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UFC Minneapolis Preview – The Predator Vs JDS


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Minneapolis, Minnesota hosts UFC on ESPN 2 and once again Francis Ngannou headlines the ESPN Card. In his last fight, he defeated former Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez and it looks like he is getting another big UFC Marketing Push by being put in these slots. Ngannou has his work cut out for him however, as Junior Dos Santos is arguably a tougher matchup than Velasquez, especially in this juncture in their careers.

Welterweight: Demian Maia (-190) Vs. Anthony Rocco Martin (+155)

Demian Maia has stated that he intends to fight out the rest of his contract and then potentially retire from MMA Competition. Typically when a person makes this kind of statement, they have lost their competitive drive. This is not the case with the Mild-Mannered Maia. Demian Maia last fought in February where he defeated Prospect Lyman Good. This juncture is similar as he takes on another Prospect, this time coming in the form of Anthony Rocco Martin. Rocco Martin has faced arguably better competition than Lyman Good had, however, Martin hasn’t faced an opponent up to Maia’s Caliber and I can see him fumbling under the pressure. I’ll take Maia by Submission. Demian Maia Def. Anthony Rocco Martin

Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez (-160) Vs. Jussier Formiga (+130)

I LOVE that a Flyweight Bout is the Co-Main Event here. Dana White Recently stated that the Flyweight division is going nowhere and Henry Cejudo’s win over Marlon Moraes is the main reason as to why. Anyways, Jussier Formiga is on a four fight winning streak with victories over Ulka Sasaki, Ben Nguyen, Sergio Pettis and highly touted prospect Deiveson Figueiredo. Joseph Benavidez has also been consistently winning, with only one loss in the last five years. I’ll take Joseph Benavidez to get the Win here. Formiga continues to lose on the cusp of title contention and Benavidez would immediately get the shot at the title as he defeated Cejudo in the past. Joseph Benavidez Def. Jussier Formiga

Heavyweight: Junior Dos Santos (+185) Vs. Francis Ngannou (-235)

The winner of this fight needs to get the next shot at the title regardless of who wins between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic. Francis Ngannou is a Scary Individual, He managed to repair his declining image, when he defeated both Curtis Blaydes and Cain Velasquez in a combined time of 1 minute and 16 seconds, taking all the attention away from his god awful fight with Derrick Lewis. Junior Dos Santos has just slowly been moving back up the ladder towards a title shot by defeating Blagoy Ivanov, Tai Tuivasa and Derrick Lewis. He looked incredible in all of those bouts and the 35 Year old can still certainly crack with the best of them. The problem for JDS is that he hasn’t faced anyone who could knock out any opponent by even partially connecting, and that’s the kind of power that Francis has. I’m picking Ngannou to win the fight, but I would bet on the Under in rounds. Francis Ngannou Def. Junior Dos Santos

Other Selections:

Lightweight: Vinc Pichel (+220) Def. Roosevelt Roberts (-280)

Lightweight: Drew Dober (-350) Def. Polo Reyes (+265)

Light Heavyweight: Alonzo Menifield (-300) Def. Paul Craig (+230)

Bantamweight: Ricardo Ramos (-350) Def. Journey Newson (+265)

Light Heavyweight: Eryk Anders (-325) Def. Vinicius Moreira (+250)

Lightweight: Jared Gordon (-350) Def. Dan Moret (+265)

Light Heavyweight: Dequan Townsend (+250) Def. Dalcha Lungiambula (-325)

Women’s Strawweight: Emily Whitmire (-185) Def. Amanda Ribas (+150)

Heavyweight: Maurice Greene (-115) Def. Junior Albini (-115)

All betting information comes from Bovada in Las Vegas

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