After my stellar performance* on picking the 197 main card, I know that you couldn’t go another event without reading my amazing insight into this weekend’s winners. So, without further ado, let’s go to war!
*OK, so maybe 3-2 isn’t exactly that stellar… It’s a work in progress.
Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight championship – if you listened to our podcast, you will know that I am going with the challenger in this fight. I know that Werdum’s BJJ is one of the best in the division, and that he has made great strides in this stand-up, especially his Muey Thai, but Stipe presents a difficult test for him. Stipe is perhaps the best athlete in the division, and can literally sprint through an entire 5 round fight. He has bursts of offense that can just ruin someone, especially if his opponent is pressed up against the fence. #AndNew
“Jacare” Souza vs. Vitor Belfor – how is “Dad Bod” Vitor going to perform without his infamous TRT? Even with the drugs, this is a tough challenge for him. Souza is a grappler supreme with scary power, and an aging Vitor doesn’t stand a chance. Gator for the Win.
Cris “Cyborg” Justino vs. Leslie Smith – RIP Smith. She certainly has balls stepping inside the octagon with a killer like Cyborg, just don’t blink, as this one is not going to last very long.
“Shogun” Rua vs. Corey Anderson – Anderson hasn’t looked like a world-beater in his UFC career, but luckily for him his not facing the world this weekend. Despite the fact this he is still only in his mid-30s, Shogun is ancient in fight years and it has been showing over his past several fights. Anderson is a physical beast, and should be able to grind out a unanimous decision here.
Damien Maia vs. Matt Brown – Surprise, surprise, another excellent grappler on the Brazilian card. Unfortunately for Maia, the Immortal Matt Brown is a vicious fighter when in close, throwing nasty knees and elbows in the clinch. I have a feeling this ends violently for the Brazilian in the second round.