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After some shuffling, the annual UFC occasion at Madison Sq. Backyard is lastly upon us with a major occasion that finds Daniel Cormier defending his UFC heavyweight title in opposition to Derrick Lewis at UFC 230. Additionally featured on this card is Chris Weidman trying to please his New York following by taking out former Strikeforce champion Jacare Souza, who steps in on brief discover after Luke Rockhold was pulled as a consequence of damage. Israel Adesanya squares off with Derek Brunson as “The Final Stylebender” can push his rising star into the stratosphere with a victory. This and a lot extra at UFC 230 and the Sporting Information employees affords our predictions on the promotions’ fourth entry in NYC.  

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Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Derrick Lewis for the UFC heavyweight title

Andreas Hale

Daniel Cormier def. Derrick Lewis by way of 4th spherical (T)KO

As a lot as I like Derrick Lewis, he lacks approach. He doesn’t do a lot to arrange his massive energy photographs and sometimes catches opponents who determine to mindlessly stand and bang with him. Daniel Cormier is way too cerebral for Lewis and is aware of that using his wrestling and clinch work will finally put on down “The Black Beast.” Cormier gained’t make this thrilling and can do precisely what he has to in an effort to win the struggle. Along with his gasoline tank on empty, DC will retain with a pummeling of Lewis that can be extra as a consequence of an absence of cardio than Cormier’s punching energy.

Mark Lelinwalla

Daniel Cormier def. Derrick Lewis by way of 2nd spherical (T)KO

In some unspecified time in the future on this struggle, Derrick Lewis goes to swing and drop Daniel Cormier together with his dynamic punching energy, touchdown DC in deep trouble. I’m tempted to go along with Lewis knocking out Cormier. However the extra I give it some thought, Cormier’s veteran savvy will enable him to rebound properly and catch Lewis slipping in some unspecified time in the future to pour on his personal punches till the ref steps in. That’s my prediction, though this might simply as simply go the opposite manner and I wouldn’t be shocked.

Steven Muehlhausen

Derrick Lewis def. Daniel Cormier by way of 2nd spherical (T)KO

That is going to be a harder struggle for Cormier than folks assume. Lewis hits arduous and most significantly, he is in combating form after competing 4 weeks in the past at UFC 229. Cormier wasn’t coaching when he acquired the decision as he was coming off a hand damage For Cormier to win, he will have get Lewis to the bottom early and put on him down from there. If the struggle stays standing and goes into the later rounds, Lewis has the benefits. Cormier has grand plans of Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones earlier than he retires in March. Lewis goes to shock the world and derail the celebration prepare.

E. Spencer Kyte

Daniel Cormier def. Derrick Lewis by way of unanimous choice

Everybody thinks that is going to be a cakewalk for Daniel Cormier and it in all probability can be, however the factor to recollect is that Lewis misplaced greater than 14 minutes of his three-round struggle with Alexander Volkov and can nonetheless be standing within the cage, difficult for the heavyweight title on Saturday evening as a result of he landed a pair clubbing blows within the remaining 30 seconds of the competition. He’s restricted and Cormier ought to dominate, however Lewis can also be extremely harmful always. Having mentioned all that, I see Cormier being good and conservative — taking the struggle to the bottom early and both discovering a submission or simply grinding Lewis out on the bottom. There is no such thing as a cause for him to take any actual dangers on this struggle and I feel it results in a tactical, secure struggle for DC.

Chris Weidman vs. Jacare Souza

Andreas Hale

Jacare Souza def. Chris Weidman by way of break up choice

There’s one thing about Chris Weidman that’s troubling. Regardless of his submission victory over Kelvin Gastelum, Weidman has been removed from the dominant pressure that was as soon as the middleweight champion. He’s been near being completed – or simply flat out completed – far too many occasions and that’s starting to take its toll on the previous champion. Thankfully, Jacare isn’t often known as a harmful striker. Nonetheless, if he hurts Weidman in some unspecified time in the future and drags the struggle to the canvas, he might put “The All American” in a tricky spot. It’s going to be controversial, however I see Jacare squeezing by. 

