UFC Fight Night 210 is going to be a rewarding watch for fight fans who are ready to see some bones be clanged! There is massive potential for several knockouts, you won’t want to miss this card.
-125 Michel Pereira (27-11: 10 KOs, 7 SUBs) vs. +104 Santiago Ponzinibbio (28-5: 15 KOs, 6 SUBs)
This is my pick for fight of the night. Both Periera and Ponzinibbio have a full arsenal when it comes to what they bring to the table offensively, but how each fighter uses their weapons is where this matchup gets interesting. For the last five years, the Argentinian fighter, Ponzinibbio, has been one or two big wins away from a title fight. Unfortunately, the talented welterweight has dealt with injuries that paused his rise to the top of the division. Skillswise, Ponzinibbio is a thrill to watch as he never stops marching his opponents down with his power-driven and fundamentally sound boxing. More times than not, when Ponzinibbio lays his mitts on his opponents they have to go to Plan B. For Pereira, the high-flying Brazilian, he has swooped into the UFC by becoming one of the most entertaining fighters to watch with his dynamic strikes and gymnastic-like acrobatics in the midst of battle. Though Pereira has one of the highest ceilings in the sport, he will be biting off more than he can chew in this fight. I got Ponzinibbio putting on a clinic in the standup and reminding fans why he is a tough fight for any UFC welterweight.
Selection: Pozinibbio wins via 3rd-Round TKO
-220 Chidi Njokuani (21-7: 13 KOs, 1 SUB) vs. +180 Dusko Todorovic (11-2: 7 KOs, 3 SUBs)
Taking advantage of his UFC opportunity, Chidi Njokuani, formerly a Bellator fighter, looked fantastic on DWCS, earning a UFC contract. “Chidi Bang Bang” followed that TKO win by a KO’ing tough UFC vet Marc Andre-Barriault. Njokuani has fast hands for the division and knows when to pepper in his jab and when to blitz in with his powerful cross. His opponent, Dusko Todorovic, has speed and accuracy to go along with being a gunslinger, but defensively, he tends to leave costly openings. Fast fists will be flying and I like Njokuani to be quicker to the punch while applying better defense. This fight has KO written all over it and I got Njokuani being the last man standing.
Selection: Njokuani wins via 1st-Round KO
-650 Jailton Almeida (15-2: 6 KOs, 9 SUBs) vs. +470 Parker Porter (13-6: 5 KOs, 3 SUBs)
Brazilian native, Jailton Almeida, is a towering light-heavyweight who is moving up to heavyweight because of a late notice injury to his originally scheduled opponent. Almeida has the skills to back up his physique. In both his DWCS fight and UFC debut, he put on an absolute show by dominating the fight to get the finish. A remarkable stat from Almeida is the fact that he has accumulated 10 straight wins in less than four years. Facing the promising Brazilian prospect is Parker Porter, who after losing his UFC debut has strung together three straight wins. Porter is a pressure fighter who is comfortable in a grinding fight; clinching, dirty boxing, and body locks. Almeida is much more athletic than Porter, but that doesn’t mean the Connecticut native won’t make it a 15-minute scrap. Porter has a granite chin to go along with his grinding style.
Selection: Almeida wins via Decision
-125 Tabatha Ricci (6-1: 1 KOs, 2 SUBs) vs. +104 Polyana Viana (12-4: 4 KOs, 8 SUBs)
Her record won’t reflect the compiled experience, but Ricci is a well-rounded Mixed Martial Artist who bounced back from her first career loss with a dominant one-sided affair her last time out. Ricci has a deep understanding of jiu-jitsu prior to MMA, but she is a few years behind her opponent, Polyana Viana, in terms of applied experience. Viana is an assassin on the mat and grapevines her opponents with her high level of jiu-jitsu. Oddly enough, Viana started her UFC career 1-3, but quickly got back to her winning ways with two straight submission victories. This is one of the hardest fights for me to pick, but I’m leaning towards the smaller, much quicker Ricci to score just enough on the feet as well as avoid compromising ground positions to get the edge.
Selection: Ricci wins via Decision
-210 Junyong Park (13-5: 5 KOs, 3 SUBs) vs. +170 Eryk Anders (14-6: 8 KOs, 1 SUB)
Anders and Park, two men that are absolutely not afraid of a phone booth fight, are going to put on a show to kick off the main card. Each middleweight here has faced tough competition and though they haven’t always gotten their hand raised, they bring the fight to their opponents. Neither fighter’s boxing technique will be documented for instructionals, but they are surely entertaining. Simply for the fact that Anders is bigger and has the wrestling x-factor, I’m going with the former Alabama football player to get back in the win column.
Selection: Anders wins via Decision