UFC 213 Preview: Romero vs Whittaker

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Who will walk away from UFC 213 the Interim Middleweight Champion?

The UFC Middleweight Division is in a interesting place heading into UFC 213. The UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping was supposed to fight the returning George St. Pierre. However, Pierre eye problems and Bisping knee injury has prevented the fight from coming together. In the meantime, the Division has gained multiple contenders that are worthy of a championship fight. The two fighters in the Division that stand out are Yoel “The Soldier of God” Romero and Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker, who will fight this Saturday for the Interim Middleweight Championship.

Romero has been in the conversation of fighting for the Middleweight Championship for some time now. Romero is currently on an 8 fight win streak and hasn’t even lost a fight in the UFC. At the age of 40, Romero has one of the best physique in the UFC and is also the most athletically gifted fighter in the UFC. As well as being a Silver Medal Olympic wrestler, Romero has continued to get better with his striking and has several Knockout victories. With wins over names like Chris Weidman, Tim Kennedy and Ronaldo Souza, is Whittaker next?

Whittaker has found his home in the Middleweight Division. At 26 years old, Whittaker has climbed up the stacked Middleweight Division and did so in impressive fashion. Currently on a 6 fight win streak in the the Division, Whittaker is on the cusp of becoming a star. Whittaker is a great striker and has incredible power in his hands to knock people out, especially with his knockout win over Derek Brunson. What’s also impressive is his Takedown Defense, having the highest percentage of avoiding being taken down currently in the UFC at 91%(according to UFC.com). Can Whittaker avoid being taken down by a  Silver Medal Olympic wrestler?

The Co-Main Event of UFC 213 has the making of a great fight and could be the Fight of the Night. Both Romero and Whittaker are coming into this fight on an incredible win streak and has left no doubt why they are fighting for the Interim Middleweight Championship. Whittaker is the young and hungry fighter, looking to be the UFC first Australian champion. While Romero is looking to add to his legacy of accomplishments and leave UFC 213 with gold on his waist. Who will walk out of the Octagon the new UFC Interim Middleweight Champion and make history?

 

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UFC 213 Preview: Werdum vs Overeem

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Who will win the rubber match at UFC 213?

At UFC 213, MMA Heavyweight legends Allistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum will fight in a rubber match years in the making. They would face each other in Pride and Strikeforce, while never facing each other in the UFC. However, this fight couldn’t have happened at a better time. With Werdum ranked #1 in the UFC Heavyweight Division and Overeem ranked #3, this rubber match has a lot more at stake. Both are close to challenging for the UFC Heavyweight Championship and a win could make them the next contender.  Who will end the chapter of the rivalry that has span over a decade.

At age 38, Werdum is not only one of the best Heavyweights in the UFC currently, but possibly in all of MMA. It was just two years ago when Werdum was on a five fight win streak and defeated Cain Velasquez for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Werdum lost his championship to Stipe Miocic and has had problems getting fights, because of his opponents being injured, dealing with his own injuries and fights failing to come together. Still, Werdum is still a threat in the Heavyweight Division and is chasing a rematch for the championship that he lost. Werdum has a submission victory over Overeem back in their fight in Pride in 2006, where they fought for the first time. Werdum will look to finish what he started back in 2006 and move closer to reclaiming what he still thinks is his.

In the UFC Heavyweight Division, Overeem is still one of the best strikers in the UFC. Coming off a Knockout victory over Mark Hunt, Overeem proved he can still get it done and Knockout anyone in the Heavyweight Division. Overeem fought for the Heavyweight Championship against Miocic and came close to finishing Miocic. At age 37, Overeem wants to get back into a championship fight and win the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Overeem defeated Werdum back in 2011 in Strikeforce by Decision and will look to be victorious once again at UFC 213.

It’s rare in combat sports that a rivalry can be built up for over a decade and at UFC 213 fans will see the culmination of Overeem vs Werdum. Both fighters are almost in their 40’s, but are still the elite in the Heavyweight Division. Werdum has become a better striker since the last time they fought, but can Werdum stand with Overeem? Overeem has improved his approach to fighting and has shown to be more patient looking for opportunities to land a Knockout. With the way Overeem been fighting, will Overeem be too hesitant against Werdum? This rubber match will be different from the fights Overeem and Werdum had against each other. Both fighters have changed and improved, with a win at UFC 213 having title contender implications. UFC 213 will mark the end of a decade long rivalry, who will be the one to end it?

