Date: February 19, 2017
Venue: Scotiabank Centre
City: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Time: 9pm ET/6pm PT
Viewing: FS1, TSN 5
MAIN CARD (FS1, TSN 5)
Heavyweight bout: Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne
Middleweight bout: Johny Hendricks vs. Hector Lombard
Featherweight bout: Sam Sicilia vs. Gavin Tucker
Middleweight bout: Elias Theodorou vs. Cezar Ferreira
Women's Bantamweight bout: Sara McMann vs. Gina Mazany
Lightweight bout: Paul Felder vs. Alessandro Ricci
Welterweight bout: Nordine Taleb vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Women's Strawweight bout: Carla Esparza vs. Randa Markos
Bantamweight bout: Aiemann Zahabi vs. Reginaldo Vieira
Middleweight bout: Jack Marshman vs. Thiago Santos
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass)
Middleweight bout: Gerald Meerschaert vs. Ryan Janes
Aiemann Zahabi (Firas Zahabi's brother) is making his debut. I watched a few of his fights and he seems very well-rounded and technica with high fight IQl. All first-round finishes. With poor competition though.
I had never heard of Gavin Tucker, so I was trying to figure out why his fight with Sam Sicilia was so high up on the card. Tucker is 9-0 and from Halifax, so okay. His last fight was against a guy who is 1-8 in his last 9 fights. The fight before that? The guy has lost his last 6 fights. He's not a Jason Reinhardt level of can-crusher, but I find his placement on the card very odd.
Middleweight is the division of weirdly built fighters. Theodorou is no different as he's a cage grinder who opts to strike to on the outside and wastes so much energy on kicks. Two types of skills that don't blend well together and somehow Theodorou can make it work.