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11.03.2018 | 11:39 PM ET

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UFC on ESPN 2
  • Saturday 03.30.2019 at 07:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: ESPN | Prelims: ESPN+
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: WME-IMG
  • Venue: Wells Fargo Center
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Jon Anik, Dominick Cruz, Daniel Cormier
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Interviews: Jon Anik | Backstage: Megan Olivi
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $1,102,542.16
  • Attendance: 11,123
  • TV Ratings: 828,000 avg. viewers (480k ESPN prelims)
  • MMA Bouts: 13
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Bout   Info
Justin Gaethje   defeats   Edson Barboza   via KO/TKO, Right Hook   2:30 Round 1 of 5 Bout Page
Jack Hermansson   defeats   David Branch   via Submission, Guillotine Choke   0:49 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Josh Emmett   defeats   Michael Johnson   via KO/TKO, Overhand Right   4:14 Round 3 of 3, 14:14 Total Bout Page
Michelle Waterson   defeats   Karolina Kowalkiewicz   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Paul Craig   defeats   Kennedy Nzechukwu   via Submission, Triangle Choke   4:20 Round 3 of 3, 14:20 Total Bout Page
Sodiq Yusuff   defeats   Sheymon Moraes   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Marina Rodriguez   defeats   Jessica Aguilar   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Des Green   defeats   Ross Pearson   via KO/TKO, Ground & Pound Against Fence   2:52 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Kevin Aguilar   defeats   Enrique Barzola   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Kevin Holland   defeats   Gerald Meerschaert   via Decision, Split   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Casey Kenney   defeats   Ray Borg   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Maryna Moroz   defeats   Sabina Mazo   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Alex Perez   defeats   Mark De La Rosa   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page

Responses

Alexa grasso hs
2019.01.05 12:51 PM ET

bout announced

Alexa Grasso vs. Marina Rodriguez at 115 lbs (52.2 kg)
Marina rodriguez hs
Michelle waterson
2019.01.09 12:02 AM ET

bout announced

Michelle Waterson vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz at 115 lbs (52.2 kg)
Karolina kowalkiewicz
Edson barboza
2019.01.16 12:01 AM ET

bout rumored

Edson Barboza vs. Justin Gaethje at 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
Justin gaethje
Edson barboza
2019.01.17 1:40 AM ET

bout status update

Barboza vs. Gaethje Changed from Rumored to Confirmed
Justin gaethje
Paul craig hs
2019.01.23 11:53 AM ET

bout announced

Paul Craig vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu at 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
Kennedy %282%29
Maryna moroz hs
2019.01.23 11:24 PM ET

bout announced

Maryna Moroz vs. Sabina Mazo at 125 lbs (56.7 kg)
Sabina mazo hs
Sheymon moraes h
2019.01.29 10:59 AM ET

bout announced

Sheymon Moraes vs. Sodiq Yusuff at 145 lbs (65.8 kg)
Sodiq yusuff hs2
Ufc ultimate fighting championship logo square
2019.01.29 11:06 AM ET

event start time updated

From Saturday, March 30 at 9:00pm ET to Saturday, March 30 at 7:00pm ET
Pearson ross tuf9 3
2019.01.31 11:26 AM ET

bout announced

Ross Pearson vs. Des Green at 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
Des green hs
Ufc ultimate fighting championship logo square
2019.02.04 2:48 PM ET

event picks deadline updated

Fantasy picks now lock at Saturday, March 30 at 3:30pm ET
Kevin aguilar hs
2019.02.07 1:12 PM ET

bout announced

Kevin Aguilar vs. Enrique Barzola at 145 lbs (65.8 kg)
Enrique barzola hs
07 davidbranchufc116w
2019.02.10 3:16 PM ET

bout announced

David Branch vs. Jack Hermansson at 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
Jack hermansson
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02.26.2019 | 10:45 AM ET

Predictions: 6 of 13 Winners, 1 Perfect, 340 Points   |   Tied for 1638th   |   View

Ray The Bum Borg vs Pingyuan Liu added




They cut guys like Moreno, Ben 10 & Naoki Inoue but kept the lay & pray expert Borg around....

