The UFC is coming back to Canada. ScotiaBank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia will play host to Fight Night 105 with a decent lineup of fights including a main event heavyweight brawl between Travis Browne and Derrick Lewis, a middleweight fight between Johny Hendricks vs. Hector Lombard and a highly anticipated women’s bantamweight fight featuring Sara McMann vs. Gina Mazany. Check out all the betting odds on UFC Fight Night 105 right here.
Travis Browne vs. Derrick Lewis
Records: Lewis 17-4-0, Browne 18-5-1 Division: Heavyweight UFC Odds: Browne +105 Lewis -135 Prediction: Lewis by KO
When he first debuted in the UFC, Travis Browne looked like he had all the makings of a champion, and after his first three years, he held a respectable 7-1-1 record until he lost to Fabricio Werdum. He’s now lost 4 out of his last 6 fights, and has become noticeably less technical in his fights. Browne is a beast at 6’7″ and can be an athletic fighter, but needs to course correct, and may be running out of opportunities to do so. That may be a challenge this weekend when he meets Derrick Lewis in the Octagon, a talented fighter on a roll, with five straight wins coming into this battle. All in all, this should be a decent brawl between two big sluggers, but the surging Lewis might have the advantage over the struggling Browne.
Johny Hendricks vs. Hector Lombard
Records: Hendricks 17-6, Lombard 34-6-1 Division: Middleweight UFC Odds: Hendricks +130 Lombard -165 Prediction: Hendricks by decision
Whatever happened to the fighter that once beat the great Georges St. Pierre? Since winning the title, Hendricks’ record is a dismal 1-4, he hasn’t won a fight since he got a decision win against Neil Magny last year. He’s also had problems with weight cutting, and has moved up a division due to this issue. Hector Lombard is no stranger to weight issues, and has also made the return to middleweight, where he most recently dropped a fight to Dan Henderson. Both of these fighters are struggling to maintain not just weight, but relevancy in their sport. It’ll be most interesting to see what style Lombard chooses to try and take down Hendricks, as he’s fairly skilled in both wrestling and Muay Thai. Hendricks is a fast striker though, and knows he has a lot riding on this bout, so that might give him the advantage, even though he’s listed as underdog.
Cezar Ferreira vs. Elias Theodorou
Records: Ferreira 11-5, Theodorou 12-1 Division: Middleweight UFC Odds: Ferreira -115, Theodorou -115 Prediction: Ferreira by decision
Theodorou’s advantage in this well-matched bout will be his cardio and endurance. He’s going up against Cezar Ferreira, who is an accomplished kickboxer and grappler, who can easily win if he gets Theodorou to the mat. If the fight goes long, and they start to tire out, there’s a much higher chance of it turning into a fight more tailored towards Ferreira’s skillset. Theodorou will have to move quickly to avoid Ferreira’s kicks, and get in there fast with some solid strikes to weaken his opponent. At the end of the day, though, Ferreira just has more tricks and skills to draw upon.
Sam Sicilia vs. Gavin Tucker
Records: Sicilia 15-7-0, Tucker 9-0-0 Division: Featherweight UFC Odds: Sicilia +135 Tucker -175 Prediction: Tucker by decision
Sam Sicilia has struggled in his UFC career, and needs a win here to ensure he isn’t on the chopping block. He brings to the Octagon some decent wrestling and boxing skills, and he’s had some success with double leg takedowns. He was thoroughly beaten in his last two matchups against younger prospect fighters, which puts an even brighter spotlight on him to redeem himself. He’ll be matched against a relatively unknown Canadian who has an impressive looking record, but none of his fights have been against an particularly challenging opponents. He’s an aggressive and athletic fighter who can hold his own, but doesn’t have the same level of wrestling skill that Sicilia does. He’s a great grappler, and a formidable kickboxer and he’s fighting in his home province. If he wins here, he’ll be on the way to making a real name for himself in the UFC.
Gina Mazany vs. Sara McMann
Records: McMann 10-3-0 Mazany 4-0-0 Division: Bantamweight UFC Odds: Mazany +400 McMann -625 Prediction: McMann by TKO
At first glance, McMann seems like her career is on a low note, since she’s lost 3 of her last 4 fights. But who has she fought against? Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, and Amanda Nunes. In other words, the best fighters in her division. Her last two fights resulted in wins against more well matched opponents in Jessica Eye and Alexis Davis, so she seems to be on an upswing, even at age 36. Gina Mazany was a last minute replacement for Liz Carmouche, and may be outmatched here in terms of skill and experience, hence her -625 underdog price.