I’m getting my day started a little late today, so I’m only going to dish out some brief thoughts on the main and the co-main events. Let’s do this.
Phil Davis vs. Glover Teixeira
We haven’t saw Phil Davis fight since he embarrassed himself against Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson back in April. Glover Teixeira is coming off a loss in a title fight where he was picked apart and decimated for five rounds by the light heavyweight king Jon Jones. Davis can wrestle… and that’s about it. I don’t see any signs that suggests Davis can win this fight. Phil will have to win the standup, and that’s not going to happen. Teixeira by unanimous decision.
Chad Mendes vs. Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight title
I’ve been looking forward to this rematch for a long time. Ever since Aldo knocked Mendes out with one second left in the first round in their first fight back in January 2012, Mendes has gone on a knockout spree. Aldo has since continued his dominance, and here we are in late 2014 watching these two step into the octagon again.
This is a difficult fight for yours truly to pick. I do believe Mendes has improved greatly. There’s no question about that. His footwork and combination striking are both improved. His overall technique has been refined and is more than it’s ever been. However, he was nowhere close to defeating Aldo the first go-round. Aldo has all the ‘boxes’ marked when the technical facet of MMA comes into play and one can’t just freely pick against those facts. I do have a feeling, however, that sooner or later his late fight complacency will ultimately cost him the title. He tries to coast out the last couple rounds of a fight, and that’s a terrible thing, but I’m not sure Mendes is the man to manipulate that. Jose Aldo by unanimous decision.