UFC 223 has become a complete mess. After Conor McGregor’s bus episode on Thursday and Max Holloway being deemed unfit to compete, the card looks completely different than it did 48 hours ahead of the event.
So, I will provide you a quicker, shorter than usual preview and forecasts for the recently revised UFC 223 card.
The main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Al Iaquinta, first. Iaquinta is a well-rounded fighter with defense in each facet of the game. On the other hand, the only real time we have seen him fight in the previous two years was a quick victory on a shop-worn Diego Sanchez. Nurmagomedov has the ideal grappling in MMA and though there are absolutely some holes in his remarkable game, it just doesn’t matter once»The Eagle» gets his hands on his competitor. Nurmagomedov will win however, do not doubt Iaquinta’s capacity to create this one demanding for your Russian.
The co-main event, which thankfully has not yet been affected, sees Joanna Jedrzejczyk seem to recover her strawweight title vs Rose Namajunas. Jedrzejczyk was obviously not herself at the very first battle, which may likely be attributed to her inability to crack Namajunas mentally before stepping foot to the Octagon. And though Jedrzejczyk is more focused this time around, Namajunas is a much more full mixed martial artist and that I see»Thug Rose» squeaking out a tough win.
Calvin Kattar and Renato Moicano are comparable fighters in the simple fact that they prefer to conquer opponents in the striking game. Kattar prefers to be the aggressor while Moicano likes to stay at range, working his jabs and leg kicks. I give the advantage to Moicano thanks for his movement and ability to stay calm against a competitive striker.
Zabit Magomedsharipov, one of the greatest prospects at the featherweight division, gets his chance to shine on the PPV when he takes on Kyle Bochniak. Magomedsharipov absolutely demolished his first two opponents from the UFC on his way to submission victories. Bochniak is a low-output striker who is more worried about defense than offense. However, in all honesty, Bochniak is being fed to Magomedsharipov. This should not even be a contest.
A couple of high-octane combatants face off in the PPV curtain-jerker, as UFC stalwart Joe Lauzon takes on Chris Gruetzemacher. Lauzon has organic pop from his hands but poor striking defense and is at his finest in scrambles when he can use his slick submissions. Gruetzemacher hasn’t tried a takedown in his UFC tenure; instead,»Gritz» targets persistent forward pressure in the striking game. Lauzon’s tendency to get hit is a big issue but I anticipate his grappling skills to shine through.
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