MMA, Sport

UFC 218- Predicting the Main Card

UFC 218 is stacked with some really fun fights from top to bottom, and some absolute pickem’ fights. I can’t remember a time in history where everyone on the main card is ranked #6 and above. We probably won’t see a more stacked card this year so make the most of it, I mean Eddie Alvarez vs Justin Gaethje has to be the most amazing fight ever made.

UFC 218 is stacked with some really fun fights from top to bottom, and some absolute pickem’ fights. I can’t remember a time in history where everyone on the main card is ranked #6 and above. We probably won’t see a more stacked card this year so make the most of it, I mean Eddie Alvarez vs Justin Gaethje has to be the most amazing fight ever made.

Tecia Torres (#5) vs Michelle Waterson (#6)

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The main card kicks strawweight action with two highly ranked individuals. Both women have suffered losses in recent times to current champ Rose Namajunas so I don’t see any title implications here, I see a close fight with Waterson pushing the pace that bit more, which will earn her the decision.

Result: Waterson wins by decision.

 

Eddie Alvarez (#4) vs Justin Gaethje (#5)

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Potential fight of the year? Gaethje and Alvarez are two absolute warriors who will bite down on their mouthpieces and come out swinging until someone falls down for good, the problem Alvarez faces is that Gaethje just doesn’t seem to go down. The man is an absolute killer, he leaves himself open to strikes just so long as he can land his own, he relies on his chin and his insane heart, nobody beats Gaethje in a war. If Alvarez is smart he’ll play the long game and be technical with the fight, but we all know how easy it is to drag him into a brawl, something Gaethje thrives in. The winner of this is realistically one step away from a title fight, but whenever you’re in a weight class with Conor McGregor who knows what’s going to happen

Result: Gaethje wins by TKO.

 

Henry Cejudo (#2) vs Sergio Pettis (#4)

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Really interesting match-up here with the winner most probably being next in line for the title (if Dillashaw doesn’t drop down a weight class). Pettis has been on a roll recently racking up four wins in his last four fights. Cejudo has lost two of his last three but looked absolutely phenomenal in his last fight, he looked to have improved massively and I expect that to be the case here. Pettis hasn’t fought anyone on the level of Cejudo, and I think the jump up in talent will be a little too much for him this time around.

Result: Cejudo wins by TKO.

 

Alistair Overeem (#1) vs Francis Ngannou (#4)

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Number one contender and an all time heavyweight legend faces off against the rapidly rising star Francis Ngannou in what could be Overeem’s final run at the belt, or a passing of the torch. Both men are insanely powerful and any shot landed on the feet could end the fight. Ngannou hasn’t really been tested on the ground too much in his career and Reem has a highly underrated ground game so that could be a wise way to go for him. On the feet I can’t see Overeem getting the job done largely down to his weak chin, Ngannou has the power to land a weak shot and still knock out a man, let alone someone like Overeem who can no longer take a shot.

Result: Ngannou wins by KO

 

Max Holloway (C) vs Jose Aldo (#1)

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Holloway’s first defense is against the man he beat for the belt, and I’m hyped for it. Since Holloway’s loss to McGregor in 2013, he’s won 11 fights in a row and pretty much beat everyone who’s ranked, Aldo has been hit and miss since the KO heard around the world. If there’s one reason I hate that KO is that a lot of part time fans see Aldo as joke, when really he’s absolutely outstanding, on his best day I think he beats anyone. In their first fight Aldo had Holloway rocked badly, but later in the fight gassed out, he won’t want to gas again because Holloway has become an absolute killer. He’s evolved every fight and I can see him steamrolling Aldo in similar fashion to the first fight, I have Holloway in the third or fourth, especially seeing how drained Aldo looked at the weigh ins.

Result: Holloway wins by TKO to retain the UFC Featherweight Title.

 

 

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