UFC Fight Night comes to Houston on Saturday, but all the talk ahead of the fights is about the big game the city is hosting the next day. It’s a busy weekend for Houston, as Saturday’s Fight Night is followed by the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Although the fighters were all focused on getting ready for Saturday, they couldn’t help but talk about Super Bowl 51, when Tom Brady’s New England Patriots dynasty faces the upstart Atlanta Falcons, led by Matt Ryan.
The Falcons seemed to be the popular pick, with Derrick Lewis and welterweight champion Tyronne Woodley among the majority of fighters expecting the Falcons’ explosive offense to defy the odds and upset the Patriots.
“They embody the phrase ‘Rise Up,'” Woodley said. “Everyone counted them out. They rose to the occasion and got the job done.”
Dennis Bermudez, who is fighting in the Fight Night’s headline event against Chan Sung Jung, was one of a sizable minority stumping for Patriots’ superior know-how. UFC’s No. 9 featherweight fighter thinks the Falcons’ defence won’t be able to pressure Brady enough to knock the Patriots off their game.
Julianna Pena is a huge Patriots fan, but she met the Falcons during their training camp before the season and bonded with the players. Despite that experience, she’s sticking with her heart and rooting for the Patriots, saying, “Bill Belichick is the best coach ever.”
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Valentina Shevchenko and Julianna Pena, the UFC’s top two bantamweight fighters, are gearing up for their showdown on Saturday at UFC Fight Night Denver.
At open workouts ahead of the fight, Shevchenko said she is pushing herself to the limit in her preparations.
“My focus is only to take this victory,” the top-ranked Shevchenko said. “I’m very motivated.”
For her part, Pena said her week of preparation leading up to the fight had been “great”, adding: “It’s time to enjoy the moment.”
She also fired a warning at Shevchenko, saying: “I’m going to kick, scream, punch, do whatever I have to in order to get this win.”
Donald Cerrone, Jorge Masvidal, Francis Ngannou, and Andrei Arlovski were also present at the open workouts.