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SciFighting Staff Picks for UFC Fight Night: Abu Dhabi and Bellator 116

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This weekend brings to us a UFC Fight Pass from Abu Dhabi and Bellator 116.

The first, UFC Fight Night Abu Dhabi, features a heavyweight battle between Roy Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The co-main event is a featherweight bout as Clay Guida takes on Tatsuya Kawajiri.

The Bellator 116 card is headlined by a heavyweight tournament semifinal bout between Blagoi Ivanov and Lavar Johnson. Kicking off the card, the other half of the Bellator heavyweight tournament as Mighty Mo battles former heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov.

A welterweight semifinal bout also occupies the main card. Nathan Coy will fight Adam McDonough for a spot in the finals.

Bellator 116 also marks the end of a career as longtime MMA veteran Vladimir Matyushenko fights for the last time. His opponent for his retirement is fellow UFC veteran Joey Beltran.

We have a tie breaker as well this weekend for Saturday night’s boxing PPV. Manny Pacquiao seeks redemption against Timothy Bradley in a highly-anticipated rematch of one of the biggest upsets in modern-day boxing.

Daniel Reveles (28-21): Staff Writer:

Bellator 116:
Lavar Johnson (L)
Alexander Volkov (W)
Nathan Coy (L)
Vladimir Matyushenko (L)

UFC Fight Night: Abu Dhabi:
Roy Nelson (W)
Clay Guida (W)
John Howard (L)
Beneil Dariush (L)

Manny Pacquiao (W)

Aaron Portier (16-11) Staff Writer

Bellator 116:
Lavar Johnson (L)
Siala-Mou Siliga (L)
Nathan Coy (L)
Vladimir Matyushenko (L)

UFC Fight Night: Abu Dhabi:
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (L)
Clay Guida (W)
John Howard (L)
Ramsey Nijem (W)

Tie Breaker:
Manny Pacquiao (W)

Jose Serrano (28-21): Staff Writer:

Bellator 116:
Lavar Johnson (L)
Siala-Mou Siliga (L)
Adam McDonough (W)
Joey Beltran (W)

UFC Fight Night: Abu Dhabi:
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (L)
Clay Guida (W)
Ryan LaFlare (W)
Beneil Dariush (L)

Tie Breaker:
Manny Pacquiao (W)

Lawrence Kenshin (29-20): Combat Striking and Strategy Analyst:

Bellator 116:
Lavar Johnson (L)
Siala-Mou Siliga (L)
Adam McDonough (W)
Vladimir Matyushenko (L)
UFC Fight Night: Abu Dhabi:
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (L)
Clay Guida (W)
John Howard (L)
Ramsey Nijem (W)Tie Breaker:
Manny Pacquiao (W)

Adam Conklin (36-13): Assistant Editor and Staff Writer:

Bellator 116:
Lavar Johnson (L)
Alexander Volkov (W)
Adam McDonough (W)
Vladimir Matyushenko (L)

UFC Fight Night: Abu Dhabi
Roy Nelson (W)
Clay Guida (W)
John Howard (L)
Ramsey Nijem (W)

Tie Breaker:
Manny Pacquiao (W)