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UFC 214: The Rivalry

UFC 214

Last Event Record 3-3 Overall Record 29-28-1 

Welcome to the biggest card of the year. Forget Mayweather- McGregor, GGG vs Canelo, and UFC 211. UFC 214 on Saturday July 29th, at 10:00 pm is the biggest and baddest card of the year, and will likely stay that way. In addition to two important bouts in the welterweight and light heavyweight division, three different titles will be awarded. The Honda Center in Anaheim, California is going to be rocking, as long as everyone makes it through the drug tests and weigh ins. Barring that, this promises to be one of the best cards of the year.

Let’s not wait to get into this. This is the UFC 214 breakdown

#3 Jimi Manuwa (-175 favorite) vs #5 Volkan Oezdemir (+150 underdog) 

Volkan Oezdemir has only had two UFC fights, but he is just outside the UFC light heavyweight title picture. Standing in his way is one of the most heavy handed strikers in the world in Jimi Manuwa. Manuwa got himself to this ranking as a part time fighter, but now has become a full time fighter, training with fellow light heavy Alexander Gustafsson. Oezdemir is also a striker, and has never attempted a takedown in the UFC. Both guys are looking to bang, but we’ve seen the power come far more often from the Manuwa than Oezdemir. This is billed to be an exciting fight, but also one that could end at any moment.

(Manuwa by TKO, Round 2)

#3 Robbie Lawler (-153 favorite) vs #7 Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (+133 underdog) 

If I was picking a fight of the night, I’d pick this one. It’s been almost a year (364 days) since Robbie Lawler stepped into the cage. He’s got new coaches and a new lease on fighting and is eager to get his belt back. He’ll be facing “Cowboy” Cerrone, an elite kickboxer with great submission skills. I don’t see either fighter trying to take this fight to the ground, but if i was Cerrone I’d consider it. Lawler has awesome power, and is known as one the UFC’s most ferocious finishers. The fight itself might be toss up, and both guys are coming off of knockout losses, by Cerrone is so much more active. If Lawler has ring rust, Cerrone only needs a round to close out the fight.

(Cerrone by submission, Round 1)

Cris Cyborg (-1100 favorite) vs Tonya Evinger (-775 underdog) 

I don’t like calling locks. I don’t like saying let the numbers speak for themselves. Tonya Evinger is the Invicta Bantamweight champion and deserves all the respect and admiration in the world for taking this fight. In fact her wrestling is very good and she has a chance to take Cyborg down and down some damage. The problem is Cyborg is a freak athlete who hasn’t lost a fight in over a decade. Shes the biggest and strongest woman in the UFC without a doubt. Everyone wilts underneath her pressure and power, and Evinger will likely do the same.

(Cyborg by TKO, Round 1)

C Tyron Woodley (-200 favorite) vs #1 Damien Maia (+170 underdog) 

Woodley is happy to just be fighting someone other than Wonderboy Thompson. Unfortunately for him, he’s fighting someone else with a style that might threaten him. Damien Maia is the best jujitsu practitioner in MMA. He could submit almost anyone in the world from practically any position. This fact is going to force Woodley to use his hands to try and knock Maia out, or if he does wrestle he’ll likely stay in the full guard or half guard and just employ a safe and simple ground and pound. I think Maia has more options, and much less to lose in this fight. That may work to his advantage.

(Maia by Submission, Round 4)

C Daniel Cormier (+210 underdog) vs #1 Jon Jones (-250 favorite) 

Daniel Cormier has lorded over the light heavyweight division since Jon Jones exit from competition due to scandal, suspension, and failed drug tests. Jones used to be champion. Jones beat down Cormier and out wrestled the Olympic wrestler at times. Since then DC went on a tear through the division and looks to be as good as he has ever been. Jones hasn’t fought since his bout against Ovince St. Preux, a one sided but unimpressive win. Nobody knows what is mindset is going into the fight, and nobody knows how Jon is really doing with all of the problems he’s faced over the course of the last two years. Cromier can hang with the best of them, and may steal early rounds as Jones gets back into the cage. The feud between these two is long standing, and if DC doesn’t control his emotion, or if Jones doesn’t we could see a vicious end or a one sided fight. If both men fight their fight it will likely come to a close decision. The redemption story for Jones is too good for me to pass up, and he also happens to be the pound for pound best fighter today, and might be the pound for pound greatest ever.

(Jones by Decision)

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