Another UFC Pay-Per-View is almost upon us and although its not the best card we've seen this year, the main event between featherweight champion Conor McGregor and Welterweight Nate Diaz has been highly anticipated in the last few months. Diaz got the win in the first encounter, so who comes out on top tomorrow. Lets go through the entire card from top to bottom and predict our winners.
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass)
Middleweight: Alberto Uda (9-1) vs Marvin Vettori (10-2)
Tough fight to call as both fighters have different skill sets. Uda has very good stand-up whereas Vettori is very good on the ground so expect him to go for the takedowns. A early knockout for Uda isn't out of the question but Vettori's ground game should get him the win
Prediction: Vettori by Unanimous Decision
Welterweight: Colby Covington (9-1) vs Max Griffin (12-2)
Griffin will be making his UFC debut in Vegas and possesses strong knockout power. Other than that, there isn't much to his game and Covington will be confident in picking up the win. I'll go Covington in three rounds.
Prediction: Covington by Unanimous Decision
Welterweight: Neil Magny (18-4) vs Lorenz Larkin (17-5)
The main event on UFC Fight Pass, both fighters have been on good runs. Larkin has improved dramatically since dropping down to Welterweight and the key to his game is his smart footwork. Being a tall fighter, Magny struggles when his opponent closes the distance so the key for him is to take this fight to the ground, however, Larkin's ground game isn't that bad so I expect Larkin to get the win here.
Prediction: Larkin by TKO in any round
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Women's Strawweight: Randa Markos (6-3) vs Cortney Casey (5-3)
Markos's recent run has been marred by two successive losses, however, she has fought the best fighters in the division and she should be confident heading into this bout. Casey is the more powerful of the two fighters but Markos has the experience that should see here pick up the win.
Prediction: Markos by Unanimous Decision
Featherweight: Artem Lobov (11-12-1) vs Chris Avila (5-2)
Teammates of both Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, this fight should be pretty interesting to watch. Both fighters cancel each other in terms of styles and with Lobov having the vaster experience, I expect the Russian to get the win in a back and forth fight.
Prediction: Lobov by Unanimous Decision
Women's Bantamweight: Raquel Pennington (7-5) vs Elizabeth Phillips (5-3)
Pennington has proven to be one the toughest fighters in the Women's Bantamweight division and while Phillips is yet to do the same, she is on the right path. A big component of Pennington's game is her work in the clinch and this where the fight will be won unless Phillips can get her to the ground, using her wrestling skills. Tough to see that happening though, Pennington on decision.
Prediction: Pennington by Unanimous Decision
Bantamweight: Cody Garbrandt (9-0) vs Takeya Mizugaki (21-9-2)
The headline fight in the Prelims, young bantamweight fighter Cody Garbrandt has been on a tear and is undefeated in his MMA career thus far. The predictable thing to do is to pair him with an experienced fighter and that's exactly what Mizugaki is. Garbrandt should have too much pace and power for Mizugaki and I expect him to get a good win that will push him up the rankings in the division.
Prediction: Garbrandt by TKO in the Second Round
MAIN CARD (Main Event on Foxtel)
Welterweight: Tim Means (25-7-1) vs Sabah Homasi (11-5)
A welterweight matchup gets us going on the main card. This fight will come down to experience and preparation. Homasi took this fight on just two weeks' notice. Even with full camps, he is always susceptible to the finish. Means on the other hand has never been properly knocked out and has the ability to use his all-round game until Homasi tires. Means should get a stoppage.
Prediction: Means by TKO in the Third Round
Welterweight: Hyun Gyu Lim (13-5-1) vs Mike Perry (6-0)
If Teixeira presses the action and survives the early rounds, he could take some of the “Rumble” out of Johnson’s game. He will need to get past the whirlwind of Johnson’s knockout blows to do this, however, and only Cormier has successfully outwrestled Johnson at light heavyweight. Johnson by TKO is the pick, setting up a potential title shot against Cormier.
Prediction: Johnson by TKO in the Second Round
Welterweight: Nate Diaz (19-10) vs Conor McGregor (19-3)
This promises to be an absolute beauty. Ever since Diaz choked out McGregor at UFC 196 back in March there has only been one man that the Irishman wants to face instead of going down to Featherweight to defend his crown. Diaz beat him off two weeks notice and Conor is out for some serious revenge.