ITS FIGHT WEEK! I am super excited for this main card of fights taking place on Fight Island for the very first time, 3 title fights, a huge number one contenders womens fight and many more great high level bouts will be in Abu Dhabi on Yas Island. Its crazy to think of when Dana White first mentioned Fight Island back in March and to think we finally and somehow made it here in July is pretty remarkable.
Welcome to #UFCFightIsland!
— UFC (@ufc) July 6, 2020
Welterweight championship: Champ Kamaru Usman (-300) vs. No. 3 Jorge Masvidal (+250)
But, lets get to these fights, imma start from the main event down the main card and go from there. In the main event, Kamaru Usman will defend the Welterweight championship of the world against NEW #1 contender Jorge Gamebred Masvidal. If you haven’t been living under a rock, then you saw my blog about Masvidal being a 6 day replacement for Gilbert Burns whom tested positive for COVID last Friday. Street Jesus stepped in and will have to cut 20 POUNDS in the next 6 days to make weight to fight for the title.
Now in terms of how this fight could play out. I believe Masvidal will make it competitive. He’s too experienced, too intelligent, just too good for me to think he’ll get blown out, even under these circumstances. I think the first and second rounds could be very tense. Usman will likely believe that he has the wrestling edge and will want to find out for sure, very cautiously. Masvidal is just too talented of a striker to not be competitive in this fight. I believe Masvidal can truly pull this off, he’s in a win-win situation, if he wins he will become even more of a superstar than he already is, arguably the biggest in the sport. If he loses, oh well it was on 6 days notice and he didnt have a full camp. If Masvidal has been training and been staying in shape, I believe he can pull this off. However, I think Usman’s size, wrestling, cardio and durability could very well be too much for Masvidal, i’d say the smart bet is Usman, but i’d be rooting for Jorge.
This isn’t an ideal situation for Masvidal, not even close, but when you consider Jorge Masvidal was 19 years old waiting in a McDonald’s drive-thru offering him to fight a Kimbo Slice protege, its one of the most amazing stories in sports history. He is now fighting for the world title in the biggest PPV of the year in the most chaotic environment possible.
Also, can we all just take a moment to watch every video I post in this blog. They are all 100% worth it and so freaken well done by the UFC. My Lord!
Featherweight championship: Champ Alexander Volkanovski (-220) vs. No. 1 Max Holloway (+185)
Next up in the co main event we got the Featherweight championship of the world on the line in and EPIC rematch between champion Alexander Volkanovski and the GOAT Featherweight Max Holloway. These 2 last fought in December with the Australian coming out with the victory by UD. It was an interesting bout, Volkanovski’s leg kicks were the ultimate factor in the fight and really neutralized Holloway’s superb striking.
This is a great fight. Volkanovski did everything right in the first fight, so Im really curious as to exactly what his game plan will be. He did a great job of slipping and bobbing and, of course, landing those extremely productive leg kicks. I think that approach caught Holloway pretty off guard, and Volkanovski did a really good job of slipping his way in and landing some good combinations. I think Max will make some adjustments obviously and look for him to switch stances alot during this fight. Maybe he’s better at conventional, but I think he’s fantastic at southpaw.
Max is going to need to use his legs, his knees and his kicks if he wants to reclaim his title. Adding that in a lot more. Volkanovski is shorter, and when you’re using your legs and your knees against a guy who is bulldozing forward, that is a counter attack. While Max is the better boxer, he’s going to need to utilize his leg kicks in this rematch. For the Australian, he needs to control the tempo, the pace of this fight, much like he did the first time around. He did so much well in the first fight, but he needs to be ready to adjust to how Holloway has adjusted. He’s smart enough to know that Holloway will be better and more dangerous and will make the proper adjustments this fight.
I predict an incredible back and forth fight and with Holloway making the proper adjustments from their first fight, I believe he will pull this off and win back his Featherweight title.
Bantamweight championship: No. 3 Petr Yan (-240) vs. No. 6 Jose Aldo (+200)
Lets move on to the 3rd/first main event of the night as Petr Yan and Jose Aldo will battle for the vacant Bantamweight championship of the world.
This is a really exciting and great matchup. These two fighters don’t bounce around and pick their spots, so most likely, they’re going to meet in the center and have some serious high level exchanges. The Bantamweight title is vacant due to Henry Cejudo’s sudden retirement, and I for one am not on board with Jose Aldo receiving this title shot after 2 straight losses, I mean this is arguably the best division in the sport and they have Aldo in this spot? Ridiculous. BUT, he is one of the greatest Mixed Martial Artists of all time and is a big name, so I guess he deserves it? IDK
In terms of how this fight will play out, well…It’s going to be a great fight in the boxing department, but Aldo needs to bring back those insane leg kicks that have made him successful in the past. Yan is a guy who pushes forward and is heavy on his front foot, so Aldo needs to chop the leg quite a bit if he wants to pull of the upset. We all know how hard Aldo can hit, just look up youtube highlights. If Yan is willing to take those exchanges, as mentioned above, we’ll see if he can withstand Aldo’s power. I think he can and will. Yan needs to change the angles of where his shots are coming from. He’s so hard to read and I think Aldo might struggle with it. I think this fight is going to be over quickly. These two just stick it out and throw hands in the middle. Neither will back down. Expect this end within the first couple rounds. I have Yan by KO.
#1 Jessica Andrade vs #2 Rose Namajunes-Strawweight
THUG ROSE is back! My favorite women’s fighter of all time will be rematching against Brazilian badass Jessica Andrade. Last time these 2 fought, Rose set the tone and pace and was winning for pretty much the whole fight until Andrade got a hold of her, picked her up and slammed Rose on her head/neck causing the fight to be stopped. It was scary to say the least. Andrade has since lost the title she took off of Rose and now, in what seems to be a number 1 contenders bout, these 2 will rematch to see who will face Chinese superstar Zhang Weili for the strawweight world title.
For the fight itself, im going to be a little bias here to be honest. I really hope and I truly do think Thug Rose gets the job done by TKO or UD. If this starts like their last fight started and Rose prepared to not get slammed on her head, then i think she’ll pull this off.
Other fights to look out for are Paige VanZant vs Amanda Ribas opening the main card at 10 pm in what will most likely be PVZ’s last UFC bout before moving onto another promotion. Also look out for the light heavyweight bout closing out the prelims on espn between Volkan Oezdemir and Jiri Prochazka. Should be a banger.
This is going to be a spectacle. Biggest card of the year and with the addition of Street Jesus I think will be must watch. 3 title fights, a number one contenders fight and much more coming to you from Abu Dhabi.
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