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    I bet on both the shorties against the tallies (RDA and Latifi). Seems a lot is being made out of reach advantage. It's important but the taller fighter needs to know how to use it and stay in the relevant range. Nothing tells me that either applies to Magny or Pedro here.

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    has a post TUF era PPV done under 100K buys? because this might be the one

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    Card is borderline FightPass card. Geeez

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    MMA mania Patrick Stewart -



    155 lbs.: Mitch Clarke vs. Alex White

    It’s been six years since Mitch Clarke (11-4) debuted in UFC with a technical knockout loss to John Cholish. A narrow loss to Anton Kuivanen gave way to two straight wins, including a phenomenal upset submission of Al Iaquinta, but he enters the cage on the heels of consecutive losses to Michael Chiesa and Joe Duffy.
    This will be his first fight in 14 months and just his second since April 2014.
    After a 2-2 run as a UFC Featherweight, which included a “Performance of the Night”-winning knockout and a decision over Artem Lobov, Alex White (11-3) made the jump to Lightweight in January. He took on rising prospect Tony Martin in his 155-pound debut and suffered a unanimous decision loss.
    He owns five wins by submission and four by (technical) knockout.
    White did better than I thought he would against Martin, but he also struggled with the extremely raw Clay Collard. It’s also worth mentioning that his two UFC wins came against Artem Lobov and Estevan Payan, the latter of whom went on to lose six of his next eight.
    Clarke is a strong grappler when he can find his way to the cage and White could have some issues with his size. The Canadian ekes out a win on his home turf with a strong top game.
    Prediction: Clarke via split decision

    265 lbs.: Luis Henrique vs.
    Arjan Bhullar

    Luis Henrique (10-3) had the misfortune of welcoming Francis Ngannou to UFC in 2015, suffering a brutal knockout loss midway through the second round. Consecutive submission wins over Dmitry Smolyakov and Christian Colombo proved he belonged in UFC, though Marcin Tybura proved too stiff a test in March.
    At 24, he is seven years his opponent’s junior.
    Arjan Bhullar’s (6-0) wrestling career saw him win bronze at the Pan American Games, win gold at the Commonwealth Games, and represent Canada at the 2012 Olympics. He made his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut in 2014 and earned a regional Heavyweight title on his way to UFC.
    Half of his professional wins have come by form of knockout.
    There’s not much MMA footage of Bhullar out there besides highlights, but I’m leaning toward him anyway. Henrique just doesn’t seem to have a Plan B when the takedown’s not there and, though those two UFC wins were impressive, it’s worth noting that Smolyakov and Colombo are among the worst in the division. Bhullar’s on a different level wrestling-wise and, importantly, has experience going five rounds.
    Henrique has size, youth and experience, but Bhullar’s lived the grind for longer. He outgrapples the Brazilian for a victorious debut.
    Prediction: Bhullar via unanimous decision

    155 lbs.:
    Kajan Johnson vs. Adriano Martins

    Kajan Johnson (21-12-1), representing his native Canada, reached the semifinals of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): “Nations” before winding up on the wrong end of the season’s best knockout against Chad Laprise. He’s gone 2-1 in UFC itself, rebounding from a debut loss to Tae Hyun Bang with decisions over Lipeng Zhang and Naoyuki Kotani.
    This will be his first fight in nearly two years.
    Adriano Martins (28-8) entered UFC on an 11-1 run and promptly dispatched Daron Cruickshank with a bonus-winning straight armbar. He fell to Donald Cerrone his next time out, but won three straight and earned two bonuses before dropping a split decision to Leonardo Santos last October. He owns thirteen wins by form of knockout.
    This fight more or less comes down to how busy Martins decides to be. He has more than enough power to crack Johnson’s shaky chin and figures to be the superior grappler. That said, he had all the tools to beat Santos, too, but gave the fight away by simply not doing enough.
    Hopefully, the Santos loss will serve as a wake-up call. Johnson doesn’t have the firepower to dent Martins or the wrestling to put him in any bad spots. Martins finds Johnson’s chin partway through the first round.
    Prediction: Martins via first-round technical knockout

    135 lbs.: Sara McMann (11-3) vs. Ketlen Vieira (8-0)

