Sport The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale: Preview and Predictions

14:25  07 july  2017
14:25  07 july  2017 Source:   Read Sport

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The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale Fight Picks. By Mike Pruitt Published on July 05, 2017. UFC 210 Preview : Odds and Predictions for the Full Fight Card.

Saturday night, the UFC comes to Las Vegas with the conclusion of the Ultimate Fighter 24, a tournament which took 16 regional flyweight champions and pitt With that, let’s take a look at the card and make some predictions for Saturday night.

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The UFC makes up for a week off by running back-to-back events this Friday and Saturday night.

First up on the calendar is the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 25, headlined by an excellent lightweight bout between Michael Johnson and Justin Gaethje while in the co-main event either Dhiego Lima or Jesse Taylor will receive their ‘redemption’ after running the tournament gauntlet.

As for the predictions, back to back 100% weeks have been scored so hopefully I can do the unprecedented and go for three consecutive perfect scores.

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fights to UFC Fight Pass this weekend (Fri., July 7, 2017) when The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 25 Finale storms T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prediction : Torres via unanimous decision. We have three more TUF 25 Finale “Prelims” fights to preview and predict tomorrow, including one of

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Michael Johnson (17-11) vs Justin Gaethje (17-0)

Stylistically, the UFC has thrown Justin Gaethje into the deep-end here.

Johnson is fast, rangy and packs some power behind his punches which will no doubt find their target against Gaethje’s unconcerned defence. Johnson will also be the most talented opponent in Gaethje’s career thus far and it’s unknown at this stage just how talented the former WSOF champion truly is.

With that being said, Johnson has shown a propensity for being dragged into a dogfight and that is where Gaethje shines. If Gaethje can provoke Johnson into trading leather consistently either in the clinch or in the pocket, he can score a massive debut win.

It’s a tough call but I can’t see Johnson staying out of danger for five rounds despite his stylistic advantages.

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Pick: Justin Gaethje

Dhiego Lima (12-5) vs Jesse Taylor (30-15)

It’s surprising not to see James Krause in the final fight, the actual best fighter on the show, but some fighters aren’t suited to the tournament format. The one fighter who definitely is though is Jesse Taylor due to his physicality and heavy top grappling.

While Taylor lacks submission defence, 14 of his 15 losses have come via submission, he wears heavy on top of his opponent and has the gas tank to pepper away with busy ground and pound.

The problem for Taylor will be getting Lima to the mat as he has strong takedown defence and Lima unquestionably has the better striking but over three rounds, Taylor will surely secure the takedown at some point and drag the younger Lima brother into his tiring fight style.

Pick: Jesse Taylor

Marc Diakiese (12-0) vs Drakkar Klose (7-0-1)

Diakiese is one of the lightweight division’s brightest prospects and I fully expect him to get the win here.

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Taylor joins Lima at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale on Friday’s FS1-televised card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Early prelims stream on UFC Fight Pass. MMAjunkie reader predictions : Make your picks for the TUF 25 Finale in Las Vegas (Updated).

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Klose has a fair amount of potential himself and is strong in the clinch but Diakiese’s timing and power is incredible for his young age and fighting out of American Top Team will no doubt continue his growth as a fighter.

Pick: Marc Diakiese

Jared Cannonier (9-2) vs Nick Roehrick (7-0)

Roehrick comes into this bout on extremely short notice and despite being a bright prospect, Cannonier has a full fight camp behind him and has recently devoted all of his time to the sport. Picking a short notice replacement is never a strong choice.

Pick: Jared Cannonier

Brad Tavares (14-4) vs Elias Theodorou (13-1)

Theodorou’s gameplan never really changes and he will undoubtedly come to fight with his kicks in high volume then try and dominate the clinch when the distance is broken.

Tavares meanwhile is a tidy striker with both his hands and legs but lacks any real outstanding qualities.

It could very well be a three-round slog but I’ll just side with Theodorou based on recent form.

Pick: Elias Theodorou

Jordan Johnson (7-0) vs Marcel Fortuna (9-1)

Johnson is a great wrestler with a sturdy chin and is the bigger of the two men physically.

Fortuna though has big power and knocked out Anthony Hamilton at heavyweight. Now he’s at light heavyweight, I expect Fortuna to come up big again if he can avoid the ground game of Johnson.

Pick: Marcel Fortuna

(Last Predictions: 6/6, Total: 53/82, 65% Success Rate)

(2016: 61% Success Rate)

UFC Fight 113: Preview and Predictions .
After the grandiose feel around last weekends ‘International Fight Week’ double header, the UFC takes a demure step back this Sunday with a return to Glasgow, Scotland. As opposed to a planned double championship main and co-main event, UFC Fight Night 113 will instead feature two of the U.K’s most cherished fighters in testing circumstances. In the headline act, Gunnar Nelson will be hoping to ascend the welterweight rankings at the expense of the talented Argentinian striker Santiago Ponzinibbio. Nelson is currently on a two fight win streak since losing to the number one contender Demian Maia while Ponzinibbio is on a four fight win streak and has only lost to ranked opponents in his UFC tenure. In the co-main event, Muay Thai and Kickboxing specialist Joanne Calderwood will receive a hero’s welcome as she takes on the strawweight division’s rising star Cynthia Calvillo. Calderwood will fight for the first time since a losing effort at UFC 203 while Calvillo has carved her way through two opponents in her brief UFC stint with a pair of rear-naked chokes. Elsewhere, Scotsmen Stevie Ray and Paul Craig will battle Paul Felder and Khalil Rountree respectively on the main card while Neil Seery will bow out of the sport as he takes on Alexandre Pantoja on the preliminary card. Gunnar Nelson (16-2-1) vs Santiago Ponzinibbio (24-3) Nelson and Ponzinibbio are polar opposites when it comes to fighting styles.

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