UFC 198 Preview and Predictions
Tomorrow is when it all goes down. UFC 198 starts at 10pm est and keeps the streak alive of good PPV events, with 199 and 200 looking to be great as well. There was a change to the card with Anderson Silva having surgery, so his fight with Uriah Hall was scrapped. I am not the only writer here who has predictions for the PPV event, check out Ryan’s predictions for UFC 198 here and compare our opinions and predictions.
UFC 198 Main Fight Card
Main Event – Fabricio Werdum (c) vs. Stipe Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight Championship
Jacare Souza vs. Vitor Belfort
Cris Cyborg vs. Leslie Smith
Shogun Rua vs. Corey Anderson
Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena
Preview and Predictions
Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena
Alves has yet to lose in his MMA career. He is 10-0 coming in after winning The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3. His next opponent is Bryan Barberena who comes in 11-3 and off a win against Sage Northcutt in January.
The biggest factor in this fight is how each of the fighters are going to execute their strong-suits against the other fighter. Alves is known for submissions, while Barberena is known for knockouts. Both fighters will test the limits of the other in different categories and it should be an interesting match.
While Alves can give some good right hands, the move to watch out for is the guillotine. He can use that move very quickly and end a match in an instant. Plus, Alves is fighting in his home country and that will give him a boost to perform well in front of his nation. I think his hot streak will continue at UFC 198 and end up 11-0
Alves wins by submission in the second round
Shogun Rua vs. Corey Anderson
Rua is coming in 23-10 and Anderson is 8-1. This seems to be a big match for Anderson with only nine fights under his belt and is fighting a great fighter in Rua, a veteran of the sport. Rua is 34 while Anderson is 26, so Anderson could be quicker and get a few good punches in that Rua used to be able to block.
Thing is though, Rua is more experienced and has more of a “winning” record than Anderson. I am not talking about the number of wins, but how each of the fighters has won. Rua has won 19 of his fights by knockout, one by submission and three by decision. Anderson on the other hand, has won three by knockout, but five by decision. That to me shows that Anderson can go the entire fight and do a good enough job to stay in it and win, but he can’t finish. He has yet to lose a fight by a decision, Rua has three times.
Rua is a beast. His knockouts are intense with the punches, stomps and kicks, he can knock you out however he wants. While Anderson has the wrestling experience, I just don’t see him getting passed Rua in this fight.
Rua wins by knockout in the second round
Cris Cyborg vs Leslie Smith
Welcome to the UFC Cyborg! Cyborg is a famous MMA fighter and one that wanted to give Ronda Rousey her first loss and probably still wants to fight her. Cyborg is 15-1-1 in her career and is ready to make her debut at UFC 198. She takes on Leslie Smith, who is coming in with a record of 8-6-1.
This fight isn’t going to be pretty. Cyborg is going to knock Smith silly. Cyborg is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, while Smith is only a blue belt. Not only that, half of Smith’s wins have been by decisions. She doesn’t seem to be able to finish fights, but she can go the full length as five of her six losses have been by decision. Smith might be able to last the entire match, but I just can’t see her winning.
Cyborg is making her debut, she has 13 knockouts and she can win this fight easily. She is just going to be too strong and quick for Smith and put her stamp in UFC with a debut win at UFC 198. When Cyborg wins, expect her to call out Ronda Rousey and ask for a fight. A dream match people have been wanting to see for a while now.
Cyborg wins by TKO in the first round
Jacare Souza vs Vitor Belfort
This is going to be a good fight. The winner of this fight will most likely take on the winner of the Luke Rockhold vs Chris Weidman fight at UFC 199. Jacare is coming in ranked number three with a record of 22-4-1 and he takes on Belfort who is ranked number four with a record of 25-11.
This is another battle of opposite fighting styles. Jacare is known for submissions while Belfort can finish with a knockout. That doesn’t mean Jacare doesn’t know how to deliver some great hits and take-downs.
Belfort does have some good experience in this business, beating Dan Henderson two out of three times, beating the current champ Luke Rockhold, up and coming fighter Anthony Johnson and Michael Bisping who just beat Anderson Silva. Jacare did beat Robbie Lawler, but he lost to Luke Rockhold.
Belfort is hungry for that title one more time and Jacare is the one standing in his way for that final title shot. This fight could go either way and it will be very close.
Belfort wins by judges decision
Fabricio Werdum vs Stipe Miocic
Time for the Main Event and the Championship fight. Werdum is coming in the new Heavyweight Champion after beating Cain Velasquez at UFC 188. Werdum is 20-5-1 and looks to defend his new title against Miocic. Miocic is 14-2 coming into this fight.
Again, this is going to be a good, close fight with opposite fighting styles. Werdum has more submission wins, but his knockout wins are almost even with it, so his style is almost balanced. Miocic on the other hand has won 10 fights by knockout.
Werdum looks to be more versatile as well, making opponents tap out, but also handing out big punches, kicks and take-downs. His knees seem to be another weapon for him to the chest or the face.
Miocic does seem to have more of that knockout strength than Werdum though. Miocic can be in a close fight, then just nail the opponent on the button and take advantage on the situation. Elbows are his weapon as well with gushing blows to the head if he gets you down.
This is another close fight that could go either way, both fighters can make big hits, but I think Werdum will prevail with a submission finish
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