UFC 218 Predictions

The stage is set for UFC 218 in the Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit Michigan. The main card will be an exciting one to say the least. The first fight of the main card is a women’s strawweight bout between Tecia Torres and Michelle Waterson. The second fight of the night is a lightweight fight between the Ultimate fighter coaches Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje. The next fight is a flyweight bout between Henry Cejudo and Sergio Pettis. The fourth fight is a heavyweight fight between Francis Ngannou and Alistair Overeem. The main event of the evening is a featherweight title fight between Max Holloway (c) and Jose Aldo.

The first fight of the main card between Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres and Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson should be a good one. Torres is ranked number five and Waterson is ranked number six in the women’s strawweight division. Torres has a height of 61 inches and a reach of 60 inches with a 9-1-0 professional record. In her last five fights she has three wins by unanimous decision one win by submission and one loss by unanimous decision. Waterson has a height of 63 inches and a reach of 62 inches with a professional record of 14-5-0. In her last five fights she has four wins by submission and one loss by submission. This will be a very technical fight between the two. Torres is the favorite by I think Waterson will pull out the victory by submission.

The second fight of the night is between Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez and Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje. Alvarez is the number four ranked fighter and Gaethje is the number five ranked fighter in the lightweight division. Alvarez has a height of 69 inches and a reach of 69 inches with a professional record of 28-5-0, 1 NC. Gaethje has a height of 71 inches and a reach of 71 inches with a professional record of 18-0-0. In Alvarez’ last five fights he has two wins by split decsison, one win by KO/TKO, one loss by KO/TKO and one NC. In Gaethje’s last five fights he is undefeated, with all five wins coming by TKO. This is Gaethje’s second fight in the UFC and he is going up against a veteran fighter in Eddie Alvarez. Gaethje is younger and a strong stand up fighter and Alvarez is a good boxer and an even better wrestler. I believe Alvarez will win by unanimous decision because he is slightly better all around then Gaethje.

For the third fight of the night, Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo will face off against a tough competitor in Sergio Pettis in a flyweight bout. Cejudo is the number two ranked fighter and Pettis is the number four ranked fighter in the flyweight division. Cejudo has a height of 64 inches and a 64-inch reach with a 11-2-0 record. Pettis has a height of 66 inches and a 69-inch reach with a record of 16-2-0. In Cejudo’s last five fights, he has one win by unanimous decision, one win by split decision, one win by KO/TKO, one loss by KO/TKO and one loss by split decision. In Pettis’ last five fights he has only one loss. He has won four straight fights all by unanimous decision. Cejudo is the favorite and I would have to agree because he lands more strikes and has a better striking defense. Cejudo will win by split decision.

In the final fight before the main event, number one ranked Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem will take on number four ranked Francis “The Predator” Ngannou in a heavyweight bout. Overeem has a height of 76 inches and an 80-inch reach with a professional record of 43-15-0, 1 NC. Ngannou has a height of 76 inches with an 83-inch reach with a record of 10-1-0. In Overeem’s last five fights, he has three wins by KO/TKO, one win by majority decision, and one loss by KO/TKO. In Ngannou’s last five fights, he is undefeated, with three wins by KO/TKO, one win by submission, and one win by TKO. Ngannou is the favorite in this fight and I agree because of his striking ability as well as his submission ability for such a big guy. I have Ngannou winning by KO/TKO.

For the main event of the night the featherweight title will be on the line when the Champion Max “Blessed” Holloway squares up against the number one ranked Jose Aldo. Holloway has a height of 71 inches and a 69-inch reach with a 18-3-0 record. Aldo has a height of 67 inches and a 70-inch reach with a 26-3-0 record. In Holloway’s last five fights, he is undefeated with three wins coming by KO/TKO and two wins by Unanimous decision. In Aldo’s last five fights, he has three wins by unanimous decision and two losses by KO/TKO in which the most recent was against Holloway when he lost the belt. This is an intriguing fight and will be a good stand up striking match. Holloway is the favorite and I believe he will defeat Aldo by KO/TKO.

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