One of a biggest events in UFC history is roughly here, and in further to maybe a record-breaking crowd, it will be filled with dual universe pretension fights, and a horde of other tip contenders and rising prospects. In a categorical event, Ronda Rousey defends her bantamweight pretension opposite former fighting universe champion Holly Holm.
In a co-main event, Joanna “Champion” will take on American Top Team’s Valerie Letourneau in a conflict of strikers. Also, Mark Hunt and Antonio “Pezao” Silva will accommodate in a heavyweight rematch of one of a best fights in MMA history.
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Ronda Rousey (12-0) vs. Holly Holm (9-0)
Holly Holm has been rushed into this quarrel with Ronda Rousey. Realistically, she could have used a integrate some-more fights of experience, and training camps value of ability growth before confronting a UFC’s womanlike bantamweight champion.
Instead, Holm was pushed forward of Miesha Tate to face Rousey. Furthermore, that quarrel was pushed adult from 2016 to this Saturday, giving Holm even reduction time to prepared for a toughest plea of her MMA career.
That’s hapless given there are really few ways in that Holm matches adult good with a champ.
For example, Holm is a some-more versatile, liquid stand-up striker, and moves aside with her feet unusually well. On a other hand, Holm expected doesn’t nonetheless have a grappling skills to urge Rousey’s takedowns on a feet, or submissions on a ground.
Really, no one does. The former boxer’s best charge is expected that she’s a genuine fighter. After decades of training, years of championship experience, and approach some-more knowledge with a forms of fights where people strike one another than Rousey has, Holm isn’t expected to be daunted or intimidated by a “Rowdy” one.
Holm can face a prospects of winning or losing calmly, like a champion, and that should give herself a possibility to win. She’ll need all a parallel transformation her feet can muster, and will need to strike a holes with punches that Rousey gives her when she charges in, after Holm cuts angles.
It’s wholly probable that Rousey finally gets clipped in a approach that puts her down, during one of her distinguished exchanges. However, it’s still a safest meditative to assume that she’ll be means to tighten a stretch on Holm though interesting too most damage, take her down, and afterwards put her out.
Prediction: Rousey by acquiescence in a initial round
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (10-0) vs. Valerie Letourneau (8-3)
Letourneau is another warn pretension challenger, if customarily given she took a pretension quarrel opposite Joanna “Champion” after No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha was harmed and incompetent to contest on a calendar a UFC wanted. Letourneau was considerable in a exhausting quarrel in August, though had probably no time to reanimate and redeem after it before jumping into stay for UFC 193.
Perhaps that will safeguard that she stays sharp, or it could meant she’s over-worked herself and hasn’t gotten much-needed rest time, or time to work on her weaknesses. At her best, Letourneau is well-rounded, hard-hitting, and game.
So, she’s a tough quarrel for a champion, for certain. Jedrzejczyk might be a best altogether striker in MMA right now, however, and she’s looked scarcely unfit to take or during slightest keep down, over a past year.
Prediction: Jedrzejczyk by decision
Mark Hunt (10-10-1) vs. Antonio Silva (19-7-1)
If Silva can keep Hunt opposite a fence, or on his back, he will win. If Hunt can keep Silva off of him, however, a New Zealander stands a good possibility to win this rematch.
At 41 years of age, Hunt might be a fittest he’s ever been. Hopefully his speed and reflexes are also holding adult given he’s once some-more fighting a most taller man.
If Hunt can’t be light on his feet and keep a consistent gait via a fight, he might be pushed behind on his heels or held with a large strike. Silva is about as tough and durable as Hunt is, so we always have to assume he’s prepared to strike back, even if he’s losing.
Hunt wins if he can keep a quicker gait than Silva.
Prediction: Hunt by decision
Uriah Hall (12-5) vs. Robert Whittaker (14-4)
Whittaker is finally removing a possibility to burst out and get some recognition, after an already considerable UFC run. The New South Wales warrior gets a possibility to quarrel in front of a home throng opposite one of a best-known middleweight prospects in Hall.
