Paid Members wandshogun09 Posted July 27, 2019 Author Paid Members Share Posted July 27, 2019 Just caught the weigh in. Barring something mad happening at the hotel or on the way to the arena today, Holloway vs Edgar is actually happening this time. We’ve gone into Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar and the consensus seems to be that Edgar is getting chinned with ease tonight. I’m not feeling it though. I get the reasoning for thinking that, Holloway is in his prime and Edgar is 37 and approaching the end of his career, plus shorter and not as varied a striker as Max. I get it. I just don’t see it as an easy fight. I’m pretty much 50/50 on this one actually but I’m going Edgar on points. For the reasons I’ve gone into above, I’ll concede it’s probably more likely Max wins but I’ve had a gut feeling for a while that Frankie is going to give him issues. I at least see it being a tough fight for Max, if not a loss. But I think Frankie is going to pull it off tonight. The combination of Max never facing a wrestler like Frankie plus Frankie knowing it’s probably his last shot and Max also coming off a bad beating from Poirier in April. And I just think Frankie has more left in the tank than people think. Whatever happens, I just hope it’s a great fight. This card needs these two to deliver. Cris Cyborg vs Felicia Spencer then. From the second this fight was announced I think everyone thought ‘Oooh, poor Felicia’. Facing a pissed off Cyborg who’s coming off that knockout loss to Amanda Nunes is not an enviable position to be in. Cyborg looked well arsey weighing in. Usually she’s actually quite smiley, none of that here. Don’t know if it’s the loss to Nunes, Dana being a prick about her again to the media or what. But she did not look happy. Cyborg by early KO/TKO for me. It’s the obvious pick and I just don’t know enough about Spencer yet. But I’ll say this, I like Spencer’s confidence. She doesn’t seem fazed or intimidated and that’s probably half the battle. She’s also unbeaten, a BJJ black-belt and she’s a big girl who could potentially be able to take Cyborg down. If she does this could get very interesting because Spencer’s grappling looks ace from what I’ve seen. If there was ever a time to catch Cyborg, it might be now. We’re assuming that she’ll come in off that Nunes loss and wreck shop but it could have had the reverse effect and shaken her confidence. Then you add in the outside the cage drama with Dana and the fact this is most likely her last fight in the UFC, she could be ripe for the upset. I’ve still got to favour Cyborg and she’ll probably just bulldoze Spencer in 2 minutes. But if Spencer has enough about her to survive and make it a grappling match, I honestly wouldn’t be massively shocked if she springs the upset here. Geoff Neal vs Niko Price is my frontrunner to bag FOTN. This is a fight that everyone’s been sleeping on, IMO. Neal’s won 5 in a row coming into this, and stopped 4 of them, including one of the best knockouts of last year with his headkick against Frank Camacho. And Price is a madman. He’ll probably never break through as a contender because he gets a bit too wild but he’s stupidly fun to watch. He’s a real finisher as well, 12 of his 13 wins have come inside the distance and he’s always dangerous. He knocked out Randy Brown with hammerfists from his back and knocked out Tim Means out of nowhere in a fight he was getting battered in. It’s a tough one but I’m having Price by KO/TKO. Really could go either way with this. On recent form, Neal has the better momentum but I just can’t count Price out. I think he can make it a rough and nasty fight and he thrives off those types of scraps. Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs Arman Tsarukyan is an interesting one. By far the most interested I’ve ever been in a fight involving OAM. He’s usually dull as dishwater and his cringey ‘Canadian Gangster’ schtick is the worst. Tsarukyan is where my investment is here. He really impressed me in his debut on the Russia card in April. He didn’t get an easy draw, they threw him straight in with Islam Makhachev who’s a bit of a beast. He lost on points but had a strong showing. It was one of the better grappling heavy fights I’ve seen in a good while and it got FOTN. So he took a L but it wasn’t the worst start to his UFC career. Fuck it, I’ll go Tsarukyan by decision. That might be more wishful thinking than anything else though. OAM, while a dullard, isn’t easy to beat and he’s even harder to look good against. So another tough fight for Tsarukyan here. But I think he has bags of potential so I’m hoping he shines tonight. Marc-Andre Barriault vs Krzysztof Jotko opens up the main card. They nearly got into it a bit during the weigh in face-off. Don’t know a great deal about Barriault. He’s Canadian so he’ll be the crowd favourite. He’s 11-2 and dropped a decision to Andrew Sanchez in his UFC debut in May. Jotko is 20-4 and has been in with better opposition. I don’t know. Or care really. I’ll say Jotko on points. Not fussed about this fight. Hopefully it’s decent though. Last thing you want is a dud opening up a PPV. So my full predictions; Frankie Edgar by Decision. Cris Cyborg by KO/TKO. Niko Price by KO/TKO. Arman Tsarukyan by Decision. Krzysztof Jotko by Decision. Viviane Araújo by Decision. Hakeem Dawodu by KO/TKO. Gavin Tucker by Submission. Deiveson Figueiredo by Decision. Gillian Robertson by Submission. Erik Koch by Submission. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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