CURRENT RECORD: 153-102-1
UFC Fight Night 114 is the final UFC card for a month and will take place live in Mexico City, Mexico. Headlining this card is a standout flyweight battle between two of the division’s top prospects; Sergio Pettis and Brandon Moreno. Warming up the main event is an exciting women’s strawweight battle between Randa Markos and Alexa Grasso. Elsewhere on the card, there are interesting matchups between; Alan Jouban and Niko Price, Sam Alvey takes on Rashad Evans, Jack Hermansson will take on Brad Scott while Dustin Ortiz and Hector Sandoval are set to go toe to toe. Another fun 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.
SERGIO PETTIS vs. BRANDON MORENO
Younger brother to former lightweight champion; Anthony, Sergio Pettis is steadily creating his own name amongst the flyweight division. “The Phenom” has gone from strength to strength in the past two years putting together a solid three fight win streak. Pettis continues to grow with each fight and has really started to come into his own of late, impressing last time out against John Moraga. Brandon Moreno stepped in on short notice to face the in-form Louis Smolka and needed just one round to finish him. He then followed that up with two dominant victories over Ryan Benoit and Dustin Ortiz. Moreno is constantly improving with each fight and this contest will be a serious test of his credentials. The interesting factor for all fights in Mexico is how the fighters hold up in the altitude. If Pettis is acclimatized then I think he should be a little too strong for Moreno but that’s not to entirely write off the Mexicans chances. If Moreno gets this to the mat, he can quickly sink in a choke but I don’t see that happening. I think Pettis will outwork him for the decision win.
Pettis by decision.
RANDA MARKOS vs. ALEXA GRASSO
Randa Markos beat both Tecia Torres and Felice Herrig before being submitted by Rose Namajunes on The Ultimate Fighter series. Her performances on the show did enough for the UFC to sign her and she has since gone 3-3, alternating between wins and losses. Alex Grasso is the golden girl of Mexican MMA and at only 23 years of age she has already competed ten times. Grasso entered the UFC undefeated and continued that trend when beating Heather Jo Clark convincingly in her debut. Her last outing saw her record her first loss when losing by decision to Felice Herrig. Markos is a smart fighter and comes from a great camp in Tristar but I believe the youth and speed of Grasso will prevail on the night.
Grasso by decision.
ALAN JOUBAN vs. NIKO PRICE
Alan Jouban put together a three fight win streak in 2016 beating top talent like Belal Muhammad and Mike Perry. But Gunnar Nelson snapped that streak earlier this year when handing Jouban his first career submission loss. Niko Price joined the UFC with a record of 8-0, beating Brandon Thatch on debut to remain undefeated. His last outing was another impressive knockout victory before being overturned to a no contest due to a positive drug sample. Nike Price is a promising prospect and has the skills in abundance but this will be his toughest task to date. Jouban will be looking to grapple and avoid the power of “The Hybrid” but I don’t think he can avoid Price for three rounds. I’m giving the nod to Price on this one.
Price by knockout.
MARTIN BRAVO vs. HUMBERTO BANDENAY
Martin Bravo was the Latin America Ultimate Fighter lightweight winner. In his first contest inside the octagon he defeated Claudio Puelles by TKO in the second round to remain undefeated. He is currently 11-0 with only two of those victories hearing the final bell. Humberto Bandenay steps in to take this fight on just a months’ notice. Bandenay has a record of 13-4 and is currently on a five fight win streak, all finishes; three by submission and two by TKO. Both these fighters are young, 23 and 22 respectively and both have bright futures ahead of them. But I feel it is Bravo who is slightly more developed at this stage of his career and should go on to record another stoppage victory.
Bravo by knockout.
SAM ALVEY vs. RASHAD EVANS
This will mark the 41st ring walk for “Smile’n” Sam Alvey and still at only 31 years of age. Alvey has a record of 30-9-1 and has fought, and beaten, some elite fighters. Alvey was on a run of four straight victories before falling to Tales Leites in his most recent outing. Former light-heavyweight champion “Suga” Rashad Evans finds himself in the unfamiliar position of being winless in his last three. Evans made the drop to the welterweight division but was ultimately outclassed by Dan Kelly at UFC 209. “Suga” is now 36 years of age and has lost that edge of explosiveness that he was once renowned for. A slowed down Evans will play into the quick striking hands of Alvey and I believe “Smile’n” can get himself back in the win column here.
Alvey by decision.
ALEJANDRO PEREZ vs. ANDRE SOUKHAMTHATH
Alejandro Perez was the winner of the Latin America Ultimate Fighter and has gone on to record 3-1-1 in his time with the UFC. Perez has a knack for an early finish with only four of his seventeen victories going the distance. Andre Soukhamthath was the CES MMA bantamweight champion before jumping at the chance to join the UFC. In his debut he faced the ever resilient Albert Morales and lost by split decision to bring his overall record to 11-4. I don’t see this one going the distance, both fighters like to get there work done early. I’m expecting Soukhamthath to come out on top here and get back to winning ways.
Soukhamthath by knockout.
Best of the Rest.
Brad Scott vs. Jack Hermansson
Hermansson to win.
Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval
Ortiz to win.
Enrique Briones vs. Rani Yahya
Yahya to win.
Jose Alberto Quinonez vs Diego Rivas
Quinonez to win.
Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez
Morales to win.
Alvaro Herrera vs. Jordan Rinaldi
Herrera to win.
Bet of the Day.
The adventurous bet: all 12 predictions in an accumulator is about 659/1.
The inbetweener bet: Hermansson, Price and Grasso to win is 4/1.
The conservative bet: Grasso by knockout is 6/1.
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