Chan Sung Jung vs. Yair Rodriguez
This should be an exciting main event between two action-orientated fighters who are almost certain to deliver an entertaining spectacle.
The stand-up batle will be particularly intriguing. ‘The Korean Zombie’ never takes a backwards step and is a talented striker, though Rodriguez is fresher as well as more technical and creative, so he may well have the edge there.
However, though he can be lured into a slug-fest, one of the Zombie’s biggest strengths is that he is a well-rounded fighter with a strong ground game and serious submission threat, and that could be his key to victory here as Rodriguez is first-and-foremost a striker.
This is an extremely close fight though and there are some unknowns given that both fighters have largely been inactive for some time now. I’d expect to see some thrilling stand-up sequences, which could offer Rodriguez a chance of emerging on op, but I’ll take ‘The Korean Zombie’ to also find success on the mat too and take advantage of that to emerge with a submission victory deep into the fight.
Prediction: Chan Sung Jung to win by submission in Rd4 – BET NOW
Donald Cerrone vs. Mike Perry
On paper this looked like a fun fight and it’s been spiced up nicely by an ongoing gym feud that has created a deep divide at Jacksons Wink MMA.
In terms of pure technique there’s no doubt that Cerrone is the superior fighter here. Whether it’s on the feet or on the mat, he has the edge here and he’s more than capable of just picking apart Perry here, chopping away at him with kicks from range, punching combinations and seamless transitions to takedown and submission attempts.
However, ‘Cowboy’ has been showing signs of wear and tear lately, perhaps partly due to his many years in the sport catching up to him, but also likely exacerbated by the fact he seems a bit undersized for welterweight.
That brings a real concern against a big, hard-hitting 170lb’er like Perry, who may not have the same level of skill, but he will apply pressure and certainly has enough in his locker to test ‘Cowboy’s’ weakening chin, especially if he’s become overly emotionally invested and gets dragged into a dog fight.
I’m tempted to pick Cerrone, he’s the better fighter with more ways to win, but I feel Perry is going to land the harder shots as he puts ‘Cowboy’ on the back foot and comes away with a TKO victory.
Prediction: Mike Perry wins by TKO in Rd2 – BET NOW
Germaine de Randamie vs. Raquel Pennington
Two seasoned fighters on show here, though De Randamie has been conspicious by her absence for the best part of two years now after refusing to fight Cris ‘Cyborg’ which led to her being stripped of the featherweight title she’d only just won.
Now back at bantamweight, De Randamie remains a technical muay thai striker and is a bit more refined than Pennington, who has solid boxing, but is a bit more of a brawler who has shown her toughness in the past, but is more open to being hit and was pushed almost to her breaking point last time out against Amanda Nunes.
On the mat Pennington has more to offer, but De Randamie’s takedown defense has proven to be very good and I think it’s more likely they settle this one upright, with De Randamie just edging out the action with cleaner strikes to emerge with a decision victory.
Prediction: Germaine de Randamie to win by decision – BET NOW
Joseph Benavidez vs. Ray Borg
Maycee Barber vs. Hannah Cifers
Two UFC newcomers on show here and the reason they are likely featured on the main card straight off the bat is down to the 20-year-old undefeated Barber, who impressed on Dana White’s Contender Series and appears to have the potential to go places in the UFC.
Given her age it’s no surprise that Barber isn’t the full package just yet, but she is a very good athlete and her ability to be able to push the pace hard together with showcasing some promising grappling skills is already making her a fighter that’s hard to deal with.
That’s likely to prove the case for Cifers, who comes in on short notice and has some decent striking, but is going to have her hands full if Barber gets her hands on her. I’ll take Barber to preserve her winning record by decision.
Prediction: Maycee Barber to win by decision – BET NOW
Luis Pena vs. Mike Trizano
Trizano won TUF 27, but Pena, better known as ‘The Violent Bob Ross,’ had been tipped to win the show before suffering an injury, so this is a chance to settle once and for all who the real ‘Ultimate Fighter’ is.
Pena will enjoy a major height and reach advantage as you might expect from a 6ft 3” lightweight, and I think he’ll manage the range better than Trizano here and keep up a good pace on the feet, while he’s got decent power and is dangerous with submissions on the mat.
Trizano is fairly well-rounded without standing out in any particular regard. He’ll put up a competitive showing for the most part, but I think Pena will eventually get the better of him on the mat for a submission win.
Prediction: Luis Pena to win by submission in Rd3 – BET NOW
(Predicted winners in bold)
Amanda Cooper vs. Ashley Yoder
Bobby Moffett vs. Chas Skelly
Beneil Dariush vs. Thiago Moises
Julian Erosa vs. Devonte Smith
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John Gunther vs. Davi Ramos
Joseph Morales vs. Eric Shelton
Mark De La Rosa vs. Joby Sanchez