    McMann’s failed title bid against Ronda Rousey kicked off a 1-3 slump, capped by a submission loss to Amanda Nunes in Nashville. She’s since re-inserted herself into title contention with three straight wins, becoming the first person to ever submit Alexis Davis in the process. Five of her eleven pro wins have come by submission.
    Just two years after her professional debut, “Fen˘meno” joined the UFC and defeated Kelly Faszholz in her debut. This led to a clash with Ashlee Evans-Smith wherein Vieira, playing the underdog role, outstruck her veteran foe en route to a unanimous decision win. At 5’9”, she stands four inches taller than McMann.
    McMann has really come into her own recently. She’s always had power, but she’s finally added some nuance to her striking and developed a dangerous submission game to complement her top-tier wrestling. While Vieira’s a capable striker, McMann’s firepower evens things up on the feet and she has the tools to dictate where the fight takes place.
    Unless Vieira can rock McMann early, she’ll struggle to shut down her opponent’s takedown assault. McMann holds her own on the feet and eventually locks up a fight-ending choke.
    Prediction: McMann by first-round submission

    125 lbs.:
    Henry Cejudo (10-2) vs. Wilson Reis (22-7)

    Four consecutive UFC victories, including a split decision over former world #1 Jussier Formiga, led Cejudo to a title shot, which came to an abrupt end thanks to Demetrious Johnson’s knees. He went on to fall short on The Ultimate Fighter 24, then again in his fight with rival coach Joseph Benavidez via narrow split decision. He has scored four wins by form of knockout, though none since 2013.
    Wins over Dustin Ortiz, Hector Sandoval, and Yuta Sasaki paved the way for Reis’ first title shot this past April. That momentum wasn’t enough to carry him past Demetrious Johnson, who handed him his first-ever submission loss late in the third round. Ten of his professional wins, including two in the UFC, have come by submission.
    As of this writing, Cejudo is a -345 favorite. That is just not reflective of this fight. Reis has developed into a fearsome wrestler since joining the UFC flyweight division and his scrambling is top-of-the-line. That said, Cejudo did handle a similar foe in Jussier Formiga with relative ease and Reis has a habit of getting dropped at inopportune times.
    I expect this one to be competitive throughout. After seeing him handle Formiga, though, Cejudo’s wrestling and slick boxing have me leaning his way. He shuts down enough takedowns and lands enough power shots to take the decision.
    Prediction: Cejudo by unanimous decision

    135 lbs.:
    Sarah Moras (4-2) vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith (5-2)

    Moras, Miesha Tate’s second women’s pick on The Ultimate Fighter 18, submitted the towering Peggy Morgan before falling to eventual winner Julianna Pe˝a in the semifinals. “Cheesecake’s” two UFC fights saw her edge out Alexis Dufresne and suffer a unanimous decision loss to JÚssica Andrade. This will be her first fight in over two years.
    Evans-Smith put her debut loss to Raquel Pennington behind her with consecutive wins over Marion Reneau and Veronica Macedo. She last fought Ketlen Vieira in April, losing a unanimous decision after struggling with the Brazilian’s striking. Three of her five wins have come by (T)KO.
    And here I face the task of balancing a clear stylistic edge with the fact that the bearer of said edge is kind of terrible. Evans-Smith, despite her wrestling pedigree, was content to get chewed up by Vieira on the feet and what shots she did take were ugly and ineffective.
    That was a pretty damning performance, but Moras spent her last fight getting taken down at will by the much smaller Andrade. Even with that and the layoff, though, I can’t ignore Evans-Smith’s abysmal fight IQ. Moras edges the decision.
    Prediction: Moras by unanimous decision

    145 lbs.:
    Gavin Tucker (10-0) vs. Rick Glenn (19-4-1)

    Eight finishes in nine wins, including a successful acquisition and defense of a regional title, establish Tucker as a prospect to watch. Though he couldn’t pick up finish number nine, he nonetheless kept his unbeaten record intact with a decision over Sam Sicilia in his UFC debut. He will give up five inches of height to “The Gladiator.”
    Glenn capped off a thirteen-fight unbeaten streak with an upset stoppage of Georgi Karakhanyan for the WSOF title. Though he lost his belt to Lance Palmer his next time out, three straight wins earned him a spot in the UFC, where he’s split bouts with Evan Dunham and Phillipe Nover. Twelve of his professional wins have come by form of knockout.
    Tucker is a terrific prospect, though he looked a bit too cocky against Sicilia. He’d better have his mind on business here, as Glenn does not stop advancing and punching until the final bell rings.
    Still, so long as Tucker fights smart, this is extremely winnable. Glenn is straightforward and rudimentary with his offense, which Tucker should be able to exploit with his speed and footwork. It’s hard to pick a winner in the wrestling department, but Tucker ought to be in a better position to land and defend takedowns with his range management. He outlands Glenn for a decision victory.
    Prediction: Tucker by unanimous decision
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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGDAY View Post
    Card is borderline FightPass card. Geeez
    Agreed.. Not an exceptionally great card anymore with the cancelled fights and with what is remaining.. Fight Night card not pay per view would be in order IMO now..

