CURRENT RECORD: 134-84-1
On the back of International Fight week, the action continues as the UFC heads to Glasgow, Scotland for UFC Fight Night 113. Headlining this card is a fantastic welterweight clash between honorary Irishman, the ice cold killer; Gunni Nelson as he takes on Argentinian slugger Santiago Ponzinibbio. Acting as co-main event will be a women’s strawweight battle between Scotland’s own Joanne Calderwood and the undefeated Cynthia Calvillo. Elsewhere on the card there are exciting matchups between, another Scot; Stevie Ray who takes on Paul Felder, Paul Craig will battle Khalil Rountree, Brett “The Pikey” Johns fights Albert Morales and Irish MMA vet Neil “2Tap” Seery finally gets his swansong as he takes on Alexandre Pantoja. Yet another exciting night of fights so be sure to be tuned in so you don’t miss out.
As always, I will now break down all the main card fights, give my predictions and of course, put my own “Armchair Expert” title on the line.
GUNNAR NELSON v. SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO
Gunni Nelson is continually improving and is finally starting to get the recognition for his work inside the octagon with this main card slot. The face of Iceland’s MMA, he is a master on the ground and can sink in a submission from almost any position. Santiago Ponzinibbio is another fighter beginning to come to prominence in the welterweight division. He is currently on a four fight win streak and a win here for the heavy hitting Argentine would be huge. Ponzinibbio has some vicious power and he will surely be looking to test the chin of Nelson. But I feel Gunni’s stand up is severely underrated and he can hold his own with most in the division on the feet. I’m still expecting Gunni to take this to the mat as soon as possible and sink in a choke and make Ponzinibbio tap.
Nelson by submission.
JOANNE CALDERWOOD vs. CYNTHIA CALVILLO
Cynthia Calvillo only has five professional fights to her name but she has won all five thus far. The Team Alpha Male product proved she was the real deal when winning consecutively by rear naked choke; just a month apart. Joanne Calderwood is up there with the best in the division and vastly more experienced. The question mark over this fight could be Calderwood’s takedown and submission defence; her two losses thus far have both come by being out grappled and submitted. I think this will be a close contest but the roar of the hometown crowd should carry Calderwood over the line.
Calderwood by decision.
STEVIE RAY vs. PAUL FELDER
This could potential one of the best fights on the card. Paul Felder is one of the most unpredictable strikers in the lightweight division right now and he has genuine knockout power. Stevie Ray is on a hot streak and coming of a hugely impressive victory over Joe Lauzon. Ray is a slick and smooth striker with dangerous kicks; if he can keep out of range he will frustrate Felder into making mistakes. I’m expecting this to go the distance but I would not be a bit surprised to see these fighters abandon their respective game plans and go hell for leather.
Ray by decision.
JACK MARSHMAN vs. RYAN JANES
Jack Marshman entered the UFC on a six fight win streak; finishing five of those early. He continued that trend on his debut with a stoppage victory over Magnus Cedenblad. But he wasn’t so lucky in his next outing when he was on the end of a spectacular spinning kick knockout by Thiago Santos. Janes is a solid striker with an exquisite ground game. The Canadian fighter also has a knack for finishing fights early with only two of his ten victories ever needing the judges’ scorecards. This should unfold into a stand up battle between the two and I feel Marshman has the slight edge there. I’m expecting him to be able to outwork Janes and get the victory.
Marshman by decision.
KHALIL ROUNTREE vs. PAUL CRAIG
Khalil Rountree fell at the finale hurdle of The Ultimate Fighter when losing to Andrew Sanchez but he still did enough to earn himself a contract with the promotion. Rountree is a powerful puncher with a professional record of 5-2. Paul Craig was the surprise package of the light heavyweight division when he stepped in to face Henrique da Silva and submitted him in the second round. Next time out Craig was stopped by Tyson Pedro who handed him his first career loss. Craig has never gone the distance in his career. These fighters will come out swinging, I’m expecting fireworks, but I think Craig will be able to work this fight to the mat and get the early stoppage.
Craig by submission.
JAMES MULHERON vs. JUSTIN WILLIS
James Mulheron is of the UK’s top heavyweight prospect with a record of 11-1. Mulheron has finally got the call from the promotion and will no doubt be aiming to impress. James Willis is a powerful, intimidating specimen. At 6ft 3” and weighing 264lbs the AKA product packs a serious punch. Willis can be naïve at times and leave himself open for the counter but if he swarms you and catches you it’s usually lights out. I’m going with Mulheron to fight smart and avoid the power of Willis.
Mulheron by decision.
Best of the Rest.
Danny Roberts vs. Bobby Nash
Roberts to win.
Alexandre Pantoja vs. Neil Seery
Pantoja to win.
Charlie Ward vs. Galore Bofando
Ward to win.
Danny Henry vs. Daniel Teymur
Teymur to win.
Brett Johns vs. Albert Morales
Johns to win.
Leslie Smith vs. Amanda Lemos
Lemos to win.
Bet of the Day.
The adventurous bet: all 12 predictions in an accumulator is about 1086/1.
The inbetweener bet: Johns, Ward, Ray and Calderwood all to win is 16/1.
The conservative bet: Joanne Calderwood to win at 9/5.
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