The UFC heads to Japan with many contenders hoping to throw their name in the title picture. The beginning of the week brought news of a new Main-Event with a familiar name.
At MMACS, we are currently 18-5 (78%) on fights we Unanimously agree on. For the UFC’s return to Japan, we couldn’t find ourselves all agreeing on a single matchup. Check out below to see who we picked to get their hand raised tonight.
Kenneth (75-54): OSP, Gadelha, Kim, Ishihara
Paul (70-54): Okami, Gadelha, Gomi, Ishihara
Jake (71-58): Okami, Andrade, Gomi, Ishihara
Kieran (70-59): OSP, Gadelha, Kim, Ishihara
Jonathan (70-59): OSP, Andrade, Kim, Dy
Dinesh (61-56): OSP, Gadelha, Gomi, Ishihara
Will (64-65): OSP, Gadelha, Kim, Ishihara
Ovince Saint Preux (5) vs. Yushin Okami (2)
OSP was scheduled to headline this card against Shogun, but when Shogun was forced to pull out of the fight UFC vet Yushin Okami stepped up on just a couple days’ notice. OSP currently doesn’t have the best record when it comes to fighting in the Main-Event, as he is currently 1-3. Okami last fought in the UFC in 2013, where he lost to Ronaldo Souza by 1st Round stoppage. Before that fight he was riding a 3-fight win streak. Okami enters this fight riding a 4-fight win streak and eager to show why he deserves to compete with the best.
Many of OSP’s losses come to superior grapplers. Okami is an excellent wrestler, but OSP has fought much tougher competition. Add in the fact that Okami has fought at 170 lbs. for his last 5 fights and will now be competing at 205 lbs. It’s great to see Okami back in the UFC, but this will be OSP’s night to shine. A win here won’t move him up in the rankings, but it will be a great opportunity to show off his skills. The difference in power will be apparent from the start, as OSP makes quick work of Okami.
Ovince Saint Preux via: 2nd Round TKO
Claudia Gadelha (5) vs. Jessica Andrade (2)
After Claudia submitted Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the First Round, I was a bit surprised to see the title shot going to Rose Namajunas. Joanna does own 2 wins over Gadelha, so knocking off another title challenger might just be what she needs. Andrade had looked unstoppable on her run through the Strawweight division before she ran into the champion Joanna. Both Claudia and Andrade have lost to Joanna by Decision and would love a chance to run it back.
With Joanna talking of moving up to Flyweight, the winner of this fight could likely be the next Queen of this division. Many of us are leaning towards Gadelha because of her MMA grappling skills. She’s undoubtfully the best grappler in the Strawweight division. What Andrade has is power, and could possibly end Claudia’s night early if she lands clean. What is more likely to happen will be Claudia landing the takedowns and controlling her opponent enough to get the judges nod.
Claudia Gadelha via: Unanimous Decision
Takanori Gomi (3) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (4)
Gomi is still somehow in the UFC. Yes, he’s a pioneer of the sport, but his time is long gone. Gomi has been stopped in the first round in all his last 4 fights. With Gomi being 10 years the elder to Kim, I expect the exact same result in this fight. Look for Kim to pressure Gomi early and get the stoppage with strikes. With a loss here, I hope to see Takanori Gomi finally call it quits.
Dong Hyun Kim via: 1st Round TKO
Teruto Ishihara (6) vs. Rolando Dy (1)
Ishihara will be hoping to get back on the winning side after losing 2 Unanimous Decisions in a row. Dy has yet to receive a victory in the UFC, and a matchup here with Team Alpha Male standout is going to be one tough outing. Teruto’s last 2 losses helped him realize what his game was lacking. Dy is certainly a step down in competition, but this will be an opportunity for Teruto to gain some confidence.
Most us are leaning towards Teruto, and his experience inside the octagon is likely to blame. With the use of wrestling and well-timed strikes, Teruto should be able to add to his growing highlight reel.
Teruto Ishihara via: 2nd Round TKO
Who do you believe will get the victory in Japan? Any predictions for Fight o the Night? Let us know below in the comments section.
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