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    Main card write up.. Take what you want from it.. MMA Mania different writer.. Dyane Fox..





    Neil Magny (19-5) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (26-9), Welterweight

    It used to be you wouldn’t go more than a few months before seeing Magny step into the cage, at one point appearing 12 times in the span of 27 months. That’s a pace even Donald Cerrone can’t match. A medical suspension finally forced him to the sidelines and he makes his return for the first time in over eight months against former champion Rafael dos Anjos. Magny disposed of one former champion in Johny Hendricks in his last appearance. Can he do so again?
    Unlike Hendricks, dos Anjos is moving up from lightweight. Given Magny’s extra seven inches of height and ten inches of reach, some may draw the conclusion right away that Magny’s size will prove to be too much of an obstacle for dos Anjos to overcome and that may yet prove to be true. However, dos Anjos has proven to be extremely dogged in pursuing his objective to pressure, willing to eat a few shots to get in his offense. For his part, Magny has slowly become more effective on keeping opponents at the end of his jab, but still isn’t where he needs to be if he hopes to be a title contender. Perhaps more troubling, he is prone to low kicks and generally needs a round to find his range, evidenced by his slow starts against Hector Lombard and Lorenz Larkin.
    One of the more interesting battles to watch will be the wrestling. Magny has been a bit of a conundrum in that department, outwrestling Kelvin Gastelum, but being dominated on the ground by Demian Maia and Hendricks. Maia clowns everyone he gets to the ground – and he gets everyone down except Tyron Woodley – but being taken down as often as he was to a bloated Hendricks is a bit of a concern. Given that, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the undersized dos Anjos secure multiple takedowns and perhaps even secure a submission given his impressive BJJ pedigree. Dos Anjos wasn’t known as a wrestler upon his UFC entry, but has developed some quick reactionary takedowns based on the openings his opponent leaves from his pressure.
    Based on accolades and style, dos Anjos should be an easy pick. But it is hard to ignore the size advantage Magny has on the much smaller dos Anjos. The last time I remember a similar height and reach disparity was when Stefan Struve demolished Daniel Omielanczuk. However, dos Anjos is a far superior caliber fighter than Omielanczuk, so I’m still going with the former champion… with hesitation. Dos Anjos via submission, RD3

    Ilir Latifi
    (12-5, 1 NC) vs. Tyson Pedro (6-0), Light Heavyweight

    Perhaps the UFC has high hopes for Pedro as I can’t see any other reason for them to place this contest on the PPV portion of the card. Not that Latifi doesn’t have his own fanbase, but those people are the type who would be buying the card anyway.
    It’s easy to see what the UFC sees in Pedro. He’s young, turning 26 a few days after the event. His frame is perfect for light heavyweight at 6'3" with a 79" reach. He’s an excellent athlete too. Perhaps more important, he has the killer instinct and aggression that often lead to the top. Pedro’s base has proven to be his wrestling and grappling, a bit of an oddity at 205. He is still developing his wrestling technique, relying mostly on his physical gifts at this point. He’s proven strong enough to pull his opponent’s base right out from under them, but that will be a hell of a chore to do against the brick house known as Latifi.
    Pound for pound, there may not be a stronger fighter on the roster than the stout Swede. In eight UFC contests, not a single opponent has been able to score a takedown on him. Latifi’s own takedowns are a bit of a different story as quickness and burst are two things he lacks. Nonetheless, if he is able to get underneath his opponent’s hips, few can stop Latifi from finishing the takedown. Once on the ground, he has some brutal ground-and-pound and is near impossible to move once he establishes a good base from the top position.
    The standup could end up being somewhat awkward. Latifi prefers to sit back and wait for his opponent to come at him so he can land his powerful counter right. His lack of quickness has traditionally led to trouble for him when he looks to lead the dance as witnessed in his losses to Jan Blachowicz and Ryan Bader as they were able to land KO blows on him. Pedro shows the makings of a solid boxing game, but he’s still a work in progress. For one, he has yet to establish consistency with the jab though his long reach would indicate it would be one of his best weapons. His defense has a lot of holes too. Nonetheless, the Aussie has enough power and fluidity in his punches that his striking can’t be ignored.
    I love the matchmaking here. Pedro’s two wins in the UFC have come against competition low enough on the totem pole that those victories don’t mean very much. Basically, it isn’t hard to see him losing to Latifi as the Swede hits very hard and could nullify Pedro’s wrestling. However, Pedro is also young enough in his career that a loss to Latifi would hardly put a cap on the youngster’s ceiling. Still, I don’t expect Pedro to hit the first serious roadblock in his career quite yet. Given how hittable both have proven to be, don’t expect this to go the distance regardless of who wins. Pedro via TKO, RD1

