UFC 227 Preview -Two Title Fights on the line in sunny LA


Staples Center plays host to pivotal battles in the lighter weight classes on Saturday when Both the Bantamweight and Flyweight champions of the world make the walk. The Co-Main event is a Flyweight Title Rematch between Eleven Time Defending Champion Demetrious Johnson and Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo. The Main Event is a Bantamweight Title clash between challenger Cody Garbrandt and Champion TJ Dillashaw. Even though there are two great headliners, this card isn’t the greatest PPV the UFC has put on this year. It was a pity when the Alexander Gustafsson Vs. Volkan Oezdemir fight fell through.

Featherweight: Renato Moicano (-375) Vs. Cub Swanson (+285)

Are you kidding me with these odds? Sure Cub Swanson has lost his last two, But they were losses to killers in Brian Ortega and Frankie Edgar, Both of whom are in the top three of the Featherweight division. Moicano’s best win is over Jeremy Stephens, where he proceeded to win two rounds by being incredibly careful and boring while Stephens was moving forward. Other than that, he also lost to Brian Ortega before picking up a win over Calvin Kattar. I think Killer Cub by Decision is an easier call than the odds say. Cub Swanson Def. Renato Moicano

Flyweight: Demetrious Johnson (-500) Vs. Henry Cejudo (+350)

Demetrious Johnson is possibly the Greatest fighter of all time. It’s between Georges St. Pierre, Daniel Cormier, and Demetrious. I tend to believe that DJ is the Second best of all time to GSP but to be fair, that makes Demetrious Johnson the best fighter currently active. DJ is undefeated at Flyweight in the UFC and has defeated big names during his streak, such as Joseph Benavidez, Kyoji Horiguchi, John Moraga and John Dodson just to name a few. He has also been victorious against his opponent on Saturday in Henry Cejudo. Johnson caught Cejudo with some vicious knees at UFC 197 and wound up finishing him by TKO in the first round. To be fair to Cejudo, he has looked much better since his lost to DJ with impressive victories over Wilson Reis and Sergio Pettis. I believe that Demetrious Johnson will win, but I expect Cejudo to fare much better than he did previously. Demetrious Johnson Def. Henry Cejudo

Bantamweight: TJ Dillashaw (-120) Vs. Cody Garbrandt (-110)

To be honest, I would love to see these two fighters draw so I could see them fight again one more time in an epic trilogy. TJ Vs. Cody is a rivalry that dates back many years before they ever met inside the octagon. TJ left Team Alpha Male in 2015 and Cody resents him for that. Like the Flyweight title, this is also a rematch, TJ defeated Cody by Second Round TKO back in November. That fight was very competitive for as long as it went, Cody even got a knockdown late in the first round but wasn’t able to capitalize on it. I feel like this fight will end up going all five rounds and be very close in the end. But I feel like TJ, being able to mix it up on the feet with kicks and knees will be more successful in the big trades and come out with the win. TJ Dillashaw Def. Cody Garbrandt

Other Selections:

Women’s Strawweight: Polyana Viana (-260) Def. JJ Aldrich (+200)

Middleweight: Thiago Santos (-375) Def. Kevin Holland (+285)

Bantamweight: Pedro Munhoz (-265) Def. Brett Johns (+205)

Bantamweight: Ricky Simon (-120) Def. Montel Jackson (-110)

Featherweight: Matt Sayles (-110) Def. Sheymon Moraes (-120)

Flyweight: Jose Torres (+115) Def. Alex Perez (-145)

Bantamweight: Ricardo Ramos (-225) Def. Kyung Ho Kang (+175)

Women’s Strawweight: Weili Zhang (-270) Def. Danielle Taylor (+210)

Bantamweight: Marlon Vera (-500) Def. Wuliji Buren (+350)

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