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UFC 211: Two Titles on the Line

(Last Event Record 4-2, Overall 22-23-1)

The UFC comes to Dallas, and it comes with the intention of putting on two title fights. Before we go to those, lets just run through UFC Fight Night Nashville.

  • Mike Perry knocked the heck out of Jake Ellenberger. Ellenberger wasn’t able to work his wrestling and paid the price for it on his feet in taking the 2nd round KO loss.
  • Joe Lauzon and Stevie Ray had a fight that was tough to call. Lauzon dominated the ground game, but Ray significantly out landed his opponent by far. This lead to Ray getting the edge come decision time.
  • John Dodson ran in, and John Dodson ran out. Eddie Wineland tried to hit him, but more often than not ended up missing his target. Dodson bloodied Wineland, and added another win to his record.
  • Ovince Saint Preux took on Marcos Rogerio De Lima in what De Lima tried to make a slugfest. Saint Preux however was able to get the fight to the ground, and submit the bigger man.
  • Al Iaquinta returned to the octagon with a statement. He knocked out the previously never knocked out Diego Sanchez. Iaquinta has a ton of power and could be a contender at 155, but has a big contract/payment beef with the UFC. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him released.
  • Cub Swanson and Artem Lobov had a nice brawl. Lobov showed some interesting striking, but he is far behind Swanson on skill, and it showed as Swanson won a the decision easily.

Quick note before the breakdown, the Henry Cejudo vs Sergio Pettis fight is off due to an injury to Cejudo. Now lets get to the fights that are happening Saturday May 13th at 10 pm only on pay per view.

#9 Krzystof Jotko (-170 favorite) vs David Branch (+140 underdog) 

David Branch had a short UFC career before leaving for another organization. In that organization he became a two weight world champion (all the rage these days). He prefers middleweight to being a light heavy, and is taking his return fight at 185, and coming in with very much improved striking and great conditioning to go with his world class submission game. He’s facing Jotko though, who is no joke. He’s an accurate striker who throws with volume, and who’s take down defense is at nearly 90%. Right now Branch’s best weapons are still ground based, and if he gets it there he has a real shot to win, but getting Jotko down is going to be an impressive feat.

(Branch by Submission, Round 3) 

#2 Frankie Edgar (-130 favorite) vs #7 Yair Rodriguez (+110 underdog) 

One of these guys is going to get the winner of Holloway vs Aldo at UFC 212. Edgar is a former champion, and a 4 time title challenger. He’s got a wealth of experience against the best fighters in the world, and has a full all around game. He’s a future Hall of Famer and still in his fighting prime. Yair is one of the most exciting and dynamic strikers in the game. His variety of kicks keeps opponents off balance and is going to have a 3 inch reach advantage over Edgar. Edgar will work hard for takedowns and those could be the key to stifling Rodriguez’s offense, or keeping his kicks in check. That being said all he has to do is connect and it’ll change the course of the fight and the featherweight division.

(Edgar by Decision) 

#3 Damien Maia (+105 underdog) vs #5 Jorge Masvidal 

Masvidal is a rising star, and his domination of Cowboy Cerrone put the entire 170 division on notice. He’s a brutal striker with big power, and he’s tough to get to the ground. His plan is to bully Maia. That won’t be easy, because Maia has been in there and beaten some of the best. If the fight goes to the ground, thats its. Maia is the unquestioned submission king of the UFC. If the fight gets to the ground, even Masvidal who hasn’t been submitted in 8 years, is in serious danger. Masvidal has to knock him out, and Maia has to submit him.

(Maia by Submission, Round 2) 

C Joanna Jedrzejczyk (-160 favorite) vs #3 Jessica Andrade (+140 underdog) 

Andrade is a battering ram with fists. She comes in hard, fast and swings. If she wants to go to the ground she’ll grind for a takedown, and has a wicked guillotine choke. She’s the smaller fighter, but stronger. Joanna is however one of the pound for pound best. Possibly the most technical kickboxer in the UFC, and the most fearsome woman we’ve ever seen at 115. If Andrade wants to get a hold of her she’s got to get through 4, 5, and 6 strike combos to get there. We saw Joanna take a hard shot in her last fight and look dazed, and getting caught is likely the only way we’ll see her loss her title.

(Jedrzejczyk by Decision) 

C Stipe Miocic (-125 favorite) vs #4 Junior Dos Santos (+105 underdog) 

This is a throwback fight. If you haven’t seen Dos Santos vs Miocic 1, go watch it. Its an all out slugfest that could’ve gone to either man, but on that night went to Dos Santos. Since then Miocic went on a tear and became champion, and Dos Santos has had some impressive wins too. Dos Santos is one of the best boxers in the heavyweight division, neck and neck with Miocic. Dos Santos is the fastest of the big men, and his speed may be his edge. His chin my be wearing away, and Miocic only seems to improve every fight. Its one of the best matchups to be made in a long time and is still a toss up fight. If Miocic wins and its not decisive it might lead to a three peat. However Stipe is the best in the world right now, and likely will remain.

(Miocic, by Decision) 

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