    Jeremy Stephens
    (25-14) vs. Gilbert Melendez (22-6), Featherweight

    Prior to joining the UFC, many believed Melendez was the best lightweight in the world…he simply hadn’t faced the high-level competition to prove it. A razor-thin decision loss to Benson Henderson for the UFC lightweight title didn’t sway the minds of most of those same people as a strong argument could have been made in favor of Melendez pulling out the W. He earned another opportunity at the title after emerging victorious from a brutal brawl with Diego Sanchez…and has yet to win another fight since. Sure, losses to Anthony Pettis, Eddie Alvarez, and Edson Barboza are nothing to be ashamed of, but it’s clear Melendez’s days as an elite lightweight were over. Now the former Strikeforce champion is hoping to find success at featherweight at the age of 35.
    Perhaps he can mirror some of the success found by his opponent Jeremy Stephens. A longtime staple of the lightweight division before a string of three losses in row – coincidentally kicked off by Pettis as well – prompted him to drop to featherweight where he found new life, including a win over former bantamweight champion Renan Barao. However, Stephens is coming off a disappointing performance against Renato Moicano where the experienced veteran appeared to regress strategically after putting together a series of impressive game plans to belie his reputation as an unintelligent brawler. If Stephens wants to get back on the road to success, he’ll have to avoid chasing Melendez as he did with Moicano.
    To be fair, Stephens never completely abandoned his brawling ways; he simply picked his spots in which to engage in a firefight. The Midwest native has brutal power in his fists and a simplistic-but-effective boxing game. Up until the Moicano fight, he was making good use of a jab to feel out his distance and threw out the occasional low kick. Stephens used his wrestling effectively to mix things up initially upon his drop to featherweight, but it hasn’t been utilized much lately. Perhaps a return to his original base would help to open up his striking.
    The same thing could be said about Melendez as he hasn’t done much to take contests to the ground in recent years. Perhaps it has something to do with his decline is speed and quickness as he gets older. The decline hasn’t been steep by any means, but just enough to make a difference. As a result, Melendez has been more reluctant to engage in the style of brawls that were once one of his calling cards. Much like Stephens, Melendez has made greater use of his jab to push forward before looking to land his powerful right hand.
    Though familiar with both fighters, I didn’t recognize how similar their styles were until I started looking more into this fight. Despite having more fights on his record, Stephens has shown less signs of wear and tear, likely due to his being four years younger. How Melendez performs at featherweight is also a great unknown. Despite those factors in his favor, Melendez tends to stick to his strategy better than Stephens. It will probably be a razor thin decision as I don’t see Melendez finishing off the durable Stephens, but look for the former Strikeforce champion to emerge victorious. Melendez via decision
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    I think Martins is going to knock out Johnson with a Counter Right Hook

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Benjamins View Post
    I'll say it again: White, Tucker, Evans-Smith, Cejudo. Those are my 4 horses on this card. The first 3 are fighting cans. And Cejudo is just a beast, Reis has nothing for him.

    The rest of the fights I feel are more risky, due to either the lack of payoff or bigger chance that the dog can win.
    Cejudo is a real bad matchup for Reis but the juice is annoying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo de Naranja View Post
    I think Martins is going to knock out Johnson with a Counter Right Hook
    Havent capped that one yet but hasn't Kajan not fought in 2 years? What's up with that?

    I love a good counter hook. Burgos ate up Trator in his debut with the counter hook. If I remember correctly, Kajan is kind of long... makes it a little more difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Benjamins View Post
    I didn't say that Shevchenko wasn't going to win. She may very well win on the judges scorecards. But I don't think she's going to stop Nunes. You really think Nunes is going to gas out and lay down like a bitch to Shevchenko? Especially with all the leadup to this fight and everyone constantly criticizing Nunes for her lack of cardio? Nunes is bigger than Shevchenko as well. I don't see a stoppage happening, likely not from either side, but less likely by Shevchenko. BOL
    She may not have choice in the matter. She layed down like a bitch before to Schev in R3 last time. She also layed down to Zingano and Alexis Davis of all people. Age doesn't fix cardio, and Nunes ain't gettin' any smaller. She attempted to choke Schev at least 3 times in their last one, and while Schev defended it in about the worst possible way, she made it the 3rd, against a black belt in BJJ?

