I’m a little skeptical of a flyweight title fight being in the main event of a pay-per-view regardless of how dominate Demetrious Johnson has been as the champion. Hardly any casual fans know who he is. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to it. It should be a good weekend with UFC 174 tonight and the San Antonio Spurs winning their fifth NBA title tomorrow night.
Ryan Jimmo vs. Ovince St. Preux
I don’t want to go too far overboard, but I think Saint Preux is finally becoming the fighter a lot of us thought he’d be back in Strikeforce. He’s unquestionably the better athlete – how many guys can hit a high kick to double-leg combo? However, Jimmo’s ability to slow the fight down and make it ugly could take over. I doubt it, though. OSP, unanimous decision.
Andrei Arlovski vs. Brendan Schaub
Brendan Schaub is a molecular structured bitchboy for calling out Americana MMA the way he did. My bias is shining through. Arlovski is likely not going to be taken down and held at will so this becomes a striking battle. Both men have huge problems defensively and Schaub has the worse chin. It’s ending in a KO either way and I’ll favor Arlovski in this one just on his historical prowess as a striker. Andrei Arlovski, KO, round 1.
Ryan Bader vs. Rafael Cavalcante
It’s clear that Feijao’s window is in the first round. He’s the much more diverse and technical striker and Bader’s defence has more holes than a chunk of Swiss cheese. Still, if Bader goes in with a smart gameplan as he did against Hippo, he will likely tire Feijao out. Feijao KO Round 1.
Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley
I think Woodley’s constant threat of a takedown coupled with his power will make this a real stiff test for Rory. MacDonald has all the tools to win, though, as I think he is the more complete fighter, but if he stays tentative once again, he will lose this one. Tough… tough pick, but I’m going for the (slight) upset, Tyron Woodley by decision.
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ali Bagautinov
Speed kills and Johnson has loads of it in addition to his development as a great fighter anywhere the fight takes place. His striking has improved (as evidenced by the shock Benavidez KO), his transitions on the ground are so fluid that opponents don’t even have time to counter, and his wrestling is the best in the division. Bagautinov is a really good fighter and has power in his strikes, but Mighty Mouse is just so much better than most of the division. And selfishly, I really want to see Mighty Mouse vs. Dodson 2, so this result accomplishes it. Demetrious Johnson by unanimous decision.