#UFC on Fox 26 #Robbie Lawler #Rafael dos Anjos #Mike Perry #Santiago Ponzinibbio #Jared Cannonier #Bellator 191 #UFC 218 #Josh Emmett #Ricardo Lamas #Oluwale Bamgbose #Alessio Di Chirico #Glover Teixeira #Abel Trujillo #John Makdessi

Former Bellator champ Will Brooks' UFC life may be on the line.
Former Bellator champ Will Brooks' UFC life may be on the line.Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz

It wasn't too long ago that Bellator champion Will Brooks was regarded as an elite-level lightweight. He twice upset posterboy Michael Chandler, and he defended the strap from Dave Jansen and Marcin Held before heading to the UFC in 2016. 

Unfortunately, he's struggled mightily since, losing his debut to Alex Oliveira and, most recently, getting choked out by Charles Oliveira.

That's a tough spot to be in, and the UFC is doing him no favors by matching him up with Nik Lentz at UFC 216.

While Lentz has flown under the radar for his entire UFC career, he is a tough veteran who tends to winand win ugly. If he gets the better of Brooks, which seems likely given his recent struggles, he might get cut loose.


Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham

Beneil Dariush continues to soundly defeat anonymous jobbers while flopping against actual contenders. He is lining himself up to be the lightweight division's premiere gatekeeper...a spot that Evan Dunham may or may not have graduated from.

While Dunham has been up and down throughout his UFC career, he is riding a higher high than he's seen to this point, owning an active four-fight winning streak against strong competition. He has the chance to jump into the top 10 for the first time in years if he defeats Dariush. But that's a big "if."


John Moraga vs. Magomed Bibulatov

The fact the UFC has Magomed Bibulatov on the roster can only be described as "problematic," but there's no denying the Chechen flyweight has looked very good to this point in his career. The UFC is giving him a big test, however, in the form of John Moraga.

While Moraga is a long way removed from his days as a serious contender, he is still a tough flyweight who should push Bibulatov in a big way.

If Bibulatov can get through him in impressive fashion, which is a fairly safe bet, he'll force the UFC into making some difficult decisions about who and how it promotes.


Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares

Thales Leites and Brad Tavares have both been around in the UFC for a long time now and are riding some nice momentum after big wins over Sam Alvey and Elias Theodorou, respectively.

Of course, the UFC isn't keen on letting fighters break out of the middle of the pack and, as such, is matching them up against one another at UFC 216.

Leites should be the favorite here given his veteran smarts, but Tavares isn't an easy out. Either way, don't expect this one to end inside the distance as both men will look to ply their grappling en route to the scorecards.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.


Tony Ferguson Fights

  • a year ago

Kevin Lee Fights

  • 5 months ago


Show Comments

Related News

UFC Fight Night 121 results: Jake Matthews takes split from Bojan Velickovic in return to 170

  • 28 days ago

Jake Matthews was hoping to be rejuvenated in his return to welterweight. But Bojan Velickovic made it a struggle throughout.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 122 in China

  • 26 days ago

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 122 event in China.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Justin Gaethje wants to be 'most violent mother(expletive)' in MMA

  • 22 days ago

Justin Gaethje believes a violent finish over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218 will help his lightweight title aspirations. Filed under: Featured, News, Radio Highlight, UFC, Videos read news >>

MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC 218 in Detroit

  • 20 days ago

Make your picks for this week’s UFC 218 return to Detroit, featuring a rematch between featherweight champ Max Holloway and Jose Aldo.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Daniel Cormier tweeted something peculiar about Tony Ferguson, Khabib Nurmagomedov

  • 24 days ago

Did the UFC try to book Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov for UFC 219?Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC read news >>

An inside look at UFC champ Max Holloway's meal plan ahead of UFC 218

  • 23 days ago

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway appears to be well fed going into his first scheduled title defense against Jose Aldo at UFC 218.Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC read news >>

UFC 218: Holloway vs. Aldo 2 Odds, Tickets, Predictions and Pre-Weigh-in Hype

  • 17 days ago

Jose Aldo will have the opportunity to win back his UFC featherweight championship this Saturday, when he and the incumbent Max Holloway clash in a much-anticipated rematch at Little Caesars Arena in read news >>

UFC champ Max Holloway not distracted by records: 'I want to be here for a long time'

  • 16 days ago

Even if he beats Jose Aldo again, champ Max Holloway believes there’s still a lot to accomplish before he catches up to the featherweight GOAT.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC 218 Fight Card: PPV Schedule, Odds and Predictions for Holloway vs. Aldo 2

  • 14 days ago

The wait is over for Max Holloway's first UFC featherweight title defense. While his opposition may have changed, he still faces a stiff test against former champion Jose Aldo. UFC 218 at the Little read news >>

Max Holloway Has the Ingredients to Be a Superstar, but Can He Break Through?

  • 16 days ago

As the undisputed king of the UFC men's featherweight division, Max Holloway seems to have it all. Just shy of six months into his reign as the 145-pound champion, Holloway enjoys all the trappings o read news >>