UFC Fight Night 105 takes place on Saturday, February 19, 2017 at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The main card will air at 9 p.m. ET on either FS1 or UFC Fight Pass. Rising heavyweight Derrick Lewis will meet veteran Travis Browne in the main event.
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It’s time to see if Derrick Lewis is for real. Having won five straight against mid-level opponents, “The Black Beast” now meets Travis Browne - a big man who has fought the best heavyweights in the UFC. It’s a make-or-break moment for Lewis, who nobody believed to be a true contender.
The rest of the card has some interesting fights, from former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks making his middleweight debut and Canadians Elias Theodorou defending their home soil. Make sure to check the UFC odds at BookMaker.eu for the latest odds on the full fight card. Let’s preview some of the night’s notable fights.
Travis Browne (+105) vs. Derrick Lewis (-125)
Odds Update: Browne -109 vs. Lewis -111
How far can a one-dimensional slugger like Lewis rise in the heavyweight division? He’s already forced his way into the top 10, but now he faces a completely new challenge in Travis Browne. A former basketball player, the 6’7” Travis Browne is a far more well-rounded striker who could make Lewis’ life miserable.
But then again, Browne hasn’t looked very good lately either. Part of that is because he’s been facing guys like Cain Velasquez, but we also have to consider that he has a horrible head coach in Edmond Tarverdyan.UFC Fight Night 105 Odds - Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne Prediction
This Sunday, Derrick Lewis is seeking more than a sixth straight win inside the octagon. Should he get past Travis Browne, “The Black Beast” would officially enter the top tier of the heavyweight division. Because while Lewis is officially the higher ranked fighter, Browne is a guy who was once an official title contender - a man who has stepped into the octagon against the likes of Cain Velasquez, Fabricio Werdum and Andrei Arlovski. Continue...
Welterweights: Johny Hendricks (+135) vs. Hector Lombard (-160)
Odds Update: Hendricks -102 vs. Lombard -118
Will we see a different Johny Hendricks at middleweight? The former champion’s struggles with weight cuts is no secret, as he’s missed entire fights due to his inability to make weight. “Bigg Rigg” isn’t getting an easy fight in his debut, but at least he’s facing a fellow former welterweight in Hector Lombard.
Lombard is one of the most dangerous first-round fighters in the sport, but is a sitting duck if opponents survive his initial blitz. He’ll need to figure out how to conserve his energy if he wants to get back in the win column after consecutive losses.
Johny Hendricks vs. Hector Lombard Prediction
After numerous missed weight cuts at 170 pounds, Johny Hendricks is moving up to middleweight. The timing couldn’t be better, as the former champion is stuck in a three-fight losing streak and desperately needs to rejuvenate a flagging career. His first test at 185 pounds comes against another former welterweight, Hector Lombard. Continue...
Middleweights: Elias Theodorou (+105) vs. Cezar Ferreira (-125)
Hailing from Ontario, Theodorou gets to rep his country on native soil. However, he’s got a tall task ahead in the surging Cezar Ferreira. The Brazilian has won three straight fights, most recently finishing Jack Hermansson with a second round arm-triangle at UFC Fight Night 100.
Theodorou is one of the brighter prospects coming out of Canada, with a 12-1 record. He was able to bounce back from his first career loss with a UD victory over Sam Alvey in June 2016.
Middleweights: Jack Marshman vs. Thiago Santos
Welsh native Jack Marshman is coming off a successful UFC debut, where he knocked out Magnus Cedenblad at UFC Fight Night 89. The TKO extended his winning streak to seven. He’ll meet Brazil’s Thiago Santos, who has lost two in a row after posting four straight wins. With 21 KOs between them, the knockout threat is high.
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