Today’s Monday, and the fact that there was very little (virtually none) MMA action the past weekend, combined with the fact that I’m away from Wednesday (1st March) until Sunday, I thought now would be the time to get my predictions for UFC 209 out.
UFC 209 is the UFC’s first big pay-per-view event of the year after a very successful 2016. You can always credit Dana White to provide a stacked card, and he hasn’t disappointed. The event will take place this Saturday (March 4th) at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas. Here are my predictions for UFC 209.
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WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – TYRON WOODLEY (C) VS STEPHEN THOMPSON (#1)
This was a cracker of a fight first-time round, and I think both fighters were disappointed with the majority draw. For me, I can see the fight going like last time, with Thompson dominating the stand-up game but just being slightly hesitant due to the power behind Woodley’s right hand. If Thompson is willing to take a few more risks I believe he can do to Tyron what he has done to many of the top contenders in this division. However, the more risks he takes, the higher Woodley’s chance of landing a takedown and getting his own way as we saw at the end of the first round last time. Another 5-round war for me, this time Woodley by decision.
Prediction – Woodley via decision.
INTERIM LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV (#1) VS TONY FERGUSON (#2)
Ferguson is on a good run of form going into this fight, but I just can’t see anyone getting past Khabib. He might not be the prettiest fighter, but is certainly sending out a message to all fighters in this division about the new breed of Russian fighters.
Prediction – Nurmagomedov, 3rd round via ground and pound.
MIDDLEWEIGHT – RASHAD EVANS VS LUKE KELLY
This is an interesting one – Rashad Evans has only had 2 fights in the past 3 years, and has lost both, but he always poses a threat. For me though, the Australian southpaw looks too strong.
Prediction – Kelly, 2nd round KO.
HEAVYWEIGHT – ALISTAIR OVEREEM (#3) VS MARK HUNT (#8)
I’m not too sure why this fight is so far down on the card. As a Brit, I’d love to see Overeem get the win, and I think he will do just that provided he gets Hunt to the ground. Hunt is a one-trick pony, and should Overeem get past that, he should get the win on the ground. Not a pretty one, but hopefully a win for Overeem.
Prediction – Overeem, 2nd round submission.