Big pay-per view this weekend with massive fights all over the board. As a whole, the card is lackluster and I won’t be coughing up $60 for it.. but to be honest the main event alone could be worth your $60… Let’s start off in the Bantamweight division with the main event of the preliminaries.. and the second biggest fight on the entire card in my opinion.
Raphael Assuncao #3 vs Marlon Moraes:
Live on FS1 Marlon Moraes will finally be making his long awaited UFC debut. For years Moraes has been considered one of the best fighters not under the UFC banner as he’s been riding a 13 fight win streak. The UFC did him no easy favor in Assuncao, who’s been a top ranked 135 pounder for years with wins over top ranked guys like Bryan Caraway, TJ Dillashaw, and Aljamain Sterling. Moraes on the other hand had his biggest win when he first captured the WSOF belt in 2012 against a washed up Miguel Torres. Most would say Moraes holds an advantage in almost every category, except for big time experience. This reminds me a lot of when Eddie Alvarez was first signed, and immediately thrown to the wolves in his first fight which he lost a close decision to Donald Cerrone. I expect a similar result here where Assuncao will use his experience to grind out a close decision. Assuncao +145.
Vitor Belfort #11 vs Nate Marquardt:
Not much to say here in a fight that feels like it will ultimately have the loser hanging up his gloves.. with a 38 year old Marquardt and a 40 year old Vitor. Both men can pack a serious punch, and both men have loved showing off their fading chins recently.. so don’t expect this one to last long. Vitor’s hands have always been one of the best weapons in the game, but ever since he stopped juicing he just doesn’t look the same… No seriously check out the difference.
Wild.. I know. However, I’m sticking with Vitor just because of how legendary his striking is. If he catches Nate and smells blood he’ll get the stoppage. Once a killer, always a killer. Belfort -160.
Claudia Gadelha #1 vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz #2:
I should be excited about this, right? The #1 and #2 contenders going at is big stuff right? Well normally yes.. but in a division run by the great Joanna Jędrzejczyk, this is merely nothing more than a fight for second place between two women Joanna has beaten up for a combined 15 rounds. Gadelha has been known to lose a step as her figths go on, where Karolina is super dangerous as fights go on as she proved against Joanna by rocking her in the 4th round. This will likely be the most competative fight on the entire card… So I’m gonna take the big time value here. Kowalkiewicz +220.
Jose Aldo (Champion) vs Max Holloway #1 (Interim Champion):
God oh god this is a fight sent to us from the fight gods. In Holloway we’ve got a young 25 year old kid oozing with so much confidence it hurts. He’s one of the most flashy and creative strikers in the business, with a slick jiu-jitsu game. Aldo is one of the greatest fighters to ever walk the earth, there isn’t one hole in his game, and he’s on a mission to get back to his dominant ways to try and get a second shot at Conor McGregor. I truly believe the way they match-up, that this could be one of the greatest fights in UFC history. Holloway was sitting at around +130 just last week, and has gone all the way down to -105. I don’t know what it is but I have a gut feeling the much younger Holloway becomes the UFC’s first Hawaiian champion. Holloway -105.
That’ll do it for me, as always, place those bets and lets watch the bank accounts grow!