We are just one day away from the biggest UFC card of 2017. UFC Matchmakers have treated fans with 3 electrifying title fights, where literally anything could happen. Even the opening fights on the main card are presented as title contender eliminators. Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones will once again go to battle against one another in the scheduled Main-Event at UFC 214.
Out of the 5 fights on the card, we were only able to all agree on one fight. So far, we are currently 13-8 (62%) on fights that we Unanimously agree on. Check out below to see who we believe will walk away with the victory in Anaheim, California.
David (3-1): Jones, Maia, Cyborg, Lawler, Manuwa
Kenneth (62-46): Jones, Woodley, Cyborg, Lawler, Manuwa
Paul (59-49): Jones, Maia, Cyborg, Lawler, Oezdemir
Jonathan (59-49): Cormier, Maia, Cyborg, Cerrone, Oezdemir
Kieran (58-50): Jones, Woodley, Cyborg, Lawler, Manuwa
Jake (57-51): Cormier, Woodley, Cyborg, Lawler, Manuwa
Will (55-53): Cormier, Maia, Cyborg, Lawler, Manuwa
Daniel Cormier (3) vs. Jon Jones (5)
This is the 5th time that these two have been scheduled to fight one another, and that may be one of the added factors that fuel the hatred between the two fighters. Will Jones come back and claim what was once his, or will Cormier cement in name in history as the Greatest Light Heavyweight in UFC history. Jones has been gone for a while, but is still a much younger man than his opponent Daniel Cormier. Leading up to the fight, Jones has brought up the numerous amounts of hours that he has spent training for this fight on multiple occasions. This is obviously something he prides himself over his older foe. In his time away from the Octagon, Jones has been focusing on Jiu-Jitsu and power-lifting. That’s one dangerous combination for someone that many already believed to be the GOAT. Cormier on the other hand has stayed busy inside the UFC, accumulating a record of 4-0 since him and Jones first fought.
Will Cormier be able to take Jones down this time around? Although Jones has a much longer reach than Cormier, DC was constantly able to close the distance and get the clinch. From there he landed many hooks, but absorbed many body shots as well that would go on to later affect him in the championship rounds. Jones really seems like he’ll be gunning for a finish this time around, and how could anyone not believe him. Although Cormier will constantly look for takedowns, Jones will punish him for every attempt he makes. From the clinch, Jones will be able to slice open DC with many elbows and knees and receive the stoppage victory over his bloodied opponent.
Jon Jones via: 4th Round TKO
Tyron Woodley (4) vs. Demian Maia (4)
Woodley finally finds himself as a betting favorite, but us at MMACS are totally split on who will walk away with the Welterweight championship. This will be Tyron Woodley’s third title defense, and the competition doesn’t seem to be getting any weaker. Demian Maia enters this title fight with the Jiu-Jitsu in the UFC. Since dropping down to the Welterweight division, Maia has dominated all of his foes with his grappling skills. Woodley has some of the best wrestling in the Welterweight division, so the big question will be whether Maia will be able to get the fight to the ground.
One would imagine that Woodley’s gameplan for this fight would be to keep it standing, and try and add another KO to his immense highlight reel. Out of Woodley’s last 15 fights, he has only been taken down twice. Woodley will be entering this fight with a takedown defense of 92%. Maia will constantly peruse the clinch, and doesn’t mind ending up in bottom guard. I see this one going similar to Whittaker and Souza, but I don’t see Maia getting Woodley to the ground. Tyron Woodley adds another vicious KO to his resume, and then goes on to call out Georges St-Pierre.
Tyron Woodley via: 1st Round KO
Cris Cyborg (8) vs. Tonya Evinger (0)
Cyborg is finally fighting for UFC GOLD! Cyborg enters this fight as the biggest favorite on the card, and it comes to no surprise. In Cyborg’s last 9 fights, her average betting line has been -1680 favorite. In her fight against Tonya Evinger, Vegas has Cyborg listed as a -1200 favorite. Cyborg enters this fight with 12 straight KO/TKO victories, and is currently riding a 17-fight win streak with her last defeat occurring in her MMA debut. Evinger is the current Bantamweight champion for Invicta and has won 7 fights in a row. Her last professional loss came to Olympian and UFC title challenger Sara McMann by Unanimous Decision. Evinger enters this fight with a 16-6 record, but has never been stopped due to strikes.
This will be the first time Evinger competes in the Featherweight division, and she will be doing so against the #1 Featherweight in the world. This will be Cyborg’s moment to shine. Evinger is always game, and will be no easy outing, but Cyborg’s power will be on display. Tonya should be able to make it competitive for the first few minutes, but once Cris Cyborg smells blood there will be no stopping her.
Cris Cyborg via: 2nd Round KO
Robbie Lawler (7) vs. Donald Cerrone (1)
Fans last saw Robbie Lawler inside the octagon when he lost the Welterweight title to Tyron Woodley over 1 year ago. Since then Robbie has switched gyms and refocused his training. At one point Lawler was considered the scariest man in the Welterweight division, with Cerrone being the most active fighter in the Lightweight division. Since moving up to the Welterweight division, Cerrone has amassed a record of 4-1. Both fighters are coming off KO losses, yet Robbie has had much more time to recover. Cerrone has fought 4 times since the last time Robbie competed, and has been rocked badly in his last two outings.
This is going to be one crazy fight. Both fighters have devastating striking, and really need a win to keep their names relevant. The majority of us are leaning towards the former champion Robbie Lawler to get the victory. Cerrone has been known to start slow in past fights, and that may be what costs him in this matchup. Coming off one of the longer layoffs of his career, I expect to see Lawler come in with a devastating statement.
Robbie Lawler via: 2nd Round TKO
Jimi Manuwa (6) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (2)
Manuwa has been touted as one of the brighter prospects for some time. He currently holds a record of 6-2 inside the UFC with his losses coming to Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson. Jimi Manuwa enters this contest having won his last 2 fights by KO/TKO. Volkan made his UFC debut earlier this year and is already on the cusp of a title shot. Volkan is riding a 4-fight win streak and is currently 2-0 inside of the UFC.
Both fighters are predominately strikers, and are accustomed to out-pacing their opponents. Manuwa has been on the big stage numerous times, and that may be in his favor come fight night. This will be a big step up in competition for Volkan, and I expect to see it show. The Poster Boy Jimi Manuwa puts on a striking clinic in the first 2 rounds, to get the victory over the battered Volkan in the final round.
Jimi Manuwa via: 3rd Round TKO
Who do you believe will walk away with the victory at UFC 214? Any predictions for Fight of the Night? Let us know below in the comments section.
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