For those unfamiliar with the perils of Canada during the winter, expect to see plenty of pictures popping up this weekend on the social media accounts from the fighters competing on the UFC’s Fight Night: Halifax. While those of us living in Ontario, the most important part of Canada, are anticipating balmy weekend ahead, those on the east coast have gotten slammed with an awful lot of snow.
With fighters arriving early to begin preparations, it’s no surprise then that this Snowmageddon is a new obstacle for some competitors, like Brazilian Thiago Santos, who outlined to MMAFighting his experiences of dealing with snow for the first time in his life, and the challenges it presented for him and fellow countryman Santiago Ponzinibbio.
Although the card is expectedly not heavy on ranked fighters, which should come as no surprise given the nature of the UFC”s Fight Night cards, the fights themselves look set to provide more entertainment than last weekends somewhat disasterous UFC 208 card.
In the main event, the Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis squares off with Travis “Hapa” Browne, the 8th and 9th ranked heavyweights respectively. While a bit of an odd matchup given that Lewis is coming into the fight on a 5-fight winning streak compared to Browne’s 2-fight losing streak, we can only shrug and say, “hey, that’s heavyweight for ya.”
The co main event features welterweight-turned-middleweight scrap between Johny Hendricks and Hector Lombard. If there’s one thing about this fight to get excited for, it’s truly how unpredictable it should be. Is Hendrick’s going to pull a “Rumble” Johnson and come in as a light heavyweight? Both men are winless in their last 3, so there should be an air of despertion in their performances, to say the least.
Elsewhere on the card, the man with perhaps the finest hair in all of the UFC, Elias Theodorou takes on Cezar Ferreira, in a contest to see who should get a ranked opponent in their next outing.
And speaking of rankings, the highest ranked fighter on the card, #3 ranked women’s strawweight Carla Esparza takes on one of our favourites, Randa “Quiet Storm” Markos in a featured bout on the Fight Pass portion of the show. A win here would be huge for Markos, as she looks to rebound from a shock upset in her last outing. The good news? She’s alternated wins and losses since 2014, so she’s due for a W.
Undefeated regional veteran Gavin Tucker, who fights out of Halifax, faces TUF15 alumni Sam Silicia. Tucker shared his thoughts on the experience, and what he expects from himself and his opponent in a candid interview over at The Province. Call us bias on this one, but we’ll be pulling for Tucker to pick up the win in his debut.
UFC Fight Night: Halifax goes down live this Sunday, from the Scotiabank Centre, with the main card kicking off on TSN5 here in Canada at 9PM ET. And if you’re in the area? Tickets are still available.