In this episode I go over some fights for this weekend’s UFC event in London with Entertainment Tonight Canada Freelancer and co-host of the Ragin MMA Podcast Shakiel Mahjouri. Check out all of our UFC Fight Night 127 picks below.
At heavyweight we have Mark “Hand Of” Godbeer vs. Dmitriy “Wicked Machine” Sosnovskiy. Godbeer probably owns the best nickname in all of sports, he’s coming off of two wins – although his last win was because of a disqualification when Walt Harris illegally head kicked him. Then you have 10-0 Sosnovskiy, who is making his first walk to the UFC octagon, and has beaten anybody I’ve heard of except Fedor’s brother. Oh, and he hasn’t fought since May 2015.
Next at lightweight – I want very badly to say Ragin’ Kajan Johnson vs Stevie Ray…. but we have a name change… The Magic Man! Now I think Kajan has dropped that as well. Kajan has won 3 straight against, I don’t want to say unknown fighters but I personally am not very familiar with them. His last fight a knockout in the 3rd round Adriano Martins. Stevie Ray is coming off a loss to Paul Felder, but before that had two very close decisions go in his favor against Ross Pearson and Joe Lauzon.
At light heavyweight a rematch from April 2015 with Jimi Manuwa and Jan Błachowicz In the first fight, Manuwa took home the decision. This is an interesting rematch, Blachowicz is coming off of two wins, and Manuwa is coming off of a devastating knockout loss to Volkan Oezdemir that knocked him out of title contention for the time being.
UFC Fight Night 127 Picks
In the main event, we have heavyweights Fabrício Werdum and Alexander Volkov.This is one where recent wins and losses don’t exactly mean I see a clear winner. Werdum hasn’t lost but twice since June 2011, and that was to current heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic and a decision that went to Alistair Overeem. Volkov is coming off of five wins in a row, but against lesser competition like Timothy Johnson and a possibly declining Stefan Struve
I also talk with Shak about why this card has special meaning to him, how we met, and more!
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