Latifi is giving up several inches of size in this bout, but he has a little bit more UFC experience. Cruickshank has not fared well lately, losing his last two fights by submission. Felder has dropped two straight matches after entering his UFC on Fox 16 fight against Edson Barboza with a perfect record.
Blanco has won three straight matches and is coming off of the most impressive performance of his career, a second knockout of Mike de la Torre at the TUF 21 finale.
Sanders is unblemished in his career, but this is his UFC debut. Boetsch is taking a step down in class after losing to Thales Leites and Dan Henderson in his two most recent bouts. Herman lost his only fight of to Derek Brunson in 36 seconds. His three previous fights went the distance. Chris Wade was slated to face Mairbeck Taisumov, but Visa issues have forced a change. Wade will now fight Mehdi Baghdad. Wade is in his professional career, including a stint as the lightweight champion in ROC and three wins to begin his UFC career.
Christos Giagos and Lipeng Zhang both took Wade the distance, but he was a unanimous winner in those outings. Baghdad enters as the RFA lightweight champion and has won seven straight.
This could be a very good bout. Beneil Dariush was originally supposed to fight Taisumov, but he was injured during training. One of the most evenly-matched fights on the preliminary card per the betting odds, Cote enters with four wins in his last five UFC matchups, including a knockout win over Josh Burkman back in August. Saunders has won three straight since making the return from Bellator.
Saunders should be the more active of the two fighters. A decision by the judges is the expectation for the first main card fight between Francisco Trinaldo and Ross Pearson. Trinaldo puts a four-match winning streak on the line here in this one, as the Brazilian southpaw looks to avoid his fifth career loss.
He is in Fight Night appearances, which may come in handy as he looks for an upset here. Pearson enters this fight off of a split-decision victory over Paul Felder to move up the lightweight ranks.
Trinaldo seems like an exciting underdog in this bout. Pearson has a longer resume at the top level, but his recent results have not been that impressive and his inability to sustain success has to come as a red flag. The only heavyweight bout on the card is certainly one that tips the scales. Matt Mitrione comes in at 6-foot-3 and pounds. He also comes in with the weight of a first-round submission loss to Ben Rothwell on his shoulders.
That loss snapped a three-fight winning streak for Mitrione, in which he topped Gabriel Gonzaga, Derrick Lewis, and Shawn Jordan by first-round knockout. This is his first fight since June, so a little bit of cage rust is possible. As for Browne, the 6-foot-7, pound mountain of a man also comes in riding a loss. Andrei Arlovski sent him to the deck with a first-round knockout at UFC He has won three of his last five fights, but the other loss was a main event five-round decision defeat against Fabricio Werdum.
Browne does have a much more impressive record at Please enter your zip code again to see the cable providers in your area. There are currently no providers in your area. Open Workouts Friday, January 15 Cruz Media Conference Call. Cruickshank - The Matchup. Top 5 Media Day Moments. The Matchup - Browne vs Mitrione. Fight Night Boston Embedded: Warrior Code - TJ Dillashaw. Fight Night Dillashaw vs. Cruz on FS1 Jan. TJ Dillashaw - Wanting to be the Best.
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