Borg is a BUM 

* Edited at 02.26.2019, 10:47 AM ET *

"Its even louder in the silence "

Ray borg hs
2019.02.26 10:49 AM ET

bout announced

Ray Borg vs. Pingyuan Liu at 135 lbs (61.2 kg)
Pingyuan liu hs
Josh emmett hs
2019.02.26 1:02 PM ET

bout announced

Josh Emmett vs. Michael Johnson at 145 lbs (65.8 kg)
Michael johnson
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02.26.2019 | 6:39 PM ET

Predictions: 7 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 475 Points   |   Tied for 706th   |   View

Borg is super talented us I don’t think he loves to fight anymore.  I ha e tickets to this one but don’t expect to see this bout go through. Hopefully I’m wrong buuuuuut............

"No, I'm just the victim of a screwed-up nitrogen imbalance. Plus, I think I've contracted priapism."

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02.26.2019 | 6:55 PM ET

Predictions: 7 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 455 Points   |   Tied for 816th   |   View

Emmett vs johnson is good expect to see a knockout. 

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03.07.2019 | 4:13 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 0 of 2 Winners, 0 Perfect, 0 Points   |   Tied for 2151st   |   View

Waterson vs. Kowalkiewicz
Karolina Kowalkiewicz, DEC
Two very smart fighters, technical as well. Karolina's reach, vs. Michelle's grappling quirky style. Also, has Karolina recovered physically and psychologically from her devastating loss to Andrade, and 3 of her last 5 fights since she beat a smaller and less mature Rose Namajunas?

Alex perez hs
2019.03.12 2:44 PM ET

bout announced

Alex Perez vs. Mark De La Rosa at 135 lbs (61.2 kg)
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Kevin holland
2019.03.12 11:22 PM ET

bout announced

Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert at 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
Gerald meerschaert
Ray borg hs
2019.03.12 11:23 PM ET

bout status update

Borg vs. Liu Changed from Confirmed to Cancelled
Pingyuan liu hs
Ray borg hs
2019.03.12 11:23 PM ET

bout announced

Ray Borg vs. Kyler Phillips at 135 lbs (61.2 kg)
Kyler phillips
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03.19.2019 | 2:15 PM ET

Predictions: 6 of 13 Winners, 2 Perfect, 350 Points   |   Tied for 1575th   |   View

Now, this, my friends, is a card...

"I just wanna get him before USADA gets him."

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03.22.2019 | 9:40 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 6 of 13 Winners, 2 Perfect, 390 Points   |   Tied for 1343rd   |   View

Borg vs. Phillips
Kyler Phillips, DEC
Why even make a pick for this? We know Borg will pull out.

"too slwo"

Alexa grasso hs
2019.03.22 4:29 PM ET

bout status update

Grasso vs. Rodriguez Changed from Confirmed to Cancelled
Marina rodriguez hs
Jessica aguilar
2019.03.22 4:30 PM ET

bout announced

Jessica Aguilar vs. Marina Rodriguez at 115 lbs (52.2 kg)
Marina rodriguez hs
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03.25.2019 | 1:24 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 0 of 1 Winners, 0 Perfect, 0 Points   |   Tied for 2151st   |   View

Barboza vs. Gaethje
Edson Barboza
Knick out4 round

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03.25.2019 | 3:09 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 1 of 2 Winners, 0 Perfect, 65 Points   |   Tied for 2108th   |   View

Aguilar vs. Barzola
Enrique Barzola, DEC
Pressure, good conditioning, strength, unrelentless grappling.

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03.25.2019 | 7:35 AM ET

Predictions: 7 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 425 Points   |   Tied for 1045th   |   View

Aguilar vs Barzola

Barzola, dec.

Tough fight for Aguilar, Barzola is a bad style for him. Barzola has very good TD's, and although Aguilar is very good off his back and is deft at avoiding GNP, he's still going to spend a lot of time slipping and ducking with Brazola on top of him. Barzola's striking sucks balls and he's leakier than church roof, so aguilar could lay him out, but it's not likely.

