After the event’s that took place this evening, I should wait until tomorrow to write about it. However, Fuck it. UFC 223 looks to right the wrong that took place in Brooklyn when UFC 208 fell flat on its face.
In the Main Event, Max Holloway steps up to fight possibly the most terrifying lighter-weight fighter since Primetime BJ Penn, In Khabib Nurmagomedov. Once again the El-Cucuy Vs. The Eagle fight falls through and I’m convinced that it will never happen. For that fight to occur, One will need to step up on short notice. they both cannot go through training camp and make it out of it and make it into the octagon.
Al Iaquinta (-130) Vs. Paul Felder (+110)
Paul Felder isn’t considered to be a top 15 Lightweight but I genuinely believe he should. He is 7-3 in the UFC, and in his last fight, he really impressed me against Charles Oliveira, where he managed to win Via KO. I also believe that Iaquinta isn’t as focused on fighting as Felder is, Iaquinta has been outspoken about how much the UFC disrespects him and other fighters that don’t bring in tons of money, he also is the head of a growing real estate business. Felder also has other business ventures, but at least he has been active, Iaquinta has fought once in pretty much 3 years. I have Paul Felder with the Slight Upset. Paul Felder Def. Al Iaquinta
Michael Chiesa (-135) Vs. Anthony Pettis (+115)
My Pick for this fight was going to be Michael Chiesa via Submission, However, since McGregorGarbageCanBrokenBusWindowGate TM, I am now split. It seems as if Chiesa is going to be OK and will fight. But will this mess with him mentally. He hasn’t fought since May of last year when Referee Mario Yamasaki stole his Lunch Money in his fight with Kevin Lee. Anthony Pettis is a Former Champion who has been in a tailspin since he lost his belt to Rafael Dos Anjos. I believe that this is a good opportunity for Anthony Pettis to get back on track with a win against a ranked opponent. Anthony Pettis Def. Michael Chiesa
Renato Moicano (+105) Vs. Calvin Kattar (-125)
I’m going to pick the Massachusetts native Kattar until he finally loses in the UFC. His wins over Andre Fili and Shane Burgos were impressive. I also believe that Renato Moicano is incredibly overrated. His fight against Jeremy Stephens was terrible and he only won because he slept on top of him for 10 minutes. Calvin Kattar Def. Renato Moicano
Rose Namajunas (+100) Vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (-120)
This Rematch is going to be very fun. When I watched the first fight I didn’t believe what I was viewing. Rose, winning by Knockout over someone who could be considered the best female striker in the world. Joanna has been gracious in defeat, and it seemed to humble her enough so that she could step back, take a breath, and refocus on the objective. Rose Namajunas hasn’t let the belt get to her since she won it back in November. She has one of the greatest teams around her and has all the confidence in the world on her side. A Fighter has not won in an immediate rematch of a title-fight defeat since GSP defeated Matt Serra about 10 years ago. Rose Namajunas will keep that streak going on Saturday. Rose Namajunas Def. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Max Holloway (+375) Vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (-475)
Those odds are incredible. Max Holloway is a current UFC title holder and is a +375 underdog. That just further shows how much of a freak of nature Khabib Nurmagomedov is. Khabib is 25-0 and in his last fight, he destroyed Edson Barboza in a Unanimous decision that garnered multiple 30-24 scorecards. Khabib just took down Barboza at every corner and continuously grounded and pounded his face into oblivion. Barboza’s teammates have repeatedly said that Barboza is incredibly hard to take down during training and Khabib took his will away. Max Holloway deserves a ton of Props for taking this fight on 6 days notice and as he stated, this is how legends are made. Will a legend be made on Saturday? No. I feel like it will happen for Holloway, but not now. Khabib will win the title. Khabib Nurmagomedov Def. Max Holloway
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (-190) Def. Felice Herrig (+165)
Brandon Moreno (+225) Def. Ray Borg (-265)
Joe Lauzon (-158) Def. Chris Gruetzemacher (+138)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (+125) Def. Evan Dunham (-145)
Ashlee Evans-Smith (-190) Der. Bec Rawlings (+165)
Mike Rodriguez (UNL) Def. Devin Clark (-110)
Zabit Magomedsharipov (-800) Def. Kyle Bochniak (+575) – I want Bochniak to win but look at those odds.