UFC TUF 27 Predictions

Brad Tavares vs Israel Adesanya

Interesting fight. Seems like the UFC are trying to find Adesanya’s ceiling pretty early, or if he has one. Adesanya has been impressive so far but let’s face it, this is a step up in competition.

This is probably going to be mostly a stand up fight and on pedigree you would have to give the advantage to Israel but Brad Tavares represents a different kind of striker. Tavares has very good boxing, is compact and strong. The danger for Tavares is when they are outside of punching range when Adesanya has options and advantages.

I’m going to sound like Robin Black but…. disruption.

Tavares needs to disrupt Adesanya, don’t let him settle, don’t let him move freely, be in his face as much as he can.

Still, although it won’t be easy, I think Adesanya gets the win here and the train keeps rolling. As the fight goes on Adesanya will find his range and land more and I think win a decision.

Prediction : Adesanya by decision

Result : Adesanya by decision

Joe Gianetti vs Mike Trizano

Trizano is a good fighter but I’m gonna back Gianetti here, probably by sub.

Prediction : Gianetti by submission

Result : Trizano by split decision

Brad Katona vs Jay Cucciniello

If the Jay Cucciniello who beat Tyler Diamond shows up, I would expect him to win this.

Prediction : Cucciniello by decision

Result : Katona by decision

Alessio Di Chirico vs Julian Marquez

Di Chirico is a good fighter, kinda, he’s OK, you know?

Marquez on the other hand is a bit more of an animal. Rough around the edges with obvious holes in his game but he charges through by force of will and toughness.

Marquez will have problems against really good guys and he might have problems early here but he hits hard and is rough and I think he can do enough damage to get the stoppage late.

Prediction : Marquez by TKO

Result : Di Chirico by split decision

Roxanne Modafferi vs Barb Honchak

Two different approaches from these two. Modafferi will want the takedown and to work from top position, although she is decent from underneath as well. Honchak will likely want to make it more of a grind, against the fence with lot of clinching.

These two fought before with Barb getting the nod but I think Roxanne returns the favour here. Decision of course.

Prediction : Modafferi by decision

Result : Modafferi by submission

Montana De La Rosa vs Rachel Ostovich

Montana by sub? Maybe….. I dunno

Prediction : De La Rosa by submission

Result : De La Rosa by submission

Matt Bessette vs Steven Peterson

The way I see this is Peterson has heart and he will push forward but if Bessette is disiplined he can use it to his advantage. Peterson is very hittable and Bessette will hit him, don’t think he will finish him though but definitely get a decision.

Prediction : Bessette by decision

Result : Peterson by Split decision

Alex Caceres vs Martin Bravo

Caceres can be really fun to watch at times with that flashy in and out style, while Bravo is much more traditional or ‘normal’.

These days though I feel that Caceres worries so much about offence, he leaves himself open defensively too much.

Prediction : Bravo by decision

Result : Caceres by split decision

Luis Pena vs Richie Smullen

I don’t watch TUF at all but from what I’ve seen of these two it could be a good fight.

Pena is tall with that long style. Uses a lot of front kicks to keep opponents at range or come right behind the kicks with punches. Very flamboyant and fun to watch.

Smullen has more of a basic style but very effective. He will want to get his hands on Pena are ground him if he can.

In this fight I think the movement of Luis Pena will be effective. If he can follow the plan he can touch Smullen up for three rounds and get at decision at the least a decision.

Prediction : Pena by decision

Result : Pena by submission

Oskar Piechota vs Gerald Meerschaert

Piechota is the more composed striker with a better range of attacks and seems more well rounded.

Prediction : Piechota by TKO

Result : Meerschaert by submission

John Gunther vs Allan Zuniga

From what I’ve seen of theses two, Gunther is more of a grinder and wants to close the distance and wants to get that clinch where as Zuniga is a better striker but can sometimes take a while to get started.

I’ll pick Gunther because I think he will start better and is more likely to make it a war.

Prediction : Gunther by decision

Result : Gunther by majority decision

Tyler Diamond vs Bryce Mitchell

I think Diamond was expected to be in the final and I don’t think he will slip up here. Bryce is good but I don’t think Tyler Diamond makes any mistakes here.

Prediction : Diamond by TKo

Result : Mitchell by majority decision

Correct predictions 5/12

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s