The rankings are closing in as everyone tries to steal the lead from Paul. In the Main-Event two Light Heavyweights look to solidify their name as the next one to contend for UFC gold. Check out below to see who we believe will walk away with the victories.
Paul (35-25): Teixeira, Cirkunov, Saudners, Razak, Enkamp, Hermansson
Kieran (35-25): Teixeira, Cirkunov, Saunders, Razak, Taleb, Nicholson
Jake (34-26): Gustafsson, Cirkunov, Saunders, Razak, Taleb, Nicholson
Kenneth (33-27): Gustafsson, Cirkunov, Saunders, Razak, Taleb, Hermanson
Jonathan (31-29): Teixeira, Cirkunov, Sobotta, Razak, Taleb, Nicholson
Will (29-31): Gustafsson, Cirkunov, Saunders, Razak, Taleb, Nicholson
Alexander Gustafsson (3) vs. Glover Teixeira (4)
The winner of the Main-Event will likely get the next shot at The UFC Light Heavyweight Championship after DC and Jones do battle in July. These two have been scheduled to fight before, and fans are finally pleased to see it so near. There is a slight edge towards Teixeira, on who we believe will win in the Main-Event. For Glover to win this one he should mix up his grappling and knockout power to ruin the Swede’s night. Glover has some of the best grappling in the division, yet Gustafsson has taken down elite wrestlers in the octagon. Glover will want to finish this one quickly, as the longer the fight goes on the more dangerous Gustafsson is, as he can attack from many different angles.
Glover Teixeira via: 2nd Round TKO
Misha Cirkunov (7) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (0)
We find ourselves unanimous on who we think will walk away with the victory in the Co Main-Event. Misha has become a fan favorite in the Light Heavyweight division. Volkan is a large underdog, and it is likely due to Misha’s expertise grappling skills. Both fighters are extremely durable so I wouldn’t expect a quick finish. Misha should be able to get the fight to the ground, and from there look for a choke to get this finish. After this fight, Misha should be matched with someone inside the Top 10.
Misha Cirkunov via: 3rd Round Submission
Ben Saunders (5) vs. Peter Sobotta (2)
Saunders will look to continue his win streak inside the UFC with a victory over Sobotta. Saunders comes into this fight as the ore experienced fighter, and it should show. Saunders striking has improved immensely, and it showed in his last outing against Court McGee. If Ben gets the fight to the ground, there is a chance that is where his opponent will stay for the remainder of the round. Saunders should be able to shine in most areas in the fight over the duration of 3 rounds. With constant pressure and slick grappling Killa B walks away with his hand raised.
Ben Saunders via: Unanimous Decision
Abdul Razak Alhassan (7) vs. Omari Akhmedov (0)
A lot of hype behind Razak as he comes into this fight. This will likely be a striker vs grappler matchup, as Razak is much more skilled on the feet. Razak has quick blitzes where he has found success in the past against his opponents. Given Omari won’t be able to get the fight to the ground, it looks to be a long night. There’s a reason we are all leaning towards Razak in this matchup.
Razak Alhassan via: 2nd Round TKO
Nordine Taleb (6) vs. Oliver Enkamp (1)
Enkamp will be making his UFC debut against Taleb who will be stepping into the octagon for the 7th time. Enkamp will be the home town favorite, but that may not be enough against the Tri Star Welterweight Taleb. Nordine has found success in the past with his powerful wrestling and crisp boxing. Enkamp must know that Taleb will put constant pressure on him, and he may use this as an opportunity to capitalize. The likelihood though is Taleb doing enough over the duration of 3 rounds to get the nod from the judges.
Nordine Taleb via: Unanimous Decision
Jack Hermansson (2) vs. Alex Nicholson (5)
Both fighters come into this matchup losing their last fight. Hermansson will be fighting in front of his home country, but Nicholson will look to spoil the Swede’s night. There is a reason they call Nicholson the Spartan, and it is because he is extremely durable and hits like a truck. If Hermansson is not careful, his night can end quite quickly. Most of us are leaning towards Nicholson to pull off the upset while in foreign territory. This will likely be a grueling fight between the two Middleweights, but Nicholson’s durability will shine in the end. His most likely outcome will be by KO, so look for Nicholson to add another highlight reel to his exciting career.
Alex Nicholson via: 3rd Round TKO
Who do you believe will win Sweden this weekend? Any predictions on who will walk away with a $50,000 bonus? Let us know below in the comments section.
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