UFC 214 predictions, preview, and analysis

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is behind in movement this weekend with a long-awaited UFC 214: “Cormier vs. Jones 2” pay-per-view (PPV) quarrel card, holding place inside Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Sat., Jul 29, 2017.

Leading a assign will be a light heavyweight championship rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, who battled to a five-round preference — in preference of “Bones” — behind during UFC 182.

UFC 214 will also underline a welterweight pretension quarrel between Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia, as good as a featherweight championship hitch pitting Cristiane Justino conflicting Tonya Evinger.

And let’s not forget about a non-title fights featuring welterweight slugger Donald Cerrone conflicting ex-champion Robbie Lawler and light heavyweight contender Jimi Manuwa conflicting power-punching Volkan Oezdemir.

Who wins and who loses? I’m blissful we asked.

205 lbs.: UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel “DC” Cormier (19-1) vs. Jon “Bones” Jones (22-1)

Nostradumbass predicts: Combined, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier are 41-2 with 27 finishes, representing a dual unequivocally best light heavyweights on a planet. Their initial go-round was not a blowout by any widen of a imagination, though it also wasn’t close.

A lot has altered given UFC 182.

In sequence to improved Jones, we have to be some-more gifted than Jones. Good fitness with that. You can’t kick him by operative harder in a gym, or entrance into a competition with a higher gameplan. The closest anyone came was Alexander Gustafsson, though that’s given a magisterial “Bones” was rolled to a enclosure atop a dumpcart full of coke and pig rinds.

That was a tighten call that won’t be repeated.

It’s been some-more than dual years given Cormier forsaken a unanimous preference to Jones and given that fatal night, “DC” has competed 4 times (and incited 38 years old). Like Jones, he was taken to a extent by “The Mauler” and put a lot of miles on his gangling tire.

As for Jones, he ho-hummed his approach past Ovince Saint Preux before holding another imperative vacation.

For me to collect Cormier in this rematch, we have to be assured that “DC” has gotten improved given they final fought. He hasn’t. He hasn’t gotten any worse, either, though that’s usually it: he wasn’t good adequate to overcome in their initial encounter, that means a usually trustworthy evidence we have for AND STILL is that Jones comes in rusty and lethargic.

I have a feeling he rises to a occasion.

Jones is also comparison though distinct Cormier, has not gotten any slower. Based on new photos he usually looks to have gotten stronger and we trust “Bones” is a soldier who can kick any competition in any aspect of a diversion (knockout energy notwithstanding).

He already out-wrestled Cormier and when we take divided a Olympian’s wrestling, you’re left with a stubby energy puncher who’s discerning on his feet … and not most else. A late finish by approach indignant elbows would not warn me.

Final prediction: Jones def. Cormier by technical knockout

170 lbs.: UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley (17-3-1) vs. Demian Maia (25-6)

Nostradumbass predicts: Demian Maia was means to hide in a backdoor, during slightest in terms of securing a welterweight pretension shot, by avoiding tip contenders (and fearsome strikers) Stephen Thompson and Robbie Lawler. Is he gifted adequate to win a welterweight title?

Well, he’s gifted adequate to contention Tyron Woodley, though that’s not unequivocally a same thing. The problem with picking Demian Maia in this quarrel is we never know that chronicle of a Brazilian is going to uncover up.

When Maia has a slight weight cut, he’s a kind of soldier who can make a torpedo like Carlos Condit demeanour like some chump they pulled out of a stands 5 mins before a fight. Or spin Gunnar Nelson from world-class grappler to weekend warrior.

Performances conflicting Rory MacDonald and Jorge Masvidal, however, are demonstrative of what happens when Maia — who turns 40 in Nov — struggles to make weight and runs out of steam by a second stanza.

He’s not going to win by knockout.

So in sequence to exercise his belligerent game, Maia has to indeed get this quarrel to a ground, that means he has to somehow outwrestle a NCAA Division-1 All American and Big 12 Conference Champion who is scarcely 5 years his youth and one of a fastest strikers during 170 pounds.

Uh huh.

Woodley is not perfect. His mind infrequently does that blue shade of genocide thing like my aged clunky desktop and he’ll usually mount in a Octagon like an additional from The Walking Dead. Fortunately, he doesn’t need to do a whole lot besides urge a takedown.

“The Chosen One” has been taken down usually once in a final 5 years opposite a camber of 10 fights.

Maia is bigger though has a shorter reach. Not that any of it matters. The Brazilian has a misfortune hands in a tip 15 and his messy strikes are simply an forgive to get inside to hunt for a takedown. Can a sucked out middleweight masquerading as a 170-pounder keep that adult for 25 minutes?

Or march not.

Final prediction: Woodley def. Maia by technical knockout

145 lbs.: Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (19-1, 1 NC) vs. Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger (19-5, 1 NC) for empty women’s featherweight title

Nostradumbass predicts: There was a common plaint from a quarrel sports star when it was announced that Tonya Evinger would be replacing M.I.A.gan Anderson, though as distant as accessible featherweights go, this is substantially a toughest competition a graduation could find.

