There are a very few opportunities to catch an important moment in UFC history for free and that is exactly what we are going to get on Friday Night. That important moment is the opening round of the tournament to crown the first UFC Flyweight Champion. Also, there is a welterweight main event that could determine a potential challenger for the UFC Interim Welterweight Champion.
Kicking off the action is a middleweight division contest as Court “The Crusher” McGee (14-1-0) does battle with Constantinos Philippou (9-2-0). Court McGee is the UFC Ultimate Fighter 11 Champion and has defeated Kris McCray, Ryan Jensen and Dongi Yang in UFC competition. Constantinos Philippou has won two straight in UFC competition, defeating Jorge Rivera and Jared Hamman. Court McGee has the perfect skill set to counter Constantinos Philippou’s power, which is what will get him the victory.
Up next is the first fight in the UFC Flyweight Title Tournament as Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (14-2-0) faces Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall (11-2-0). Demetrious Johnson is coming off of a UFC Bantamweight Title loss to Dominick Cruz and this will be his first fight back. Ian McCall will be making his UFC debut in this fight, but the fighter does so riding a four fight winning streak. This fight has the potential to be the show stealer, but it will be Demetrious Johnson earning a spot into the finals.
The co-main event is the other fight in the UFC Flyweight Title Tournament Opening Round as Joseph Benavidez (15-2-0) battles Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-4-0). Joseph Benavidez has been undefeated in UFC competition, having defeated both Ian Loveland and Eddie Wineland. Yasuhiro Urushitani will be making his UFC debut in this fight, but he does so after relinquishing his Shooto Middleweight Title. This is the weight class that Joseph Benavidez belongs in and he will show it with a victory on Friday Night.
Headlining this card is a welterweight division fight as Thiago “Pitbull” Alves (19-8-0) takes on Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann (18-5-0). Thiago Alves has won two of four since losing his UFC Welterweight Title opportunity, last defeating Pappi Abedi at UFC 138. Martin Kampmann has only won one of his last three in the UFC, defeating Rick Story by split decision at UFC 139. This will be an interesting fight to close the show, but it will be Martin Kampmann out wrestling Thiago Alves to get the victory.
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