THREE title fights in one card. HOLY SHIT 214 IS GOING TO BE EPIC! Perhaps the greatest female fighter in the game Cris Cyborg and Tonya Evinger square off to claim the unowned Featherweight crown. Without a loss on his resume in over three years Tyron Woodley will look to defend his Welterweight crown in the 3rd straight bout. Oh yeah and we are FINALLY getting to see Jones vs. Cormier 2, the most anticipated fight in the history of the sport. Let’s break down the main card matchups.
UFC Predictions: 14-9
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#3 Jimi ‘Poster Boy’ Manuwa (17-2) vs. #5 Volkan ‘No Time’ Oezdemir (14-1)
TWO contending light heavyweight prospects square off in the first main card fight. It’s hard to label the 37-year old Manuwa as a prospect and he still remains in firm title contention should he get a win in this bout. His effective combo of devastating punches at different ranges will be his biggest weapon and strength to try and combat Oezdemir. The Swiss fighter definitely shapes fits the label of prospect, with just two UFC bout on his resume so far. Oezdemir’s strength lies in his kick boxing ability and his movement around the octagon. If he can keep out of reach from Manuwa’s strikes and land a few blows with his feet it could help lead him to victory. With a title bout potentially on the line though I am backing Manuwa in to win. Don’t get me wrong Oezdemir has a bright future and the potential to be a champ in this division, but his time hasn’t come yet.
VERDICT: MANUWA W
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#3 Robbie ‘Ruthless’ Lawler (27-11-0, 1NC) vs. #7 Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone (32-8-0, 1NC)
ALMOST exactly a year ago today Robbie Lawler lost his title belt to Ty Woodley, who ironically will be defending his title later the same night. Donal ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone stands in his way of another shot at the belt and if he is going to earn that honour he will need to use his advanced boxing prowess to get the win. That’s no easy feat though with Cowboy out to work his way up the ranks with his long kicking advantage. This will come to a battle of range. If Cerrone can keep his distance and land strikes he will win, while Lawler has the chance to dominate the short game. I’m tipping a mil upset with Cerrone coming out the victor.
VERDICT: CERRONE W
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Featherweight Title Bout
Cris Cyborg (16-1-0, 1NC) vs. Tonya ‘Triple Threat’ Evinger (19-5)
CRISTIANE Justino Venâncio is unlike anything we have seen in Women’s UFC competition (sorry Ronda Rousey fans). Commonly known as Cris Cyborg, her last and only loss came in 2005, with a no contest in 2011 her only other blemish on her resume. It shapes as a daunting task for Tonya Evinger, who will grace the UFC arena for the first time. I’ll give her credit for having the balls to take this fight, but let’s be honest this one is already decided.
VERDICT: CYBORG W
Welterweight Title Bout
C Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley (16-3-1) vs. #1 Demian Maia (25-6)
THE champ will look to remain the champ and defend his Welterweight title for the third straight time. Woodley has a habit of avoiding grapplers at all costs, so spoiler alert this could be a slow and boring fight. There’s a reason he is the champion of this division though and you can’t blame him for playing to his strengths with his immense power his main weapon. It’s great to see Maia finally get another crack at gold in this weight class with a seven fight win streak to thank for his rise up the ranks. I think that Maia will tire after multiple takedown attempts as the fight progresses ultimately leading to Woodley finishing the bout before we reach the end of 5 rounds.
VERDICT: WOODLEY W
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Light Heavyweight Title Bout
C Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier (19-1) vs. #1 Jon ‘Bones’ Jones (22-1)
IT’S HERE!! Finally, UFC fans are treated to the highly anticipated Jon Jones/Daniel Cormier rematch. Multiple last minute withdrawals have prevented this fight from going ahead and (barring any last minute shenanigans) now the time for talking is over. DC only has one solitary loss on his bio and it came at the hands of Jones. Jones’ only loss was via a DQ for illegal elbows so you can make the point that he has never lost a fight. Most of the experts and media personalities are tipping the younger faster Jones to get a win here, but we know that Cormier isn’t going away quietly. He is in a much better place than Jones heading into the fight after Bones’ lengthy lay-off and he has successfully defended his belt twice. This really is Jones’ fight to lose though. Win and he can cement his legacy as probably the greatest UFC fighter in history. Lose and he will never be viewed in the same light. Bring it on!
VERDICT: JONES W
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