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UFC 213 Preview: Pettis vs Miller

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Can Showtime bounce back in the Lightweight Division?

On July 8, the UFC will feature its Pay Per View Event UFC 213.  UFC 213 will feature two championship fights and a possible title contender fight between Allistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum, with the opener being Anthony “Showtime” Pettis vs Jim Miller. It wasn’t too long ago that the former Lightweight Champion Pettis was featured in the Main Event of a Pay Per View. However, Pettis is in a interesting point in his career, needing to pick up a win in the UFC Lightweight Division. In his way is Jim Miller, a veteran and tough fighter looking to derail Pettis from climbing up the ranks.

Once considered one of the best pound for pound fighters in the UFC, Pettis has become lost in the shuffle. Pettis lost his UFC Lightweight Championship back in 2015 against Rafael Dos Anjos, in a fight Pettis was completely dominated. Pettis would lose two more fights in the Lightweight Division against Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza, which Pettis would decide to try to change weight class and dropped to the UFC Featherweight Division. In Pettis first fight in the Featherweight Division, Pettis would defeat Charles Oliveira by Submission in a tough fight. The weight cut proved to be challenging, as Pettis would miss weight and lose in the Interim UFC Featherweight Championship fight against Max Holloway by TKO.  Now 30 years old, Pettis is still in his prime and is looking make his return to the Lightweight Division.

Miller has been fighting in the UFC since 2008 and at age 33 is still at the top of his game. Although currently Miller isn’t ranked in the Lightweight Division, Miller can still get it done and has won 3 of his last 4 fights. Miller lost his last fight by Majority Decision against Dustin Poirier at UFC 208, but the fight was still a gritty fight and would win Fight of the Night. Being a well rounded fighter on the feet with his striking and on the ground with his jujitsu, Miller is the perfect test for Pettis return to the Lightweight Division.

The opener for UFC 213 is a interesting fight in an already stacked Lightweight Division. Pettis fight against Miller, will help determine if Pettis can still get it done at the highest level in the Lightweight Division. If Pettis can get by Miller, Pettis can get back on track and aim for a future title fight. For Miller, a win would help get him ranked in the Lightweight Division and open more opportunities.  Both fighters are going into UFC 213 looking to take a big step forward in the Lightweight Division, however one of them will have to reevaluate their future moving forward in their MMA career.

 

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UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs Lee Preview

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Can the “Motown Phenom” win the biggest fight of his career yet?

Before the UFC Summer Kickoff Press Conference, Michael Chiesa vs Kevin Lee at UFC Fight Night in Oklahoma flew under the radar.  With a few minutes of trash talking and a brief altercation, Chiesa vs Lee has gained attention. This will be both Chiesa and Lee first time headlining a UFC Fight Card and a win can elevate their career. Can Chiesa continue his winning streak or can Lee take another step to being a star in the Lightweight Division?

Michael “Maverick” Chiesa at age 29 has slowly started to climb up the UFC Lightweight Division, having a record of 14-2 in the UFC and is a winner of the Ultimate Fighter.  Chiesa is currently ranked #7 in the Division and is on a three fight win streak.  In Chiesa last two fights, Chiesa won in impressive fashion submitting Jim Miller and Beneil Dariush by Rear Naked Choke. However, Chiesa biggest moment yet will be fighting in the Main Event for the first time against Kevin Lee.

“The Motown Phenom” Kevin Lee has the look and attitude of becoming a star in the UFC. At age 24, Lee is on the come up and is ranked #12 in the Lightweight Division. Having a wrestling background and proving to be a threat on the ground, Lee has the potential to be a threat in the Lightweight Division. Lee is currently on an impressive win streak of his own, winning four fights in a row and the last two winning by Rear Naked Choke.  This weekend will be Lee’s biggest challenge against his toughest opponent yet, in Lee first time headlining a UFC card.

