Fabricio Werdum vs. Alexander Volkov
Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum goes up against ex-Bellator heavyweight tournament winner Alexander Volkov in the main event of the London show.
It’ll be interesting to see how Werdum approaches this fight as he has a clear edge here on the mat thanks to his world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but he’s also developed a very good striking game too over the years and has shown he can trade blows with the likes of Mark Hunt and Travis Browne.
The younger man by 11-years,Volkov will have clear physical advantages in the stand-up battle though, being 3” taller and enjoying an extra 4” of reach into the bargain and he utilizes those gifts effectively from range and will be a threat with both punches and kicks.
Werdum also has a fairly diverse striking arsenal though and should keep things competitive on the feet, but using his grappling prowess will be his key to victory here against the bigger man, leading to a submission stoppage deep into the fight.
Prediction: Fabricio Werdum wins by submission in round 4 @ $15 – BET NOW
Jan Blachowicz vs. Jimi Manuwa
Blachowicz and Manawa previously fought in April of 2015, and despite being on home soil on that occasion, the Polish fighter lost out to ‘Poster Boy’ on the scorecards.
Four years later, Manuwa will enjoy the home advantage on Saturday night as he looks to go one better by finishing Blachowicz inside the distance, and given his striking pedigree that’s certainly possible as he’s proven to be a KO specialist throughout his career.
The drawback in recent times has been that Manuwa’s own chin has shown troubling signs of fading and as such he’s been KO’d twice in his last four fights.
That being said, while Blachowicz has a reasonably solid stand-up base and is durable, but he’s not been blessed with serious stopping power or speed and will perhaps be more of a threat if he looks to mix things up and attempts to grapple with him.
Manuwa’s strikes are dangerous at any range though, even in the clinch and I think he will once again have the edge in this bout and secure a second round stoppage due to strikes.
Prediction: Jimi Manuwa wins by TKO in Round 2 @ $6.50 – BET NOW
Tom Duquesnoy vs. Terrion Ware
Terrion Ware has quickly become something of a springboard for other younger bantamweights to bounce off of on the way to bigger things and that could well be the case again here.
Both of these fighters are primarily strikers, but the 24-year-old Duquesnoy is the much more promising of the two in terms of skill and athleticism and he should find Ware to be a fairly easy target to hit here, though Ware’s toughness will enable him to make it to the final bell.
Prediction: Tom Duquesnoy wins by decision @ $2.20 – BET NOW
Leon Edwards vs. Peter Sobotta
Edwards comes into this fight off a four-fight winning streak, while Sobotta has won four of his five bouts in the UFC.
Interestingly, Edwards has moved away from his earlier reliance on striking in order to use a more wrestling based approach during his recent unbeaten run, though he’s not proven to be much of a finisher on the mat.
Sobotta is also a striker who can also operate offensively on top and is particularly effective with the rear-naked choke, but I think Edwards will edge the stand-up exchanges and will also be able to put Sobotta on his back and control him for spells in the fight to emerge with a decision victory.
Prediction: Leon Edwards wins by decision @ $2 – BET NOW
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