Waterson vs KK

Waterson decision.

Unless KK has developed a more diverse striking repertoire as opposed to wrote muay thai combinations, she's going to lose to the more creative fighter in waterson here.If it somehow goes to the mat, karate hotty has an even bigger advantage.

Moroz vs Maso

Who gives a ****?





* Edited at 03.25.2019, 7:37 AM ET *

"'John Jones will never headline a UFC event ever again"--Dana white 2016."

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03.25.2019 | 12:34 PM ET

Predictions: 7 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 505 Points   |   489th Place   |   View

I thought Sean Brady was supposed to debut on this card??
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03.25.2019 | 1:44 PM ET

Predictions: 6 of 13 Winners, 1 Perfect, 340 Points   |   Tied for 1638th   |   View

something happened, he's not on this card anymore @random knowledge

"Its even louder in the silence "

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03.25.2019 | 1:46 PM ET

Predictions: 6 of 13 Winners, 1 Perfect, 340 Points   |   Tied for 1638th   |   View

Barboza vs Gaethje 


Justin Gaethje by KO within 3 rounds. 

Barboza can't handle pressure from heavy punchers, watch Barboza vs Jamie Varner, MJ. Big fan of Edson but Gaethje is his kryptonite. 

"Its even louder in the silence "

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03.25.2019 | 7:28 PM ET

Predictions: 7 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 505 Points   |   489th Place   |   View

That's to bad, I really want to see how he develops. Also, I agree on the Gaethje pick. He will walk Edson down. However, if he gives Barboza room for even a second I don't trust Gaethje's defense vs a Barboza kick.
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03.25.2019 | 7:28 PM ET

Predictions: 7 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 425 Points   |   Tied for 1045th   |   View

Barboza vs Gaethje


Barboza, TKO R4.


As this guy ^ says, Edson doesn't like being pressured by big punchers. Like, at all. If Justin is going to win it will be within three rounds. How probablE is that? About as equally probable as Edson fighting cautiously, staying on his pony, teeping the living **** out of Gaethje for three and getting a head kick or flying knee KO  in the 4th when he's still relatively fresh and Gaethje is spent from throwing 100% in to every strike. 50/50. I have to side with the wily veteran with much superior cardio and toughness. Edson can take a real beating and has grit for days. Justin will have to KO him clean, because if he just wobbles him bad/drops him Edson will recover and may even submit him if it stays on the ground.

Johnson vs Emmett

Johnson KO/TKO R2.

Everybody wants to lick the ginger chipmunk's taint because he sparked Lamas. I was one of the 9% who picked him to win that by KO, but I'm not going to do so here. Speed kills ladies and gentleman, and Johnson has the fastest hands in the division. Much, much better hand speed than Emmett, and better hands in general. He can also take a pounding, as evidenced by the Gathje fight. Does emmett hit harder than Justin? I ******* doubt it. They will exchange from the bell and Johnson is gonna give a lot more than he gets for a KO/TKO.

Perez vs De La Rosa

Perez, KO/TKO R2.


Perez should win this fight easily, really. Before losing to Benavidez who is still top 3 he was undefeated and he very nearly ended Joeseph in that fight. Excellent conditioning, very aggressive, strong TD's, much more experienced. One of the surer bets on the card.



"'John Jones will never headline a UFC event ever again"--Dana white 2016."

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03.25.2019 | 7:43 PM ET

Predictions: 7 of 13 Winners, 4 Perfect, 505 Points   |   489th Place   |   View

Haha, Wow, that second paragraph read much more graphic than what I was prepared for. The thing is, I haven't seen the same stopping power from MJ since his move to 145 where as ,with Emmett, he has dropped his 3 opponents every time he has touched them. Unless Stephens permanently broke him, Emmett by decision.

