I am back! Those of you who have read my articles on B3Tsports.com, I’m still here! I pick my spots like a great UFC fighter. Speaking of the UFC, let’s take a look at the best UFC PPV in a long time. 2017 was the last time we saw three title fights on the main card and 2016 was the last time we saw a man (Conor McGregor) win his second title in a different weightclass simultaneously. 2019 was the last time we saw anyone win their second title in a different weightclass simultaneously. Tonight we get a chance to see both. The main card features three title fights and four champions:
Jan Blachowicz (Light Heavyweight Champion) vs. Israel Adesanya (Middleweight Champion) for the Light Heavyweight Championship
Amanda Nunes (women’s featherweight champion) vs. Megan Anderson
Petr Yan (Bantamweight Champion) vs. Aljamain Sterling
Each of these fights is worthy of being the main event of their own Pay-Per-View (PPV) and these fighters have been the main event multiple times. However, in a rare occurance we get to see all of these fights in one night, with the final fight being historic.
Only 7 fighters have ever held a title in two different weightclasses and only four have held those titles simultaneously: Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes (currently), and Henry Cejudo. Israel Adesanya has a chance to become the 8th fighter and fifth to hold them at the same time. He is making a jump from Middleweight to Light Heavyweight. We will get to this fight in a moment, but let’s start with some takes further down the card.
The Prelims for this card are stacked as well. As of writing this, Kai Kara France was almost choked out multiple times, but somehow worked his way out and earned a surprising knockout of Rogerio Bontorin in the first round. Currently, I am wathcing Joseph Benavidez vs Askar Askarov. I did not make a pick for the previous fight, but I am taking Askar Askarov in this fight.
The next fight on the card is Song Yadong vs. Kyler Phillips. This appears to be Kyler Phillips debut in the UFC and Yadong is on an 8 fight win streak out of his last 9 fights (1 draw). I am going with Yadong in this fight.
Wrapping up the Prelims, we have Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney. Despite me going by Casey as a nickname, I am going with Dominick Cruz in this fight. He has lost his last two fights, however; that was against Henry Cejudo. One of the best to step into the Octagon and that was for the Bantamweight title. I am confident that Cruz will pull the small upset as he is +110. The difference will be in the striking ability of Cruz. Kenney tends to eat a lot of strikes and that will wear him down.
This brings us to the main card. You can be forgiven for forgetting there are two other fights on the main card. The first is Thiago Santos vs. Aleksandar Rakic. Santos is looking to keep his spot in line to face Blachowicz for the Light Heavyweight Title. Rakic is looking to make his claim as the next man up fight for the title. Santos is the underdog in this fight being 37 years old and losing his las fight does not help. He is one of the best fighters in UFC history, but Rakic is 8 years younger and hungry to show that he will be the next big thing in UFC. I do not see this fight going to a decision as these men love to throw bombs. Both men have KO rates above 70%. I would love to see Santos turn the clock back, but Rakic seems ready to take the big stage by the horns and prove he is worthy contender for Jan in the LightHeavyeweight Division. Rakic in 2.
The next fight is Islam Makhachev vs. Drew Dober. These fighters are towards the lower half of the rankings in Lightweight Division, but both are young and have a great opportunity to work their way up the rankings. Islam has trained for years with one of the best, if not the best UFC fighter ever, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and is 18-1. Dober is a good striker and a balanced grappler. I have to go with Islam in this fight. It is difficult to go against anyone who trains with Khabib and can back it up with their record. Look for Islam to win by submission and finish this fight within the first round or early 2nd.
That brings us to the main card. Up first:
This looks to be an even fight with both fighters at -110. Sterling loves to grapple and Yan loves to throw bombs. Something has to give in his Bantamweight title fight. Yan is on a 10 fight win streak with his last fight coming over the legendary Jose Aldo. Sterling is looking to show that the Bantamweight Division is full of great fighters and he is the next man to take over. Unfortunately for him, Yan has great takedown defense at 87%. Yan will defend his title tonight.
Perhaps the best women’s UFC fighter and even the best UFC fighter of all time defends her title against an Australian fighter looking to pull a massive upset. Nunes currently holds the Featherweight and Bantamweight titles and is the only person in UFC to defeat Valentina Shevchenko. Anderson is a worthy opponent. She will look to hold her own with her strikes against Nunes, however; the task will be too tall for her. Nunes is one of the largest favorites I have seen in a while at -1250 and she will win this fight with relative ease. Look for a 2nd or 3rd round KO.
The Main Event of the evening. Undefeated Israel Adesanya vs. the Undisputed and extremely tough Jan Blachowicz for the LightHeavyweight Title. Jan is an underdog for a title fight in his weight class at +185. This has been a tough pick for me all week. I picked Jan to win the title in his last fight and he did. I also love Adesanya. I did not anticipate the jump for this title fight, and these fighters are extremely even. Adesanya can match Jan in striking and will give him problems with his ability to strike the legs. Jan will provide the true heavyweight problem for Israel. Jan can defend submissions well for a big man and Adesanya may have some trouble shooting for one as well. I believe this will be the fight of the night and I can easily see this fight going the full 5 rounds. Whatever happens, don’t be surprised if the other wins. However, I am going to go with Israel Adesanya to win this fight. He has one fight that my brother showed me a year or two ago. It was against Yoel Romero, and it was not a pretty fight. Very little action, but Adesanya did enough to win the fight. His strikes were enough and he did not abosrb a lot of damage from Romero and he won the fight with technical skill. I believe that unless Jan pushes the pace or knocks out Adesanya, Israel will do whatever he needs to do to win this fight and make history. I do not believe it will be a boring fight, but the potential for Adesanya to do anything to win this fight is on the table and that will be the difference.
Let me know what your picks are and good luck with your bets!
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