2015 has already been eventful in the UFC, but the upcoming months have cards that are filled with promising match ups.
Some of the highlights include Ronda Rousey vs Cat Zingano at UFC 184, Anthony Pettis vs Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 185, first UFC women’s strawweight champion crowned at UFC 185, Hendricks vs Brown at UFC 185.
UFC 184: Preview and predictions
The next fight UFC fans have to look forward to is Ronda Rousey’s highly anticipated title defense vs Cat Zingano. These two fighters were set to coach against one another in the Ultimate Fighter 18, but an injury forced Cat Zingano out and she was replaces by Miesha Tate.
This will be without a doubt Ronda’s toughest fight to date as Cat is a well-rounded athlete with the ability to finish a fight, something Ronda’s previous opponents lacked.
At the end of the day one of these two women will remain unbeaten and I believe that will be Ronda. Look for her to go back to what she does best and submit Cat Zingano in the first round by, you guessed it, armbar.
Another interesting match-up in the Women’s Bantamweight division is Raquel Pennington vs undefeated but new to the UFC Holly Holm.
Also included on this card is the return of Josh Koshcheck, Mark Munos and a match up with the potential for anything between Tony Ferguson and Gleison Tibau.
UFC 185: Preview and predictions
In a card stacked with great fights from top to bottom, we will see two title fights including the first ever UFC Women’s strawweight champion.
The main event of the evening is between Anthony Pettis and Rafael Dos Anjos. Pettis will be looking for his third straight title defense and he will be looking to do so in a similar fashion to all four of his UFC fights, where only one made it past the first round. Dos Anjos is riding a three fight winning streak including knocking out previous champion Benson Henderson and dominating Nate Diaz.
I believe this fight will last a bit longer than Anthony’s previous four fights, but will end the same way, with him victorious. Although dangerous with submissions and KO ability, I believe he will take this fight by TKO in the third round.
The title fight of the night will include the first ever strawweight title fight between Carla Esparza and Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Carla has been deemed by the UFC as the strawweight champion after her win on the Ultimate Fighter Finale vs Rose Namajunas. She was very dominant on the show and looks like a force to be reckoned with. Her opponent Joanna Jedrzejczyk has already won two fights inside the octagon and remains undefeated.
I believe that due to Joanna’s inability to finish fights and with Carla Esparza the better athlete, we will see a three round fight with Carla winning by decision.
If two title fights weren’t enough to sell you on this card, we will also see Johnny Hendricks for the first time since losing his belt to Robbie Lawler. Hendricks will fight Matt Brown in a fight that promises fireworks as these men know how to throw punches. I believe this fight will either win the award of fight of the night or knockout of the night, either way, it will be extremely entertaining. I have Hendricks winning by technical knockout in the third round.
We are not done there. This card will also include heavyweights Alistair Overeem vs Roy Nelson. This is truly a matchup between two guys with massive KO power. Unfortunately, unlike the battle between Mark Hunt and Bigfoot Silva, do not expect this to last long as both men have also been knocked out on several occasions. Although it could certainly go either way, I believe if Overeem lasts the first round, which he sometimes has trouble doing, he will come away with the second round KO.
Also included on this stacked card: Canadian Sam Stout, Daron Cruickshank and young Pettis, Sergio.
UFC Fight Night 62, 63 & 64
In the matter of four weeks we will be able to see three UFC Fight Nights. The first, UFC Fight Night 62, includes fights between Ryan LaFlare vs Damian Maia, Josh Thompson and undefeated Gilbert Burns among several other interesting match ups.
The second event, UFC Fight Night 63, includes a matchup between Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas. Both men are looking to regain their footing in the featherweight division. Although Jose Aldo seems to have Chad’s number, defeating him twice in title fights, Chad has won eleven straight fights in the UFC against anyone other than Aldo. Lamas is riding a similar streak where other than his loss to Aldo at UFC 169 he has won six.
The co-main event includes Al Iaquinta vs Jorge Masvidal in the lightweight division. This fight has the potential to be extremely entertaining for the fans. Other notables on the card include: Mike Chiesa vs Canadian Mitch Clarke, Clay Guida, Dustin Poirier and Gray Maynard. I think of the three this card should have the most finishes.
UFC Fight Night 64 will be held in Krakow, Poland. This fight features Mirko Cro Cop’s return to the UFC against Gabriel Gonzaga. Both men are coming into this fight with losing streaks in the UFC where Mirko has lost three straight and Gabriel having lost two in a row. Also on this card, Jimi Manuwa will be looking to bounce back from his loss against Alexander Gustafsson.
Ogi is a graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program. He is the founder of Blago Blogger Sports.