A pair of title fights headlines UFC 211’s main card in Dallas on Saturday night. With bigger, more popular names trash talking one another on their pending match ups theses 10 fighters are locked in on what they need to accomplish in 24 hours time when they take to the octagon. It’s time for another UFC bout, with legacies and reputations on the line. Who will emerge with another W and who’s record is copping an L?
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#9 Krzysztof Jotko (19-1) vs. David Branch (20-3)
WITH the Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis fight canned now Krzysztof Jotko vs. David Branch will get a chance to open the main card in Dallas. Jotko’s first fight on American soil comes against a seasoned vet in Branch who is on a hot streak entering his UFC debut. Neither fighter will want to lose and take risks to steal a win, so you can be forgiven if you miss this bout while preparing the snacks for the real fights.
VERDICT: JOTKO W
#2 Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar (20-5-1) vs. #7 Yair ‘El Pantera’ Rodriguez (11-1)
IS Edgar past his prime and is Rodriguez ready for the challenge. Those two questions will shape the contest between two fighters at opposite ends of their careers. After beating B.J. Penn earlier this year the powerful Yair is in the position to climb the featherweight rankings. A win against the complete fighter in Edgar would help ‘El Pantera’ burst onto the scene and announce himself to the world. He will have to avoid Edgar boxing prowess to claim victory, although at 35 ‘The Answer’ isn’t quite the fighter he used to be anymore.
VERDICT: EDGAR W
#3 Demian Maia (24-6) vs. #5 Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal (32-11)
THE time for Demian Maia to earn a title shot is now. Riding a six game winning streak the former middleweight challenger is within striking distance (no pun intended) of taking Masvidal down (pun intended). If ‘Gamebred’ is going to take out a victory he will need to stifle the potential submission much like all of Maia’s opponenets. I don’t think we will going the distance here and Maia will earn his shot.
VERDICT: MAIA W
Women’s Strawweight Title Bout
C Joanna Jedrzejczyk (13-0) vs. #3 Jessica ‘Bate Estaca’ Andrade (16-5)
ANY fighter who challenges the undefeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk isn’t in for a nice time inside the octagon. That’s not to say Andrade isn’t capable of a victory. She has the moves and finishing power to end this fight with a well executed hit. If she can’t do that tough it will be another rout for the champ. Joanna Violence hasn’t given anyone a sniff in 13 pro bouts, so don;t expect anything to change the 14th time around.
VERDICT: JEDRZEJCZYK W
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Heavyweight Title Bout
C Stipe Miocic (16-2) vs. #4 Junior ‘Cigano’ dos Santos (18-4)
ONE of the closest title bouts in recent memory Miocic and Dos Santos clash for the heavyweight belt. The reigning champ’s last loss came at the hands of Dos Santos although he himself admits that after that fight he knew he had the ability to compete with the elite at the heavyweight level. Both men have held the belt before and Dos Santos has fought to regain a title shot after losing the belt to Cain Velasquez back 2013. Both using their boxing ability as their main weapon, again reaffirming how close and similar the styles of both fighters are. This back and forth fight is one that can’t be missed and I have the reigning champ prevailing in a fight that could go the distance.
VERDICT: MIOCIC W
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