The UFC heads to the Sunshine State this weekend for UFC On FOX 28: Stephens vs. Emmett.
The UFC Orlando card is loaded with fun fights, big personalities and ramifications for fighters who could be next in line for a shot at the title.
In the featured FOX Prelims bout, our boy Brian “Boom” Kelleher will be aiming for the biggest win of his career as he takes on former Bantamweight Champion, Renan Barao. Kelleher, a Long Island native, lives in Selden and loves to read his Tigerlyfe MMA Predictions. Good luck on Saturday Boom, we will be cheering you on!!
Action begins with the:
UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims 4PM/ET
FOX Prelims 6PM/ET
FOX Main Card 8PM/ET
FOX Main Card Predictions
Mike Perry (-340) vs. Max Griffin (+280)
Despite losing a decision to Santiago Ponzinibbio in his last bout at UFC Winnipeg, “Platinum” Mike Perry (11-2-0) is confident he will be back to his winning ways when he takes on Max Griffin (13-4-0) in front of his hometown crowd to kickoff the UFC on FOX Main Card. Coming off a loss to Elizeu Zoleski Dos Santos which earned Fight of the Night honors at UFC São Paulo in October, Max “Pain” Griffin will be looking to spoil Perry’s Orlando homecoming on Saturday. Griffin has won three of his last five fights, and boasts six career first round finishes. Prior to his bout with Ponzinibbio, Perry collected back to back Performance of the Night bonuses for his savage knockouts of Jake Ellenberger and Alex Reyes.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction🔮 Perry via Second Round KO
D-Bo’s Picks: Perry via First Round KO
#5 Ovince Saint Prieux (-120) vs. #8 Ilir Latifi (+100)
Ovince Saint Prieux (22-10-0) meets “The Sledgehammer” Ilir Latifi (14-5-0, 1 NC) in a bout may determine which fighter remains revelant in the uncertain Light Heavyweight division. OSP enters his bout with Latifi on a three fight winning streak, most recently earning a Performance of the Night bonus for his devastating headkick knockout of Corey Anderson at UFC 217 in November. Latifi is coming off an impressive performance as well, knocking Tyson Pedro from the ranks of the unbeaten with a convincing decision win on all judges cards. Latifi has now won three of his last four and will enter his bout with OSP riding on a wave of confidence. OSP will have a seven inch reach and five inch height advantage over the smaller Swede. This should be a fun scrap.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction🔮Latifi via Second Round KO
D-Bo’s Picks: Saint Prieux via Third Round Submission
#5 Tecia Torres (+250) vs. #2 Jessica Andrade (-300)
Jessica Andrade (17-6-0) and Tecia Torres (10-1-0) are ready to battle it out to determine who will be next in line for a chance to fight for the UFC Women’s Strawweight title. After suffering the first loss of her career to current Champion Rose Namajunas in 2016, “the Tiny Tornado” Tecia Torres has rattled off three consecutive wins, most recently earning a decision over former Invicta Champion Michelle Waterson at UFC 218 in December. While Jessica Andrade lost a unanimous decision to former Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrezjczyk at UFC 211 in her first shot at UFC gold, Andrade destroyed perennial contender Claudia Gadelha in Saitama, Japan, placing herself right back into title contention. While Torres has never been finished, it is tough to go against the wrecking ball that is Jessica Andrade, who has now won four of her last five bouts.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction🔮 Andrade via Second Round KO
D-Bo’s Picks: Torres via Decision
#7 Jeremy Stephens (-160) vs. #4 Josh Emmett (+140)
“Lil Heathen” Jeremy Stephens (26-14-0) headlines his second Fight Night event of 2018 as he squares off against rising contender Josh Emmett (13-1-0). Josh Emmett catapulted into a top Featherweight contender when he slept the former number four ranked Ricardo Llamas on short notice at UFC Winnipeg, just two
months ago. Emmett improved to 4-1 in the UFC, and he believes that 2018 will be the year in which he becomes champion. Emmett will have his hands full against Jeremy Stephens, who like a fine wine only seems to be getting better with age, as “Lil Heathen” overwhelmed and finished DooHo Choi in their Main Event clash at UFC St. Louis. I feel like this bout could go either way, as both Emmett and Stephens sling some serious leather. I’m gonna take Emmett here, as he has never been knocked out and has momentum building into his first headlining bout.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction🔮 Emmett via Fourth Round KO
D-Bo’s Picks: Stephens via First Round TKO
The UFC returns to its home base in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 3 for UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya. Share your thoughts and let us know what you think in the Comments section below. Enjoy the fights!! 👊🏻👊🏻