It’s a light week in MMA the week before the Christmas holiday, with no major promotions holding a card this weekend.
However, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t a buzz surrounding the Friday night Island Fights 51 card (main card action begins at 9 p.m. EST/6 PST on UFC Fight Pass.)
Initially, the buzz surrounding Island Fights 51 was scheduled to have been the main event that would have matched 3-0 Greg Hardy with 3-3 Miles Dakota Merritt in a Heavyweight contest.
Earlier this month, however, Hardy was taken off of this weekend’s card and was instead booked to the Jan. 19 UFC Fight Night card in Brooklyn at Barclays Center for his UFC debut in the first UFC card on ESPN+.
The buzz surrounding the card now shifts to the presence of UFC President Dana White in the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola. White will attend the Friday night show as the UFC tapes a future episode of its Web series Dana White: Lookin’ For a Fight, which, much like Island Fights events, streams on Fight Pass.
The new main event of Island Fights 51 is a three-round Lightweight title match between 5-1 Mike Davis and 10-4 Socrates Pierre.
Note: Reach information for Socrates Pierre was unavailable on Tapology. Mike Davis has a 72.5-inch reach heading into Friday night’s contest.
Both contestants in the main event on Friday night stand at exactly six feet tall.
Davis, an alumnus of the second season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on Fight Pass, has gone 4-1 in his last five MMA appearances. His most recent fight was on Contender Series on July 24, having lost to Sodiq Yusuff by unanimous decision.
Pierre, a veteran of previous Island Fights cards, has likewise gone 4-1 in his five previous MMA fights. His last fight was a unanimous decision victory against Abraao Amorim in Combat Night Pro 6 on July 14.
Prediction: Pierre by first-round knockout.
Other fights on Friday night’s card include:
Chase Sherman (11-6) vs. Frank Tate (6-5) [Heavyweight, co-main event]
Max Mustaki (6-3) vs. Mike Barnett (4-1) [Lightweight]
Sidney Outlaw (11-3) vs. Zach Fears (9-3) [Welterweight]
Brok Weaver (11-4) vs. Tyler Hill (8-2) [Welterweight]
James Freeman (6-2) vs. Elvin Leon Brito (9-7) [Welterweight]
Cameron Page (4-3) vs. Jason Cefalu (4-1) [Flyweight]
RJ Summerlin (1-1) vs. Cody Herbert (first professional appearance) [Middleweight]
Island Fights 51 at a Glance:
Main Card: Friday, 9 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. PST, UFC Fight Pass
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