Saturday, June 3, 2017

UFC 212 Main Event Predictions

The main event will feature UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo (26-2) pitted against Interim Featherweight Champion Max Holloway (17-3).



Holloway is on a bit of a streak with impressive wins against Cub Swanson(25-7), Ricardo Lamas(17-5) and most notably, former Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis(19-6).

This will be Aldo's 2nd fight after his stunning loss to UFC Superstar and household name Conor McGregor.

While Holloway is a highly skilled Muay Thai fighter, he is a notch below Jose Aldo, who is a fierce and creative striker who has even beaten UFC hall of famer Uriah Faber with leg strikes.  Aldo should also be fighting with a chip on his shoulder after feeling disrespected by the UFC by not allowing him a rematch with McGregor.  He had shown his newly tempered determination by demolishing a very game Frankie Edgar in his last outing at UFC 200.

It is this blogger's opinion that this fight will end with Aldo winning by TKO via strikes towards the end of the 4th round.

***Update - It looks like the fight went back and forth, until the 3rd round when Max Holloway dropped Jose Aldo with a vicious right and won via TKO with mounted strikes.  Great fight and great card overall.

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I wanted to mention another fighter on the rise, Tenshin Nasukawa.  He is a Karate based fighter who employs creative striking to KO his opponents.  He has a devastating striking combo where he shoots a fast roundhouse kick to the body then follows up with knees and punches to the body, usually resulting in a KO.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvsgixKCWg8
Let's hope we see this kid in a bigger promotion soon.