After a lot of back and forth here are my picks for #UFC217 …Go make some money!
Michael Bisping vs George St-Pierre
Whatever the rights or wrongs of this match-up it is certainly intriguing. I’ve heard Chael Sonnen say he’s trained with both and he thinks GSP is the Stronger of the two. I don’t believe this for a second Bisping is all heart and i think GSP will struggle to get him to the deck. I’m leaning towards a Bisping decision 3/2.
Verdict: Bisping by decision
Cody Garbrandt vs TJ Dillashaw
There is more fucking heat between these two guy’s than any in recent memory. The former Team Alpha Male gym buddies are still arguing over the circumstances of Dillashaw’s leaving that camp. Cody is the superior striker but if it goes ground and pound TJ has a the advantage. Cody is all fired up for this but he’ll need to control the emotions and release the energy in controlled manner….over 5 rounds i suspect.
Verdict: Cody Garbrandt by decision
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Rose Namajunas
Another title fight in the female straw-weight division. This is my FIGHT of THE NIGHT. I think we have a cracking contest on the cards here. Joanna absolutely destroyed Jessica Andrade in her last title defence and for me her performance in that fight was performance of the year so far. So she should beat Thug Rose easy right?
Well i think this is where an upset might happen. Rose is growing in stature all the time and i think she may be getting this shot at just the right time. Joanna is many things but she is not a great finished. technically beautiful yes. Finisher no. Rose Namajanus is the type of fighter you need to finish when the opportunity arises or she’ll come back and finish you. I’m plumping for and upset in this one.
Verdict: Rose Namajanus by submission round 4
Thompson Vs Masvidal
Very interesting fight with both Fighters coming off a loss. In Wonder boy’s case a draw and a loss. Every time I am about to jump on the Masvidal bandwagon he suffers a loss. Last time out i thought he was unlucky not to get the decision against Demian Maia but for me he under performed on the night.
There is no questioning Wonderboy Thompson’s ability but what i do question is the beatings he took in those title fights he had against Tyron Woodley. Especially the first one. I suspect they have taken their toll more than we think. I’m gonna go for the beast Masividal in this one.
Verdict: Masvidal by TKO in round 2
Johnny Hendricks vs Paula Cost Borrachinha
As ever Hendricks conditioning is the question mark. He has had so much trouble making weight in recent times that it really is a factor in weighing up his chances. He looks and sounds like a man that is in great condition but we really won’t know until he does the final purge in the last 24 hours. Paulo has won his last two fight by TKO but Johnny is a huge step up in class and i don’t see him knocking him out. I’m going with the Bigg Rigg in this one in a possible fight of the night scenario
Verdict: Hendricks by decision