ESPN 6: Reyes vs. Weidman

Preview and Predictions for UFC on ESPN 6: Reyes vs. Weidman by Danny Rourke and Darell Garner 
The UFC is back in the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts this Friday for UFC on ESPN 6: Reyes vs. Weidman. The card airs in its entirety on ESPN 2—the Prelims start at 6PM/ET, and the UFC Boston Main Card follows on ESPN 2 at 9:00PM/ET. 
UFC Boston Main Card Predictions
Deron Winn (-110) vs. Darren Stewart (-110)
To kickoff the Main Card, “Mini DC” Deron Winn (6-0-0) meets Darren “The Dentist” Stewart (10-4-0,1NC) in a Middleweight matchup. Darren Stewart has turned the corner in his career and has started to put it all together, winning three of his last four, with the loss coming against undefeated prospect Edmen Shahbahzyan in a close Split Decision. Having fought his first five pro fights at Light Heavyweight, Deron Winn successfully dropped down to Middleweight in his UFC debut defeating Eric Spicely by Unanimous Decision. A wrestling coach and protege of former Champ Daniel Cormier, there is no surprise as to what Deron Winn intends to do against his opponents once they are inside the cage, the question is whether they can stop him. Darren Stewart has been unimpressed with Deron Winn, and by being vocal about it The Dentist has the opportunity to back up his trash talking in what should be a competitive and entertaining fight. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction🔮: Stewart via Second Round TKO 
D’Bo’s Pick: Winn via Decision 
#12 Maycee Barber (-120) vs. #15 Gillian Robertson (+100)
With her sights set on becoming the youngest Champion in UFC history, Maycee “The Future” Barber (7-0-0) looks to take another step towards achieving that goal as she faces Gillian “The Savage” Robertson (7-3-0) in a Flyweight bout. Maycee Barber has lived up to her nickname moniker with four straight TKO finishes and stoppage wins in six of her seven pro wins. After back to back Second Round finishes of Hannah Ciphers and JJ Aldrich, Barber proclaimed in her post fight interview that she wants to unseat Jon Jones as the Youngest Champion in UFC history.  In order to achieve that goal Maycee is perhaps two more wins away from title contention, and the 21-year old  must first get passed her first ranked opponent in Robertson. A winner in four of her first five fights inside the Octagon, Gillian Robertson has exhibited a very high level ground game with Submission wins over Sarah Frota, Veronica Macedo, Molly McCann and Emily Whitmire. One of these ladies will continue climbing the Flyweight rankings with a win, and I’m leaning towards Maycee Barber to use her devastating ground and pound to get her hand raised. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction🔮: Barber via Second Round TKO 
D’Bo’s Pick: Robertson via First Round Submission 
Joe Lauzon (+120)  vs. Jonathan Pearce (-140)
Thirteen year Octagon veteran Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon (27-15-0) meets Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series standout Jonathan “JSP” Pearce (9-3-0) in a Lightweight contest. Jonathan Pearce put away Jacob Rosales by TKO in July on Season Three of the Contender Series, earning a UFC contract and extending his current fight finishing win streak to five. JSP will be riding a wave of confidence into his promotional debut, but he needs to be cautious against a crafty vet like Joe Lauzon, who will be fighting in front of his home crowd. A thirteen year veteran fighting out of Bridgewater, Massachusetts,  Lauzon will be making his 27th UFC appearance on Friday in what could potentially be his last walkout to the Octagon against Pearce. Lauzon has finished a ridiculous 25 out of his 27 professional wins, and although he is on a three fighting losing skid, Lauzon still remains a fan favorite for his gutsy and exciting style of fighting. With seventeen Submission wins under his belt, Lauzon may be at a disadvantage on the feet, but is can be a serious threat to give Pearce his third career loss by Submission if he doesn’t play his cards right. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction🔮: Lauzon via First Round Submission 
D’Bo’s Pick: Lauzon via Second Round TKO 
Greg Hardy (-280) vs. Ben Sosoli (+240)
