UFC 210: Cormier vs. Johnson 2 MFST Staff Predictions

 

It has been 19 months since Cormier last defended his title, training injuries and Jon Jones popping for banned substances at UFC 200 have put Cormier title reign in stasis, but that ends this Saturday at UFC 210 when he goes toe-to-toe with perhaps the scariest striker in MMA Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. Co-headlining the event is Chris Weidman making his return after his brutal TKO loss to Yoel Romero, facing off against the red-hot Gegard Mousasi in a battle to reach the upper echelons of the stacked Middleweight division. A win here for Mousasi will put him in the long line of challengers awaiting Michael Bisping. Overall the main card isn’t incredibly stacked, but features a solid line up that will offer a little bit of every facet of MMA. Here’s what the MFST staff has selected to have their hand raised at the end.

 

Daniel Cormier (c)(18-1) vs. Anthony Johnson (22-5)

-Michael:  Cormier

Rumble has been knocking people out left and right, however this isn’t new to DC. The champ has taken shots from rumble, and huge heavyweight fighters. He will neutralize Rumble, and pound away his will to fight, just like the last time they squared off. Winner DC by 4rd TKO.

-Orlando: Johnson

Last time we say Cormier in the Octagon was nearly a year ago, and he basically sat on a 39 year old Anderson Silva. When Silva landed his shots you could see the pain Cormier expressed in his face, and this time around I think Anthony Johnson knows exactly what he had to do to walk out of Buffalo as champ. AND NEW!!!!

Chris Weidman (13-2) vs.  Gegard Mousasi (41-6-2)

-Michael: Mousasi

Mousasi has been a killer for his long career, and now more than ever it looks like he’s hitting his stride. There is a sense of urgency to his fighting recently that makes it dangerous for anyone to be across the cage from him. I’m not sure if Weidman’s mental game will be %100 after his last loss, and Mousasi is not a guy you want to show any hesitation around, particularly when you’re the slower fighter.  Mousasi by unanimous.

-Orlando: Mousasi

I’m a huge fan of both guys, and while Weidman has been on a decline, and Moussasi shooting through the rankings it’s hard to bet against Moussasi at the moment with how vicious he’s been when it comes to putting his opponents away.

Cynthia Calvillo (4-0) vs. Pearl Gonzalez (6-1)

-Michael: Calvillo

Calvillo has proven herself a formidable striker and should move in quickly and take the fight with her fists. Gonzalez will have to shake off those first fight jitters if she wants to avoid being swarmed and get her submission game working. Calvilllo will not let this fight go the distance and end it via TKO in the second.

-Orlando: Calvillo

Both of these fighters will strike early on, Gonzales has the advantage being that she’s a former golden gloves champion, but this is her debut fight, and I see Cavillo playing it smart and taking it to the ground to seal it away.

Thiago Alves (21-11) vs. Patrick Cote (23-10)

-Michael: Alves

Cote is the better fighter right now, but something tells me Alves will come in with a better game plan. If Alves lands his brutal leg kicks, he will take this fight. Regardless of who wins, this isn’t going the distance and will be stopped late in the 3rd round.

-Orlando: Cote

Both guys are true veterans to the mma game, but cote has been a monster since dropping to middleweight, only way Alves will is if he takes it to the ground, which I doubt, and it could mean trouble for him if he prefers to stand with Cote.

Will Brooks (18-2) vs. Charles Oliveira (21-7-0, 1NC)

-Michael: Brooks

The former Bellator Champ will prove he belongs at the top of the UFC lightweight division. Oliveira is a solid fighter with strong jiu-jitsu but Will Brooks seems more comfortable applying his striking game, and will be able to dictate where he wants the fight to take place with his powerful wrestling. Brooks by unanimous decision.

-Orlando: Oliveira

Good fight to kick off the main card, I think Brooks has it in him to get the win. However, I see Oliveira cashing in on strikes if he Brooks can’t defend while getting close.

 

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