After a thrilling event in Austin, Texas, last weekend, the UFC travels to Orlando for the third time.
This time, the organization will host an action-packed fight card ‘UFC on FOX 28’ that is headlined by Josh Emmett and Jeremy Stephens.
The event was originally supposed to have a featured bout between Yoel Romero and David Branch at the forefront, but Romero was forced to step away from this event to compete in Perth, Australia, against Luke Rockhold instead.
Josh Emmett vs. Jeremy Stephens
UFC on FOX 28 Betting Odds: Emmett (+135) / Stephens (-145)
The main event matchup is a fascinating featherweight scrap between a proven veteran in the division in Stephens against the fast-rising Emmett. Emmett jumped all the way to #4 in the featherweight rankings after he destroyed Ricardo Lamas with a knockout punch in the first round in December. Emmett stepped up to take the fight on short notice and proved the doubters wrong by ending the fight with conviction.
Stephens, on the other hand, has always been a contender in the division but has now strung together two impressive victories against talented opponents. Just last month, Stephens decisively beat down Doo Ho Choi in the second round, and that made it two wins in a row for Stephens after he chopped down the legs of Gilbert Melendez at UFC 215 not long before that.
The winner of this fight will be just outside title contention.
Prediction: Jeremy Stephens via KO/TKO
Jessica Andrade vs. Tecia Torres
UFC on FOX 28 Betting Odds: Andrade (-280) / Torres (+260)
In the co-main event, two of the very best women’s strawweights will compete in what seems like a title eliminator bout.
Tecia Torres was rumored to get the next shot at the new champion, Rose Namajunas, but the former champion in Joanna Jedrzejczyk got the call for a rematch instead. That means that Torres will now be competing against the insanely tough Jessica Andrade first if she wants a shot at that title.
Jessica Andrade broke through in a big way when she scored a decisive victory against Claudia Gadelha last year. It was a strong way to bounce back from losing to the then-champion, and now Andrade seems completely refreshed and ready to make another run for the title – no matter who the champion might be this time.
Torres is starting to turn heads in the division after she has scored three very impressive victories in a row. These victories mark a strong return to form after losing to Rose Namajunas in April 2016. Her and Namajunas are now 1-1 through their career, and a win against Andrade will set up a fascinating rubber match.
Prediction: Jessica Andrade via decision
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Ilir Latifi
UFC on FOX 28 Betting Odds: Saint Preux (-110) / Latifi (+105)
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Ilir Latifi will also feature on the main card of UFC on FOX 28.
After an entire career of being just another contender in the division, Saint Preux is quickly gaining fame for his impressive ability to finish fights with the Von Flue choke. After losing to Jon Jones, Jimi Manuwa, and Volkan Oezdemir, Saint Preux has now put together three consecutive wins, and this was all topped off with a big knockout victory of Corey Anderson at UFC 217 in November.
Just like “OSP,” Ilir Latifi has enjoyed a return to winning ways recently. Latifi lost devastatingly to Ryan Bader in September 2016 when he was on the wrong end of a powerful knee. But he picked up a mightily impressive victory when he outclassed Tyson Pedro at UFC 215 in September.
Prediction: Ovince Saint Preux via KO/TKO
Mike Perry vs. Max Griffin
UFC on FOX 28 Betting Odds: Perry (-275) / Griffin (+280)
Fan-favorite Mike Perry will face Max Griffin in what is expected to be a full-on battle between heavy punchers.
Perry has captured the attention of MMA fans around the world because of his amazingly aggressive fighting style and attitude. He arrived in a big way in 2016 when he knocked out Hyun Gyu Lim and Danny Roberts, but opponents have now started to work him out.
Most recently, Santiago Ponzinibbio solved the Perry puzzle and defeated him in December. It is Perry’s second loss in four fights. Regardless of whether opponents are finding ways to handle Perry easier, he is always a strong chance to knock someone out.
Perry will come up against Max Griffin, who has won just one of his first three bouts with the organization. Colby Covington defeated him in his UFC debut but he then went on to win against Erick Montano. In his last bout, Griffin lost a unanimous decision to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos.
Prediction: Mike Perry via KO/TKO
UFC on FOX 28 fight card
UFC on FOX 28 begins on UFC Fight Pass from 4:00 pm ET (9:00 pm GMT) on Saturday, February 24.
FOX (8:00 pm ET / 1:00 am GMT)
- Josh Emmett (+135) vs. Jeremy Stephens (-145)
- Jessica Andrade (-280) vs. Tecia Torres (+260)
- Ovince Saint Preux (-110) vs. Ilir Latifi (+105)
- Mike Perry (-275) vs. Max Griffin (+280)
FS1 (6:00 pm ET / 11:00 pm GMT)
- Renan Barao vs. Brian Kelleher
- Sara McMann vs. Marion Reneau
- Angela Hill vs. Maryna Moroz
- Ben Saunders vs. Alan Jouban
Fight Pass Prelims
UFC Fight Pass (4:00 pm ET / 9:00 pm GMT)
- Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
- Sam Alvey vs. Marcin Prachnio
- Rani Yahya vs. Russell Doane
- Eric Shelton vs. Alex Perez
- Albert Morales vs. Manny Bermudez