For only the second time in this calendar, the UFC will hold an event on a non-Saturday, this week’s UFC on ESPN2 (a.k.a., UFC on ESPN 6). The event takes place this Friday night in Boston at TD Garden for the promotion’s first show in over a year and a half in Beantown, and will be aired in full on ESPN2.
Undercard action begins Friday evening at 6 p.m. EDT, 3 p.m. PDT on ESPN’s sister station, with the main card airing at 9 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. PDT.
Prior to this event, the other non-Saturday UFC event to take place was UFC on ESPN 1 on Feb. 17, a Sunday, in Phoenix, AZ, as the promotion took advantage of the long Presidents’ Day weekend.
UFC on ESPN2 is headlined by a five-round contest in the UFC’s Light Heavyweight division, as No. 4 contender Dominick Reyes (11-0) battles No. 8 contender Chris Weidman (14-4).
This is Weidman’s first appearance as a Light Heavyweight, as he previously competed in the UFC Middleweight division and held the UFC Middleweight championship from 2013 to 2015, defending the belt three times.
The co-main event of UFC on ESPN2 is what some folks might call “the people’s main event,” a rematch of UFC on ESPN+ 17’s Featherweight main event between No. 7 contender Yair Rodriguez (12-2, 1 NC) and No. 8 contender Jeremy Stephens (28-16, 1 NC).
When these fighters battled last month, this fight was stopped inside the opening minute of the first round of the five-round contest due to an accidental eye poke landed by Rodriguez. Stephens was unable to continue after his allotted five minutes of recovery time lapsed and the fight was ruled a no-contest after just 16 seconds.
Let’s turn our focus of attention back to the main event:
Heading into the main event, Dominick Reyes is the taller contestant, standing 6-foot-4, two inches taller than Chris Weidman at 6-foot-2.
Reyes has posted a perfect 5-0 record in his last five UFC appearances, most recently scoring a split decision against Volkan Oezdemir in UFC on ESPN+ 5 in London on Mar. 16.
In the other corner, Chris Weidman has gone 1-4 in his last five fights, most recently losing via third-round KO vs. Jacare Souza in UFC 230 last November.
The Tale of the Tape
UFC.com shows that Chris Weidman owns a one-inch reach advantage (79 inches to 78 inches) over Dominick Reyes, with Reyes owning a 1 ½-inch reach advantage (43.5 inches to 42 inches) over Weidman.
Prediction: Dominick Reyes by first-round KO.
Aside from the previously-mentioned co-main event, these fights will also take place during the main card:
Greg Hardy (6-1) vs. Ben Sosoli (7-2) [Heavyweight]
Joe Lauzon (27-15) vs. Jonathan Pierce (9-3) [Lightweight]
No. 12 competitor Maycee Barber (5-0) vs. No. 15 contender Gillian Robertson (7-3) [Women’s Flyweight]
Deron Winn (6-0) vs. Darren Stewart (10-4) [Middleweight]
UFC on ESPN2 at a Glance
Prelims: Friday, 6 p.m. EDT, 3 p.m. PDT, ESPN2
Main Card: Friday, 9 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. PDT, ESPN2
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