Once a fight that nobody paid much attention to when announced, Chiesa vs Lee has becoming an interesting fight and has an impact on the Lightweight Division. With the attention all on both Lee and Chiesa, one walk away with everyone talking about them and moving closer to being a well recognized name. Both fighters are going into the biggest fight of their respective careers, with a win propelling them closer to a title fight. The trash talking almost over and the weekend approaching, who will emerge on top and take the next step closer to the UFC Lightweight Championship.

 

UFC 211: Stipe Miocic gets his Revenge

 

Stipe Miocic avenges his loss to Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211.

Miocic last loss was to Junior Dos Santos, which helped him become a better fighter and eventually led to Miocic winning the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Dos Santos would have set backs from injuries and opponents dropping out of fights. After Dos Santos fight with Stefan Struve fell through, it gave Dos Santos a chance to fight for the championship and gave Miocic a chance to avenge his loss.’

In the Main Event of UFC 211, Miocic put the pressure on Dos Santos early in the fight. Miocic was able to get Dos Santos to back up against the cage and would land huge strikes to the head.  Dos Santos was able to hurt Miocic with leg kicks, which the commentary team pointed out would be threat to Miocic ability to fight at his best. Miocic would continue to pressure Dos Santos and would keep catching Dos Santos, as Dos Santos kept circling away from the cage. Dos Santos took one shot too many and Miocic would knockout Dos Santos in the first round.

Miocic win over Dos Santos is his 2nd successful title defense and his 5th straight win. Miocic didn’t call anyone out after the fight, but the Heavyweight Division is in a interesting place. Cain Velazquez is someone that can be next in line for a title fight, but has problems staying healthy. Francis Ngannou is also someone that can be next in line for a title fight as well. For now, Miocic win over Dos Santos ties for the most successful title defense in the Heavyweight Division and propels Miocic into consideration as one of the best Heavyweights ever in the UFC.

UFC 211 Preview

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UFC 211 can be one of the best UFC Pay Per View by the end of the year. On the Main Card, every fight feels important and can impact the UFC going forward. The Main Event and Co Main Event will both have championships on the line. The Main Card will also feature fights that can change the rankings or lead to championship fights in the near future.  In the previous article, I spoke on the Main Event and who will win. Now I will preview the remaining fights on the Main Card.

 

Krzysztof Jotko vs David Branch

UFC 211 will be David Branch return to the UFC. Branch last fight in the UFC was in 2011, when Branch loss to Rousimar Palhares by submission via Kneebar.  Branch would fight outside of the UFC, most notably  World Series of fighting and has gained success. Branch is coming back to fight in the Middleweight Division against Krzysztof Jotko, who is the 9th ranked fighter in the Division.  Jotko is on a 5 fight win streak , with his last notable win against Thales Leites at UFC fight Night: Bader vs Nogueira 2 in 2016.

Prediction: Branch is coming back at UFC 211, with hype and success from his time outside of the UFC. However, I believe Jotko is going to ruin the return and beat Branch. At 35 years old and the high expectations for Branch return, I don’t think Branch will beat Jotko. Jotko is coming off a big win against Leites and I believe Jotko is going to continue his success at UFC 211, with a win over Branch.

Winner: Krzysztof Jotko

Frankie Edgar vs Yair Rodriguez

Yair Rodriguez at 24 years old, is on the path of becoming a future champion in the UFC. Rodriguez is coming off his biggest win of his career against the legendary BJ Penn, where Rodriguez was in the Main Event for the first time.  With his unorthodox striking, Rodriguez will face his biggest challenge to date  Frankie Edgar. Edgar is a former Lightweight Champion and is ranked 2nd in the Featherweight Division. Edgar at age 35, still has the same power and speed from when he was the Lightweight Champion in the UFC.  At age 35, Edgar still has the desire to be the Featherweight Champion.

Prediction: Rodriguez has the talent to one day be a champion, but Edgar is going to be too much for him. Edgar has the wrestling, jujitsu and the striking ability to overwhelm Rodriguez. This is a big step up in competition for Rodriguez and it’s not a good match up. I expect Edgar to pressure Rodriguez from the start of the first round and dominate the entire fight.