    Nunes did show more restraint in her Miesha and Rousey fight, waiting until she definitely hurt em' before going all in on them, she might last a but longer but she will fade in later rounds. I will say this though, while Nunes hit schev hard in their last fight, most of those were not fully flush, so I can't say schev has felt Nunes best, a good combo that hits flush is absolutely brutal from Nunes and she is showing better striking.

    Goin Nunes in the first two and Schev in 3-5 myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Benjamins View Post
    Her wrestling should keep it standing? I don't think she would want to keep it standing against Vieira. I see a lot of better plays on this card than that one. Vieira had amazing improvement between her first 2 UFC fights. If she improves anymore, she could beat the shit out of McMann. It could look similar to Nunes/McMann. It's hard to play it bc you don't know how much Vieira has improved, but at -240 it's a pretty steep gamble IMO. I could be wrong if someone has a deep analysis on it.

    On first look, my favorite plays are White, Smith, Tucker, and Cejudo.
    Agree wit dis entirely, not that Evans-Smith is anything to brag about but she looked like complete crap against Viera, who literally looked like she had no idea what a fight was in her first fight.

    She went from non-existent striking to using Evans for a punching bag. Not to mention, I don't know that I'd want to go to the ground with her because she does appear to throw sub-attempts out if available. McMann I think would do great on top, and just firing away with GnP, but I feel Vieira's long limbs could spell trouble even from a bottom position. One thing for sure, she was definitely improving, kinda wanna throw a bet on Vieira here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shagdogy View Post
    Cejudo is a real bad matchup for Reis but the juice is annoying.
    I took Cejudo -3.5 when it was like (+130). Think he stuffs TDs and wins a clear decision in a mostly kickboxing match

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsynweap84 View Post
    She may not have choice in the matter. She layed down like a bitch before to Schev in R3 last time. She also layed down to Zingano and Alexis Davis of all people. Age doesn't fix cardio, and Nunes ain't gettin' any smaller. She attempted to choke Schev at least 3 times in their last one, and while Schev defended it in about the worst possible way, she made it the 3rd, against a black belt in BJJ?

    Nunes did show more restraint in her Miesha and Rousey fight, waiting until she definitely hurt em' before going all in on them, she might last a but longer but she will fade in later rounds. I will say this though, while Nunes hit schev hard in their last fight, most of those were not fully flush, so I can't say schev has felt Nunes best, a good combo that hits flush is absolutely brutal from Nunes and she is showing better striking.

    Goin Nunes in the first two and Schev in 3-5 myself.
    Thinkin there's a finish here? I think so

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo de Naranja View Post
    I took Cejudo -3.5 when it was like (+130). Think he stuffs TDs and wins a clear decision in a mostly kickboxing match
    Safe bet. He's gonna stuff those takedowns and Reis can't hang with the striking. Small chance he gets a stoppage but likely a decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shagdogy View Post
    Safe bet. He's gonna stuff those takedowns and Reis can't hang with the striking. Small chance he gets a stoppage but likely a decision.
    I agree Henry by decision looks like the most likely outcome if he is to win..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo de Naranja View Post
    Thinkin there's a finish here? I think so
    Good chance imo, plenty of time if Nunes gasses, her size and power, think she gonna run into trouble.
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    Cejudo and Dos Anjos are both big plays for me, yes odds suck but imo these guys should win easy. Latifi and Nunes on also. Both those birds are gonna gas bad if it goes over two rounds, think Nunes comes out stronger and gets a decision. Latifi just a hunch I think he can win that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THE_LOCKSMITH View Post
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    i got nunes, magny, stephen, and vieira tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyrider88 View Post
    i got nunes, magny, stephen, and vieira tonight.
    All dogs. If half win, you make money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyrider88 View Post
    i got nunes, magny, stephen, and vieira tonight.
    Magny should win. Alsdo stephens. Nunes and viera I think lose though

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    This card is so suspect and spotty now, only 10 fights and it's gonna be a later start time with only 2 early prelim fights...

