The lopsided UFC trilogy with finally end this chapter, as Frankie Edgar will be vying for a third victory in a row over his arch nemesis and opposite coach, B.J. Penn. The two both coached the red and blue teams on The Ultimate Fighter 19, where there will be one light heavyweight finalist bout and another middleweight finalist contest as well. The preliminary fights will start off on Fight Pass at 6 pm EST and will switch over to FOX Sports 1 at 7 pm EST. The main card will stay on FOX Sports 1 the duration of the night, as it will start at 9 pm EST. Follow the Guardian Liberty Voice as the section will be live and providing coverage for the entire International Fight Week in Las Vegas, Nevada.
#3 Frankie Edgar (15-4-1) vs. B.J. Penn (16-9-2) – Featherweight Bout Penn vows to make the weight easily, which he will with already being at 148 lbs. “The Prodigy” has also flirted with the notion of retirement, no matter how the bout turns out. No question about it though, this is the fight he has been wanting for an extended period of time. No matter the case, it is just too tough to go against the guy that has already beat Penn twice at lightweight. In the featherweight division, Frankie Edgar will just have that much more speed, and that much more endurance, to go all five rounds much harder then Penn will. Dana White wants to see B.J. retire if he loses this fight, coincidentally enough for Penn; he already lives in one of the more retirement friendly areas in Hawaii. Frankie Edgar via Unanimous Decision.
Corey Anderson (4-0) vs. Matt Van Buren (6-2) – Light Heavyweight Finalist Bout Matt Van Buren had the upset of the season as he knocked off the project favorite, Dan Spohn, to get to the light heavyweight finals. Not only did he accomplish that feet, he knocked him in emphatic fashion, ending a series that was lacking in the finish department. Corey Anderson is no slouch though, with a stand up game that has looked impressive by the day. Van Buren will look to make this a brawl, as Anderson may stick to the outside, using his jab and leg kicks to fend Van Buren off. Corey Anderson has the more well-rounded tools for the UFC than Van Buren does, which may make all the difference in this fight. Corey Anderson via Unanimous Decision.
Dhiego Lima (9-1) vs. Eddie Gordon (7-1) – Middleweight Finalist Bout It is just hard seeing Dhiego Lima losing this bout. He was one of the most high energy guys in the house, while also being one of the most entertaining in the cage. Dhiego closed out his last UFC Ultimate Fighter fight with a submission and may have that opportunity again. Gordon has a tendency to disburse most of his energy early, leaving him vulnerable in the 3rd round. If this fight winds up going the distance, do not be surprised to see Lima press the action. Dhiego Lima via Submission.
Derrick Lewis (10-2) vs. Guto Inocente (6-0) – Heavyweight Bout Derrick Lewis will be extremely favored in the size department come Sunday night when he takes on the Brazilian Inocente. “The Black Beast” has finished every one of his ten victories, while Inocente has finished three of his last four fights. Guto has not fought since 2012, and both fighters will be making their UFC debuts come Sunday. Ring rust and size differential will be the key factor to this fight as Lewis finishes his 11th opponent in his career. Derrick Lewis via Technical Knockout.
Justin Scoggins (9-0) vs. #13 Dustin Ortiz (13-3) – Flyweight Bout Justin Scoggins could very well find himself in the rankings if he can knock off the 13th ranked Ortiz. Scoggins used an impressive mixture of wrestling and striking in his last bout against Will Campuzano and has proved to be a very intriguing prospect in the UFC flyweight division. Ortiz himself has won five of his last six fights and will be looking to halt the 22 year old’s rise up the ranks. Ortiz has a knack for pulling out the decision victories and taking his fights to the distance; Scoggins, on the other hand, has only two decision wins in his professional career. The upside on Scoggins is bright and the MMA Spotlight doubts he will fail to impress to open up the main card. Scoggins via Unanimous Decision.
In other notable fights; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specialist, Robert Drysdale, is looking to keep his undefeated record alive against Keith Berish. Daniel “Dragon” Spohn will also be taking on Patrick Walsh on the preliminary card. For anything and everything UFC this weekend, follow the Guardian Liberty Voice.
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