The UFC had three events planned in the Great White North this year, and the second of them will be taking place this Saturday when UFC on FOX 21 gets underway at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The event features a main card fight between two welterweight contenders – Demian Maia and former World Extreme Cage fighting champion Carlos Condit – and can be seen after the prelim card which will air on FOX and on Fight Pass. The co-main event will see a bout between Anthony Pettis and Charles Oliveira. Take a look at the odds for the full UFC on FOX 21 card here.
Demian Maia vs. Carlos Condit
Records: Maia (23-6 MMA, 17-6 UFC) Condit (30-9 MMA, 7-5 UFC) Division: Welterweight UFC odds: Condit -125, Maia -105 Prediction: Maia by submission
Both of these fighters are gunning for a chance to face the new welterweight champ, Tyron Woodley, in the octagon. The former middleweight title challenger Demian Maia will do battle against former welterweight title challenger Carlos Condit at 170lbs. Maia is one of the best ground fighters in the game, and Condit is a superior striker, which should lead to an exciting fight. If Maia can keep Condit on the mat, the fight is his to win, but if Condit stay on his feet, his powerful strikes could put the older Maia in a challenging position. Condit also has more endurance between the two, so he may be able to tire Maia out through a few rounds.
At 38, Demian Maia is the oldest of the 22 fighters who are fighting in Vancouver this weekend. Since dropping to the welterweight division, his record is 8-2. Condit has gone back and forth between winning and losing in his last five fights, and lost his last one to Robbie Lawler in January.
Anthony Pettis vs. Charles Oliveira
Records: Anthony Pettis (18-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) Charles Oliveira (21-5 MMA, 9-5 UFC) Division: Featherweight UFC odds:Oliveira +165 Pettis -220 Prediction: Pettis by TKO
This is the co-main event of UFC Vancouver, and it’s a featherweight fight between former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and hopeful upstart Charles Oliveira. If Oliveira wants any chance at all, he needs to get Pettis on the ground as soon as possible, since his greatest strengths are in his submissions. Thirteen of his 21 wins have come via submission.
It will be difficult for Oliveira to dominate however, as Pettis is by far the more superior striker. Pettis will also want to make a comeback statement with this fight, as he’s coming off of three consecutive losses at the 155 pound division.
Paige VanZant vs. Bec Rawlings
Records: Paige VanZant (6-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) Bec Rawlings (7-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) Division: Strawweight UFC odds:Rawlings +170 VanZant -230 Prediction: VanZant by submission
This will be the fifth UFC strawweight appearance for Paige VanZant, which ties her for the second most in divisional history, just behind champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. She is the youngest fighter at the event, at 21 years old, and she hasn’t been in a fight since December of last year. VanZant has the advantage if she can take the fight to the mat, since Rawlings is more likely to tire out and succumb to a submission if she can’t stay upright. That said, VanZant might be a little rusty after her extended break from the cage, and Rawlings is coming in off two consecutive wins.
Jim Miller vs. Joe Lauzon
Records: Jim Miller (26-8 MMA, 15-7 UFC) Joe Lauzon (26-11 MMA, 13-8 UFC) Division: Lightweight UFC odds:Miller +115 Lauzon -145 Prediction: Miller by Decision
This is the first fight of the night on the main card, and to make it even more interesting, it’s a rematch. Miller and Lauzon first faced each other four years ago, at UFC 155 in 2012. That first battle was a bloodbath brawl for the ages, resulting in a win by decision for Jim Miller. You can check out that first fight in it’s entirety right here. These two veteran fighter’s 46 combined UFC appearances are a single-fight record for most total fights between two opponents in a match up.
UFC on Fox 21 Undercard
Sam Alvey vs. Kevin Casey Thibault Gouti vs. Chad Laprise Enrique Barzola vs. Kyle Bochniak Shane Campbell vs. Felipe Silva Garreth McLellan vs. Alessio Di Chirico Adam Hunter vs. Ryan Janes Alex Ricci vs. Jeremy Kennedy