Who You Got?

Who You Got? (UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs Anderson)

The UFC returns to London when top light heavyweight contenders Jimi Manuwa and Corey Anderson take eachother on in the main event for a potential shot at the gold. Here are my picks and predictions for how the fights will go down:

Arnold “Almighty” Allen vs Makwan “Mr. Finland” Amirkhani

Both fighter in this fight have had a similar journey in the UFC. They have both competed in the same events in their last two bouts, one being at UFC Fight Night: Silva vs Bisping and also both getting a submission victory at UFC Fight Night: Jedrzejczyk vs Penne. Their journeys may have been paralleled up to this point but now they will intersect as they face eachother in this featherweight matchup. Both are rising stars in the UFC but in this matchup Amirkhani has the slight edge due to his ability to dominate his opponents consitently where as Allen has struggled against some of his opponents. Allen has never been submitted and I believe he will be able to defend that against the highly skilled Amirkhani but do not expect a win. This will be a tight matchup and a confident pick cannot be made but a pick has been made nonetheless. Makwan Amirkhani via Decision

Brad “One Punch” Pickett vs Marlon “Chito” Vera

Brad Pickett hopes to end his career with a win against Marlon Vera. Pickett has had an up and down career but has recently been on the losing end more than often with a record that includes five losses in his last six fights. Vera has had better success with only three losses in his last six fights. He has also had success with submitting his opponent, which has been proven to be Pickett’s weakness which is what he usually loses to. As much as I want Pickett to go out with a win, I see Vera winning this by submission early on but perhaps Pickett’s heart will push him to last a while longer especially in his home country. Marlon Vera via Submission in Round 2

Gunnar “Gunni” Nelson vs Alan “Brahma” Jouban

Both of these fighters are incredible athletes who will more than likely hold a title sometime down the line. However, they battle for a ranking in the already competitive welterweight division. Many people would believe that Gunnar Nelson would be the favorite in this fight due to him being from Europe where the fight is taking place therefor being a crowd favorite. Also he is from the same training camp as Conor McGregor. Alan Jouban, on the other hand, has done an amazing job at submission defence while under the training of Eddie Bravo with only one submission loss in his nineteen fight career. Nelson specializes in getting submissions because of his training from Renzo Gracie. But when the submission does not come, he usually fails to secure a win. Jouban is a specialist in Muay Thai and will look to either knockout Nelson but like many others will fail to do so. My pick still goes to Jouban but the finish wont come easy. Alan Jouban via Decision

Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa vs Corey “Overtime” Anderson

This fight will greatly impact the future of the light heavyweight division. If Manuwa wins then he will have a strong case to challenge for the belt. If Anderson wins then Shogun Rua will be able to petition for that elusive title shot. Unfortunatly for Shogun, Manuwa looks destined to win this one. He has knocked out fourteen out of his eighteen opponents. Anderson has lost to both Shogun and Gian Villante while Manuwa has lost to only two elite fighters in Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson. If Anderson wins this then it will be a huge underdog win. I believe he will not be able to handle Manuwa’s striking speed and power. It’s no question for me. Jimi Manuwa via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1

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