Greg Hardy (5-1-0) is back for more and ready to throw down with Ben “Seki” Sosoli (7-2-0,1NC) in a Heavyweight matchup. A competitor on Dana White’s Contender Series and TUF Season 28, Ben Sosoli gets the chance to make his Octagon debut against a recognizable name in Greg Hardy. With four consecutive wins by Knockout fighting on Australia’s regional circuit, Ben Sosoli was given the opportunity to compete on the Contender Series against Dustin Johnson in August, in a bout that ended prematurely in a No Contest due to an inadvertent eye poke. Two months later, Sosoli received the call to make his promotional debut in Boston against Hardy. Greg Hardy has rebounded from his first professional loss in January (Disqualification) with back to back First Round TKO finishes of Juan Adams and Dmitry Smoliakov. While Hardy is not being fed to any opponents with name recognition, he is being given the opportunity to shine and gain additional fight experience. I am not sure what to make out of the Greg Hardy experiment so far, but Hardy will have another chance to prove himself this way weekend  against Sosoli. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction🔮: Hardy via First Round TKO 
D’Bo’s Pick: Hardy via First Round TKO 
#8 Jeremy Stephens (-110) vs. #7 Yair Rodriguez (-110)
“The Lil Heathen” Jeremy Stephens (28-16-0,1NC) and  “El Pantera” Yair Rodriguez (11-2-0,1NC) run it back just four weeks after their disappointing No Contest in Mexico City that  has resulted in a war of words and escalating insults. The eye poke that ended the UFC Mexico City Main Event  just fifteen seconds into the First Round, was by all means unintentional and an accident. Emotions and frustrations got the best of Rodriguez and the Mexican crowd after the fight was ruled a No Contest, resulting in immature and deplorable behavior by Rodriguez inside the Octagon post-fight and by the crowd, who threw beer and objects at Stephens and into the cage. The following day, the pair met up in the Fighter’s hotel which led to a heated exchange that has made the rescheduling of this fight that much easier. Jeremy Stephens has always been and still remains a no nonsense fighter, who always shows up and with violent intentions. With his unprofessional behavior, Rodriguez has just added extra fuel to Stephens’ fire. While Stephens is coming off of consecutive losses to Zabit Magomedsharipov and Jose Aldo, “Lil Heathen” Is one of the most dangerous opponents to face inside the Octagon. Yair Rodriguez will be trying to carry over the momentum of his last second Knockout of the Korean Zombie, and prove that he is one of the more electrifying prospect on the UFC roster. This should be explosive. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction🔮: Rodriguez via Second Round TKO 
D’Bo’s Pick: Stephens via Second Round TKO
MAIN EVENT 
#4 Dominick Reyes (-155) vs. #8MW Chris Weidman (+135)
“The Devastator” Dominick Reyes (11-0-0) plans on keeping his perfect record intact as he collides with former Middleweight Champion, Chris “The All-American” Weidman (14-4-0) in the UFC Boston Main Event. With multiple surgeries accompanying a 1-4 spiral over the last four years, Chris Weidman has made the move up to Light Heavyweight, with the hopes of starting the next chapter of his career in a new weight division. The move up to Light Heavyweight was inevitable for Weidman, and with a clean bill of health “The All-American” is determined to become an immediate title contender by dethroning Dominick Reyes from the ranks of the unbeaten. With an impressive 5-0 record to start his career with the UFC, Dominick Reyes may be only one more win away from fighting for the title in 2020. Earlier this year at UFC London, Reyes was able to defeat former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir by Split Decision to remain undefeated. This should be a great test for both Reyes and Weidman. Is Dominick Reyes Champion material and ready to face Jon Jones? How comfortable will Weidman at Light Heavyweight and how happy will Chris be not be fighting in New York? We will find out all of these answers in what should be a very entertaining Main Event in Boston. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction🔮: Weidman via Decision 
D’Bo’s Pick: Weidman via First Round Submission 
Next week, the UFC heads across the globe to Singapore for UFC on ESPN+20 Maia vs. Askren. Share your thoughts and picks with us in the Comments section below, and enjoy the fights!! 🔌 👊🏻 

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