UFC 200 is right around the corner, and we here at The Palace Of Wisdom are very excited about the event, even after Jon Jones decided to make some (more) questionable life decisions. The addition of Anderson Silva to the bout makes for a very intriguing fight, but we will get into that later.
For now here are my predictions for the main card bouts.
Cain Velasquez (13-2) versus Travis Browne (18-3)
Cain was on course to become arguably the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time before injuries and a poor training regime knocked him off track a little, and with only one fight in the past 3 years Velasquez should have learned a few lessons from the beating he took at the hands of Fabricio Werdum back in Mexico City. Browne comes in to this – and possibly most fights – knowing he possesses more striking power than most, as we saw when he took on Alistair Overeem. He is also incredibly difficult to put away.
On his day Cain is the best heavyweight fighter in the world, so I’m looking for him to put on a performance here and take the victory in this one via TKO, thanks to some vicious ground and pound,
Jose Aldo (25-2) versus Frankie Edgar (20-4-1) for the Interim Featherweight title
Speed vs power is the name of this game here. Aldo holds a huge power advantage over Edgar, but Frankie’s speed may be the deciding factor here. After coming off of a 13-second loss to Conor McGregor in his last fight, Aldo will be looking to put on a much better performance here. Edgar is currently in the form of his life though, with a KO victory in his last fight against Chad Mendes, and I’m going to go with Edgar taking the victory in this one. However, I only see this coming by Decision and hopefully that’ll lead us down the Edgar v McGregor road in the future.
Daniel Cormier (17-1 ) versus Anderson Silva (33-7)
Things don’t get much easier for Cormier, following the withdrawal of Jon Jones, as he now faces legendary fighter Anderson Silva, It’s been a tough few years for Silva following a drugs ban of his own and some mixed fights, and he will be looking to put his name back in the reckoning with this bout. Sadly for him, Cormier is much too powerful a fighter for anything other than a comprehensive victory here, with Silva fighting above his natural weight class on incredibly short notice. I’m calling this one to be over early with a Cormier victory via Submission.
Mark Hunt (12-10) versus Brock Lesnar (5-3)
Brock Lesnar is back, and without question he is the biggest draw in UFC history – regardless of what Mr McGregor may claim. His return shocked the world when it was announced at UFC 199, though the problem I have with Brock returning for this fight is that I can see it blowing up in his face. No-one in UFC hits harder than Mark Hunt and as we know Brock does not like being hit, it’s one of the biggest marks against him as a MMA fighter. On the other hand, a big weakness in Hunt’s game is his submission skills, mainly submission defence. There are two scenarios to this fight; if Lesnar takes Hunt down, Brock wins the fight. If Hunt keeps it standing, he knocks Lesnar out. Unfortunately for Brock, I think his UFC return is going to be a short-lived one, Hunt to win via KO.
Miesha Tate (18-5) versus Amanda Nunes (12-4) for the Womens Bantamweight title
Its hard to crown Miesha the greatest womens fighter in the world whilst a certain Miss Rousey is still on the scene, but as a Seattle native and this writer’s favourite female fighter, I’m going to go ahead and crown her as such. It was an impressive come-from-behind victory over Holly Holm to capture the Bantamweight Title in her last fight, and now in this, her first defence of said title, Tate takes on Amanda Nunes. The challenger has the power to put the defending champion away, and let’s be honest, that’s the only way you’re going to pick up the win against a fighter like Tate who doesn’t know when she’s beaten. I have my reservations about Tate retaining here, but her relentlessness and sheer will to win should be enough to carry her through. I’m plumping for a Tate via TKO victory in the final round.