The UFC heads down to State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas for Fight Night 94. The event takes place on the banks of the Rio Grande River right across from Reynosa, Mexico.
The highlight of the card will be a lightweight tussle between Michael Johnson and Dustin Poirier, but that isn’t the only intriguing fight on the card. Derek Brunson and Uriah Hall will do battle looking to ascend the middleweight ranks with a victory, while Roan Carneiro is back in the octagon taking on Kenny Robertson in what should be a hard-hitting welterweight battle. Mexico’s Jose Quinonez is certain to have plenty of fans in the stands against ‘KO King’ Joey Gomez in a bantamweight battle. It also might not feel like home for Sam Sicilia, as he takes on Mexico’s Gabriel Benitez in a featherweight tussle.
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Randy Brown ($10,900 vs. Erick Montano): Brown (-450) is the biggest favorite on the board, and he’ll look the part. He made his UFC debut in grand fashion, pushing aside the battle-tested Matt Dwyer, and he posted a rear-naked choke submission victory against Michael Graves back in April. He is on the fast track to stardom in the welterweight division. Brown enters this matchup with a two-inch height advantage, and he is the whole package. He has plenty of power and a good ground game to withstand Montano, who is a grappling specialist.
Derek Brunson ($10,000 vs. Uriah Hall): Brunson enters this bout as a moderate favorite (-190), mostly due to a four-bout win streak, which includes three straight first-round KO/TKO results. If Hall is going to be the fourth straight victim, Brunson will need to need to tire Hall out early and often, getting Hall down to the mat and letting his wrestling prowess take over. As long as Brunson can avoid the lucky heavy hit, he is the more polished fighter in this one and he will come out on top.
Belal Muhammad ($10,200 vs. Augusto Montano): Muhammad is a piece of iron who can withstand the punches he’ll face from Montano. He also needs to avoid being pinned up against the fence, as Montano is famous for delivering punishing knees to weaken his opponents. Outside of that, Muhammad is the much more polished fighter who flashed in July when he took Alan Jouban to the brink on short notice. Montano hasn’t faced a fighter of Muhammad’s caliber, and after this one he’ll be sad that he did.
Joey Gomez ($8,900 vs. Jose Quinonez): Gomez is looking to rebound after being taken down by Rob Font back in January. The loss ended a streak of six straight first-round knockouts for Gomez. Quinones hasn’t fought since June 6, 2015, when he submitted Leonardo Morales with a rear-naked choke. Gomez isn’t nicknamed ‘KO King’ by mistake. All six of his wins have come via TKO or knockout, and even his loss to Font came as a result of KO/TKO. Gomez’s fights do not end early, and this will be no different, especially with Quinonez showing a lot of rust in the early going after his long layoff.
Antonio Carlos Junior ($9,900 vs. Leonardo Guimaraes): ACJ is a heavy favorite (-260), but you wouldn’t know it from the DFS salary. Take advantage of the soft pricing. He is still rounding into form as a professional, but four of his five victories have come via submission. He’ll look to add to that total against ‘Leleco’, who made his UFC debut in February. Carlos is the much better fighter here, and he’ll pick up a quick victory. Look for Carlos to go for the quick takedown early in the first round. If he can assume top position it will over rather quickly, as Guimaraes just doesn’t possess a good ground game.