Get a spherical of UFC predictions for the promotion’s lone pay-per-view occasion in September, UFC 279.
After making their debut in France final week, the MMA world chief returns to PPV with a card contained in the T-Cellular Enviornment that noticed a slew of untamed modifications to the highest of the cardboard on Friday afternoon. After a number of fighters missed weight, together with younger star Khamzat Chimaev by seven kilos, the occasion has a brand new headliner.
In a last-minute swap, former light-weight champion Tony Ferguson will transfer up from his co-main bout with Li Jingliang to face off with Nate Diaz within the evening’s primary occasion. Diaz’s unique opponent, Chimaev, will now battle former middleweight turned welterweight Kevin Holland in a 180-pound catchweight conflict.
The occasion additionally sees the return of Octagon veterans Daniel Rodriguez, Ion Cutelaba, Chris Barnett, Johnny Walker, and Julian Erosa. Let’s check out 4 of the most important bouts on the cardboard and make some predictions for the winners.
UFC predictions: 4 UFC 279 fighters getting Ws on Sept. 10
Tony Ferguson (25-7) vs. Nate Diaz (20-13)
Diaz vs Ferguson as a last-minute alternative for a PPV card headliner is a stroke of genius and a complete lot of fine luck for the UFC. The possibility that two fighters, across the similar weight, could possibly be thrown collectively to save lots of a PPV primary occasion and likewise be a scrap that followers have needed to see for years is a struggle sports activities miracle.
Past the unexpectedness of all of it, this bout has “struggle of the yr” potential even with each males of their late 30s and nicely outdoors of their primes. They each have a excessive output and reckless fashion. Plus, every isn’t in opposition to letting their opponents check their chin. Over 5 rounds this ought to be an absolute barnburner and a deal with for struggle aficionados that love an all-out, blood-and-guts struggle.
- UFC 279 odds: Ferguson (-145), Diaz (+125)
- Prediction: Diaz by unanimous resolution
Khamzat Chimaev (11-0) vs Kevin Holland (23-7)
Chimaev blew a golden alternative of a UFC primary occasion slot and a winnable struggle with a mainstream highlight. His comfort is a strong matchup with a extra harmful multi-weight fighter who isn’t good at wrestling both. Chimaev vs. Holland is a enjoyable struggle on a fundamental stage, however with the pair having legit warmth with current run-ins over the previous few days, there may be extra sizzle to this one than some informal followers could understand.
Whereas there may be the prospect “Trailblazer” may trash discuss “Borz” into making some poor strategic choices as he did in opposition to Gilbert Burns earlier this yr, the perfect wager is a few Khabib Nurmagomedov-level wrestling and crushing from the Russian on struggle evening.
- Odds: Chimaev (-520), Holland (+410)
- Prediction: Chimaev by submission, Spherical 2
Li Jingliang (19-7) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (16-2)
Main props are owed to each Jingliang and Rodriquez for getting the quick finish of this mess stick and having to take tremendous quick discover fights in opposition to one another, in some fairly tough matchups. In a traditional world, “Leech” in opposition to “D-Rod” is a enjoyable welterweight conflict that was sure to occur. In a post-UFC 279 weigh-in existence, these two gifted 170-pounders are compelled to throw down underneath some tough circumstances. Neither deserves the loss they’ll get on Sept. 10.
Anticipate that to be Jingliang as Rodriguez makes use of his putting to out level the Chinese language export.
- Odds: Jingliang (-130), Rodriguez (-150)
- Prediction: Rodriguez by unanimous resolution
Jake Collier (13-7) vs. Chris Barnett (22-8)
Jake Collier versus Chris Barnett might be a showcase of a pair of very massive boys who’ve by no means seen a meal they didn’t like. With that mentioned, each are cumbersome males who’re much better athletes than their girth reveals. Each have alternate wins and losses in current fights, however Collier is a heavyweight who ought to actually be competing a weight class down since he was as soon as a middleweight. “Huggy Bear” is extra of a pure heavyweight and will have the ability to use that dimension and energy to scratch out a hard-fought victory.
- Odds: Collier (-410), Barnett (+330)
- Prediction: Barnett by split-decision