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