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