Finally, the UFC returns to Canada.
The nation’s capital will host UFC Fight Night 89, and not surprisingly, there are a lot of Canucks on the card trying to advance their careers.
Welcome back to The Crossfire.
Kenai Andrews shares his thoughts on the main card.
TSN 5 MAIN CARD
#5 VALERIE LETOURNEAU (8-4-0) VS #12 JOANNE CALDERWOOD (10-1-0)
Andrews: Calderwood is returning from a long time on the shelf due to injury. I like Calderwood and her Muay Thai, but Letourneau proved in her fight against Jedrzejczyk that she is tough too. Letourneau also takes a lot of damage. Assuming JoJo is back to full strength, she should get the decision win.
Andrews Prediction: Joanne Calderwood via unanimous decision.
OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER (8-2-0) VS THIBAULT GOUTI (11-1-0)
Andrews: Both are trying to get back into the win column, as well as take the fight to the ground. So, this could end up a boring stalemate on the feet. Tough to say. I have to go with the grappling and experience advantage of Aubin-Mercier here.
Andrews Prediction: Olivier Aubin-Mercier via unanimous decision.
STEVE BOSSE (11-2-0) VS SEAN O’CONNELL (17-7-0)
Andrews: Bosse looked impressive in his last fight, and O’Connell seems to be another suitable less-than-technical candidate for an upset “Who’s the Bosse” highlight.
Andrews Prediction: Steve Bosse via TKO.
DONALD CERRONE (29-7-0, 1NC) VS PATRICK COTE (24-9-0)
Andrews: Cote has been on a nice run, but it should end here with The Cowboy. Cerrone is more technical and he should be able to outstrike Cote. He just needs to avoid the big shots. Cote needs to turn this into a brawl to win, which he can do, but Cerrone should be smart enough to avoid.
Andrews Prediction: Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision.
#1 RORY MACDONALD VS #2 STEPHEN THOMPSON (12-1-0)
Andrews: MacDonald needs to get the fight to the ground, while Thompson needs to keep the distance so he can use his kicks. Until someone can knock Thompson off his feet, I’m going to go with The Wonderboy. That said, I wouldn’t be shocked if MacDonald was able to overcome. I just don’t think he will.
Andrews Prediction: Stephen Thompson via TKO.