Guido Cannetti (8-4) vs Danna Batgerel (6-2)
This is a nice lowkey bantamweight fight to start us off. Guido Cannetti is an Ultimate Fighter Latin America alum. Losing in the first round by decision, he was brought back after one of his teammates pulled out with a skin infection and lost again to Alejandro Perez by submission. He’s currently 2-3 in the UFC with wins over Diego Rivas and Hugo Viana. Danna made his debut at UFC Schenzhen, losing by decision to Heili Alataeng. Both fighters are brawlers in their own right. I expect this fight to play out like Canneti’s lst fight against Marlon Vera. Batgerel has power in his strikes, he just has to weather an early storm. I believe he will do so and put it on Guido in the second and third round, maybe even getting the stoppage win.
Jamall Emmers (17-4) vs Giga Chikadze (8-2)
I bet you guys don’t know much about these fighters here. Both fighters were on Contender Series and both of them lost. Jamall Emmers is currently on a 4-fight win streak, including a 3rd round submission in the LFA main event in January. Giga Chikadze is on a 3-fight win streak but beat a 2-31 fighter and a 0-1 fighter in 2 of those bouts. Chikadze is an impressive striker and if Emmers wants to get knocked out, he’ll strike with him. If Emmers wants to get a victory in his UFC debut, he knows the game plan, he needs to run. Giga struggles against take downs, Emmers has great wrestling, he just falls in love with his striking. All Emmers has to do is avoid striking with Giga, get him to the ground, and either finish him from mount or get the submission victory.
Emily Whitmire (4-3) vs Polyana Viana (10-4)
A ‘loser goes home’ fight in the women’s straweight division. Both fighters have really let down the UFC Brass. Especially Polyana Viana, she was highly touted. Since joining the UFC, she’s 1-3. Emily Whitmire is a former TUF fighter who lost to Roxanne Modafferi and Gillian Roberson her season. Since she has joined the UFC she’s 2-1 with wins over Aleksandra Albu and Jamie Moyle. I don’t really care about this fight and I’m probably going to barely watch it. Both fighters are so bad but because I think it’s loser gets cut situation. I’m going to go with Viana, she can’t go 0-4 can she?
Deron Winn (6-1) vs Gerald Meerschaert (30-12)
Oh wow it’s Deron Winn vs Eric Spicely again lmao. Deron Winn burst on the scene with over 300 strikes against Spicely his UFC debut. He followed it up with a split decision loss against Darren Stewart his last fight out where he got take downs but didn’t really do any damage with them. Gerald Meerschaert is the longer fighter with much more experience, his record in the UFC is weird. He has loss a lot of close fights. I think GM3 is going to keep his distance and probably piece Winn apart for all 3 rounds. Derron Winn is too short for the division and he struggles with weight issues. It just doesn’t look good for the Daniel Cormier prodigy.
Rodolfo Vieira (6-0) vs Saparbeg Safarov (9-2)
This is going to be a short one because I genuinely have no idea how Saparbeg Safarov expects to win this fight unless he cheats and holds the fence like his last time out. Rodolfo Vieira is a highly credited BJJ specialist. In his UFC debut, he got the submission victory, he has a 100% finish rate, including 5 submissions and 1 TKO. Safarov struggled against every fighter he has faced when it comes to TDD. I expect Vieira to get this to the mat relatively quickly and get the submission stoppage.
Mark O’Madsen (9-0) vs Austin Hubbard (11-3)
Now this right here is a very interesting fight. One of these big underdogs are going to win. Mark O’Madsen is a decorated olympic wrestler with a silver medal to his name. In his debut, he faced one of the absolute easiest matchups in the roster: someone who was TKO’d by a striker. Austin Hubbard is definitely better than Bellaurdo, I think was his name. The only thing is Hubbard faced Davi Ramos in his debut and struggled defending the takedowns and in the grappling exchanges. Hubbard has the best chance of pulling off the upset, but because O’Madsen is an olympic wrestler, and Hubbard couldn’t stay on his feet in his debut, I’m going to have to go with Mark O’ Madsen.
Jose Quinones (8-3) vs Sean O’ Malley (10-0)
This is one of my most anticipated fights. Not because of the match up but because of the return of Suga Sean. He has been out of the octagon for two years now, stemming from a USADA mistake. How do you look at this guy and think he is on PED’s is insane to me. Nevertheless, here we are 2 years in the making, he was originally slated to take on Quinones a few months back and was forced off the card. Quinones is a decent fighter but his UFC wins are not impressive. I’m pretty sure all of them are outside of the UFC now. What’s funny is the same goes for Sean O’Malley. Quinones relies mightily on his takedowns and he’s definitely going to look to implement that. The old Sean O’ Malley would have suffered from them but I expect Suga to defend the takedowns and drop Quinones in the first round and then get the submission victory. He’s been working on his grappling since he has been gone, I believe he will want to show that off.
