Ultimate Fighting Championship will host two electric fight cards this weekend.
The Fight Nights will take place in Auckland, New Zealand and San Antonio, Texas this Saturday.
UFC Fight Night 43 is the first event the organisation has hosted in New Zealand. The headlined main event the night will be the middleweight bout between Kiwi fighter James Te Huna and American fighter Nate “The Great” Marquadt.
Both fighters are coming into the octagon looking for a win as they have both lost their last two previous fights. Te Huna will look to dominate the fight by striking and keeping the fight standing to play to his strengths, while Marquadt who is also dominant in the standing position will look to counter attack his opponent’s strikes.
The co-main event of the night will be a heavyweight bout between Australian fighter Soa “The Hulk” Palelei and American fighter Jared “The Big Show” Rosholt. Both fighters are on winning streaks and will be out to derail the other come Saturday night.
There are a total of 10 fights; it should be an exciting night.
Main Event: Te Huna v Marquadt
Newsroom’s prediction: Te Huna by KO
Co-Main Event: Palelei v Rosholt
Newsroom’s prediction: Palelei by KO
UFC Fight Night 44 will also be the first time the organisation has hosted in San Antonio. The headlined main event for the night will be a featherweight bout between American fighter Cub Swanson and fellow American fighter Jeremy “Lil Heathen” Stephens. Both fighters are on winning streaks in the UFC and will both look to end the fight in the standing position.
The co-main event of the night will be a welterweight bout between American fighter Kelvin Gastelum and Swedish fighter Nico Musoke. Gastelum is undefeated and will look to improve on his 9-0 record, while Musoke’s 12-2 is aiming to end his opponent’s winning streak.
There will be a total of 12 fights for this event.
Main Event: Swanson v Stephens
Newsroom’s prediction: Swanson by KO
Co-Main Event: Gastelum v Musoke
Newsroom’s prediction: Gastelum by submission – David Telefoni
Top photo of UFC match from Jamison Hiner’s Flickr photostream.