Here’s a quick advisory: Saturday’s UFC 227 televised prelims will be aired live on FX, not FOX Sports 1. FS1 will be airing the Los Angeles Angels at Cleveland Indians game at 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday evening.
On we go with the article.
The first of only two UFC cards in the month of August will take place on Saturday night with UFC 227 on pay-per-view (main card 10 p.m. EDT).
UFC 227 is headlined with a championship doubleheader.
Incumbent Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw (16-3) will meet No. 1 Bantamweight contender Cody Garbrandt (11-1) for the Bantamweight title in the main event, while Flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1) will battle No. 1 Flyweight contender Henry Cejudo (12-2) for the Flyweight title.
As is now customary, predictions on both title matches will be made here.
Let’s first look at the Flyweight title fight in the co-main event.
Johnson, the only UFC Flyweight Champion in history, has a 5-0 record in his last five UFC appearances, all of them were championship matches. His most recent win occurred in UFC 216’s co-main event versus Ray Borg on Oct. 7, 201,7 by fifth round submission, netting him the Performance of the Night Award that evening.
Johnson later won the Submission of the Year Award for his performance in his record-setting 11th consecutive title defense.
Cejudo has posted a 3-2 record in his last five matches, with his most recent win coming on Dec. 2, 2017 versus Sergio Pettis in UFC 218 by unanimous decision.
Looking at the tale of the tape for this match, Johnson holds the advantage in reach (66 inches to 64 inches), with Cejudo leading in leg reach (37 inches to 34 inches).
I like Johnson to score a first round submission on Saturday night to defend the belt for a 12th time.
Let’s now take a look at the Bantamweight title fight in the headliner.
Dillashaw has posted a 4-1 record in his last five UFC matches, with two of those victories coming in title bouts. His last win occurred on Nov. 4, 2017 against Garbrandt in UFC 217’s co-main event by second round knockout.
Dillashaw won the Performance of the Night Award that evening for his efforts.
In the other corner, Garbrandt has likewise posted a 4-1 record in his last five UFC appearances, with his last victory coming on Dec. 30, 2016 in UFC 207’s co-main event versus Dominick Cruz by unanimous decision, netting him the Fight of the Night Award in the process.
This looks to be an amazing fight. The tale of the tape indicates that Dillashaw holds a two-inch reach advantage (67 inches to 65 inches), with the combatants level in leg reach (38 inches apiece).
Let’s go with Garbrandt by first round knockout in the main event.
Three other fights make up the main card:
No. 5 contender Cub Swanson (25-9) vs. No. 10 contender Renato Moicano (12-1-1) [Featherweight]
Polyana Viana (10-1) vs. JJ Aldrich (6-2) [Women’s Strawweight]
No. 13 contender Thiago Santos (17-6) vs. Tuesday Night Contender Series alum Kevin Holland (13-3) [Middleweight]
As far as the TV prelims go on Saturday night, Matt Sayles (6-1), a Contender Series graduate who was one of four fighters to be awarded a UFC contract in the second episode of this season, will face 9-1 Sheymon Moraes on FX in a Middleweight fight.
In addition, Montel Jackson (6-0), who appeared on the season premiere of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in June, will meet 10-1 Ricky Simon (an alum of the first season of Tuesday Night Contender Series) in a Bantamweight contest.
UFC 227 at a Glance:
Fight Pass Prelims: Saturday, 6:15 p.m. EDT, UFC Fight Pass
FX Prelims: Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT, FX
Main Card: Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT, pay-per-view