Alex Oliveira (20-8-1) vs Max Griffin (15-7)
We get a fun welterweight battle to start the PPV main card here. Alex Oliveira and Max Griffin have a lot of similarities. Both fighters are fringe top 15-20 guys. Alex Oliveira when he was coming up, was really exciting, had a good gas tank and looked for the finish. In Oliveira’s most recent fights though, he’s currently on a 3-fight losing streak. He doesn’t seem to have the same anmount of output as he used to, past the first round. Max Griffin is wildly inconsistent but he definitely has the gas tank to go all three. The only thing with Max is he’s not really anything special. He’s got decent wrestling, basic striking, and some heart to back it up. If Alex Oliveira wins it’s going to be in the earlier rounds. Max Griffin can win but he definitely seems to get hit a lot and almost got knocked out by Alex Morono his last fight. It’s a tough fight to call, I got Oliveira but if Griffin weathers the storm he can get some takedowns and squeak a decision.
Neil Magny (21-7) vs Jingliang Li (17-5)
Well look at that, another great welterweight fight on the main card. You got Neil Nagny returning after a very long layoff/suspension. His last time out he was knocked out unconscious against Santiago Ponzanibio. Before that he was beating guys like Craig White, Hector Lombard, and Johnny Hendricks. Jingliang Li is coming off his best performance in the UFC. He went out their and finish Zaleski Dos Santos by KO in the 3rd round. Zaleski was on a 7-fight win streak. Jingliang has only lost to Jake Matthews since 2015. He struggled to defend the takedown and get up off his back and was almost choked out had he not clawed Matthews eyes out. Neil Magny could maybe win this fight if he has a strong grappling attack but I never trust a fighter who’s been knocked out unconscious. Especially against someone with power in his hands like Jingliang. Li is going to want to make a statement in front of everyone in the stadium and at home watching and I believe he successfully will sending Neil Magny back into the shadow realm.
Beneil Dariush (17-4) vs Drakkar Klose (11-1-1)
This fight is going to be pretty good as well and is also another toss up. Drakkar Klose is coming off his best performance in my opinion against Christos Giagos. Before that fight he was really just grinding out his opponents and trying to stall them against the cage. It’s going to be tough to do that this weekend against Beneil Dariush. In his last 2 fights Dariush has looked really impressive winning both by submission. He also took a lot of punishment from Drew Dober before getting the finish. Against Frank Camacho that was a layup for him I knew he would submit him. I got Dariush to win again by submission. his jiujitsu, and experience will play a major part in that. The only thing that scares me is Dariush did get knocked out unconscious twice. if Klose wants to win he’s gotta throw everything at him. If he can connect he could maybe knock him down but I don’t think he will.
Weili Zhang (20-1) vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk (16-3)
The fight I have been waiting for, for so long. Joanna Jedrzejczyk gets another crack at being the Strawweight Queen again. This time she’s going to have to face Weili Zhang The Robot I like to call her. Weili is insanely powerful and super fast, her movement is literally like mechanical. There’s some bad blood with this fight though. JJ made a joke about the coronavirus on her IG story and Weili of course didn’t appreciate it. We all know what JJ brings the table, she definitely has the tools to win. That being said I’m riding heavy on Weili Zhang to finish this and finish it brutally and beautifully. JJ is great but she’s not going to be able to take these power shots Weili has. JJ tends to get wobbled in about every fight except a few. Andrade, KK, and obviously the Rose fight where she TAPPED TO STRIKES. Everyone is banking on IF Weili Zhang has the gas tank to go 5 rounds. I think she does and if it goes late, I got Weili by finish. Joanna is gonna have to use her range and stay on the outside the whole fight, defend takedowns, and watch out for the knees in the clinch. I got Weili Zhang, that’s too much to ask for against someone as insanely powerful as Weili. Sorry JJ #AndStill
Israel Adesanya (18-0) vs Yoel Romero (13-4)
This fight is going to be off the charts exciting. I get why people are upset Yoel is in this position, I was one of them. I now don’t care though, Yoel Romero is one of the BADDEST dudes on planet earth. Yoel has a chin of concrete and hits like a absolute truck. The fact Israel Adesanya wants to fight the “Soldier Of God” for crying out loud is mind boggling. I do not think Israel Adesanya is going to knock out Yoel I just can’t see it. The path to victory for Romero is to use his wrestling which he never ever does. If Yoel Romero used his wrestling more especially against Robert Whittaker maybe he’d be the champion. Izzy has a 6 inch reach advantage and height. Izzy is going to avoid the power the whole fight and probabaly piece Romero up for 5 rounds. All it takes is one, I think Yoel Romero is Israel’s roughest opponent out there. I do have Israel Adesanya by decision, he’s too good and he obviously knows something we don’t about Romero. We’ll see if I’m right though, we could have a #AndNew but I doubt it.