It’s been a while since the previews have been distributed, but what a time to come back, with the UFC providing us with a main card that has three titles on the line.
The main event sees Israel Adesanya move up in the weights to take on Jan Blachowicz, for the light heavyweight title. I know it is cliché, but it really is a case of power against speed. Adesanya himself has said that he wouldn’t change much coming into the fight, and he hasn’t produced devastating knockouts, in comparison to his Polish counterpart. Does Adesanya have what it takes to out-perform Blachowicz, of course, but I see the Polish light heavyweight catching “The last stylebender” with a powerful punch, which will end the fight.
Jan to win by TKO is 11/4 with Bet365
The co-main event is a one-sided affair in the women’s featherweight division, as Amanda Nunes takes on Megan Anderson. Again, another title on the line, but take your pick, as Nunes will finish the fight however she pleases. I’m not sure if this will be the Brazilian’s last fight, as I was expecting Nunes to go out with a fireworks display, but she’ll be sure to finish this fight in fine form. The bookmakers have the titleholder at 1/10, so I wouldn’t put this fight in any of my bet slips.
The third title fight on the card will provide fans with what looks to be a chess match between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling. Both fighters are well-rounded and it will only take one mistake from either fighter for the other to take advantage. This is most certainly going the distance, and I’m slightly favouring Yan to come out on top. The Russian bantamweight will dictate the pace of the fight, whilst also having the upper-hand in the stand-up game.
Yan is 11/4 to win by decision with Bet365
Lightweight Islam Makhachev is sure to make it 19-1 on Sunday morning, as he takes on Drew Dober, who won’t be able to keep up with the standard of grappling that the Dagestani fighter possesses. With Khabib in his corner, it is no surprise that Makhachev controls his fights from start to finish and this will be no different. The Russian is evens to win by decision with Bet365.
Thiago Santos and Aleksander Rakic square off in a heavyweight clash, which in my eyes, will end in the first round. Santos has the ability to finish opponents early, I believe he will do so, but if the fight goes past the first round, fatigue will set in quickly for the Brazilian. He had gassed quickly in the fight against Glover Teixeira, who managed to beat Santos due to this main issue. Santos to win by TKO is 2/1 with Bet365, and for those who think this will last longer than one round, Rakic is 9/4 to win by Decision.