The UFC is back on the road and brings and absolute banger of a card to one of their favourite stomping grounds – The Toyota Centre in Houston. It even has the King of Houston, Derrick Lewis on the bill, against the equally heavy hitting Tai Tuivasa. Topping the bill is one of this years most anticipated rematches! Here we go...

UFC 271

Main Card (BT Sport)
Israel Adesanya (c) Vs Robert Whittaker (Middleweight)
Fans are in for another technical duel between two of the best fighters in the UFC division. Whittaker will no doubt be counted out by many experts but in our opinion, he is still one of the toughest fighters in the organisation. Hard to believe but these two first met on October 6th 2019, with the fight not making it out of the second round and Whittaker seeing stars. Whilst you can’t dismiss the same outcome (based on the fact Adesanya’s striking is THAT good) we just feel this one goes the distance this time with neither wanting to pull the trigger.
WINNER: Adesanya
METHOD: Decision

Derrick Lewis Vs Tai Tuivasa (Heavyweight)
Following on from UFC 270’s main event, we all know that in recent heavyweight bouts, sometimes the hype doesn’t match the outcome. Fear not, every now and again the UFC puts together and absolute barn burner and this is definitely one of them. Trust us, this is going to be all out mayhem. Expect powerful jabs to be followed up with terrifying overhand rights and zero take downs! This one will be a real treat for fans – especially the hometown ones in attendance.

Jared Cannonier Vs Derek Brunson (Middleweight)
Another exciting piece of match making in the UFC middleweight division! Apart from his decision loss to title contender Robert Whittaker, Cannonier has looked super impressive and just like his opponent, deserves to be in title contention. Both athletes have a bit of chip on their shoulder, and rightly so, but this one really will determine who faces the winner of this cards main event. We’ve counted out Brunson in the past but feel it is now or never for him.
WINNER: Brunson

Kyler Philips Vs Marcelo Rojo (Bantamweight)
Rojo failed in his UFC debut in March of last year (taken out by Charles Jourdain) so will be keen to make amends against the younger fighter who goes by the name of ‘Matrix’. Not sure Rojo gets it done here but don’t hold us to that because his style is all-out and he could land early. Philips should weather the storm and sneak in a sub.
WINNER: Philips
METHOD: Submission

Bobby Green Vs Nasrat Haqparast (Lightweight)
You may as well stick a pair of boxing gloves on these two as a boxing match is exactly what is shall be. Often overlooked, Bobby Green continues to improve – even when he loses! One time hot prospect Nasrat Haqparast will really have to pull something out of the bag if he is going to beat the technical style of ‘King’ Green.
METHOD: Decision

Preliminary Card (BT Sport)
Andrei Arlovski Vs Jared Vanderaa (Heavyweight)
With a colossal number of bouts under his belt, and having already experienced what it is like to be a UFC heavyweight champion, at 43 years of age there has to come a point where ‘The Pit bull’ has to consider calling it a day. Yet here he is, back to back wins and putting on the 4oz gloves once again to test himself against a much younger athlete and product of DWCS. At no disrespect to Arlovski, this goes one of two ways – Arlovski gets wiped out by ‘The Mountain’ early doors, or rides out another points decision. Because he’s an absolute legend, we hope it’s the latter.
WINNER: Arlovski
METHOD: Decision

Roxanne Modafferi Vs Casey O’Neill (Women’s Flyweight)
Whilst you can never count anyone out in this sport, we would be very surprised if this one doesn’t end with rising star O’Neill raining down some vicious ground and pound on one of the pioneers of women’s MMA.

Alex Perez Vs Matt Schnell (Flyweight)
Did you know Matt Schnell once featured in an Mtv MMA reality series called Caged? You should as we mention it every time he features in a gambling guide! Schnell often bounces back after a loss but he’s up against a game opponent in Perez.
METHOD: Decision

William Knight Vs Maxim Grishin (Light Heavyweight)
This one was a lot tougher to call than we expected. Two powerhouses built like brick walls will collide and it’ll be case of who has the most gas in the tank for sure.
WINNER: Grishin
METHOD: Decision

Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Leomana Martinez Vs Ronnie Lawrence (Bantamweight)
Don’t miss this one, we have a feeling it could steal the show. Martinez and Lawrence are two fighters who love a scrap and if we are lucky, could light up the early prelims in style.
WINNER: Lawrence

Alexander Hernandez Vs Renato Moicano (Bantamweight)
It wasn’t so long ago both athletes would’ve found themselves further up the card but up and down results on both fighters parts means they meet early on the bill. Based on the fact Moicano tends to take a few hits the face, and Hernandez likes to throw them, it could be an early finish for ‘The Great’ who isn’t as wild with his game plans as he once was.
WINNER: Hernandez

Carlos Ulberg Vs Fabio Cherant (Light Heavyweight)
We can’t help but think Cherant appears to be a lamb to the slaughter here. As part of the City Kickboxing set up, Ulberg certainly looks the part and already has huge fan base in his native New Zealand. He flopped in his UFC debut but should do the business against Cherant.
WINNER: Ulberg

A.J Dobson Vs Jacob Malkoun (Middleweight)
Dobson enters the UFC on the back of a successful stint on DWCS. Many have buckled under the bright lights but he seems ready. A win over Malkoun will huge for his career.
WINNER: Dobson
METHOD: Submission

Douglas Silva de Andrade Vs Sergey Morozov (Bantamweight)
A tough night at the office for both fighters, this could be our toss a coin bout for sure. We’ve gone with the Kazakhstan native to get his hand raised.
WINNER: Morozov
METHOD: Decision

Jeremiah Wells Vs Mike Mathetha (Welterweight)
It could be argued Mathena is only the card as a result of his association with Israel Adesanya but regardless, he is may regret accepting this challenge so early in his career.

UFC 271 WILD CARD BET: Jared Cannonier to defeat Derek Brunson via KO/TKO

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