Capping off a huge weekend of MMA action will be a loaded card from the UFC, which features five nights on the main card. UFC Fight Night 89 will be headlined by a welterweight division fight between Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson. Also, Donald Cerrone faces Patrick Cote and a historical women’s bout will be taking place.
UFC Welterweight Division Fight
“Red King” Rory MacDonald (18-3-0) vs. Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (12-1-0)
MacDonald will be competing for the first time since losing a welterweight title fight to Robbie Lawler at UFC 189. Thompson is coming off of the biggest win of his career, which came over Johny Hendricks at UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson. MacDonald is fighting his last fight under his current UFC deal, he has been with the UFC for over six years at this point in time. Thompson will enter the fight riding a six fight winning streak and he has not suffered a defeat in over four years. MacDonald is better at mixing the wrestling and the striking together, but Thompson’s karate game is amazing and he uses that to notch a razor thin decision.
UFC Welterweight Division Fight
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (29-7-0-1NC) vs. Patrick “The Predator” Cote (23-9-0)
Cerrone has been undefeated since moving up to welterweight, having defeated Alex Oliveira at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Oliveira. Cote has won six of eight fights in his second UFC run and he enters this fight on a three fight winning streak. Cerrone has only suffered two defeats in the last three years, with both of those losses coming to current lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos. Cote will be fighting for the second time this year and he is on pace for his busiest year since 2012. Cerrone is great at using his striking to get the fight to the ground, but Cote will counter with clinching and dirty boxing to notch a decision win.
UFC Light Heavyweight Division Fight
Steve “The Boss” Bosse (11-2-0) vs. Sean “The Real OC” O’Connell (17-7-0)
Bosse will be looking to build on the momentum of his first UFC win, which came over James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir. O’Connell has won two of his last three under the UFC banner, most notably defeating Anthony Perosh at UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt. This fight should be a slugfest for as long as it lasts, but it will be Bosse finishing O’Connell with strikes in the first.
UFC Lightweight Division Fight
Olivier “The Quebec Kid” Aubin-Mercier (7-2-0) vs. Thibault Gouti (11-1-0)
Aubin-Mercier has won three of his last four fights under the UFC banner, most notably defeating David Michaud at UFC 186. Gouti is currently winless under the UFC banner, dropping a fight to Teemu Packalen at UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping. Aubin-Mercier and Gouti both have some amazing ground games, but it will be Aubin-Mercier getting a close decision win.
UFC Women’s Flyweight Division Fight
Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood (10-1-0) vs. Valerie “Trouble” Letourneau (8-4-0)
Calderwood has won two of three fights under the UFC banner, last defeating Cortney Casey at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites. Letourneau will be competing for the first time since losing a women’s strawweight title fight to Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 193. This is the first ever women’s flyweight division fight in UFC history and it will be Letourneau grounding Calderwood to get the decision win.
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Chris Beal over Joe Soto
Ellias Theodorou over Sam Alvey
Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger over Randa Markos
Colby Covington over Jonathan Meunier
Ali Bagautinov over Geane Herrera