Going down December 3rd in Las Vegas, The Ultimate Fight: Tournament of Champions will come to a conclusion with the winner fighting for a world title and the two coaches duking it out in the co main event. A tiny moment of silence that none of the other TUF competitors are fighting on the card like a normal TUF Finale.
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (c) vs. TBD
The only UFC flyweight champion has cleared out the division so bad they had to do this season of The Ultimate Fighter for his next challenger. What I love about Mighty Mouse is how he fights like is in a video game. Has perfect form with everything he does and has the perfect tool to overcome whatever is in front of him. In his last seven fights he has five finishes against top ten fighters (some of which are now in the bantamweight division).
So I am sitting here thinking, should I wait to see who wins Wednesday night on the last episode of this season of TUF? Then I remembered, Tim Elliott and Hiromasa Ogikubo don’t have much of a chance. Both will be great additions to the thin Flyweight division. Tim Elliott has put in the time and has a super exciting style to make this a fun fight at least. Hiro is great but stylistically will be outclasses everywhere in the fight. Either way my thoughts on how the fight will end doesn’t change.
Prediction: Mighty Mouse by submission in the second
Joseph Benavidez vs. Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo
After months of coaching against each other, these top two ranked flyweights are finally going to go at it. Benavidez has for a long time shown to be the best flyweight not names Demetrious Johnson and will want to continue that with another win. He has more than twice the fight experience Cejudo has with both men having nearly identical physical features. Benavidez should have more tools to work with to finish the fight.
Cejudo is the youngest person to win an Olympic gold in wrestling. Despite being under experienced then plus seated very low in the bracket, he found a way to win. He will have to use that high level experience and hope his camp has a solid strategy to fight Benavidez. He has boxing experience growing up but hasn’t been able to really put everything together super well. I don’t know how good of a team Henry surrounds himself with as he has missed weight numerous times and thought he would have the advantage in the clinch with the champ before getting finished.
This is really Joseph’s fight to lose and while Henry should have his moments, he will have cardio issues once this fight gets pats the second round
Prediction: Benavidez finishes him in the 3rd or 4th round
Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger vs. Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal
After a good showing in a losing effort for his UFC debut, he went on a 6 fight win streak. That was then and this in now when he is 2-5 in his last seven fights. He impressively finished Matt Brown with a wicked body kick and will want to get his first back to back win in three years. He will need to pressure to get inside as he is a few inches shorter in height and reach. If he puts his power and wrestling/grinding abilities to use, he can for sure get another win.
Masvidal is an old school back yard brawler that transition into MMA with much better success than Kimbo Slice. Gamebred has a similar amount of experience and win ratio. Jorge has been a light for most of his career and that is where he has seen his best success. While he is a tough guy to put away and will always be in the fight. I don’t see him doing enough to win the rounds.
Prediction: Jake Ellenberger by decision
Sara McMann vs. Alexis Davis
The American Olympic wrestler, will want to avoid trying to play face punch on the feet with her tiny t-rex arms. Her reach is only an inch shorter but will look like foot with the way she only throws terrible hooks. She has a good record with a great resume but hasn’t been able to develope past being a wrestler. That has been enough to win 75% of her fights so far.
The Canadian boxer, Davis will want to keep this on the feet and pepper McMann’s face with her jab for three rounds. She will need to use her footwork to keep off the cage and never get to zealous and get double legged.
Prediction: Davis by split decision
Gray Maynard vs. Ryan “The Wizard” Hall
To how and why Gray Maynard is still fighting is really unknown at this point but his best days are way behind him at this point. The former gigantic lightweight title challenger has dropped dropped 10 pounds and is 1-4 in his last five fights with three of those losses by brutal KO. Good thing Hall isn’t a power punch and will have the opportunity to overpower a smaller bottom BJJ specialist for a weirdly interesting grappling match.
Ryan is called the wizard because of the sorcery he produces when he is on the ground. As a highly decorated competitive BJJ grappler with several BJJ DVDs to his name, expect him to work his 50/50 guard to set up the leg lock at all cost to get the win early and often.
Prediction: Hall by leglock in the first
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