In what is perhaps a timely debut for the UFC in Saskatoon, the birthplace of 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, we look at the main card and attempt to predict the outcomes.
Roddy Piper was a legend of WWE but he had a place in the heart of all UFC fans due to his ties to the sport. The event will no doubt be an emotional tribute to the recently passed legend.
In Part II we take a look at the last three fights including the Co-Main Event and the Main Event between Max Holloway and Charles Oliveira.
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Patrick Cote v. Josh Burkman
In this clash two veterans coming towards the tail ends of their respective careers meet. They both have had decorated careers, however, they have been on very different paths since 2008. At UFC 90 Burkman (27-11, 1 no contest) lost to Pete Sell, his third loss in a row.
He was subsequently cut from the organisation. The Main event of that UFC 90 card was Silva v. Cote. Cote (21-9) was riding a 5 fight win streak going into UFC 90 and got a chance to fight for the Middleweight strap. He then lost 3 in a row including the championship fight to Silva. Burkman must be somewhat bitter the same fate did not befall Cote.
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After re-signing for the UFC earlier this year, Burkman hasn't looked very impressive with a no contest and a loss. For Burkman this could be a storybook ending or Deja Vu.
Prediction: Cote by Decision
Neil Magny v. Eric Silva
The co-main event pits Magny (15-4) against the submission specialist Silva (18-5, 1 no contest). Silva is coming off back to back victories for the first time in his UFC career, after a quick submission of Josh Koscheck. 6-4 in the UFC Silva has looked devastaitng in victory.
He has 11 submission victories to his name, 9 of which are different varieties of chokes. This will worry Magny, who has tapped to chokes on 3 seperate occassions including in his last fight. Magny tapped to a rear-naked choke to Damien Maia, a little less than a month ago.
Magny famously won 5 fights in 2014 eanring him contendership for Fighter of the Year, but this is perhaps too quick of a turnaround even by his standards.
Prediction: Silva by Submission
Max Holloway v. Charles Oliveira
Holloway (13-3) is riding an impressive 6 fight win streak into his first ever Main Event slot, not having lost since his decision loss to Conor McGregor.
In his last fight Holloway dispatched of then No.5 ranked fighter Cub Swanson in emphatic fashion. A win here would perhaps see the Hawaiian jump the queue if McGregor is victorious in December.
His opponent, Oliveira (20-4) is one of the most clinical featherweights in the world today. With 12 submission victories Oliveira will believe that a victory over The 'Blessed One, will propell him to the top of the ladder. Oliveira has some momentum of his own going into this fight as he is on a 4 fight win streak.
Two top young contenders. The winner will be in the title picture.
Prediction: Holloway by KO/TKO