The UFC makes their return to Glasgow, Scotland with many hometown favorites fighting on the card. In the Main-Event the UFC has brought us a typical Striker vs Grappler match-up that will likely help shape the Welterweight’s Top 10 rankings.
So far we are currently 13-8 (62%) on Unanimous Picks, but couldn’t find ourselves all agreeing on a single match-up this weekend. I still find myself in 1st place, but with one wrong move, Kieran or Paul could snag the crown. Check out below to see who we believe will get the victory in Glasgow.
Kenneth (55-43): Nelson, Calvillo, Felder, Marshman, Craig, Pantoja
Kieran (54-44): Nelson, Calvillo, Ray, Marshman, Craig, Seery
Paul (54-44): Nelson, Calderwood, Felder, Marshman, Craig, Pantoja
Jake (53-45): Nelson, Calderwood, Felder, Marshman, Roundtree, Seery
Jonathan (53-45): Ponzinibbio, Calvillo, Ray, Janes, Craig, Pantoja
Will (48-50): Nelson, Calvillo, Felder, Marshman, Roundtree, Pantoja
Gunnar Nelson (6) vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio (1)
In the Main-Event we have your typical Grappler vs. Striker matchup. It comes to no surprise to see many of us leaning with the proven grappler. The last and only time Gunnar Nelson was in a UFC Main-Event slot was against Rick Story in Stockholm, Sweden. Nelson ended up losing by Split Decision, but will be hoping to prove himself once again. Ponzinibbio is currently riding a 4-fight win streak which includes 2 stoppage victories. Being that this fight is scheduled for 5 rounds, it’ll be interesting to see who imposes their game-plan better.
Ponzinibbio will come in and try and take Nelson’s head clear off with his explosive striking. Gunnar Nelson holds a Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has a Black belt in a form of Karate. This goes to show that Nelson will be comfortable wherever the fight takes place. Look for both fighters to start off slow since the bout is scheduled for 5 rounds. Nelson should be able to close the distance without taking much damage, and from there bring the fight to the ground. Nelson’s constant pressure and takedowns should break Ponzinibbio, as Nelson sinks in a choke before the championship rounds start.
Gunnar Nelson via: 3rd Round Submission
Cynthia Calvillo (5) vs. Joanne Calderwood (2)
Cynthia Calvillo has quickly become a UFC fan favorite. In her 3rd UFC fight, Calvillo will be using this opportunity to take down the #8 Strawweight Woman in the world. Jo Jo has been inside the Octagon with some of the best, and hopes to prove her UFC Vet status.
Calvillo’s game is all about pressure, closing the distance, and getting the takedown. Calderwood has some flashy striking, as she uses a lot of spinning attacks and many elbows. Since Calvillo has been training with Team Alpha Male, it has evolved her into an extremely confident fighter. Although she will be fighting in her opponent's backyard, don’t expect Calvillo to be weary in front of enemy territory. Calvillo should be able to control where the fight takes place, and put Calderwood in enough threatening positions to get the nod from the judges.
Cynthia Calvillo via: Unanimous Decision
Stevie Ray (2) vs. Paul Felder (5)
Another American will be hoping to spoil a fellow Scottish’s homecoming. The last time Ray fought in front of his home crowd, he got the stoppage victory in just 1 round. Felder will be no easy outing, as he always marches forward and is as durable as they come. Both fighters are predominately strikers, so it’ll be interesting to see who initiates the takedowns. This one will be an easy contender for Fight of the Night.
Both fighters are prone to taking damage, as they have both almost been stopped on multiple occasions. In Stevie Ray’s last outing, Lauzon put a beating on him in the clinch in the opening round,but somehow Ray survived to come back and win by decision. Don’t expect to see Felder gas in this fight though. When Felder sees blood, he pounces like a hungry wolf. This will be a good test for both fighters, but many of us are leaning towards the American to get the victory. After 2 long rounds of blood and sweat, Felder is able to sneak in a head kick to get the victory.
Paul Felder via: 3rd Round TKO
Jack Marshman (5) vs. Ryan Janes (2)
Both fighters come into this bout holding a 1-1 record inside the UFC. Marshman came into the UFC with a lot of hype as he held the Cage Warriors Middleweight Championship. Although he won his UFC debut by 2nd Round TKO, Thiago Santos put an end to his hype in his 2nd UFC outing. Marshman now hopes to rebound against the always game Ryan Janes.
Both fighters are good on the ground, but look for most of the action in this bout to occur on the feet. Marshman will likely have the crowd behind him in this one, and rightfully so. From beginning to end, expect both fighters to throw some devastating strikes, but for Marshan to land the better of them. After 2 grueling rounds, Jack Marshman finally finds a way to put Janes away.
Jack Marshman via: 3rd Round TKO
Paul Craig (5) vs. Khalil Roundtree (2)
I was a bit surprised to see that Khalil was the betting favorite in this matchup, as many of us have Paul “Bear-Jew” Craig to get the W. Vegas just knows that Khalil has knockout power and Paul Craig was stopped by strikes in his last outing. When Paul Craig makes the walk to the octagon in Glasgow, I expect to see everyone inside the SSE Hydro Arena to go ecstatic. Bear-Jew has constantly been talked about prior to his UFC debut, and fans are loving the fact that they can finally see him on the big stage.
Paul Craig will likely rely on his grappling skills in this fight. To trade strikes with Roundtree would be a death wish. In past fights, Khalil’s biggest hole has been being controlled against the fence and constantly being taken down. Look for Bear-Jew to close the distance with wild hooks and get the clinch from there. If he can take Roundtree down, Craig possess the skills to get a submission win. It will likely take multiple attempts, but this type of style will certainly tire Roundtree out. After landing over 3 takedowns, Craig is finally able to control a gassed Roundtree enough to sneak in a choke to get the tap.
Paul Craig via: 2nd Round Submission
Alexandre Pantoja (5) vs. Neil Seery (2)
Neil Seery will be making his final walk to the octagon this weekend. The Dublin native has seen his ups and downs lately in his MMA career. Before entering the UFC, Seery held the Cage Warriors Flyweight Championship, where he held a record of 5-1 inside the promotion. Seery now holds a record of 3-3 inside the UFC’s Flyweight division, with his last win coming almost 2 years ago. Alexandre Pantoja enters this fight riding a 10-fight winning streak, and is the former RFA Flyweight champion. Pantoja is also a long-time member of the famous gym Nova Uniao, and trains alongside former champions Jose Aldo and Renan Barao.
This is an extremely tough last fight for the Ireland, but nonetheless Seery is always game. Pantoja’s Jiu-Jitsu will likely be the deciding factor in this matchup. It will keep Seery thinking, and not want to bring the fight to the ground. With a 55% takedown defense, Seery will possibly find his back on the ground multiple times during this fight. Pantoja possesses many attacks on the ground, so he only needs one opportunity to end the fight. Neil Seery will make this an exciting one, but in the end Pantoja will be the one with his hand raised.
Alexandre Pantoja via: 3rd Round Submission
Who do you believe will get the victory this weekend when the UFC returns to Scotland? Let us know below in the comments section.
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