UFC Boston is almost fully booked, but that doesn’t mean a New England native can’t have high hopes.
With UFC returning to TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on October 18, expect to see many hometown fighters making their walk to the Octagon. The card is nearly full, however, there are many hometown fighters left off.
So as a fellow New Englander, I give you my list of fights I wish UFC booked for Dana White’s homecoming.
Rob Font vs. Pedro Munhoz or Raphel Assuncao
Calvin Kattar’s fight was moved off this card, so there is only one man who can save the day.
It’s time Font starts making his climb up the rankings some more. Especially after his last opponent pulled out on him and then the replacement did too. I say let’s rewards Font with a higher ranked opponent.
Since Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz are out of commission, I think Munhoz or Assuncao would be the perfect matchups for the 135-pound killer. No matter who they give him, just get Rob Font on this card.
Fights we wanted to see announced:
The card is only one fight from being fully booked (aside from getting Calvin rebooked) so the following fights were me dreaming big. However, if anyone needs a last minute replacement because an opponent pulls out, any of the *New Englanders below are perfect for the job.
*Peter Barrett vs. Alex Caceres or *Joe Giannetti
Now that Barrett is in the UFC, he wants his shot at featherweight. Caceres would be the perfect first matchup for “Slippery Pete”, who made a big impression on Dana White during Contender Series. This would be a very exciting matchup for Barrett, with potential to earn a fight bonus.
But if Peter is unable to get a fight a 145 pounds, then why not face off against a rival inside TD Garden? Giannetti has been calling Barrett out for years, Peter recently responded. Fans love beef, so I think this matchup would also be awesome to see under the UFC banner.
*Jay Perrin vs. Brian Kelleher or Louis Smolka
If you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of Perrin. Although he should have gotten the nod on his Contender Series debut, he showcased he can hang at the elite level and he’s UFC ready.
Perrin is a future star, so a fight with Kelleher (who is looking for a fight) would be the product of great matchmaking. It would be a stand up war between two East Coast Gangsters— New York vs. Boston.
If not Kelleher, then let’s get Perrin vs. Smolka, since Louis just off an impressive win at UFC Vancouver. Something tells me Smolka wants to stay active. If so, let’s drag him out to Boston for that final slot on the Boston card.
Even Dana said Perrin won his last fight, so let’s make it up to the New England “Savage” and get him in the UFC.
Fights already booked for UFC Boston:
Dominick Reyes vs. Chris Weidman – Headliner
Greg Hardy vs. Ben Sosoli
Maycee Barber vs. Gillian Robertson
Brendan Allen vs. Eric Spicely
Derron Winn vs. Darren Stewart
Daniel Spitz vs. Tanner Boser
Randy Costa vs. Boston Salmon
Joe Lauzon vs. Jonathan Pearce
Molly McCann vs. Diana Belbiţă
Sean Brady vs. Court McGree
Kyle Bochniak vs. Sean Woodson
Manny Bermudez vs. Charles Rosa
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