Stephen Thompson vs. Robert Whittaker
That this is on the main card over multiple top 10 fighters on the prelims is problematic to me, but that doesn’t make this a bad fight. I prefer Thompson’s striking abilities over Whittaker, but I’d give Whittaker the edge in boxing. Going with the move diverse skillset of Thompson, but this is a pretty even fight on paper. Stephen Thompson, unanimous decision.
Mike Pyle vs. T.J. Waldburger
Pyle tends to lose to fighters that have significantly more to offer in their striking accumen. Waldburger isn’t a terrible striker, but he’s not way better than Mike Pyle. At that point, I think Pyle can use his savvy, his surprising power, and his well rounded skills to compete with and edge out Waldburger in all facets of the fight. Mike Pyle by Decision.
Demian Maia vs. Rory MacDonald
Rory’s limitations, namely his good but not outstanding athleticism and lack of top-end power on the feet, should be clear to us at this point. Wrestling and grappling aren’t among his flaws. If he doesn’t want the fight on the ground, it probably won’t go there, and if it does it’ll be with him on top. I’m almost certain that Rory’s insane base, powerful ground striking, and keen submission defense would allow him to win the fight from top position if he decided to go that route. If not, he throws a great deal more volume than Maia on the feet. Either way, the fight favors Rory. MacDonald, unanimous decision.
Patrick Cummins vs. Daniel Cormier
Fuck this fight. That bald fatass Dana White can sign Patrick Cummins, a random bumrat schmuck off the street, to a contract on 10 days notice, yet won’t sign Ben Askren to a contract in the vaunted Welterweight division. Fuck you. My boy DC via manslaughter in one of the rounds.
Sara McMann vs. Ronda Rousey
Ronda has always been a determined person, and along with that determination comes fierce belief in herself. She hates to lose, thus she applies herself more. She’s a bit of a prodigy as far as picking up new skills. Many people like to bag on her striking, but it’s come leaps and bounds in a very short amount of time. Every time she makes the slightest misstep in her game, she’s quick to fix it in her next outing. While Sara may be her biggest challenge yet, it’s a challenge I feel Ronda will overcome. Rousey by armbar, round 2.