Evinger is singular among womanlike fighters in that she’s a inclusive finisher, scoring 15 stoppages in 19 wins. Where she differs from her power-punching competition is that her finishes are separate roughly equally among knockouts and submissions, representing dual of a 3 threats in her moniker.

Not certain what a third is, though winning by preference is 0 to gloat about.

The one good thing about Evinger is that she’s not going to be rattled by Cristiane Justino. Most opponents enter a enclosure already beaten so that’s one jump cleared. The second? Not failing within a initial round.

Harder than it sounds.

Justino warranted her nickname by her supernatural ability to plow brazen and wing harmful punches, irrespective of incoming fire. There is 0 some-more demoralizing than examination your competition get punched block in a jaw — full energy — and not even bat an eyelash.

Welcome a universe of “Cyborg” fights.

It’s not that her invulnerability is so great, it’s that she’s means to describe offense quarrel ineffective. Expect Evinger to accommodate her somewhere in a center of a enclosure and unleash hell, usually to destroy spectacularly.

Justino is too strong, too ferocious, and gives 0 fucks about removing hit. How do we overcome that inside a cage? Outside of a rookie mistake over 12 years ago, we have nonetheless to find out.

Final prediction: Justino def. Evinger by technical knockout

170 lbs.: Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (32-8, 1 NC) vs. “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (27-11, 1 NC)

Nostradumbass predicts: This quarrel is going to tell us accurately where Robbie Lawler stands in his quarrel sports career. we don’t wish to get all doom and gloom, though we know we can’t be a usually one who’s disturbed that “Ruthless” is going to finish adult a vegetable.

Prior to his knockout detriment to Tyron Woodley, Lawler went to a five-round preference in 4 true fights — 5 of his final 6 — and they weren’t tedious wrestlefests. They were fucking wars conflicting associate savages like Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald.

I don’t know how most is left in a tank or if a Woodley KO was a matter of removing clipped as opposite to a pointer that he was past his death date. What we do know, is that holding a year off was a right pierce and when he stairs into a enclosure tomorrow night, he’s going to be prepared to bang.

So too, will Donald Cerrone. After a successful career during lightweight, “Cowboy” has been equally dangerous during 170 pounds. Four true wins joined with 4 true finishes had him knocking on a doorway of a multiplication pretension shot, right adult until Jorge Masvidal took him to a woodshed during UFC on FOX 20.

The regard with Cerrone is a same as it’s always been. When he’s sealed in and banishment on all cylinders, I’d preference him conflicting anyone in a weight class. But any now and again he lets those demons climb into his essence and ends adult with that deer-in-the-headlights thing (Nate Diaz) or folding beach chair (Rafael dos Anjos).

This is a tough quarrel to call. Lawler was a contender during middleweight and is entrance down, while Cerrone is a healthy lightweight entrance up. In addition, “Ruthless” is a scandalous delayed starter and “Cowboy” has no problem entrance in hot. we usually can’t move myself to collect conflicting a conflicting who’s merely one quarrel private from a successful pretension reign.

Barring incorrigible repairs from fights left by, this is Lawler’s quarrel to lose.

Final prediction: Lawler def. Cerrone by technical knockout

205 lbs.: Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa (17-2) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (14-1)

Nostradumbass predicts: Jimi Manuwa wasn’t going to punch his approach into a tip 3 of a light heavyweight division, so he instead opted to speak his approach into a championship conversation, picking a quarrel with multiplication do-gooder Daniel Cormier.


Manuwa has motionless to bound on a “I have decent hands for an MMA soldier so let me try boxing” bandwagon and to his credit, he’s knocked out 15 opponents in 17 wins, so clearly he’s got both energy and precision.

But can we not fake he wasn’t cemetery’d by Alexander Gustafsson Anthony Johnson?

I know “Poster Boy” — and a lot of other fighters — like to contend they “got caught” as a approach to downplay their losses, though it’s a laughably unhandy argument. we theory Jefferey Dahmer wasn’t all that bad, he simply “got caught” with a bag full of heads unresolved from his screen rod.


Volkan Oezdemir, who creates me blissful we don’t do play-by-play, is a Swiss striker with equally harmful energy and a finishing rate on standard with Manuwa’s. He done his entrance behind in Feb after creation a hoax of a general circuit, though didn’t unequivocally get anyone’s courtesy with a split-decision win over a hot-and-cold Ovince Saint Preux.

Then he torched multiplication energy puncher Misha Cirkunov and welp, it’s time to start profitable attention. How most he uses his kicks could establish a outcome of this bout, as Manuwa will need to be in operation to occupy his newfound poke and keep adult a pressure.

That’s tough to do when your shin gets splintered any time we step forward.

What worries me in this bout, during slightest for Oezdemir, is a miss of experience. “Poster Boy” might have been tacked by a aforementioned Gustafsson and Johnson, though those were dual of a best fighters in a world.

In addition, Manuwa’s offense is some-more stoical and he really binds a speed advantage, that complements his 4 additional inches in reach. Unless he’s somehow lured into a bar fight, a Londoner will win any sell by approach of matured, discriminating aggression.

Final prediction: Manuwa def. Oezdemir by technical knockout

There we have it.

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