Who You Got?

Who You Got? (UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway)

The UFC returns to Rio de Janeiro when the two best featherweights on the planet go head to head in a title unification bout in the main event of the evening. Here are my picks and predictions for how all of the main card fights of the night will go down:

Erick Silva vs. Yancy Medeiros

This fight is a bit tricky to analyze so let’s look at what we know. Erick Silva is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. He also wins most of his fight by submission. Yancy Medeiros has only lost once by submission and wins by either knockout or submission mainly. Silva does not get submitted so by logic this fight should end with Medeiros knocking out Silva. I’m going to go with this because I feel any guess is a good one at this point. I’m also going to guess that this will end in round two due to Silva having great toughness but also havinng a weak chin. So it’s in the middle round for me. Predicted winner: Yancy Medeiros via Knockout/Technical Knockout Round 2

Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale “Holy War Angel” Bamgbose

Paulo Borrachinha has won all of his fights in the first round by knockout. That alone makes it a safe pick. However, let’s give Oluwale Bamgbose a chance here. All of his wins are also first round knockouts but has suffered defeat twice. His only knockout loss is to knockout artist Uriah Hall. This is actually closer than people will think but I still have to go with the safe pick here. Predicted winner: Paulo Borrachinha via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1

Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort vs. Nate “The Great” Marquardt

This is going to be a barn burner right here. Two guys with knockout power going at it is something that MMA fans and casuals alike all love to see. For this fight, I have to go with the living legend that is Vitor Belfort due to Nate Marquart showing that he is able to b knocked out early in a fight. Belfort can also get knocked out quickly but usually against much more high-level strikers. Plus you throw in Belfort’s ground game and it spells a satisfying end to what might be the last fight for “The Phenom.” Predicted winner: Vitor Belfort via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1

Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

This is going to be an exciting matchup that may take fight of the night honors. It features two of my favorite female fighters in the UFC going at it for a potential title rematch against Joanna Jędrzejczyk. This fight is going to be looked at as a striker vs. grappler contest which are always fun to watch. I normally go with the grappler in the UFC and I’m going to do that with this fight. I see Claudia Gadelha taking Karolina Kowalkiewicz down to the mat like she did with Joanna. This will cause her to win at least two out of the three rounds, but I don’t see her getting the finish. Predicted winner: Claudia Gadelha via Decision

José Aldo (c) vs. Max “Blessed” Holloway (ic)

This will, without a doubt, be the toughest title fight to predict this year. In one corner you have José Aldo who is the greatest featherweight of all time due to his quickness and ability to land almost every strike he throws with precision. Plus he has some of the most vicious leg kicks in the sport. Then you have Max Holloway who is extremely tough to finish and has shown some impressive striking with his reach advantage going into this fight. Taking all of this into account, Aldo is the favorite for a reason. He has dominated the division for over a decade until his sudden defeat by Conor McGregor. Since then he has came back with a win over Frankie Edgar to reclaim his title. Max Holloway has also suffered his most recent defeat to McGregor and has since went on a 10 fight win streak. Still, I have to go with Aldo because of the fact that his only loss in the UFC is by a guy who has some serious knockout power. Holloway took some time to put Anthony Pettis away after Pettis had a broken hand. I do see Holloway’s toughness forcing this to go to decision though. Predicted winner: José Aldo via Decision

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