UFC 200 Predictions

UFC 200 Predictions
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UFC 200

 

Meisha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes

This is an interesting matchup for Tate’s first title defense.  I was pretty much ready to call Tate’s last win a fluke, with no chance of defending the title against Holly Holm or Ronda again.  This matchup, however, should be a bit of a confidence booster.  While Nunes is a good striker, Meisha Tate has better striking, and far better grappling.  While Nunes tends to fade a bit in later rounds, Tate has a lot of heart to keep fighting.

Meisha Tate via submission, round 4/5

 

Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt

For Brock Lesnar to decide to make his comeback at UFC 200, there must be money in it for him, and a matchup he believes favors him.  Mark Hunt might just be that kind of a matchup.  If the fight stays standing roound after round, I’d have to favor Hunt.  However, if/when Lesnar can take things to the ground, he has several ways of winning.  He has much better grappling than Hunt, and his best asset is ground and pound.  I am positive this fight will not go the distance.

Brock Lesnar via TKO, round 3

 

Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson Silva

It is nice to see Cormier still on the card, and against a well known fighter like Silva.  But honestly, how long has it been since Silva won a fight? 2012?  Add to that factor the fact that Silva just had surgery several months ago, and we have a recipe for disaster.  If Cormier keeps the fight standing, I expect a  fairly quick victory

Cormier via TKO, round 2

 

Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar

This will prove to be a very close, difficult fight for both.  Though different styles, neither fighter has a clear advantage at standup, while Edgar  may be better on the ground.  With such a close matchup, it will certainly go to a decision, where I favor Edgar.

Frankie Edgar via decision

 

Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne

Velasquez was once consider to be, without a doubt, one of the best heavyweights of all time, before injury after injury diminished that.  Travis Browne is a very athletic fighter, but can still be inconsistent in fights.  With an injury free Velasquez, Browne could be in trouble.

Cain Velasquez via decision

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