    Just looking at this card now on the UFC website is kinda funny looking.. ...http://www.ufc.com/
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    it would be a solid FOX or free card but as a PPV this card is doo doo for sure.... losing JDS/francis then DJ / borg were 2 of the 3 main fights here which made it a borderline PPV ... dana white looking like a tomato right now
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    Quote Originally Posted by firekillex View Post
    it would be a solid FOX or free card but as a PPV this card is doo doo for sure.... losing JDS/francis then DJ / borg were 2 of the 3 main fights here which made it a borderline PPV ... dana white looking like a tomato right now
    I would never pay for this.. Chick fights mostly now.. Feels more like an invicta card now ...

    The Nunes fight could be good though as I'm looking forward to that, Magny/RDA and Stevens/Melendez are the other 2 fights I'm looking forward to the most.. It's not a total wash but it is borderline for a PPV buy..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mase of Base View Post
    Cejudo and Dos Anjos are both big plays for me, yes odds suck but imo these guys should win easy. Latifi and Nunes on also. Both those birds are gonna gas bad if it goes over two rounds, think Nunes comes out stronger and gets a decision. Latifi just a hunch I think he can win that.
    Shevchenko is not going to gas if it goes late. She has some of the best cardio in WMMA

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    Quote Originally Posted by JIBBBY View Post
    This card is so suspect and spotty now, only 10 fights and it's gonna be a later start time with only 2 early prelim fights...

    Just looking at this card now on the UFC website is kinda funny looking.. ...http://www.ufc.com/
    Did another fight get cancelled since Johnson/Borg? I thought it was 11 fights

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    ^^^It's 11 as I forgot to count the main event chick fight.. Once again Hugo you are right!!
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    Anyone else getting the feeling like Melendez and Stephens is going to be a game of chicken with their chins? Both guys are super durable, and now fighting at featherweight (a first for Melendez) they may not quite have the KO power they've been used to in the past. I feel like this could be an absolute brawl with both fighters taking some big damage. Usually Stephens wears his damage a bit more, whereas Gil can take a decent amount of damage but still look like he's pretty fresh. That may play big in this fight. However, one of these aging vets chins giving out wouldn't surprise me at all.

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    ^ Also Stephens doesn't have the speedy kicks that he can land out of nowhere like Barboza, but if they stand in front of each other and trade in the pocket, Stephens could end his combos with a solid leg kick and do some damage. Given how badly Barboza chewed up Gil's leg in their fight, it's tough to imagine that he will be too phased by Stephens's kicks. Real tough fight to call but it seems like Melendez has just the slightest edge in overall durability which could be the difference. The line is probably right... but Melendez hasn't fought in a year and is coming in to a new weight class. Real intriguing fight, but ive gotta lay off this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JIBBBY View Post
    ^^^It's 11 as I forgot to count the main event chick fight.. Once again Hugo you are right!!
    You scared me there bud haha

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    This is how I'm playing the card..

    1) Martins ITD
    2) Bhullar Straight/ hedged Enrique Sub
    3) Clark Dec/ hedged White ITD
    4) Tucker ITD
    5) Ashley Smith Dec
    6) Sara McMann Straight
    7) Stephens straight/ Small KO prop play also
    8) Latifi straight/ Hedged Pedro ITD
    9) Henry Cedeno Dec
    10) RDA straight/ITD
    11) Shev ITD

    Good luck everyone, this is what I came up with after capping every fight..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shagdogy View Post
    Anyone else getting the feeling like Melendez and Stephens is going to be a game of chicken with their chins? Both guys are super durable, and now fighting at featherweight (a first for Melendez) they may not quite have the KO power they've been used to in the past. I feel like this could be an absolute brawl with both fighters taking some big damage. Usually Stephens wears his damage a bit more, whereas Gil can take a decent amount of damage but still look like he's pretty fresh. That may play big in this fight. However, one of these aging vets chins giving out wouldn't surprise me at all.
    Prime Melendez was about takedowns and Stephens has been grapplefucked before. If Melendez wants a W late in his career and most likely his last run he will takedown Stephens. The blueprint is there but that's not saying he will follow it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyRobby View Post
    Prime Melendez was about takedowns and Stephens has been grapplefucked before. If Melendez wants a W late in his career and most likely his last run he will takedown Stephens. The blueprint is there but that's not saying he will follow it.
    Gilbert is a brawler these days by nature and can't help himself.. I don't think he takes Stevens down unless he's really getting lit up standing..

    The brawling I think favors Heathen anyways, with Gilbert dropping the weight his chin may be more crackable now.. I like Lil Heathen Stevens and by KO myself..

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