UFC: A Little Look Ahead
By Ben Jessop
Fight Night 141 – Main Event
The UFC will be hosting fight night 141 in Beijing, China for the first time on the 25th November 18 at the Cadillac Arena and this will be the home to the much-anticipated rematch for Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes and Francis ‘The Predator’ Ngannou.
With both fighters coming into this bout from very different angles, Francis having lost his last two fights with Derrick Lewis and of course, Stipe Miocic it will be interesting to see if Francis has a strong come back in his locker to secure a much-needed win.
Blaydes will be looking for redemption from the doctor’s stoppage when these two first clashed and with him currently riding a 3-fight win streak, Blaydes will be coming in to the fight as confident as he can be. Blaydes has recently stated his concern of Francis’ mindset ahead of this rematch, claiming that he is in a ‘dark, dark place after coming off two big losses’.
With Blaydes having a strong background in high level wrestling, this will be a concern for Ngannou ahead of this rematch based on the recent performances he’s had with highly skilled wrestlers and will certainly be looking for that one power punch to end as quickly as possible. Ngannou has been relatively quiet in the run up to this contest in order to focus on getting some stability back into his performance.
TUF 28 – Finale
In one of my favourite match-ups, seasoned vet Rafael Dos Anjos faces Kamaru Usman at the Pearl Theater in Las Vegas on 30th November.
RDA will be looking to redeem his reputation after losing his only fight of 2018 against Colby Covington in September, but he faces the formidable force of Usman who has won 13 out of fourteen bouts and winning the last ten contests on the bounce puts him in a strong position to challenge RDA’s supposed authority in this fight, but RDA is by far the toughest opponent Usman has come up against so far in his bid for the top spot. With both of these fighters having outstanding conditioning, the fight is bound to go the distance and we could be looking at a real war, and a potentially big change in the UFC rankings should Usman manage to secure another win.
News in today, in relation to the TUF 28 Finale, is that Arnold Allen has had to withdraw from the bout against Rick Glenn due to a laceration he received during training. Allen was originally due to face Gilbert Melendez who had to withdraw due to an injury of his own. Allen is an undefeated Brit inside the octagon going 4-0 since 2015 including two performances of the night. Rick Glenn may still remain on this card, with a replacement currently being looked for.