Winner: Frankie Edgar

Demian Maia vs Jorge Masvidal

This fight is a sleeper and has a major impact on the Welterweight Division. Demian Maia has been on 6 fight win streak and many feel should be fighting for the Welterweight Championship. Maia recent win was against Carlos Condit at UFC Fight Night in Vancouver, which showcased his dominance and jujitsu beating Condit by Rear Naked Choke. Jorge Masvidal is coming off his biggest win, defeating Donald Cerrone by Knockout. Masvidal is also on a win streak, winning three of his last fights. This fight is the biggest fight of Masvidal career and a win would put him in title contention.

Prediction: This fight is to close to call and that is what makes this fight interesting. Masvidal striking is too dangerous and has the power to knock Maia out cold. However, Maia is the bigger fighter and has the power to take Masvidal down. If Maia gets Masvidal on the ground, Maia can submit or control the Masvidal on the ground with ease. It’s a tough fight to call, but I’m going with Maia. I think Maia has good enough striking to stand with Masvidal, to set up his takedowns and control Masvidal on the ground.

Winner- Demian Maia

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Jessica Andrade

Can Jessica Andrade dethrone Joanna Jedrzejczyk?

Joanna Jedrzejczyk has been dominating the Strawweight Division, since coming to the UFC and winning the Strawweight Championship. Jedrzejczyk is currently on a 7 fight win streak and has successfully defended the championship 4 times. Jedrzejczyk has won decisively against everyone she has faced and will look to retain her championship for the 5 time. Jessica Andrade is the underdog in this fight, but has the ability to pull of an upset. Andrade has great jujitsu and power to knockout or to takedown Jedrzejczyk.  Andrade has to make this an ugly fight and pressure Jedrzejczyk early.

Prediction- I think Jedrzejczyk is just to good and will beat Andrade decisively. Andrade best chance at winning this fight is to make it an ugly fight and put pressure on Jedrzejczyk. Jedrzejczyk striking ability is on another level compared to Andrade and looks to be getting better at wrestling as well. Andrade will put up a good fight, but it won’t be enough.

Winner- Joanna Jedrzejczyk

 

 

UFC 211:Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2 preview

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Can Stipe Miocic avenge his loss to Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211?

This weekend UFC 211 will feature a rematch between UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. In their first fight back in 2014, Dos Santos would win by Unanimous Decision in a close fight.  Since then Dos Santos has been dealing with injuries and fights being cancelled, due to his opponents being injured as well. After Miocic fight with Dos Santos, Miocic has been on a 4 fight winning streak and has become the reigning UFC heavyweight Champion. Miocic has also gotten better from his fight with Dos Santos. Unlike their first fight, Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2 will be for the UFC Heavyweight Championship and both fighters are looking prove they are the best in their Division.

Dos Santos last win, was in April 10, 2016 at UFC Fight Night against Ben Rothwell. Completely outclassing Rothwell, Dos Santos would win by Unanimous Decision and looked in great shape. Dos Santos was supposed to fight Stefan Struve in February, but Struve would injure his shoulder and cancel the fight.  UFC 211 will be Dos Santos first fight back in the Octagon in over a year. However, Dos Santos will go into the Main Event, knowing he has victory over Miocic and has an idea of what to expect in their rematch. A win this weekend for Dos Santos not only will make him a 2 time UFC Heavyweight Champion, but puts him in the conversation as one of the best Heavyweights in UFC history.

Since his loss to Dos Santos, Miocic has took the Heavyweight Division by storm. Miocic would Knockout MMA Heavyweight Legends in Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski and would Knockout Fabricio Werdum to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Miocic would then defend and retain his Championship against Alistair Overeem, winning by Knockout at UFC 203. In the last two years, Miocic has become the face of the Heavyweight Division. However, Miocic biggest fight in his career awaits him at UFC 211. A win over Dos Santos can cement his legacy and help make his case as someone that should be mentioned as one of the greatest pound for pound fighter in the UFC.

Prediction: While Dos Santos already has a victory over Miocic, its hard not to pick Miocic to win this fight. Miocic has been the more active fighter and has gotten better, from the last time he fought Dos Santos.  Dos Santos is coming into the fight, not fighting in over a year and a question can be made if he will have any ring rust.  Also a question can be made, is Dos Santos coming into this fight in the same shape like when he fought Rothwell last year. However, Dos Santos can Knockout anyone and even dropped Miocic in their first fight. Still at UFC 211, I predict Miocic will get the win and will remain the best in the Heavyweight Division.

