The UFC returns to Belfast for the first time in nearly a decade when Gegard Mousasi and Uriah Hall clash for a second time. Hall won the first bout after landing a spinning back kick and flying knee KO. Mousasi has gone on to win three straight since while Hall has had back to back losses against Robert Whittaker and Derek Brunson.
Now on to the important stuff. Money. UFC Belfast throws up some interesting bouts and some spectacular ways to make a couple of pound. With the Sao Paulo card later on in the night the 5pm kick off time gives you an excellent reason to start drinking early in the afternoon.
GEGARD MOUSASI v URAIH HALL: MOUSSAI TO WIN BY SUBMISSION @ 43/20
The first fight was a strange one for Gegard Mousasi. He dominated the first round in a way similar to the way Hillary Clinton dominated the early stages of the US election. He then lost spectacularly in a way similar to Hillary Clinton in the US election.
Mousasi has been on an absolute tear since the loss to Hall last year. Wins over Thales Leites and Thiago Santos set up the destruction of Vitor Belfort at UFC 204. Hall, meanwhile has choked worse than my girlfriend Saturday night in his last two fights. A boring decision loss to Robert Whitaker was followed by a KO loss to Derek Brunson.
Mousasi is a on a tear for a title shot and taking care of Hall should be as straight forward as picking up a woman in Coppers (yeah Irish reference. Deal with it.) for Mousasi, but this is MMA and things are rarely that simple.
ROSS PEARSON v STEVIE RAY: PEARSON TO FINISH IN ROUND THREE @ 18/1
Ross Pearson is the type of fighter you can’t help but get excited about seeing. Off the back of two losses Pearson needs a big performance and Stevie Ray is the type of opponent that can bring it out of Pearson. With Ray taking the fight on short notice Pearson should have the cardio advantage and going into the final round Pearson could pull the finish out not unlike my girlfriend.
After losing to Alan Patrick in September Ray needs a win to get some momentum, but a determined Pearson should have enough to get the finish in the third on Saturday.
ARTEM LOBOV v TERUTO ISHIHARA: LOBOV BY DECISION @ 29/10
Look I don’t know either. Call it Irish intuition, say I’ve lost my f–king mind I don’t care I have a feeling that Lobov springs the upset over Ishihara in Belfast. After Conor McGregor’s win last week confidence will be sky high in SBG.
Lobov has the power to finish most of the people in the 145 pound division, but Ishihara has the speed and unpredictability to cause him a host of problems. But with the atmosphere that will be there for the Irish and Welsh fighters will be electric. If Lobov can’t feed off that he shouldn’t be there.
NEIL SEERY v IAN MCCALL: SEERY BY DECISION @ 27/10
This has fight of the night written all over it. Uncle Creepy is the type of fighter who comes to throw down f–k the consequences. Neil Seery, aside from having a serious twitter game, is cut from the same cloth. These two are going to come in, f–k s–t up and have a pint afterwards.
McCall hasn’t fought since dropping a decision to John Linker in January of 2015, but was slated to fight both Justin Scoggins and Ray Borg at UFC 201 and UFC 202. Seery submitted Jon delos Reyes in Dublin before going to decision with Kyoji Horiguchi in May. The paperweights are going to bring it to the SSE Arena on Saturday night. With it being Seery’s last fight, in Ireland I think he’s going to pull the result out of the bag.
A four fold bet with Ladbrokes has odds of 862/1. Do it. Do it for the pints.