UFC has recently released a handful of fights that have been slowly filling up the Fight Night card for Halifax, Nova Scotia. Already announced is the headliner which will pit #2 welterweight fighter, Rory MacDonald, against #9 ranked, Tarec Saffiedine. A worthy fight for the UFC’s first ever event in Halifax.
Today, the UFC announced a slew of other fights, including both Canadian winners of The Ultimate Fighter Nations, Chad Laprise and Elias Theodorou, who fight at welterweight and middleweight, respectively. Laprise will be taking on Yosdenis Cedeno, fighting out of Florida and Theodorou will share the cage with Brazilian slugger, Bruno Santos.
With a huge KO in his UFC debut, Jason Saggo will take on promotional newcomer Paul Felder, who won his last fight via head kick KO, solidifying his invitation to the UFC. Felder sits at 8-0 as a professional.
Additionally, a bantamweight fight between Canadian veteran, Mitch Gagnon and undefeated, Aljamain Sterling. Gagnon is 3-1 in the UFC with his only loss coming by way of submission in his debut. He is riding a 3 fight win streak and looks to push it to 4 with a win against Sterling. Sterling sits pretty at 2-0 in the UFC, and 10-0 as a professional fighter. He recently ground and pounded his way to a TKO victory over Hugo Viana last month.
Oliver Aubin-Mercier, runner up in The Ultimate Fighter Nations, will look to bounce back from his first UFC loss when he takes on Jake Lindsey. This fight will be at lightweight. Aubin-Mercier fought on the Ultimate Fighter as a welterweight and will try his luck at this new weight class.
The main event should be quite the barnburner as both MacDonald and Saffiedine are both powerful finishers who have called each other out as of recent. Though many believe MacDonald has done enough to earn himself a title shot and the Saffiedine, ranked at #9, is a step down, MacDonald’s “fight anyone, anywhere” attitude was proven once again when he accepted this fight. Saffiedine, on the other hand, has created himself a huge opporitnity to beat one of the best fighters in the division. By calling MacDonald out, Saffiedine can jump the line of welterweights in front of him and catapult himself to the top of the division. A win over MacDonald would most likely put Saffiedine only one fight away from a title shot.
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