 

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Is it the last of Rumble?

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What legacy will Anthony Rumble Johnson leave behind in MMA?

Anthony Johnson began his UFC career back in June 12, 2007 on UFC Fight Night: Stout vs Fisher, on the preliminary card facing Chad Reiner at Welterweight.  Before this Johnson worked as a bouncer. Johnson would win in spectacular fashion with a 13 second Knockout in the first round.

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Johnson would lose his second fight at Welterweight in the UFC to Rich Clementi at UFC 76, by Rear Naked Choke. After facing defeat for the first time, Johnson would bounce back with a devastating Knockout against Tom Speer in the first round.

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Johnson early career in the UFC would have many highs and lows. Although he had impressive wins against the likes of Dan Hardy and Kevin Burns, Johnson would have problems making weight. The weight cut to get to Welterweight proved to be very challenging. Johnson would try his chances at Middleweight in a losing effort against Vitor Belfort at UFC 142, but would miss weight once again.

Johnson would leave the UFC and fought for Titan Fighting Championship and the World Series of Fighting. In that time in both organizations, Johnson would try moving up to Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight. It proved to be a great career move, as Johnson made waves. Johnson would beat notable names like Andrei Arlovski (at Heavyweight)  and Mike Kyle(at Light Heavyweight) in the WSOF. Johnson would return back to the UFC, as a Light Heavyweight at UFC 172 against Phil Davis and would win by Decision.  From Johnson first fight at Light Heavyweight in Titan Fighting Championship to his return at UFC 172, Johnson would go on a 7 fight win streak.

Johnson win over Davis, made him one of the top contenders in the UFC Light Heavyweight Division. Johnson would fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueria at UFC on Fox: Lawler vs Brown and would win in arguably one of the most brutal Knockout in Nogueria career.

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Johnson would then go on to beat Alexander Gustafsson by TKO in the 1st round, to challenge for the Light Heavyweight Championship. After his opponent then Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones had to vacate the belt due to out of sports issues, Johnson would have to face Daniel Cormier at UFC 187. Johnson would lose by Rear Naked Choke in the 3rd round. Johnson would then go on a 3 fight win streak beating Jimi Manuwa, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira, all in the 1st round by Knockout and without getting hit.  Johnson would fight Daniel Cormier again for the Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 210 and would lose again to a Rear Naked Choke in the 2nd round.

After the fight, Johnson would announce his retirement and would thank the UFC, his peers and fans for all the support through the years. Johnson started MMA when he was 20 years old and would announce his retirement at age 33. Johnson had an impressive 13 year career in MMA and if Johnson wanted, would still be a Light Heavyweight title contender or a potential Heavyweight title contender. Johnson will go down as one of the most dangerous Knockout artist in UFC history, winning seven performances of the night bonuses. Fans knew what they were getting when they paid to see Johnson compete and his opponents knew the night they were in for. The legacy Johnson will leave behind is an archive of highlight reel Knockouts, great fights and an extraordinary career.

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UFC 210: Cormier Dominates again

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D.C does it again.

Daniel Cormier retains the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Anthony Johnson, with an impressive performance. The question coming into the fight was, what improvements would Johnson make in the rematch with a full training camp.  In the beginning of the 1st round, Cormier would land a overhand right and made Johnson respect his power. Instead of trying to strike with Cormier, Johnson would get Cormier in the clinch against the cage and attempted to try to take him down.  Johnson’s game plan would play right into what Cormier wanted to do, which was to get Johnson to exhaust his energy and dominate him.

Johnson biggest highlight of the fight would be a head kick, that caught Cormier as he was ducking. The head kick damaged the nose of Cormier, which UFC Commentator Joe Rogan thought it could have been broken. Cormier would continue the fight and would pressure Johnson against the cage. Johnson still tried to clinch with Cormier and would take him down twice in the fight. However, Cormier would get Johnson down in the 2nd round and locked in the Rear Naked Choke once again to defeat Johnson.

