UFC Fight Night 68 will be held on June 6, 2015 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The event was expected to be headlined by a light heavyweight bout between top contenders Daniel Cormier and Ryan Bader. However on April 28, due to Jon Jones’ hit-and-run incident leading up to his fight at UFC 187 against Anthony Johnson, the UFC decided to strip him of the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and suspend him indefinitely. Jones was replaced by Cormier. In turn, a middleweight bout between Tim Boetsch and mixed martial arts legend Dan Henderson was promoted to the main event. Subsequently, Bader was pulled from the event entirely.
Boetsch (18-8 MMA) has traded wins and losses inside the octagon since his unanimous decision loss to Mark Muno at UFC 162. A split decision win over CB Dollaway was followed by an inverted triangle submission loss to Luke Rockhold at UFC 172. Boetsch recovered from the loss with a ‘Performance of the Night’ TKO win over Brad Tavares. In his last fight, Boetsch succomed to Thales Leites via submission in a ‘Fight of the Night’ performance.
Henderson (30-13 MMA) has gone 1-5 in his last six UFC appearences. His latest loses came via submission to Daniel Cormier at UFC 173 and a TKO loss to Gegard Mousasi in January in ‘Hendo’s’ return to middleweight. His last victory came against Mauricio ‘Shougun’ Rua in March, 2014 where Henderson would earn ‘Fight of the Night’ & ‘Performance of the Night’ awards for his efforts.
The co-main event features a heavyweight contest between Ben Rothwell and Matt Mitrione.
Find below the MMA Mad staff predictions for the event along with the results following UFC Fight Night 67 from Brazil last weekend.
Round 17 Results
Dale Jordan – 132
Nicholas Rizner – 121
James Carroll – 102
Round 18 Results
Dale Jordan – 135
Nicholas Rizner – 122
James Carroll – 107