This week we’ll witness a low-key fun Fight Night card. The main event brings back one of the most promising fighters to emerge from Dana White’s Contender Series. Additionally, on the main card are the finale fights for The Ultimate Fighter season 30. We’ve also got a parlay, in a many week long series of successful parlays following the same rule, that looks pretty tasty.
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If we’re all being honest with each other, not a single soul watched this season of The Ultimate Fighter. TUF has had some great seasons with great coaches in years prior; last season between Volk and Brian Ortega drew far more eyes and was actually entertaining. This season between Amanda Nunes and Juliana Pena was pretty trash in comparison. All credit due to the fighters trying to make their way on the show, but Pena and Nunes weren’t the biggest coaching draws.
In a season that played host to heavyweight and women flyweights, Team Pena won more fights- she drafted the better team.
First up on the card is the women’s flyweight fight. Accomplished grappler Juliana Miller meets Invicta FC alumna Brogan Walker. While Miller only holds a meager 2-1 professional record (TUF fights are considered exhibition matches) she is a super successful jiu jitsu player and won a lot at Submission on the Shore and Combat Jiu Jitsu matches. Brogan “The Bear” Walker is a more complete fighter. She is a good striker and has a solid ground game to boot. Will Walker’s grappling be good enough to handle Miller’s BJJ prowess? Find out at 23:07 in the episode above.
The heavyweight fight to end the season comes down to Zac Pauga and Mohammed Usman. Does the name “Usman” look familiar to you? It probably should, being that his brother is the current UFC Welterweight Champ, and considered by some to be a GOAT, Kamaru Usman. What you may not be as familiar with is Tom’s rule on UFC siblings. You can skip to 28:47 in this week’s episode to learn the rule and hear our picks for this bout.
A Tough Hill to Climb
Jamahal Hill is a savage. His nickname “Sweet Dreams” fits him so well. He’s beginning to fight the who’s who of the Jon Jones era light heavyweights. This week he meets one of those men in the cage- Thiago Santos. Thiago was once considered very dangerous. Will he regain that image against Hill, who practically walked through Johnnie Walker? Walker and Santos went to a very ugly and boring decision. Hill brings a very exciting element to the table. Santos has the potential to meet the challenge head-on, but Jamahal is a tough hill to climb. To hear our main event pick and logic behind it, skip to 39:49.
This card should be a fun one. You can get our full slate of picks in this week’s episode.