With homegrown talent, a rowdy Canadian crowd, and a main event that is sure to be a fight-of-the-year candidate, UFC® FIGHT NIGHT 158 travels north of the border this Saturday, Sept. 14, live from Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
UFC® FIGHT NIGHT 158 boasts stacked matchups in both the prelims and on the main card. The action gets underway beginning at 5 p.m. ET on TSN2, followed by the main card at 8 p.m. ET.
Ahead of the event, which is the final Canadian stop for the UFC in 2019, @TSN_PR got the lowdown from resident UFC reporter Aaron Bronsteter, who breaks down why the highly anticipated UFC® FIGHT NIGHT 158 is sure to be a knockout for Canadian fight fans:
The Main Event – Donald Cerrone vs. Justin Gaethje
Gaethje vs. Cowboy is a better main event than every pay-per-view main event that has taken place so far this year. Vancouver should be thrilled.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) July 18, 2019
Don't @ me.
If you haven’t seen Justin Gaethje fight before, I highly recommend it. Gaethje’s fights are like being on a roller coaster for as long as it lasts. His entire approach involves walking forward and taking as much punishment as he needs to in order to inflict the same or more punishment on his opponent. After defeating Edson Barboza back in March, Gaethje plans to do the same thing against a veteran fighter in Donald Cerrone.
Conversely, Cerrone is the most active fighter in UFC history and will log his 34th fight since 2010 when he faces Gaethje this Saturday. Cerrone attacks with great diversity and is absolutely fearless.
Both of these men compete with a ferocity and reckless abandon that is almost unparalleled in the UFC, which will make this one of the can’t-miss bouts of 2019.
Canadians in the Octagon®
There are a number of homegrown stars to watch out for this Saturday:
On the preliminary card, Windsor, Ont. native Kyle Prepolec competes in his natural weight class for the first time in his UFC career after accepting a fight against Nordine Taleb. And Winnipeg’s Brad Katona looks to bounce back after suffering the first loss of his career in Ottawa this past May.
Additionally, undefeated Vancouver-born bantamweight Cole Smith looks to maintain his unblemished record in front of his hometown crowd when he faces Miles Johns, another undefeated fighter who was recently signed after an incredible showing on the DANA WHITE CONTENDER SERIES.
The lone Canadian on the main card is Misha Cirkunov, who was born in Latvia and grew up in Toronto. Cirkunov takes on undefeated 23-year-old Jim Crute, and aims to bounce back from a loss to top light-heavyweight prospect Johnny Walker earlier this year.
And this just in:
I'm hearing that Vancouver's Tristan Connelly will face Michel Pereira on Saturday, replacing Sergey Khandozhko who was forced out due to Visa issues.@MMATristan is 13-6 and has won 8 of his last 9. He is the Rise FC lightweight champion and would move up a weight class.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) September 10, 2019
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