On Saturday, September 14, 2019, the UFC will be making its way to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for UFC on ESPN+ 16.
In the main event of the evening, No. 4 lightweight, Justin Gaethje, will be taking on the No. 5 ranked, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
These are the underrated fights to watch at UFC Vancouver.
Kyle Prepolec vs. Austin Hubbard
In this lightweight bout, Ontario’s own Kyle Prepolec will be taking on Austin Hubbard.
Prepolec holds a professional record of 12-6, including seven knockouts and three submissions. He is 3-2 in his last five fights, including two TKO wins and one decision.
In his most recent fight, he made his UFC debut, where he fought Nordine Taleb, losing by unanimous decision. He has had two fights under the Bellator promotion, having gone 1-1 in his two fights there. He is currently 0-1 in the UFC and will look to even the score against Hubbard in Vancouver.
Hubbard holds a professional record of 10-3, including four knockouts and two submissions. He is also 3-2 in his last five fights. Those three wins include a fifth-round TKO and two unanimous decisions.
Recently, he has fought twice under the LFA promotion, having gone 2-0 under their banner. He is currently 0-1 in the UFC, after losing a unanimous decision to Davi Ramos in his promotional debut. He will surely be looking to even the score against Prepolec on Saturday night.
Brad Katona vs. Hunter Azure
In this bantamweight bout, Winnipeg’s own Brad Katona will be fighting the undefeated Hunter Azure.
Katona, who trains out of SBG Ireland, holds a professional record of 8-1. His record includes five decisions and two submissions. His first and only loss recently came by way of decision. His UFC record currently stands at 2-1. He’s won two fights by unanimous decision and lost his most recent fights in the same fashion. He is 4-1 in his last five fights and will look to tack on one more against undefeated Azure in Vancouver.
His opponent in Azure holds a professional record of 7-0, including three knockouts and three decisions. He has three wins under the LFA promotion, which includes two unanimous decision wins and a first-round TKO. He will look to continue his undefeated run against SBG Ireland’s Katona in Vancouver.
Cole Smith vs. Miles Johns
In this bantamweight bout, Vancouver’s own, undefeated Cole Smith will be fighting a fellow unbeaten fighter in Miles Johns.
Smith holds a professional record of 7-0, including two knockouts and three submissions. In his last five fights, he has three finishes and two decisions. The three finishes include two first-round submissions and a first-round TKO. Both decisions were unanimous. In his most recent fight, he made his UFC debut against Mitch Gagnon at UFC Ottawa in May. He won the fight via unanimous decision. He will look to keep his UFC run going against his fellow undefeated prospect, Miles Johns, in his hometown of Vancouver.
His opponent in Johns holds a professional record of 9-0, including two knockouts and two submissions. In his last five fights, he has four decisions and a submission victory. The submission was a second-round guillotine choke. Aside from that, he had three unanimous decision wins and a split decision. In his most recent fight, he fought Richie Santiago on Dana White’s Contender Series where he won via unanimous decision and earned himself a contract. He will surely look to make a lasting impression and continue his undefeated run against the hometown hero in his undefeated adversary at UFC Vancouver.
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