The UFC is back in action, as the APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada plays host to yet another UFC card. Headlining the event is former Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt and […]
The UFC is back in action, as the APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada plays host to yet another UFC card. Headlining the event is former Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt and contender Rob Font. Both men seek UFC gold and this certainly is a fight that puts them one step closer. In what should be a fun striking battle, I’ll be interested to to see who gets the better of each other on the feet.
UFC Vegas 27 Main Card On ESPN+ (7 p.m. ET):
135 lbs.: Rob Font vs. Cody Garbrandt – This is a great main event and it should be a fun striking affair. I however have Rob Font winning. The Massachusetts native has strung together three wins, with the last being a decimation of former title challenger Marlon Moraes. Font brings forth excellent striking and cardio, and the ability to pop back up when taken down. Against Cody Garbrandt, I don’t think Font has to worry about being taken down, as Garbrandt has landed 1 takedown in his last eight fights. He does have to worry about Garbrandt’s power though, as the former Bantamweight Champion not only packs a punch, but is always looking to knock out his foes. Which, has cost him fights, big ones at that.
As for my reasoning of picking Font, it’s due to his cardio, striking and fight IQ. The last two in particular weigh heavy on Garbrandt. Font won’t wing punches or be wild, he is technical and lands often. Garbrandt too is technical in ways, but has that wildman switch – completely abandoning his fundamentals. In the end, this should be a great fight, but one in which I have Font walking away the winner by 4th round TKO.
115 lbs.: Carla Esparza vs. Yan Xiaonan – The tough part about this fight is trying to figure out if when Carla Esparza takes this fight to ground, can she keep it there. I think no, partially because Yan Xiaonan has already shown against a physically strong Claudia Gadelha the ability to get up and then withstand takedowns. Xiaonan’s volume striking, pace and cardio is her strength’s. One’s in which should easily carry her in this fight should Esparza struggle to get this fight to the ground. In the end, give me Xiaonan to win a decision.
265 lbs.: Justin Tafa vs. Jared Vanderaa – Two bottom of the barrel Heavyweight… Tafa wins this via KO.
145 lbs.: Felicia Spencer vs. Norma Dumont – With all do respect to Norma Dumont, there are levels to this game and Felicia Spencer just happens to be at a higher level. The Canadian is clearly the second best Featherweight in the UFC. If given another crack at Cris Cyborg, she could be the second best Featherweight in the world. The one big problem is that Amanda Nunes is levels ahead of her, and she’s stuck in the territory that Joseph Benavidez was in for years. As for this fight, give me Spencer to win via submission.
185 lbs.: Jack Hermansson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan – This fight is a tough call because if Edmen Shahbazyan mentally has recovered from the Derek Brunson beatdown, then I favor him over a very solid Jack Hermansson. The reasoning behind that is simply because Shahbazyan is the complete package. He has the wrestling, grappling and striking to make a real run in this division. It’s mentally where he needs to solidify. Now, I could be dead wrong here. Hermansson could pump that jab on the feet, take the fight to the ground and completely dominate the kid. However, I’m going side that Shahbazyan is back. And say that the kid wins via decision.
145 lbs.: Bill Algeo vs. Ricardo Ramos – This could be your fight of the night, as the scrambles, submission attempts and strikes should be a plenty. The one factor that has me siding with Bill Algeo is cardio and pace. He has shown the ability to outlast his opponent, something in which I could see happening in a fight that will demand cardio – something that Ramos has shown to be just ‘ok’. In the end, I’ll go with Algeo to win via decision.
UFC Vegas 27 Prelims Under Card On ESPN+ (4 p.m. ET):
265 lbs.: Ben Rothwell vs. Chris Barnett – While Ben Rothwell hasn’t been great since coming back off his suspension, he’s still shown that he has an iron chin. Thrown in his daunting size, pressure and his sneaky submission ability and I think this is too much for the short notice foe Chris Barnett. While popular on the regional scene, Barnett hasn’t exactly beaten anyone notable of late. At 5’9, ‘Beast Boy’ will have to overcome a seven inch height difference. In other words, I don’t think this ends well for him. In fact, I believe Rothwell notches a knockout victory here.
170 lbs.: Court McGee vs. Claudio Silva – This is a tough call, as you have two aging veterans going at it. Claudio Silva enters this fight at age 39 and off his first UFC loss to James Krause. Before that, the Brazilian was a perfect 5-0 since joining the UFC in 2014. A win over Leon Edwards is perhaps the highlight of that streak. For Court McGee, it’s been tough sledding of late. The American has dropped three straight, but has been competitive in those bouts. His problem consists in his inability to muster up striking defense and perhaps some ‘respect’ power. Besides that, McGee’s durability, volume striking, pace and cardio has stayed true every fight. Against a gas guzzler like Silva, who is very reliant on finishing a fight on the mat early, those tangibles should help McGee edge out this fight in latter part of the fight. So with that, give me McGee via decision in a close one.
125 lbs.: Victor Rodriguez vs. Bruno Silva – After being thrown to the wolves early, Bruno Silva got a step down in competition and dominated J.P. Buys for his first UFC win. A second win however is coming up, as the talented Brazilian will get this fight to mat, where he will lock in a fight ending submission.
145 lbs.: Josh Culibao vs. Shayilan Nuerdanbieke – Given the iffy competition Shayilan Nuerdanbieke has fought coming into this debut and more or less if he has talent, I’m siding with Josh Culibao. The Aussie fought to a draw recently against a solid Charles Jourdain, so if anything, this seemingly is a step down in competition. So with that, give me Josh Culibao to win via decision.
125 lbs.: David Dvorak vs. Juancamilo Ronderos – David Dvorak’s change of opponents here only give me more confidence that he extends his win streak to 16. Juancamilo Ronderos just doesn’t have the experience for me to believe on short notice that he can halt Dvorak’s momentum. So with that, I have Dvorak winning via decision.
155 lbs.: Rafael Alves vs. Damir Ismagulov – Rafael Alves is flashy striker, who has the ability to put out anyone. However, Damir Ismagulov is well rounded and has shown thus far to be a difficult task on the feet and on the ground. I don’t foresee Ismagulov losing in this spot, I really don’t. So with that, give me Ismagulov to win via decision.