Mark Lelinwalla

Chris Weidman def. Jacare Souza by way of unanimous choice

Search for “The All American” Chris Weidman to make use of his wrestling and total grappling abilities to grind out Ronaldo Souza successfully on this one. If Souza does get fatigued at any level, Weidman goes to land heavy photographs that do injury. Weidman, a Lengthy Island, New York native, was a fan favourite throughout open exercises on the Madison Sq. Backyard flooring Wednesday. Count on the hometown man to offer his followers their cash’s price.

Steven Muehlhausen

Chris Weidman def. Jacare Souza by way of third spherical submission

This can be a showdown struggle followers have needed to see for a very long time. Weidman had been set to rematch Luke Rockhold. However Rockhold bowed out as a consequence of damage and Souza acquired faraway from his bout on this present with David Department and moved as much as this one. Weidman hasn’t fought since July 2017, when he snapped a three-fight shedding streak in opposition to Kelvin Gastelum. Souza is available in having misplaced two of his final three. It seems father time is beginning to meet up with Souza. Does he have yet another run in him? A win for Weidman places him proper again within the title image, however can he decide up proper the place he left off or will the cage rust show to be an element? The clock is ticking for Souza and Weidman wins a thriller in his residence state.

E. Spencer Kyte

Chris Weidman def. Jacare Souza by way of unanimous choice

This one is difficult as a result of each are well-rounded and gifted, but additionally able to freely giving rounds and popping out flat. Weidman hasn’t fought in 15 months and Jacare is coming off a middling effort in opposition to Kelvin Gastelum, who Weidman beat final outing, which solely additional muddies up the waters on this one. All issues being equal, I feel Weidman ought to get the win — his wrestling is best than Souza’s, he gained’t get caught in any compromising positions on the bottom and whereas he’s in all probability a step or two behind the Brazilian when it comes to pace, I feel he’s a notch above Souza within the energy division as properly. It is going to be a detailed, technical affair, however I feel Weidman comes out on high.

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David Department vs. Jared Cannonier

Andreas Hale

David Department def. Jared Cannonier by way of 2nd spherical (T)KO

This brief discover struggle does Cannonier no favors in opposition to an opponent who has been missed all through his profession. Department does plenty of issues very properly and can benefit from an opponent who’s 1-Three in his final 4 fights. Cannonier’s solely likelihood is to catch Department asleep on the wheel, however the former two-division world champion in WSOF will snuff out that sport rapidly and pound out Cannonier within the second body. 

Mark Lelinwalla

David Department def. Jared Cannonier by way of third spherical (T)KO

Sixty p.c of Jared Cannonier’s wins have come by way of knockout. However he gained’t enhance that proportion this time round. Wouldn’t be shocked if Cannonier swings with lights-out intentions, misses and David Department makes him pay to earn the stoppage.

Steven Muehlhausen

David Department def. Jared Cannonier by way of 1st spherical (T)KO

Department was set to face Souza as we talked about above and Cannonier stepped as much as the plate. Department is 2-1 since he returned to the UFC, together with a primary spherical TKO over contender Thiago Santos in April. Cannonier had been considered a extremely touted prospect. The 34-year-old has struggled mightily not too long ago, although, having misplaced three of his final 4 bouts. Give Cannonier credit score for stepping as much as the plate, however Department ought to have a straightforward time and stay a high contender at 185 kilos.

E. Spencer Kyte

David Department def. Jared Cannonier by way of 1st spherical (T)KO

With all due respect to Cannonier, who did okay competing as an undersized gentle heavyweight and must be a greater match within the 185-pound ranks, he’s in over his head right here, particularly on brief discover. Department doesn’t get sufficient respect for the profession he’s crafted for himself and what he brings to the desk. I feel we see the complete vary of abilities in a fast, dominant efficiency on Saturday evening. Whether or not he catches the hittable Cannonier and finishes him with strikes or will get round to his again and chokes him out, I feel Department will get an early end.

