Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing a bevy of “Prelims” fights to Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1 this weekend (Sun., July 16, 2017) when UFC Fight Night 113: “Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio” storms The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg continues the UFC Fight Night 113 “Prelims” party with the second (and final) installment of a two-part undercard preview series below.
Two all-action Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight standouts take Glasgow, Scotland, by storm this Sunday (July 16, 2017) as Gunnar Nelson and Santiago Ponzinibbio headline UFC Fight Night 113, which will air live on FOX Sports 1.
The two will be joined by a clash between women’s Strawweight sensation Cynthia Calvillo and Scottish favorite Joanna Calderwood, as well as Steven “Braveheart” Ray against Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder.
UFC Fight Night 113’s “Prelims” supporting cast features four undercard bouts on FOX Sports 1 (check out the Fight Pass portion here), which we have prepared for you below.
170 lbs.: Danny Roberts vs. Bobby Nash
England’s Danny Roberts (13-2) entered UFC on the heels of a brutal knockout of “Judo” Jim Wallhead and made an immediate impression with a first-round submission of Nathan Coy. He followed that up with a “Fight of the Night” brawl opposite Dominique Steele, but saw his eight-fight win snapped by the heavy hands of Mike Perry.
“Hot Chocolate” has knocked out and submitted five opponents apiece.
Bobby Nash (8-2) squared off against Li Jingliang last January with six consecutive victories under his belt, four of them knockouts. “Nashty” proceeded to put on a terrific war with “The Leech” that ended in the latter’s victory after countless brutal exchanges.
Four of his seven stoppage wins have come in the first round.
The most interesting aspect of this fight may be the respective mindsets. Both men are coming off of brutal knockout losses. Perry and Li hit like trucks, of course, so there’s no real shame in losing to them, but I doubt that’s going to make them feel any better.
All things being equal, Roberts seems like he’s got the edge. He showed against Steele and Perry that he’s both willing and able to wrestle when needed, an aspect of the game that Nash has struggled with before. I’m not sure Nash has an equivalent Plan B, nor am I certain he can apply Perry-esque pressure with his recent loss fresh on his mind. Roberts uses regular takedowns to take the decision.
Prediction: Roberts via unanimous decision
125 lbs.: Alexandre Pantoja vs. Neil Seery
Alexandre Pantoja’s (17-2) RFA title and submission over LFC champ Damacio Page earned him the top rank on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 24, where he reached the semifinals before dropping a decision to Hiromasa Ogikubo as the last Team Cejudo member standing. He went on to face fellow semifinalist Eric Shelton at UFC on FOX 23 and walked away with his tenth consecutive victory.
He has knocked out and submitted seven opponents each during his decade-long professional career.
Luck has not been on the side of Neil Seery (16-2) recently. The Irish slugger was twice booked to fight Ian McCall in a farewell match, only for “Uncle Creepy” to pull out at the last minute the first time due to illness and Seery himself to pull out because of a death in the family the second time.
Seery has been stopped just once since 2009.
“Crafty” is an overused term, but it’s still the best one to describe Seery. He’s deceptively savvy on the feet and excels at exploiting small opportunities in transitions. Where he struggles is against ironclad fundamentals, especially in the wrestling and grappling. Pantoja, unfortunately, has got those in spades. The Brazilian has never been stopped, is nearly a full decade younger, and is downright dangerous on the mat.
Simply put, Pantoja isn’t going to give Seery even the minute openings he needs to work his magic. Strong top control carries Pantoja to his eleventh consecutive pro victory.
Prediction: Pantoja via unanimous decision
170 lbs.: Charlie Ward vs. Galore Bofando
The 36-year-old Charlie Ward (3-2) was originally scheduled to debut stateside against Randy Brown at UFC Fight Night 102, but visa issues led him to instead face Abdul Razak Alhassan in Belfast. There would be no triumphant homecoming, as “Judo Thunder” buried him beneath an onslaught of power punches in 53 seconds.
He owns one stoppage victory, the knockout that ultimately ended Joao Carvalho’s life last year.
Galore Bofando (4-2) first hit fans’ radars with his stunning knockout of Wendell Lewis in 2012, one of his three stoppage victories. After his second disqualification loss in October of that year, he returned in Feb. 2015 to knockout Kes Mamba less than halfway into the first round.
This will be his first fight in more than two years.
This fight was not made for those in my line of work. Ward’s got essentially zero footage out there besides the Carvalho disaster and was too busy getting pounded into ground meat by Alhassan to give me any data in his UFC debut. Bofando, meanwhile, has fought just once under mixed martial arts (MMA) rules in almost five years.
As a result, the analysis here won’t be terribly scientific.
Bofando is an incredibly adept range striker, packing a variety of outlandish kicks that would make Raymond Daniels proud, but he’s had issues in the past with those who can close the distance and tie up. Ward, though fragile, has a clear path of victory and the training partners to prepare him for its pursuit. Unless Bofando can land something brutal very quickly, expect Ward to grind him down for a decision win.
Prediction: Ward via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Danny Henry vs. Daniel Teymur
Danny Henry (10-2) made the move to South Africa’s EFC promotion in 2014 and quickly took over its Featherweight division, racking up a 6-1 record. During that span, he won the promotion’s Featherweight title and, last March, regained it by avenging his loss to Igeu Kabesa via first-round submission.
This will be his first fight at Lightweight since 2014.
Daniel Teymur (6-0) — brother of TUF veteran and contender David Teymur — made his professional debut in 2013 with a 92-second knockout and has remained extremely efficient. All six of his professional fights have ended in the first round, three by (technical) knockout and three by submissions.
He trains alongside his brother and other Nordic standouts at Allstars Training Center.
Henry, based on what I can piece together from his highlight reel, is an aggressive and well-rounded finisher with quality power and some issues with dedicated takedown artists. Teymur is reminiscent of his brother, packing quick, powerful hands and strong leg kicks.
I’m leaning toward Teymur. Though he’s not likely to exploit Henry’s takedown troubles, his edge in speed and fluidity looks dramatic. There’s also Henry’s long run at Featherweight to consider — Teymur will almost certainly be the biggest hitter he’s faced in some time. And while Teymur has a team of great fighters to prepare him for Henry’s style, the opposite may not be true. Teymur tags him early for the finish.
Prediction: Teymur via first-round technical knockout
There is nothing better on the most holy of days than quality violence. See you Sunday, Maniacs!
Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 113’s fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. ET, before the FOX Sports 1 undercard that begins at 1 p.m. ET and then the FOX Sports 1 main card start time at 3 p.m. ET.
Current UFC “Prelims” Prediction Record for 2017: 82-43 (1 NC)
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