We’ve got an entertaining night of fights set for this Sunday night.. yeah, Sunday, weird. Any who, it’ll be the lightweight division that gets the featured bout in a grudge match between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee, as their feud began at the UFC Summer Kickoff back on May 12th. For any of you that missed it, I promise you won’t regret checking out the video below.
Dennis Siver vs BJ Penn.
Man, the only way to describe this fight is sad. Both of these men were at the top of their games when I began following the UFC. Penn was the lightweight champion at the time, and Siver was cutting people in half with his crippling spinning back kick. Now they’re both 38 years old with no business getting into the cage. The Hawaiian, Penn hasn’t won a fight since 2010… It’s been 7 fucking years since his hand has been raised! (and it was against a washed up Matt Hughes). The German, Siver hasn’t won since 2014, yet hasn’t finished anyone since 2010. I’m gonna go Penn for 3 reasons. 1) Over his 7 year winless streak he’s at least been losing to elite talent ( Jon Fitch, Nick Diaz, Rory MacDonald, Frankie Edgar and Yair Rodriguez). 2) He’s a psychopath that likes to lick his opponents blood off of his gloves. 3) He’s the dog. Penn +165.
Johny Hendricks vs Tim Boetsch.
Man do I love Tim Boetsch. “The Barbarian” isn’t very good at fighting, he’s 3-5 in his last 8, and at 37 years old he’s showed he can throw bombs, and kinda wrestle a little. He’s fun to watch as he often throws caution to the wind with not much technicality behind his strikes. Hendricks on the other hand is the former welterweight champion, and was the man that mentally fucked the legendary GSP, forcing him into an early retirement after their war (will go to my grave defending that Hendricks won that fight). Between that fight and his back to back wars with Robbie Lawler, his body became too shot to fight at 170 anymore. Now at 185 he seems rejuvenated with a run at the belt in mind as he’s just 32 years old. Unless Boetsch lands one of those bombs I mentioned earlier, I expect Hendricks to dominate every aspect of this fight. Hendricks -225.
Michael Chiesa #6 vs Kevin Lee #12.
Disclaimer: This fight is tough to bet on, because I am very much emotionally invested with Kevin Lee being one of my favorite fighters on the UFC roster. Lee debuted in the UFC at just 21 years old, and now at 24, “The Motown Phenom” has an impressive 8-2 record under the UFC banner. The outspoken Lee has made his plan towards the title very clear, as he plans to “outclass” Chiesa on Sunday, and then call out the most feared man in all of MMA, 24-0, Khabib Nurmagomedov (which gives me all sorts of feelings I don’t even know how to explain). Chiesa is a man that shouldn’t be taken lightly though, despite his appearance.
At 14-2 he’s fought talent far ahead of what Lee has faced, including Jorge Masvidal, Joe Lauzon, Beneil Dariush and Jim Miller. Both men excel on the mat, where Chiesa has finished 10 of his 14 wins by submission.. while Lee, a former college wrestler that qualified for the national tournament as a sophomore (before dropping out to focus on MMA) is also no slouch on the mat with 7 submissions to his credit and a wrestling game far beater than Chiesa’s. Chiesa has never stopped a man with strikes, and Lee has just 1 win via tko.. however, Lee holds a serious advantage on the feet in power, speed, athleticism and strength. So without further ado I’m going to say Lee keeps it standing and either takes out Chiesa with strikes or cruises to a decision.. Lee will be in trouble though if he takes Chiesa down. Lee has a great ground game as I mentioned, but Chiesa’s BJJ game is tight, and world class. Lee -150.