The UFC returns to Mexico for the first time since UFC 188 earlier this year to present their first ever â€œFight Nightâ€ event in the country. The event will be headlined by a key welterweight division fight as Kelvin Gastelum faces Neil Magny. Also, Ricardo Lamas faces Diego Sanchez and the UFC Ultimate Fighter Latin America II Finals take place.
UFC Welterweight Division Fight
Kelvin Gastelum (11-1-0) vs. Neil Magny (16-4-0)
Gastelum will be returning to the welterweight division after a one fight stint at middleweight, where he defeated Nate Marquardt by TKO at UFC 188. Magny is a late replacement for Matt Brown, who was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering an injury. Gastelum has won five of six fights in his first welterweight run and he was the winner of the UFC Ultimate Fighter 17. Magny has already competed four times in 2015 and he once owned a seven fight winning streak in the UFC. Magny will keep this close for a few rounds, but Gastelum will take over in the late rounds for a late submission win.
UFC Featherweight Division Fight
Ricardo â€œThe Bullyâ€ Lamas (15-4-0) vs. Diego â€œThe Dreamâ€ Sanchez (25-7-0)
Lamas has won two of his last three under the UFC banner and he lost his only two main event fights in the promotion. Sanchez will be making his featherweight division debut in this bout, having runs as both a lightweight and welterweight in the UFC. Lamas has already challenged for the UFC Featherweight Title once before, losing to current champion Jose Aldo at UFC 169. Sanchez has only won just one of his last three in UFC competition and he will be returning to action after a seventeen month absence. Sanchezâ€™s striking will keep things close for a little while, but Lamas will eventually ground Sanchez on route to a decision win.
UFC Flyweight Division Fight
Henry â€œThe Messengerâ€ Cejudo (9-0-0) vs. Jussier Formiga (18-3-0)
Cejudo has already won three bouts during his UFC tenure, with a notable win coming over Chris Cariaso at UFC 185. Formiga will enter the fight riding a three fight winning streak, last defeating Wilson Reis at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves. Cejudo is the best wrestler in the UFC by far, he grounds Formiga for three rounds to get another decision win.
UFC Ultimate Fighter Latin America II Welterweight Finals
Enrique â€œWasabiâ€ Marin (8-2-0) vs. Erick â€œPerryâ€ Montano (6-3-0)
Marin will be making his UFC debut on the strength of a six fight winning streak, but this will be his first pro fight in well over a year. Montano will also be making his official UFC debut in this fight, but he previously fought UFC veteran War Machine at Total Combat 33. These are two fighters who excel in the submission game, Marin win barely get the decision with by winning the ground game over his opponent.
UFC Ultimate Fighter Latin America II Lightweight Finals
Enrique â€œEl Fuerteâ€ Barzola (10-2-1) vs. Horacio â€œThe Punisherâ€ Gutierrez (2-1-0)
Barzola will be making his UFC debut in this fight and he is the most experienced fighter of all the UFC Ultimate Fighter Latin America II Finalists. Gutierrez will be competing for the first time in a pro fight in well over a year and his lone career loss until this point came by disqualification. Gutierrez will keep things close for a short time, but Barzola will use his experience edge to grind out a decision win.
UFC Lightweight Division Fight
Efrain â€œHencho En Mexicoâ€ Escudero (24-9-0) vs. Leandro â€œBuscapeâ€ Silva (18-3-1)
Escudero has won two of three in his most recent UFC run and he was one of the two coaches (opposite Kelvin Gastelum) on the UFC Ultimate Fighter Latin America II. Silva has won two of four under the UFC banner, last defeating Lewis Gaonzalez at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Romero. These are two fighters who are superb when it comes to the ground game, but it will be Escudero keeping his career comeback alive as he catches Silva with a late submission.
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