The UFC heads to Boston this weekend for another exciting instalment of the UFC on ESPN series. Chris Weidman will take on the undefeated Dominick Reyes at Light Heavyweight, while Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens reconvene after a No-Contest. We’ll go through both the main and co-main events for this one, providing our best bets in the process.
The All-American started out as one of the strongest Middleweights of all time, going 13-0 and delivering some spectacular knockouts. A loss to Luke Rockhold in 2015 changed everything, with Weidman only winning once since that fight. After a loss to Jacare late last year, he decided it’d be best for his career to move up to Light Heavyweight. A relatively versatile fighter, Chris has managed finishes in 10 of his 14 career wins.
Reyes has had an elite start to his MMA career, entering this bout with an 11-0 professional record. He joined the UFC in 2017, winning all 5 of his fights and managing 3 finishes so far. Renowned for being a knockout artist, he has taken care of Cannonier, Saint Preux, and Oezdemir in his last 3 fights.
Prediction: Reyes by KO
Much like his former adversary Luke Rockhold, it appears Weidman just can’t hack it at the top level anymore. He is on the decline of his career at this stage, while Reyes keeps on rising. I think Reyes has a huge striking and athleticism edge here and he should really overpower Weidman. An early knockout is easily the best value on the board as Weidman’s career takes another negative turn.
El Pantera enters this bout with an impressive 11-2-1 record through his first 14 fights. He is 6-1-1 since joining the UFC, including his signature victory over the Korean Zombie late last year. Known for his elite speed and athleticism, 9 of his 11 wins have come via knockout or decision.
Despite being known primarily for being derided by Conor McGregor at a press conference, Stephens still has a solid 28-16-1 career MMA record. He is an absolute veteran of the sport, competing in the UFC for 12 years. His recent form has taken somewhat of a dip, winning just 5 of his last 13 bouts. He still has phenomenal power for this division, winning 19 professional fights via knockout.
Prediction: Stephens to Win
While Rodriguez likely had the edge on Mexican soil, their infamous No-Contest gives Stephens home arena advantage here. I think he has the cardio edge in this one and could also do some damage on the ground. His experience should also prove crucial here and I expect him to outpoint Rodriguez. At near even money, taking Stephens straight up looks like the best value on the board.