UFC 202 Staff Picks
Welcome fight fans to the MFST predictions thread. We’ll be giving our picks short explanations for the stacked UFC 202 event.
Main Card (PPV)
Michael: Conor McGregor
I’m picking Conor. I know he lost last time, and I’m not underestimating Nate Diaz but the stipulations revolving round the last fight left far too many questions than answers. McGregor has seen how Diaz fights and Conor is far more likely to adjust and win this time.
Orlando: Nate Diaz
This fight has become a lot more interesting and ppv buys will sky-rocket after the stint Conor pulled earlier in the week at the UFC 202 press conference. I expect Conor to come into the fight with a better game plan, and show the adjustments he’s made early on. Nate on the other hand is clearly the bigger man, when it comes to size and height. I expect this fight to get physical and bloody early on, but with the same result and that is Diaz having his arm raised in the end. Diaz in the fourth submission.
Thomas: Nate Diaz
This fight will be different but the result will be the same with Diaz the victor. McGregor will take his time picking his shots but McGregor’s only way to beat Diaz is to knock him out. I don’t see that happening but hey anything is possible. In order to knock Diaz out McGregor will have to stand and trade which will put him once again in deep water. Like they say styles make fights.
Next Page: Anthony Johnson Vs. Glover Teixeira
Michael: Anthony Johnson
Glover Teixeira is a talented fighter and tactician but all that goes out of the window when you get hit by Rumble. Anthony Johnson is too fast, too strong, and just going to be too much for Teixeira. This one is ending in the first round with Johnson doing what he does best.
Orlando: Anthony Johnson
Johnson is the type of guy who can get in your head, scare the crap out of you and beat you before you even step into the octagon aka I’m looking at you Ryan Bader. The man is straight up terrifying, but he’s also inefficient. Teixeira on the other hand can wear and break down an opponent and I could see him coming into the fight trying to gain top control on Johnson to slow the big man down. Johnson in the third TKO.
Thomas: Glover Teixeira
This fight is the perfect co-main event as both guys are two of the most powerful punchers in not just the LHW division but the UFC itself. Rumble has had success landing that big shot but I don’t know if Glover will keep it on the feet. Im going with Glover.
Michael: Donald Cerrone
Rick Story has never reached the level of Donald Cerrone and he never will. This is going to be a really fun fight but it will be one-sided with Cerrone dominating on the feet with his range and variety. I see Cerrone getting the finish in the second round.
Orlando: Donald Cerrone
Looking at this fight early on I thought this was all Rick Story just looking at the card. His body of work when it comes to pressuring, clinch work and his wicked body strikes seemed like to much for Cerrone. As inconsistent as Cerrone could be when it comes to a big fight can crumble, but he’s tremendously improved within the years. Cerrone has that killer instinct himself, especially when it comes to those lethal knees and leg kicks.
Thomas: Donald Cerrone
This fight is a fun fight. Rick Story is a very underrated and durable guy who for a long time was the only man to beat Johny Hendricks. Still I see Cerrone getting the W. He looks like a man on a mission at 170.
While Mike Perry’s 7-0 record looks good on paper, his lack of UFC caliber experience makes me question his ability to win this fight. Gyu Lim has fought in the UFC and his last fight was a loss to the damn good Neil Magny. I think Gyu Lim will take this fight because he has better striking and knows how to handle the pressure of the Octagon.
Orlando: Hyun Gyu Lim
Mike Perry is as dangerous as they come knocking out all of his opponents thus far inside of two rounds. Lim has a nice track record himself when it comes to finishing off guys. A polished guy like Lim though might be too much for Perry to overcome. As I expect Perry to be on the losing end on this one. Lim in the second round.
Thomas: Hyun Gyu Lim
Lim is too experienced for the 7-0 Perry. I am going with my gut picking Lim to win.
Michael: Tim Means
Tim Means versus a complete unknown. Yeah, I feel safe picking Means over Homsi. This should be a fun stand up fight with Means showcasing his kickboxing skill.
Orlando: Tim Means
Although Homasi has been knocked out twice as a pro, he’s been on a three-fight knock out streak at the moment. This should be a good fight to open the card. Homasi is a pure striker taking on Means Muay Thai. Means seems to be the better striker and has the size advantage. Means in the second.
Thomas: Tim Means
Late opponent switch for Means here but an upset can happen we are talking about MMA here but I just don’t see it. I see Mean’s getting another W.
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