starts to let his hands and feet fly where Brunson can be a terror if he's able to get you on your back. I'm going with Brunson on this one. He has all the momentum right now, but you can never count Hall out, even when he's out skilled. Brunson by decision.
Hall: Kid P, Gooms, Doc Law
Brunson: DJ Mark
Evan Dunham vs Rick Glenn
Well here we are, I told you the card was mostly fairly weak and that begins here. Evan Dunham is a UFC veteran, but never really gained much of a following. Rick Glenn from what I've been told was over at World Series of Fighting, but I never had the pleasure of watching him in action. This would be a great opportunity to make a splash in the UFC with a nice win over a veteran, but I'm not picking him. Dunham by decision.
Roan Carneiro vs Kenny Robertson
Two UFC veterans will clash in this one, but I'd be a bit surprised if 1/8 of the audience knew who either of these guys are. Roan Carneiro has been around for a while now, this being has been his second stint in the UFC and has 30 fights under his belt. Kenny has been battling it out in the UFC for the last five years but hasn't yet been able to get out of the middle of the pack. It's a tough fight to call and even though Roan is closing in on 40 years old (he's 38) I'm still going with him. I honestly don't feel great about this pick as I think Kenny being the younger fighter here will have some good advantages of his own I'm just more familiar with Roan. Roan by decision.
Carneiro: DJ Mark, Kid P, Doc Law
It's MMAzing 2016 Standings (as of 9/15/16)
1. Doctor Law - (93-55) - .628
1. Kid Presentable - (93-55) - .628
3. Lavender Gooms - (89-59) - .601
4. DJ Mark - (88-60) - .594