This weekend at UFC Fight Night 68 will see Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch take on Dan “Hendo” Henderson in the main event and the co-main event will be a heavyweight slugfest between Ben Rothwell and Matt Mitrione. From top to bottom, this card has some exciting fights. Over and above the fights I have already mentioned, this card has Dustin Poirier vs. Yancy Medeiros, Francisco Rivera vs. Alex Caceres and Shawn Jordan vs. Derrick Lewis. This should be a card full of finishes, the UFC will have a tough time choosing who to give the bonuses to at the end of the night and fight fans will be going home happy.

Fight of the Night Bonus

The heavyweight slugfest between Ben Rothwell and Matt Mitrione will be the “Fight of the Night”. This fight features two of the bigger heavyweights in the UFC, who are also known for the ability to knock out their opponents and to absorb a lot of punishment. This will be mainly a striking war through all three rounds, with both fighters being in danger at some point and I see this fight becoming an instant classic in the heavyweight division. This matchup will go the distance and Mitrione will win by split decision.

Performance of the Night Bonuses

After losing to Conor McGregor at UFC 178, Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier looked great against Diego Ferreira, stopping him in the first round and I predict that this will be similar to Saturday’s bout against Yancy Medeiros. Poirier has a great ground game so opponents work to keep the fight on the feet and in turn, Poirier has adapted his style and improved his striking greatly. The fight this weekend will be different in respect to what Medeiros’ game plan is; Medeiros will welcome a ground duel with Poirier, but I don’t see that transpiring. Poirier will choose to keep the fight standing and pick apart Medeiros on the feet and will stop him by KO/TKO in the first or second round and continue to impress in the lightweight division.

Since joining the UFC Derrick Lewis has amassed a 3-1 record with all three of his wins coming by KO/TKO in the first or second round. When watching Lewis compete I get a primal feeling of excitement and concern, which comes from knowing someone is about to get hurt. When Lewis throws a strike he puts everything he has into it, he is always looking to hurt his opponent and stop the fight early, he is not striking to set up the rest of his game plan.  Lewis will overwhelm Jordan and this fight will end in the first round by a vicious KO/TKO stoppage.

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Scott Bond
Staff Writer

Scott is a Sports Administration graduate from Laurentian University. He has been a fan of MMA for over 15 years following closely the impact it has had on Canada. The business side of MMA is Scott’s true passion, be it the economics of the sport or the worldwide acceptance it has received and increased revenues that have followed.