He has never lost a UFC fight including seven title defenses. He claimed the interim champ title over the summer and is a perfect six for six in the UFC overall.
This should be a great battle. The next fight down on the card should also be a good one as middleweight champ Chris Weidman defends his title against Luke Rockhold. Weidman has been perfect in his career and you can make arguments that he is pound for pound the best fighter on the circuit.
This will be his fifth title defense. Rockhold is definitely no slouch. He held the weight class championship on the Strikeforce circuit and has just a couple of losses overall. One to Vitor Belfort who Weidman took care of in his last title defense. The odds definitely put Weidman as the favourite but at just an upset would not be a shock. This main card does not feature the mismatches we have come to expect in many of these cards.
In both cases the favourites are the more experienced of the two combatants while the underdogs have lost only one fight over the course of their careers. I believe the over 1. Stephens is sold as a big power puncher, but he only has 6 wins by knockout in 20 fights in the UFC.
Max Holloway has a good chin and great striking defence and I believe the chances of Stephens catching him with a knockout blow are very unlikely. Holloway is simply too fast and too technical to get caught by a slower, more basic striker like Jeremy Stephens. Stephens and Holloway are both primarily strikers, which means that this fight will most likely be contested standing up. I heavily favour Max Holloway in this fight because it should be stand up contest and Holloway lands almost double the amount of significant strikes per minute than Stephens does.
This makes him very unpredictable and difficult to work out. He has been in this position before though, losing to Georges St. Pierre back in with the title on the line. The odds tell us that this should be a battle. Lawler is only a small favourite at At least the last fight of the night should be a good one. This card kicks off with featherweight Brian Ortega putting his record on the line against Diego Brandao. The up and coming Ortega is a significant favourite at even though he does not have even a third of the experience of Brandao.
Ortega is a relative newcomer to UFC but he was a title holder on other circuits. Brandao may have been around the block but he has never reached any heights and is not expected to suddenly emerge in Next up is Albert Tumenov vs. Both have strong track records but the Russian Tumenov is a pretty strong favourite at Since joining UFC he has lost just once and that was back in Since then he has had three first round knockouts.