UFC Atlantic City looks to be a very solid FS1 card that, upon further investigation, has massive title implications for 4 fighters who are taking part in the Main Event and Co-Main Event.
Note: I’m gonna start adding some commentary to some of the preliminary fights, not in depth like the main card fights, but around 1 or 2 sentences.
Lightweight: Jim Miller (+290) Vs. Dan Hooker (-355)
Jim Miller is a pioneer for the lighter weight classes in the UFC, he has had 28 fights in the UFC and throughout the early days of the Lightweight division, he competed with the best of them. Dan Hooker is an exciting prospect out of the ANZ Region of the world and looks to play home-game spoiler to the Jersey Boy Miller. Dan Hooker recently faced Marc Diakiese and was able to submit him via guillotine in the third. Hooker also faced Ross Pearson, another well-traveled veteran, and was able to knock him out with an incredible knee. Jim Miller has lost his last three fights, which were against Dustin Poirier, Anthony Pettis, and Francisco Trinaldo. The major question about Dan Hooker is, Is his move to Lightweight why he has been able to perform? I believe it is and as a result, I have Dan Hooker. Dan Hooker Def. Jim Miller
Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling (-110) Vs. Brett Johns (-110)
Aljo just came off of the toughest loss in his career to Marlon Moraes, (My pick for KO of 2017, Suck it Ngannou). Before that loss, he defeated former Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao as well as Augusto Mendes and really looked like he made a bounce-back from his two split decision losses to Assuncao and Caraway. Brett Johns is 3-0 in the UFC and won his last fight via a Calf Slicer. A FUCKING CALF SLICER. I can guarantee that Aljo won’t get into a Calf Slicer, Matt Serra would get night terrors if that happened, in fact, I believe Aljo will bounce back from his Moraes loss and win. Aljamain Sterling Def. Brett Johns
Middleweight: David Branch (+175) Vs. Thiago Santos (-205)
Thiago Santos won his last 4 fights in a row over the likes of Anthony Smith, Jack Hermansson, Gerald Meerschaert and Jack Marshman all via Brutal TKO. David Branch just tapped out to punches from Luke Rockhold. While I do not believe that Tapping due to Strikes is bad for fighting, I do believe that means that he is more susceptible to striking than grappling and I believe that Thiago Santos’ pressure will get to Branch. Thiago Santos Def. David Branch
Heavyweight: Chase Sherman (+285) Vs. Justin Willis (-350)
Chase Sherman’s Twitter game is A1 and I want him to win pretty badly here so I can hear him spit a fire victory speech. Will it happen? Probably not. Sherman has only beaten Damian Grabowski and Rashad Coulter in the UFC, and neither of those two has a win in the Octagon. Justin Willis is 2-0 in the UFC and won his last fight via KO. I have Justin Willis Winning, But if it goes past the first round I can see Sherman Getting the Nod. Justin Willis Def. Chase Sherman
Featherweight: Frankie Edgar (-220) Vs. Cub Swanson (+185)
Now, this is the fight we all want to see. Jersey’s favorite son Frankie Edgar looking to rebound after the first finish loss of his career, and Cub Swanson looking to get a piece of redemption from a past defeat. Both Frankie and Cub lost to Brian Ortega in their last fights and Ortega has just been granted a title shot against Max Holloway. The winner of this fight may end up taking on the Holloway/Ortega winner after their fight. Look, I believe that Frankie Edgar will win. It will be interesting to see how Edgar feels in the cage after getting KO’ed for the first time, however, he is a true example of what an MMA Fighter should be and I expect him to rebound with grace. Frankie Edgar Def. Cub Swanson
Lightweight: Kevin Lee (-141) Vs. Edson Barboza (+121)
Kevin Lee is one hell of an entertainer, his antics at Press Conferences and on the mic are second to only Conor McGregor, and Kevin Lee has been able to back up his takes just like Conor had. While he is notably quiet ahead of his fight with Edson, he is still a very dangerous fight for Barboza. The bad news is, this fight is much more dangerous for Kevin Lee. Edson Barboza has the best KO in UFC history and is possibly the most experienced striker in the Lightweight Division. Even though Barboza was just demolished by Khabib, it shouldn’t hold him back from putting on a great performance. Kevin Lee is a slight favorite in this fight, but in reality, his best win is over Michael Chiesa, which wasn’t even a bonafide win (Thanks Yamasaki). I have Barboza. Edson Barboza Def. Kevin Lee
Welterweight: Ryan LaFlare (-152) Def. Alex Garcia (+132)
LaFlare bounces back from his Loss to Alex Oliveira against a game but outmatched opponent.
Flyweight: Magomed Bibulatov (-350) Def. Ulka Sasaki (+285)
The Favorite Takes it and bounces back from his KO loss to John Moraga.
Welterweight: Siyar Bahadurzada (-110) Def. Luan Chagas (-110)
The Afghani takes the victory and the fight will be close like the odds state.
Light Heavyweight: Corey Anderson (-121) Def. Pat Cummins (+101)
Corey Anderson got Murked twice in a row, Pat Cummins won’t do that.
Women’s Bantamweight: Leslie Smith (+125) Def. Aspen Ladd (-145)
I believe that the veteran takes over the ground battle and wears out the undefeated Ladd.
Bantamweight: Ricky Simon (-170) Def. Merab Dvalishvili (+145)
The exciting Ricky Simon enters the UFC with a bang.
Lightweight: Tony Martin (-260) Def. Keita Nakamura (+220)
I do not care about this fight in any way. I’ll pick the favorite.