Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) makes its way down to Mexico for the second time in 2015 for a UFC Fight Night 78 mixed martial arts (MMA) event scheduled to take place tonight (Sat., Nov. 21, 2015) in Monterrey, Mexico, with a welterweight feature fight between ranked combatants Neil Magny and Kelvin Gastelum nearly on deck.
Both fighters come into this sink-or-swim tussle off of victories and have each put together lengthy win streaks inside the Octagon. Since capturing The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 crown, Gastelum reeled off five straight, before being thwarted by Tyron Woodley at UFC 183 last January, while Magny cruised through eight foes, until he was dispatched handedly by Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Demian Maia in August.
It's a pivotal tilt for each talented welterweight, but there can only be one winner. See what some of their peers on the UFC Monterrey card predict will happen later this evening.
"Magny has a lot of momentum going. I think he wins it." - bantamweight, Scott Jorgensen
"Both of these guys are similar in the fact that like every time I picked against them, they've ended up coming out on top anyway so this is actually a great fight. They're both dark horses. The only reason I'd go with Kelvin is because Magny is coming in on short notice and I don't know if he's in shape or what." - featherweight, Ricardo Lamas
"I gotta go for my crowd. Gastelum; I'm good friends with him too. He's a great fighter. Magny is a great athlete too; he's main-event status, so I just wish them both luck and maybe I'll get them one day." - welterweight, Hector Urbina
"I don't know. They're both really cool dudes. I'm just going to watch the fight and enjoy it. I hope both guys make it out uninjured and put on a great show." - featherweight, Andre Fili
"Gastelum and Neil; it's a great fight. They're both tough wrestlers. Gastelum's my little brother; I'm rooting for that guy. Neil's a tough fight though; he's long and rangy. KG is going to have to move in and out, use his footwork and takedowns. That's going to be the key to success. I know Neil comes from high-altitude training camp like myself and that's always an edge." - featherweight, Diego Sanchez
"I've never seen Neil fight, but I can tell you how good Kelvin is. I think Kelvin has improved his striking. I think he just had a bad -- maybe he should've just closed the distance a little bit more against Tyron Woodley, but I still feel he's one of the top fighters at that weight class. I think he's like Top 3." - flyweight, Henry Cejudo
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