UFC 210 is not a great card, but it’s not a bad one either. The main event between Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier should be fun and I’m excited to see how Chris Weidman will bounce back from his latest defeat. However, UFC 211 looks incredible, but in the meantime, this will do.
Overall Record: 13-10 (mediocre, I know)
Will Brooks vs. Charles Oliveira
For Oliveira, this fight is extremely important. After losing three of his last four fights, he will need to bounce back in this one. The problem is, Brooks is a very tough opponent.
Brooks, a long time Bellator fighter, has had two fights in the UFC and has won half of them. He’s a bit unproven at this level of fighting, considering the UFC is a whole different level compared to Bellator, but he has shown flashes of ability. His loss came against a very good fighter in Alex Oliveira (not Charles brother) and his win was against Ross Pearson.
Oliveira, on the other hand, has been tested throughout his career. His last three losses have come against great competition (Ricardo Lamas, Anthony Pettis, and Max Halloway) and I think seeing a guy like Will Brooks will help him. Oliveira should pull out the victory here, but if he doesn’t his career will be spiraling downward in a big way.
Oliveira by Submission
Thiago Alves vs. Patrick Cote
Cote has been off for nearly a year, but he was fighting well before the break. He had won six of his last eight fights and his two losses came against Donald Cerrone and Stephen Thompson (yikes). He’ll look to get back on track here against Thiago Alves who has lost his last two fights.
Alves is always ready to scrap, but of late his form has been dropping. In his fight against Carlos Condit he was a bit overmatched, but against Jim Miller, at UFC 205, he did not look great and missed weight in his first fight at 155 pounds.
Cote by TKO
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Pearl Gonzalez
I have not watched either of these women fight yet, but I like what I hear about Pearl Gonzalez. She’s got some attitude and charisma to her game and I always think that is good for the sport. Cynthia Calvillo is 4-0 and is no slouch herself. This could turn out to be a very exciting fight. Especially since Gonzalez said she’ll be looking for the knock out.
Gonzalez by TKO
Chris Weidman vs. Gegard Mousasi
Weidman needs to get this one, pure and simple. He’s now lost his last two fights and is in danger of slipping down the rankings. Mousasi is not an easy customer though. He is extremely experienced and this fight will count as his 50th as a professional! He is a smart, but dangerous fighter and will capitalize on any mistakes Weidman makes.
Weidman must use some sort of wrestling to win this one. On the feet, he doesn’t have much of an advantage and I think he will need some ground and pound to squeak out a victory in this one. Mousasi will be looking to stay standing and pick Weidman apart.
Weidman by Decision
Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson
This fight can go one of two ways. Rumble can come out and make this a slug fest and not allow Cormier to grapple. Or, Cormier will make this fight ugly, again, and force Rumble to fight on the ground or up against the cage.
I think Cormier is way too smart to just stand in front of the most dangerous puncher in the sport. He’ll look for take downs to try and get this fight to the ground as much as possible. I expect Rumble to be ready for the take down attempts, but I don’t think he’ll be able to get enough shots off. Cormier isn’t nearly as big as Rumble, but he’ll use his quickness to hurt Rumble and in the end, pull out the win.
Cormier by Decision
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