3 Fights to Watch Out for at UFC Boston

The Octagon arrives in Boston with what promises to be an action packed main card. Chris Weidman is set to be welcomed into the light heavyweight division by the undefeated championship hopeful, Dominick Reyes. Jeremy Stephens and Yair Rodriguez are set to run back the highly anticipated rematch of their unfortunate first bout which was waved off due to an eye poke. And the undefeated Maycee Barber will look to back up her bold fight week claims about being the best flyweight in the world in a nicely matched up bout against Gillian Robertson. The above mentioned are only one half of the main card, but you probably knew all that already. Now, let’s take a look at some of the fights that may have gone under the radar that are worth keeping an eye on:

Deron Winn vs. Darren Stewart

The main card opener, originally penciled in as a middleweight bout, but is now set to be a catchweight fight (188.5lbs) with the highly touted Winn unable to meet the non-title fight limit of 186lbs. Unfortunately — even though it is frowned upon because the fighters are paid to make weight — these things happen, and this slip up likely won’t take away from the hype building around Winn should he get his hand raised here. But his opponent will be no pushover. England’s Stewart — who will take home 20 percent of Winn’s purse — knows exactly what it’s like to be a highly rated prospect in the UFC. He kicked off his Octagon adventure back in 2016 with a 6-0 record, the same as Winn’s heading into this fight, but his career didn’t take off to the heights some may have expected. But with that being said, Stewart is younger and has far more in-cage experience than Winn, who is a wrestling specialist, and it is certainly not too late for “The Dentist” to kick start his UFC career with what would be a massive victory against a heavily favored opponent.

Charles Rosa vs. Manny Bermudez

Another catchweight special on this card. This one was also highlighted by Dana White in his weekly fights to watch video and I have to agree with the UFC boss here. In this fight’s case, it was the highly rated Bermudez who missed the featherweight limit, weighing in at 148lbs and surrendering 20 percent of his payout to Rosa. This matchup is the featured prelim bout and it should be the perfect way to transition into the main card. Both of these featherweights are looking to bounce back from losses in their previous outings. But the impressive and intriguing part about this contest are the submissions to wins ratios that both of these fighters boast. Bermudez has finished 11 of his 14 wins via sub, justifying his “Bermudez Triangle” nickname. And Rosa is no slouch either. 7 of 11 wins for the Boston native have come via submission. So, it’s probably safe to say at this point that there may be some high level grappling in this one. A prospect with a single career loss in Bermudez against a fired up home crowd favorite in Rosa should be a good one.

Court McGee vs. Sean Brady

This bout is set to be the third on Boston’s card, but when someone manages to put together a 10-0 record, no matter what level they are fighting at — it is certainly worth noting. Most of Brady’s wins have come at CFFC, a promotion that has a deal with UFC Fight Pass, meaning there shouldn’t be much surprise to see one of their best Welterweight’s make the transition into the Octagon. How highly the UFC thinks of Brady can be seen by his opponent, a 27-fight veteran in Court McGee (19-8). The 34-year-old came into the UFC in 2010 — fresh after his victorious adventure on the Ultimate Fighter (Season 11) — and has since spent his whole career inside the Octagon. That kind of longevity does not come by accident. McGee has never quite managed to do enough to get to the very top level, but he has also not lost enough for the UFC to part ways with him. “The Crusher” is the typical gritty fighter that every division needs, and he will certainly prove to be a great test for Brady who will be keen to make a good first impression and protect his flawless record.

Check out the full UFC Boston fight card below: 

Main Card 

Dominick Reyes vs. Chris Weidman

Yair Rodrigues vs. Jeremy Stephens

Greg Hardy vs. Ben Sosoli

Joe Lauzon vs. Jonathan Pearce

Maybe Barber vs. Gillian Robertson

Deron Winn vs. Darren Stewart

Prelims

Charles Rosa vs. Manny Bermudez

Molly McCann vs. Diana Belbita

Kyle Bochniak vs. Sean Woodson

Randy Costa vs. Boston Salmon

Court McGee vs. Sean Brady

Brendan Allen vs. Kevin Holland

Daniel Spitz vs. Tanner Boser

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