UFC is not disappointing the fans weekend! We have a stacked card from top to bottom going down December 2 in a newly built arena via Detroit Michigan.
Max Holloway (c) vs. José Aldo
The instant rematch no one was really clamoring for but still very interesting. Jose is going to be as hunger as ever after losing the belt again and I expect to be in top form. Last time he lost, he came back to box Frankie Edgar up for 5 rounds. Will he be able to come back and figure out the solution to Max Holloway?
They fought about 6 months ago and Max out boxed him up until he TKOed him in the third round. Max is on a tear winning 11 fights in a row, basically clearing out the division even before he became champ. Aldo is going to have to use all of his experience to get the belt back. I am not sure he still has the hunger with too many distractions (like starting a burger joint in Brazil).
Prediction: Holloway by TKO in the 4th round
Alistair Overeem vs. Francis Ngannou
One of the best heavyweight strikers the UFC has ever seen going against a gigantic hitter in the young Francis.
Ngannou has such a crazy inspiring back story. He grew up in abject poverty for most of his life with very little formal educated and then immigrated to France in 2012. In France, he was living on the streets (while I am sure he is a nice guy, he was probably the scariest homeless guy in France) and while looking for a Boxing gym, he would up in an MMA gym. In a year then he had his first professional fight and four years later he is in a title contender fight with a former UFC and K1 champion.
If that fights plays out as anything other than a kickboxing match, I will be very surprised. Considering that, Alistair should have the technique and experience advantage going into this fight. Francis has that different level kind of power where he doesn’t need to wind up his punches to take someone out. Overeem’s chin hasn’t been that sturdy as of late so if Francis can touch it, it is going to be night night.
Prediction: Francis by KO in the first
Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
Despite bursting into the MMA scene and becoming the #2 in the division for the past year or so, I haven’t been that high on Henry. He missed weight several times, and looks very flat. That was until his last fight. He reinvented his striking and was able to blast Wilson Wies before sinking in a submission. At 30 years old, it is the perfect time for him to be putting all of his skills together. As an Olympic Gold medalist, if he can continue to develope his striking in the leaps he did for the Wilson fight, he is going to be a tough go for ANYONE.
On the other side of the cage is Sergio Pettis. At 24 years old, he should still have tons of room for growth. With a win here, Sergio will really establish himself as more than the younger brother of Anthony Pettis and a serious threat to the title. Pettis has had a couple of stumble along the way but for such a young kid, I can’t hold them against him. Pettis was able to come back better every time and putting everything together to win very intelligently in his last couple of fights.
Pettis is going to have to be even better than we have every seen him to keep the distance and out point Cejudo for three rounds. He will have the height and reach advantage to make it a little easier but Pettis has never been know as a power striker winning all of his UFC fights by decision.
Prediction: Cejudo by decision
Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
Holy moly is this going to be a barn burner for however long this lasts! Eddie has always been known for his strong chin, heavy hands and solid wrestling skills. Those skills won him the lightweight title in devastating fashion by taking out RDA in the first round. He has since been KOed by Conor McGregor and a DQ against Dustin Poirier who was beating him up before throwing an illegal strike. He needs this win badly if he wants to stay in the top 5.
Justin Gaethje is just a complete savage with an undefeated record finishing all but one opponent. If you haven’t seen his last fight against Michael Johnson, you are doing yourself a great disjustice. Justin constantly moved forward with tons of pressure, combos and kicks. Even though he got rocked three time in the first round, continue to be a savage to get the finish in the second in impressive fashion.
I love Eddie and I don’t want to say he is shot from two bad losses against top fighters. That is how the fight cookie crumbles sometimes. I think the pressure and diversity of strikes from Justin is going to add up if Eddie can’t turn Justin’s lights off quick.
Prediction: Justin by TKO in the second
Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres vs. Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson
A battle of two top straw weights that just so happen to be very good looking. Both have only lost to current champ, Rose, in the UFC making this an interesting test to see where they land. The Tiny Tornado is going to be giving up some height and reach but that isn’t anything new to her. Despite being tiny, she is still able to land 4.48 strikes per minute while fighting in the octagon. It is this pace that allows her to win rounds on the scorecards.
While Michelle doesn’t throw with the same volume, she has a significantly better accuracy to the point strikes landed should be very even.
Man, This is tough one to pick! Michelle should have more tools, the height/reach, and the takedown threat. Torres is super difficult to takedown, keeps a gnarly pace and can move in and out of striking seamlessly. With very little confidence I pick . . .
Prediction: Tecia by decision