Paid Members wandshogun09 Posted June 8, 2019 Author Paid Members Share Posted June 8, 2019 Just got done with the weigh in. Haven’t caught much of the build up for this at all, just the odd Embedded and some interviews. As always though, the weigh in always does the trick of getting me that bit extra hyped up. Henry Cejudo vs Marlon Moraes should be fantastic. It goes to show how awesome a fight Ferguson vs Cowboy is that this fight has been pretty much completely overshadowed. This should be quality though. Both men are absolutely on fire at the moment. Both at the top of their game and coming off their best career wins. You really couldn’t choose a better time for these 2 to meet. Moraes by KO/TKO for me. It’s a gut feeling but it’s one I can’t shake for some reason. It should be as close to a 50-50 fight as you can get but I’ve just had this feeling, from almost the time the fight was announced, that Moraes catches him with something nasty and puts him out. Could be wishful thinking but usually I’m a pessimist when it comes to that. Granted, Moraes has never faced a wrestler the level of Cejudo before, obviously. There just aren’t any other Olympic gold medalists knocking about in MMA. But Cejudo has kind of fallen in love with his hands and seems to be buying into his own hype a bit lately to me. Plus he’s going up in weight for this, which is a big factor that nobody is even talking about. Look at that staredown, Moraes is noticeably the bigger man. And he’s got legitimate KO power. Yeah, won’t be at all shocked if Lego Boy wins but it’s Moraes by KO for me. I can just feel it. Valentina Shevchenko vs Jessica Eye is the easiest fight to call on this card for me. Jessica Eye is a huge underdog for a reason. She’s a decent fighter but you have to be a lot better than decent to beat The Bullet. Just can’t really see an avenue for Eye at all in this one. I think Shevchenko has her beat in pretty much all areas. Shevchenko by KO/TKO. I could see a fairly cautious and technical start and maybe Eye lands some stuff early on. But as the rounds go by I think Shevchenko will beat her down and systematically take her apart. Could be a really one-sided decision but I think Shev gets the stoppage at some point. Probably not a clean knockout but something like the ref or corner calling it to save Eye. Tony Ferguson vs Donald Cerrone is a batshit fight. Can’t see any way this isn’t some crazy war for however long it lasts. And you’d never know it watching the weigh in. They were laughing and joking, shaking hands and being all pally. Usually I’m not a big fan of that stuff but with these 2 it doesn’t matter how friendly they are. You KNOW once that cage door locks all hell is breaking loose. The winner of this 100% deserves the title shot against the winner of Khabib vs Poirier in September. Never has the lightweight title picture been more straight forward and clear cut. Have the winners of Ferguson/Cowboy and Khabib/Poirier face off in December. But watching the weigh in, you could hear Cerrone saying something to Dana during the staredown like, ‘So the winner of this is undeniable, right? Right?’ And Dana just smiled awkwardly and never said anything. Fat prick. They’re going to give it to McGregor aren’t they? Anyway, Ferguson on points. It’s a complete shot in the dark though. I think Ferguson wins but fuck knows really. We don’t know how Ferguson has handled his personal problems away from the cage but everything has been looking good on fight week. If he’s on point, I find it hard to picture Cerrone beating him but stranger things have happened in MMA and it’s not like Ferguson never gets hurt in fights. And Cowboy is one of the best finishers in the game. If he gets you hurt, you’re usually fucked because he doesn’t let you recover. I don’t know. I’ll stick with Ferguson on points in a barnburner. Jimmie Rivera vs Petr Yan is a great fight that everyone is overlooking. These are 2 of the real darkhorses in the 135 division, especially Yan. Rivera has had mixed results of late but he’s still a fucking handful and was on a long winning streak until Marlon Moraes ended his fun. And Yan is ace. I really think we’ll be seeing him challenge for the title fairly soon. If he wins this, and in impressive fashion, I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s next in line actually. I’ll go with Yan by decision. I wouldn’t be massively surprised if Rivera outworked him to a points win but I like Yan here and I just think it’s his time. I think he can handle what Rivera throws at him in the grappling and on the feet I think he’s a different class. Tai Tuivasa vs Blagoy Ivanov, I’m not that sure what to make of. Tuivasa is coming off his first loss so we’ll see how or if that effects the way he approaches this one. He doesn’t seem the type to mentally unravel but we’ll see how it goes. I don’t know, got a feeling Ivanov wins on points. I’d like to see Tuivasa back in the win column but Ivanov is a difficult rebound fight. He’s tough, he’s more experienced, he’s gone 5 rounds with JDS etc. I can see Tuivasa starting well but if he doesn’t end it early I reckon Ivanov pulls ahead and takes a decision in a lumbering brawl. Tatiana Suarez vs Nina Ansaroff could be a big fight in terms of title shot implications at strawweight. Michelle Waterson is most likely next in line but you’d have to assume the winner of this is next after that. Suarez by submission for me. Ansaroff is on a solid 4 fight streak herself but she’s never faced a grappler like Suarez and I think that’s going to be the story of this fight. I don’t think Suarez is unbeatable but that wrestling game is going to be hard to stop at 115. Unless she gets sloppy on the feet and gets caught, I see her overwhelming Nina here, and finishing it with a choke at some stage. Aljamain Sterling vs Pedro Munhoz is a real sleeper on this card for me. Could turn out to be a bit of a tactical chess match but I think it’s more likely to become a proper good scrap. Munhoz has showed a few times now that he’s not afraid of biting down on the mouthpiece and throwing bombs. We saw that in his knockout over Cody Garbrandt in his last fight. Sterling could be tricky though, especially if it’s more of a ground battle. Munhoz by decision though. I just think he’s more consistent and he’s in a good place now. He seems more confident than ever, but not overconfident, and I think he does enough to take it on the judges cards here. So full predictions; Marlon Moraes by KO/TKO. Valentina Shevchenko by KO/TKO. Tony Ferguson by decision. Petr Yan by decision. Blagoy Ivanov by decision. Tatiana Suarez by submission. Pedro Munhoz by decision. Karolina Kowalkiewicz by decision. Calvin Kattar by decision. Xiaonan Yan by decision. Darren Stewart by KO/TKO. Grigory Popov by KO/TKO. 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