It’s finally time for the biggest card we’ve seen in quite some time. 3 UFC titles are on the line on Saturday night as well as a stacked undercard. I really can’t remember when we had this good of a card from top to bottom. Let’s take a look at some fighters to target.
Look I think Israel Adesanya is a phenomenal talent, his speed, precise striking, and fight IQ is really top notch, but I do think people are sleeping on Jan Blachowicz. From what I understand, Adesanya will make the walk at about 195 lbs, while Blachowicz will probably e 215 or 220. Blachowicz is a strong dude, and I really think with the smaller cage these guys will be up against the fence at some point. If Blachowicz can use his size and press on Adesanya, he can make things interesting. If this gets to the ground, Adesanya will be at a disadvantage. Another thing you have to take into consideration is the power of Adesanya, will it translate to 205? I’ll more than likely be 50/50 here. I think Adesanya is an immense talent, but the run that Blachowicz is on can’t be ignored.
Others to consider: Mario Bautista
Amanda Nunes $9600 – There’s only one female fighter on the planet that can challenge Amanda Nunes, and that would be Valentina Shevchenko. Nunes has had tougher tests that Megan Anderson and passed them all easily. I see no different here. Nunes will get a finish, she hit’s like a truck and can take it to the mat and end it there as well. I just don’t see a path for Anderson here, Nunes by domination.
Tim Elliott $8200 – I think Elliott is simply the better guy here, better on the ground, nice takedowns and good cardio. I think Elliott’s unorthodox movement and striking will pose a lot of problems and will not allow Jordan Espinosa to implement his gameplan. Espinoza’s fight IQ is subpar in my opinion, and it wouldn’t shock me if Elliott got a submission in the 2nd or 3rdround. I just don’t see a path for Espinosa here, and I think Elliot scores well with takedowns, control time and eventually a submission.
Aljamain Sterling $7400 – This is Aljo’s time. His awkward striking, his speed and movement, his cardio, and his ground game I think will be too much for Petr Yan to Handle. Yan is the better striker yes, but the movement and speed will give him a lot of problems. Aljo’s strikes will eventually lead to a takedown, and if it goes to the mat it’s Aljo’s world. These two guys should have fought for the title back when it was vacated, and Aljo will prove that he’s the best bantamweight in the world on Saturday. The improvement over the past 3 years is amazing, and in my opinion he should be favored in this one. Aljo will score well with a submission win or with strikes, control time and takedowns. I don’t think this fight is close.
Other Dogs to consider: Kyler Phillips, Jan Blachowicz (see above)
Best of luck this weekend and enjoy the fights!