UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou: This card has some pretty great fights and then some glaring weak spots including one on the main card but I will be giving my picks for each fight though they will be just a pick and a tiny something to look forward to in them every now and then. Reminder our rankings are the ones outside the parentheses and the UFC.com rankings are going to be the ones inside the parentheses.
UFC Fight pass prelims (7 PM/ET):
Islam Makhachev (14-1) vs. Gleison Tibau (41-11): This lightweight fight should be a good fun fight for the fans to kick off the show. I think it is a close one in round 1 but I believe Makhachev will get the submission win in round 2.
Matt Bessette (22-7) vs. Enrique Barzola (14-3-1): The flyweight main event of the fight pass prelims is between two balanced fighters who I believe will struggle to find an advantage over their opponent. In the end I see Barzola picking up a unanimous decision win.
FS1 Prelims (8 PM/ET):
Dan Ige (8-1) vs. Julio Arce (13-2): The first fight of the televised prelims should be one that can immediately grab the attention of the fans in attendance. This fight I don’t see going all three rounds as both fighters stopped their respective debuts in 2 rounds prior to this fight. I have Dan Ige winning this one in the 2nd via a RNC submission victory.
#12 (10) Dustin Ortiz (17-7) vs. #9 (11) Alexandre Pantoja (18-2): The flyweight division gets a special show here as these two will make for such an incredible fight in a division with a bunch of loaded fights that normally aren’t appreciated enough by the fans. Dustin Ortiz is a beastly striker with one strike power to end any fighter’s night. His ground game is way underestimated and he can sneakily grab a win on the mat especially with some ground and pound even. Now Pantoja is a beast to what seems a future title contender as his game is very well-rounded. He strikes well but his submission game is his strongest attribute to his fight game and I think he will show it off on this card as we will see him pick up a 3rd round submission victory over Dustin Ortiz.
Sabah Homasi (11-7) vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan (8-1): This welterweight showdown will definitely not last the full length of the fight. These two love to throw fists and tend to never see the finish of a fight as they normally end their fights early. I believe Abdul is going to finish this one in the 2nd round via KO.
Kyle Bochniak (7-2) vs. Brandon Davis (8-2): The main event of the televised prelims will be a bit slow to start in the featherweight division but once they find their range I believe we will see them make this an exciting show. I am struggling to pick a winner in this one but I think Brandon Davis wins this one via unanimous decision.
UFC 220 Main Card (10 PM/ET):
#10 (10) Thomas Almeida (22-2) vs. #13 (14) Rob Font (14-3): The PPV starts on a high note in the bantamweight division. I love this fight and both of these fighter’s skill sets and think that they can steal the show with a phenomenal brawl. Almeida has hit some speed bumps on his way to the title shot he will one day earn himself but I believe we will see this iron jawed aggressive savage push his way to a KO victory in the 2nd round of this one.
NR (15) Gian Villante (15-8) vs. Francimar Barroso (19-5, 1NC): So this light heavyweight fight will most likely be the weakest fight on the main card. Villante is a great striker and his ground game has improved but I think he will need to find a way to avoid staying standing in this fight. Villante has Weidman as a coach for this one who is normally just a training partner and will hopefully have worked on his ground game and can get the fight there if he wants to win this one. Francimar is a power striker with great hands and can dominate his opponent on the mat with some powerful and aggressive ground and pound. This fight will most likely either finish with a KO from Barroso or see a decision win from Villante after he grinds out a win. I think the later is most likely going to happen as Villante will outlast Barroso’s gas tank and put on a clinic. Villante wins this one by unanimous decision.
Calvin Kattar (17-2) vs. Shane Burgos (10-0): The last fight before the title fights should get us pumped for the big showdowns in the title fights that we have coming. Kattar will most likely be looking to keep this fight standing and use his strong stand-up game to keep his fight where he wants it. He is someone I am excited to see in the UFC as his UFC debut was an impressive win and now we will see him in his second bout against an unbeaten Shane Burgos. Shane who has finished 8 of his 10 wins split evenly between submissions and KO’s. Shane is an incredibly talented fighter who can one day be a contender in the featherweight division. This fight should be a great show and I know I am excited for it though I believe we will see Shane Burgos with his hand raised after a late submission win in round 3.
Champ: Daniel Cormier (19-1, 1NC) vs. #2 (2) Volkan Oezdemir (15-1): The Co-main event is a battle for the light heavyweight title between an incredible champ and a great striking LHW fighter. I personally wanted to see Gustaffson in this spot against DC but I can wait for these two to settle this one first because Volkan has impressed me and the rest of the world on his quick climb to the top of this division. Now I believe we will see a result depending who gets the fight where. If DC gets the fight to the mat which I believe he will be desperately trying to do he will pick up an easy win. Now if this fight stays standing like Volkan will be hoping he can manage to make it stay then we will see the down fall of DC for the first time to a clean fighter with no questions about his integrity. This one will easily be decided in my eyes depending where this fight goes. I think one of the classiest guys in the history of the UFC will get this one to the mat and DC will retain his belt in round 2 with a submission victory.
Champ: Stipe Miocic (17-2) vs. #1 (1) Francis Ngannou (11-1): The battle for the baddest man on the planet will take place in the main event here and man this heavyweight fight will be incredible. Stipe is one of the best champions we have ever seen in this division and he has a great quick striking ability and a great chin that he will need here in this one. Francis Ngannou I have been calling for a title shot for since his first fight I ever watched because this guy has the most incredible striking power I have ever seen in the heavyweight division. Francis will need to respect Stipe’s power and not underestimate his abilities if this fight goes to the mat. These two fighters have great skills and they will both have to push the pace if either wants to win because fight on their heels won’t work against their respective opponents. I am so excited for this fight that Saturday has seemed too far away all week. I have Ngannou winning this one because he seems like an unstoppable force of nature right now, I think he wins via 1st round KO.
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