UFC on ESPN +1 – Brooklyn: Punch Drunk on Superfights

As the title says, the UFC is incredibly punch drunk on Super fights. Since UFC 205 on November 12, 2016, where Conor McGregor bested Eddie Alvarez to become the first ever simultaneous Two Weight Champion, the UFC has wanted to put on more and more. As a Result of this “super fight” Thirst, Daniel Cormier won Stipe Miocic’s Heavyweight belt and Amanda Nunes Defeated Cris Cyborg for the Women’s Featherweight belt. Before UFC 205, there was only one true champion vs. champion super fight, a battle between BJ Penn and Georges St. Pierre in which GSP retained his belt, just one fight. In the next two and a half years we’re gonna have four super fights, and this one has massive stakes to it, and it applies to much more than just the two combatants.

Light Heavyweight: Karl Roberson (-110) Vs. Glover Teixeira (-120)

Karl Roberson once again graces a New York City octagon as he takes on the well-traveled Glover Teixeira. Roberson, a natural Middleweight is taking this fight on short notice as Ion Cutelaba had to pull out of the fight due to injury. Roberson is 2-1 in the UFC with his only loss coming via submission against Black Belt, Cezar Ferreira. In his battle vs Jack Marshman, Roberson dominated and pushed the Welshman to the limit. Glover had a rough 2018 as he lost a decision to Corey Anderson and had two fights fall through due to various circumstances. If Corey Anderson lost to Ilir Latifi, I would’ve picked Roberson to win against Teixeira, but since the underrated Anderson won I’m picking Teixeira to take the victory. Glover Teixeira Def. Karl Roberson

Women’s Flyweight: Paige VanZant (-160) Vs. Rachael Ostovich (+130)

This fight means so much to so many people. For those of you who are not aware, Rachael Ostovich became a victim of domestic violence in Late November as her MMA Fighter Husband leaving her with a Broken Orbital Bone and countless bruises and cuts. Now, this clown who beat Rachael is a Douche, but Ostovich is so goddam incredible that she demanded Dana White keep her fight with VanZant intact so she could be an inspiration to those who are victims of Domestic Violence. While I am very much in Ostovich’s corner on this one, VanZant is poised to take the victory here. She is finally back after a few botched Broken Arm surgeries and has been training nonstop, while Ostovich might not be in the best mental state. I think both of these fighters are great but, I want Ostovich to win for obvious reasons. Paige VanZant Def. Rachael Ostovich

Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez (-270) Vs. Dustin Ortiz (+210) 2

Dustin Ortiz has become a new man since he started working with Kirian Fitzgibbons at CSAGYM, as shown in his most recent performances. He Starched Hector Sandoval within a minute, upset favorite Alexandre Pantoja and also upset favorite Matheus Nicolau by a Head Kick. He’s got a massive test ahead of him in Joseph Benavidez. Benavidez is a legend of the Flyweight Division has fought pretty much everyone in the upper echelon of 125 and he draws Dustin Ortiz, a man who he has already beaten. Benavidez has also shown no signs of slowing down as shown in his most recent bout where he starched Flyweight Prospect, Alex Perez. I believe that Benavidez will rely on his experience and take the victory, but I’m also a Betting man and this fight screams over 2.5 rounds to me. This fight goes to decision. Joseph Benavidez Def. Dustin Ortiz

Lightweight: Gregor Gillespie (-550) Vs. Yancy Medeiros (+375)

Yancy Medeiros makes his move back to Lightweight after a successful run at Welterweight where he went 3-1 and defeated some tough customers in Alex Oliveira, Erick Silva, and Sean Spencer. He draws Lightweight Prospect and native New Yorker, Gregor “The Gift” Gillespie. Gillespie is 12-0 as a professional with five of those fights happening under the UFC banner. Gillespie also finished his last four fights over the likes of Andrew Holbrook, Jason Gonzalez, Jordan Rinaldi, and Vinc Pichel. What worries me about this fight for Medeiros is the weight cut. When he was a Lightweight he missed weight one occasion while also looking like a shell of himself in those fights where he made the Lightweight limit. As a Welterweight he is just so much better and the weight cut for Yancy is why I’m choosing Gillespie to take the victory. Gregor Gillespie Def. Yancy Medeiros

Heavyweight: Greg Hardy (-600) Vs. Allen Crowder (+400)

Now I’m going to preface this paragraph by saying Greg Hardy doesn’t deserve to be in the UFC let alone in a Co-Main Event. While he is 3-0 as a professional he’s been fed a bunch of tomato cans in an effort for Dana White to be justified in signing him. Here, he faces another Tomato Can in Allen Crowder, who is really being placed in this matchup to be a sacrificial lamb so Hardy’s star can rise and football fans will begin to tune in once they see he is a winner. I sincerely hope that Hardy gets Derrick Lewis in his next fight so Lewis can beat up another domestic violence abuser. Greg Hardy Def. Allen Crowder

Also, Why the Fuck is Rachael Ostovich and Greg Hardy fighting on the same card. It’s just poor form.

UFC Flyweight Championship: TJ Dillashaw (-200) Vs. Henry Cejudo (+170)

This fight means so much to so many people. If TJ Dillashaw wins this fight and becomes a two-weight champion the Flyweight Division is likely going to fold and an entire division UFC fighters will lose their jobs. Sorry, not “Jobs”, “Independent Contractors”. Henry Cejudo comes into this fight by scoring possibly the greatest upset in UFC History as he defeated the 11-time defending champion Demetrious Johnson and won the Flyweight Belt. He also recently scored victories over Sergio Pettis and Wilson Reis. TJ Dillashaw should be the 8 or 9 time UFC Bantamweight Champion by now, but due to a Split Decision Loss to Dominick Cruz in early 2016, he had to wait until the end of 2017 to win his belt back as Cruz wouldn’t rematch Dillashaw. Dillashaw is considered the favorite here but I believe the weight cut will severely hinder him even though he is asserting that it will be an easy weight-make. I’m picking Henry Cejudo to defeat Dillashaw in the same kinda way that he defeated Johnson, by pushing the takedown and smothering Dillashaw from Top Position. Henry Cejudo wins and the Flyweight’s of the world thank him publically. Henry Cejudo Def. TJ Dillashaw

Other Selections

Lightweight: Alexander Hernandez (-200) Def. Donald Cerrone (+170)

This one will be very closely contested and I believe Hernandez will win, but this is what he’s gonna have to deal with in the cage.

Women’s Flyweight: Ariane Lipski (-200) Def. Joanne Calderwood (+170)

Light Heavyweight: Alonso Menifield (-260) Def. Vinicius Alves (+220)

Bantamweight: Cory Sandhagen (-485) Def. Mario Bautista (+385)

Lightweight: Dennis Bermudez (+100) Def. Te Edwards (-130)

Welterweight: Geoff Neal (-175) Def. Belal Muhammad (+145)

Welterweight: Kyle Stewart (-160) Def. Chance Rencountre (+130)

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