After the fight, Johnson would announce his retirement from MMA, saying “win or lose this would have been his last fight”.  Johnson would thank the UFC, his camp, Former Commentator Mike Goldberg and Cormier. Cormier show his respect for Johnson and then called out Light Heavyweight contenders Jon Jones and Jimi Manuwa. UFC 210 ends with Johnson riding off into the sunset after a great career and Cormier making his case as one of the best Light Heavyweights of all time.

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UFC 209 Preview: Woodley vs Thompson 2

 

 

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This Saturday, UFC 209 will feature the UFC Welterweight Champion “The Chosen One” Tyron Woodley vs Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in the Main Event. In the last preview, it highlighted the back story behind the upcoming fight. In this post , it will look at the keys to victory for both fighters and a final prediction of who will be the winner.

In their last fight, Woodley landed the most damage and was very close to finishing Thompson. Although Thompson would continue to fight to a draw, Woodley will go into this fight knowing he can knock Thompson out.  Also Woodley was able to wrestle Thompson down. So here is the Keys to victory:

Key #1:Look for the Takedown

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In their last fight in the 1st Round, Thompson was backing Woodley up to the cage. When Thompson went for a leg kick, Woodley was able to take the hit and grab the leg to take Thompson down. Woodley is the superior wrestler and has to look for these moments to take Thompson down. Thompson likes to throw kicks, so Woodley needs to be able to telegraph it and get Thompson off balance for a takedown. This will make Thompson second guess throwing kicks and help neutralize one of Thompson greatest ability.

Key # 2: Feint the Takdown

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What was missing from Woodley’s fight with Thompson was the threat of the takedown. Woodley would stand up with Thompson majority of the fight, which plays more to the strength of Thompson. With step #1 being to look for the takedown, step #2 is the effects of that. Woodley needs to feint the takedown to keep Thompson guessing. Woodley has shown to be able to take Thompson down, So with Woodley feinting the takedown it opens up opportunities to catch Thompson by surprise and  land  his punches.

Key# 3:Keep the back off the cage

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Thompson is the most dangerous when his opponent is backed against the cage. Woodley needs to keep his back off the cage and get Thompson to back up. When they fought,  Woodley would let Thompson move forward and back him against the cage. Thompson was able to land his strikes better and score points. Woodley needs to keep circling the cage and not put himself in a dangerous spot with his back against the cage.

 

Thompson could have won the first fight, if it wasn’t for the fourth round. If someone was watch the entire fight besides the fourth round, it quite possible they would think Thompson edged Woodley on the score card.  Thompson did some things well in their first fight, but here is what he needs to do in the rematch.

Key #1: Block the Takedown

Something that Woodley may look to do more is taking Thompson down and do damage from the ground with his strikes. Thompson would throw leg kicks, but Woodley would only capitalize and take Thompson down once. Although, It was fairly easy and gave Woodley the opportunity to do some ground and pound. Thompson needs to block the Takedown and make Woodley lose some confidence in being able to wrestle Thompson. Also in grappling exchanges, Thompson should throw knees to the body.

Key #2: Keep Woodley backing up

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Thompson was doing very good in making Woodley back up against the cage and needs to do the same in this fight. Thompson was able to land his strikes and score points on the score card. Woodley is less effective when he is backing up and Thompson could use his range to pick Woodley apart.

 

Key #3:Mix up the Strikes

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In their last fight , their was very few combinations thrown by Thompson. Thompson didn’t really set up his kicks as much and Woodley will try to capitalize, especially the low kicks. Thompson should expect that Woodley will try to take him down,By using his kicks take him off balance.  Thompson needs to throw more combinations to keep Woodley guessing and make it easier to set up his kicks. Thompson should also look to throw kicks to the body and take the energy out of Woodley. By mixing his strikes, it makes Thompson even more dangerous on the feet.

Final Prediction: Expect whoever to win this fight, to win decisively. Both fighters know what the other can do and would make adjustments to their game plan. The biggest factor of the fight is Woodley being able to take Thompson down.  Thompson has to block the Takedown and if he was get took down, Thompson has to quickly get back up. Woodley also has to avoid putting his back to the cage and put pressure on Thompson, to push Thompson back against the cage. I expect Woodley to be more aggressive and put pressure on Thompson, by moving forward.  If the fight goes 5 rounds, Thompson could end up the new Welterweight Champion. However, I see Woodley finishing Thompson by TKO.

Woodley wins via TKO.