I'd just like to touch on your point about the main event should it his the canvas... WHAT?! I don't see Barboza submitting anyone, ever, much less someone with the wrestling of Gaethje. I just don't think this fight will spend much time on the canvas.

De La Rosa has his best shot if he can get this to the ground. However, I think Perez is strong enough to keep the fight upright and land aggressively. Perez is the pick for me.

Quick picks for the rest: karolina, Rodriguez, Branch, Moraes, Borg.
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03.25.2019 | 7:59 PM ET

Predictions: 7 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 425 Points   |   Tied for 1045th   |   View

@Random thing is, MJ doesn't have to KO him. All he needs to do is hurt him enough to keep him from taking risks, and given that he's hard to land on clean, and has crazy fast hands and an ability to catch people from odd angles, it's a good bet he'll be able to keep him honest. MJ by either decision or KO/TKO wouldn't surprise me. Emmett has one good win and that's Lamas. He lost to green. MJ has fought khabib, elkins, poirier, Gaethje, Diaz, Dariush...and he's beaten poirier and Barboza. He's beaten Tony Fergsuon! Emmett has basically just crushed cans.

As for Barboza by sub, well it's not even close to being his best chance of winning but people easily forget he's a bJJ blackbelt. Imagine a situation where Justin is totally depleted. He's swinging like a fat drunk smoker at a pub. Edson catches him with a kick or a knee, justin drops, Edson pounches on a gilly or RNC, and Justin doesn't have the gas to fight off.

* Edited at 03.25.2019, 8:21 PM ET *

"'John Jones will never headline a UFC event ever again"--Dana white 2016."

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03.25.2019 | 11:18 PM ET

Predictions: 6 of 13 Winners, 1 Perfect, 340 Points   |   Tied for 1638th   |   View

Lets go Casey Kenney! 

"Its even louder in the silence "

Ray borg hs
2019.03.25 11:22 PM ET

bout status update

Borg vs. Phillips Changed from Confirmed to Cancelled
Kyler phillips
Ray borg hs
2019.03.25 11:22 PM ET

bout announced

Ray Borg vs. Casey Kenney at 137 lbs (62.1 kg)
Casey kenney
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03.26.2019 | 12:40 AM ET

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lol what have you got against Borg anyway Brucey? I'll grant you that he's roughly as exciting as drying laundry but I can't think of anything he's done to engender such hatred. Not like he ****** a dolphin at seaworld during the children's matinée, anyway. 

Pretty vain hope that Kenney wins this. Not only is he singularly ******* awful, but he's taking this on short notice. He should be +5000 by anything going in to this. Only way I see him winning is by DQ/NC. If he by some act off God wins this, I will take a **** on the dinner table at my GF's next family BBQ, wipe my ass with a bread roll, eat it like a T-rex, and afterwards start a conversation with her father about how I prefer a good home-brewed nutella sandwich to his wife's ****** pasta bake.

* Edited at 03.26.2019, 12:59 AM ET *

"'John Jones will never headline a UFC event ever again"--Dana white 2016."

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03.26.2019 | 12:49 AM ET

Predictions: 7 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 455 Points   |   Tied for 816th   |   View

@fish if my memory serves me correctly at the start of Lewis vs Nganou you said you'd eat your own **** if it went the distance............. we're still waiting...

"He talk about my religion, he talk about my father, he broke bus."

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03.26.2019 | 4:02 AM ET

Predictions: 7 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 425 Points   |   Tied for 1045th   |   View

I remember it differently. Way I recall it I said 'this fight will definitely go to a decision, and if it does I will console myself with a okonomayaki hand prepared by a premium Honshu hooker". When that came to pass everyone was like 'well yeah, I guess that was always going to happen, thanks for guiding us through it fish and may nothing but happiness walk through your door forever'. And then literally everyone in the thread congratulated me and somebody said they wished I was their dad, which brought a tear to my eye and my monacle fogged up, so I took it off and polished it and then I turned into a dog and this happened:

* Edited at 03.26.2019, 4:34 AM ET *

"'John Jones will never headline a UFC event ever again"--Dana white 2016."


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