To be sure, Hall’s size, accurate and absolute distinguished make him a male to pick, here. However, Whittaker has some genuine distinguished energy of his own, and should things finish adult on a mat, he is a really means acquiescence warrior as well.
Prediction: Hall by decision
Stefan Struve (26-7) vs. Jared Rosholt (13-2)
The former four-time All-American wrestler from OSU, Rosholt, has sensitively constructed an glorious 5-1 record in a UFC’s heavyweight division. He’s also roving high on a two-fight win streak.
The large male can customarily control where a quarrel takes place with his wrestling skills and is a one-punch KO threat. Struve looked glorious in violence former universe champion Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira progressing this year, after health scares and a two-fight losing streak.
The hulk will positively have a strech advantage here, and needs to be discerning with his hands and feet to keep Rosholt divided from him. Struve is also an glorious jiu-jitsu warrior off his back, though Rosholt might be tough to triangle throttle or arm bar.
Prediction: Rosholt by decision
Jake Matthews (8-1) vs. Akbarh Arreola (23-9-1)
This should be an sparkling and fast-paced conflict between acquiescence artists. Arreola has an knowledge advantage, here, though a 21-year-old Matthews is scarcely a decade younger and fresher.
It won’t be easy for Arreola to win in Matthews’ home country, though he’s durable and tough to put away.
Prediction: Arreola by decision
Kyle Noke (21-7-1) vs. Peter Sobotta (15-4-1)
This welterweight quarrel is tough to predict. Noke will be amped adult to quarrel in his local Australia, and is a legit KO hazard during any time. Sobotta has looked good, lately, and is pointy with his submissions.
Prediction: Sobotta by submission, third round.
Anthony Perosh (15-9) vs. Gian Villante (13-6)
Both light heavyweights are entrance off of tough blocking losses, here. Perosh, 43, has incited behind a clock, fighting successfully and looking improved than ever in new years.
Still, it will always be tough for someone in their 40′s to overcome a reflexes and speed of someone scarcely 15 years their junior, as Villante is to Perosh. Villante needs to pull and press Perosh, and not run out of steam, given a aged male is always a acquiescence hazard and always has gas in a tank.
Prediction: Villante by decision
Richie Vaculik (10-3) vs. Danny Martinez (17-7)
Vaculik is fighting during home, and with a acquiescence advantage. Martinez will be unfortunate for his initial UFC win, and has genuine energy in his strikes.
Prediction: Vaculik by decision
Daniel Kelly (9-1) vs. Steve Montgomery (8-3)
Both group are entrance off KO losses, though Kelly will have his hometown Melbourne throng entertaining him on, as good as his plain acquiescence skills ancillary him. Montgomery has a size, and youth, however, and might be some-more well-rounded.
Prediction: Montgomery by decision
Richard Walsh (8-3) vs. Steve Kennedy (22-7)
Walsh has mislaid dual loyal fights, though has also been means to rest, recover, and urge for a while, given he hasn’t fought given February. The hard-hitting Aussie gets a good event to rebound, Saturday, though a well-rounded Kennedy is no slouch.
Prediction: Walsh by decision
James Moontasri (8-3) vs. Anton Zafir (7-1)
In what is expected a dream come true, Zafir gets to make his UFC entrance in his local Australia. Zafir has won 5 straight, while Moontasri has mislaid dual out of his final 3 bouts.
Still, Moontasri has faced tough antithesis and is sharp on a belligerent and indeterminate on a feet.
Prediction: Zafir by decision
Ben Nguyen (13-5) vs. Ryan Benoit (8-3)
The absolute Nguyen has won 7 loyal fights, and Benoit is entrance off a TKO feat over highly-touted Sergio Pettis. These dual flyweights will expected pound until one falls down.
Prediction: Benoit by TKO