Israel Adesanya vs. Derek Brunson

Andreas Hale

Israel Adesanya def. Derek Brunson by way of 2ndround (T)KO

Brunson’s lack of polish in his hanging goes to value him massive time right here in opposition to the rising star often known as “The Final Stylebender.” The unhealthy blood gained’t assist, both. Adesanya has continued to enhance defensively and should must endure a primary spherical the place Brunson seems to be to deploy his wrestling. After that preliminary cost, Brunson will doubtless resort to hanging and discover himself on the improper finish of a counter strike that can ship him to sleep. 

Mark Lelinwalla

Israel Adesanya def. Derek Brunson by way of 2nd spherical (T)KO

You already know what Derek Brunson goes to do — cost at Israel Adesanya throwing with nothing however unhealthy intentions. However will that aggressive fashion backfire in opposition to “The Final Stylebender?” I’m going with sure, as I feel Adesanya will catch Brunson and damage him sufficient to finish the bout and keep undefeated. And I wouldn’t be shocked if he does it together with his ft.

Steven Muehlhausen

Israel Adesanya def. Derek Brunson by way of third spherical (T)KO

Adesanya is probably the most thrilling prospect within the middleweight division. He is undefeated via 14 fights, with 12 of these victories inside the space. After shedding back-to-back contests, Brunson’s gained two of his three. This has the makings of a popping out celebration for Adesanya. Brunson is the measuring stick of the place you’re at within the division. If the 29-year can defeatt Brunson, he’ll be properly on his option to turning into a title contender.

E. Spencer Kyte

Israel Adesanya def. Derek Brunson by way of 1stround (T)KO

On one hand, Brunson’s energy and wrestling skills would possibly current an attention-grabbing problem for Adesanya, who has proven good takedown protection, but additionally hasn’t fought anybody with Brunson’s background and confirmed abilities in that space. Alternatively, the truth that he retains his arms low and tends to hurry into exchanges together with his chin held excessive makes me assume that “The Final Stylebender” goes to hit him with the type of mixture straight out of Road Fighter V and finish this one early. Adesanya seems to be like the true deal to me and this struggle might persuade just a few extra folks of that truth.

Sijara Eubanks vs. Roxanne Modafferi

Andreas Hale

Sijara Eubanks def. Roxanne Modafferi by way of unanimous choice

I used to be involved with Eubanks making weight and certain sufficient, she didn’t make the flyweight lower Friday. Nonetheless, Eubanks has been distinctive throughout her run on TUF and beating Lauren Murphy proved that she has what it takes on this division. She’s already defeated Modaferri (unofficially) as soon as and he or she’ll accomplish that once more at UFC 230. 

Mark Lelinwalla

Sijara Eubanks def. Roxanne Modafferi by way of unanimous choice

Let’s not neglect that Sijara Eubanks was initially imagined to headline UFC 230 in opposition to Valentina Shevchenko. Nonetheless, a Daniel Cormier-Derrick Lewis major occasion modified these plans a lot to the chagrin of Eubanks. “SarJ” has a chip on her shoulder due to that and he or she’s more likely to take out all her frustration on Roxanne Modafferi. Eubanks defeated Modafferi on TUF 26 by unanimous choice and I see her rematch in opposition to “The Comfortable Warrior” going the identical manner.

Steven Muehlhausen

Sijara Eubanks def. Roxanne Modafferi by way of third spherical (T)KO

Eubanks gained the primary struggle by unanimous choice in November 2017, controlling the motion in each aspect. We ought to see the identical outcomes the second time round. Eubanks desires to make a press release and present the world she deserves a shot on the belt, though not making weight Friday would possibly have an effect on that chance.

E. Spencer Kyte

Sijara Eubanks def. Roxanne Modafferi by way of unanimous choice

Modafferi has improved by leaps and bounds since her first stint within the UFC, however she’s nonetheless pretty inflexible together with her hanging and extra technical than harmful on the bottom. Whereas she usually has an edge over everybody on the canvas, Eubanks is a high-level black belt as properly and may be capable of cling with Modafferi if the struggle hits the ground. On the ft, she has a big benefit and may be capable of outwork the fan favourite on the best way to a win on Saturday evening.



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