Paul enters this week still holding onto first place spot. The battle behind is tight in the rankings. UFC 210 is a great way for the UFC to return to Buffalo after a 21 year hiatus. In the main-event, two of the best in the light-heavyweight division look to once again do battle, to lay claim on that coveted championship belt. This card promises to be the highlight of the year so far. Check out below to see who we believe will walk away with the victory.
Paul (24-16-1): Cormier, Mousassi, Calvillo, Cote, Brooks
Jake (22-18-1): Johnson, Weidman, Calvillo, Cote, Brooks
Kenneth (21-19-1): Cormier, Weidman, Calvillo, Cote, Oliveira
Kieran (20-20-1): Cormier, Mousassi, Calvillo, Alves, Brooks
Jonathan (20-20-1): Cormier, Weidman, Calvillo, Alves, Oliveira
Will (19-21-1): Johnson, Mousassi, Calvillo, Cote, Brooks
Daniel Cormier (6) vs. Anthony Johnson (2)
In the Main-Event, Cormier and Johnson look to do battle once again. There first fight happened 2 years ago, but this time both fighters were given a full fight camp. Will Johnson be able to get the stoppage victory, or will Cormier do what he does best once again? Since losing to Cormier, Anthony Johnson has looked unbeatable disposing of every contender they put in front of him in devastating fashion. Most us are leaning toward the champ to once again defend his title. Cormier should be able to withstand the early onslaught from Johnson, and look for an opportunity to bring the fight to the ground. From there it should be all Cormier, as he tires his opponent with constant pressure. I expect Johnson to not be as explosive in the first round, but I see the fight ending in similar fashion as their first meeting.
Cormier via: TKO.
Gegard Mousasi (4) vs. Chris Weidman (3)
Chris Weidman looked unbeatable just last year, and now finds himself coming into this fight as an underdog. Since Gegard lost to Uriah Hall, he has put on a 4-fight winning streak, with 3 of the wins by stoppage victory. Will Weidman be able to get one step closer to the title that he once called his? We are almost split down the middle on who we see winning, but there is a slight edge to Mousasi. Most of us see him out landing Chris on the feet, and even being able to stop the takedown. Both men are extremely durable, so look for this one to go all 3 rounds.
Gegard Mousasi via: Unanimous Decision
Cynthia Calvillo (7) vs. Pearl Gonzalez (0)
Gonzalez enters the UFC as the former XFO flyweight Champion. Just last month, Calvillo made her UFC debut on short notice and made quick work of Amanda Cooper. She now looks to add to her unbeaten record against Gonzalez.
Even though Gonzalez has an exciting resume entering this fight, all of us are leaning towards Calvillo to take the “W”. Calvillo fights out of Team Alpha Male, and looks be a potential future contender. With Paige VanZant’s status at T.A.M under scrutiny, as well as Paige working on other opportunities. This may have opened up a chance for the UFC and Team Alpha Male prospect to flourish. This fight promises to be exciting, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t go all 3 rounds. Look for Calvillo to sneak in a submission from one of the many grappling exchanges that are bound to happen in this bout.
Cynthia Calvillo via: 2nd Round Submission
Thiago Alves (2) vs. Patrick Cote (5)
This fight promises to be an exciting striking battle. Neither fighter has landed a takedown in their last 3 outings. After not finding success in the lightweight division, Alves once again returns to the welterweight division. Cote had a lot of hype behind him before falling victim to the deadly striking of Donald Cerrone. Most of us see Cote getting back in the win column after this fight. Alves has shown minimal highlights since making his return to the octagon, following a series of injuries. Cote has shown signs of improvements in recent years. This appears to be the reason that many of us are picking him. Cote should be able to out-strike his opponent and avoid the devastating shots that Alves enjoys throwing. The striking numbers promise to be high in this one, who ever lands more volume will likely come out the victor.
Patrick Cote via: Unanimous Decision
Will Brooks (5) vs. Charles Oliveira (2)
Will Brooks entered the UFC with a wave of momentum last year, but just has yet to live up to the hype. Charles Oliveira makes his return to the lightweight division after facing a difficult weight cut to make the featherweight division. In Will’s last outing, he was exposed by a stronger opponent who was able to control him on the ground, and get the finish with devastating ground and pound. Charles will likely try and get the fight to the ground and from there look for a submission. Before entering the UFC, Brooks found success with his striking and well timed wrestling. He is now 1-1, with him gassing in his first UFC fight, which caused him to lose the third round. He cannot do that against Charles, as he is always looking for the finish. Look for Brooks to out-land his opponent and possibly keep Oliveira against the cage, that was to prevent any grappling exchanges. Brooks should be able to land more volume, and get a few take-downs to seal the victory on the judges scorecards.
Will Brooks via: Unanimous Decision
Who do you think will get their hand raised on Saturday night? Any predictions for who will win Performance Bonuses? Let us know in the comments section below.
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