UFC Fight Night: Maia vs Condit main card preview and predictions
Another week, another showdown in the world of MMA. This Saturday, fans will be treated as two of the currently best welterweights in the division go toe-to-toe with Carlos Condit vs Demian Maia.
But the main event isn’t the only thing to get excited about, the card from top-to-bottom is stacked for a free televised event. Co-headlining the event, Anthony Pettis makes his debut in the featherweight division taking on Charles Oliviera. Pretty face but tough as hell Paige VanZant collides with Bec Rawlings in a Strawweight division battle, and the card starts off with a lightweight rematch featuring Jim Miller vs Joe Lauzon.
Lightweight- Miller vs Lauzon
A lot has changed since the last time these two met in 2012. Since their fight, Lauzon has went on to lose three fights against some of the division’s top competitors, but he went on to went three fights as well, and most memorable, knocking out the super durable fan favorite Diego Sanchez in 86 seconds at UFC 200. Miller on the other hand went on to lose five fights, but has also won four and just like Lauzon, he picked up his latest victory at UFC 200 as he scored a knockout himself over Takanori Gomi. Miller has been on a decline and not looking as good as Lauzon in his victories since their first bout while Miller’s victory over Lauzon at UFC 155 was probably his best performance since. However I think this fight will be the complete opposite, and Lauzon’s striking may be too much for Miller to overcome. (Prediction- Joe Lauzon by tko in the 2nd rd.)
Strawweight- Paige VanZant vs. Bec Rawlings
VanZant seems to be more of a star because of her looks, but behind that pretty face is a crap load of talent and VanZant is no joke when it comes to her aggressiveness in the octagon. Rawlings is probably the most durable opponent that VanZant is going to step inside the cage with Saturday night and can be just as aggressive. Both ladies are warhorses in their own respective ways. I believe this will hurt Rawlings more as it will VanZant. Rawlings is more likely to be exhausted early on, which means all sorts of bad things for her. VanZant isn’t known for her knockout power, but she loves to wear her opponents down, and make them hurt with her elbows and knees. (Prediction- VanZant by submission in the 3rd rd.)
Featherweight- Anthony Pettis vs Charles Oliveira
If anybody needs a win the most on Saturday night, it is indeed “Showtime” Pettis. Pettis will make his debut at Featherweight after suffering three straight losses at 155. Pettis was once one of the most dominant fighters in MMA, but we’ve seen him fight more cautiously and without as much confidence which can hurt him on fight night. This is his chance to redeem himself, but he has to go through one of the most dangerous fighters at the moment in Oliveira. Oliveira will be a stiff test for Pettis, and his striking is superb, but it’s his submissions that I’m worried about that can derail Pettis’s debut. Oliveira can be hit, and usually will retaliate with aggression. (Prediction- Pettis by decision. I think this fight can go either way, but sometimes a fighter with their back against the cage can be dangerous)
Welterweight- Demain Maia vs Carlos Condit
Fans all over the world will be treated to a battle as these two accomplished fighters get set to take the main event spotlight. Demain Maia is coming off an impressive victory over Matt Browne as he beat him up the whole fight before submitting him in the 3rd rd. At 38, Maia is seen as one of the world’s best grapplers in the sport. Maia holds the edge when it comes to holding people down and submitting them, his striking can be a weakness, but his unpredictable kicks and punches have caught other fighters off guard in the past. Condit is coming off one of the best fights on the year, after coming off a controversial loss in a all out war effort against former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler. Between the two, Condit is undeniably the better striker but what worries me is that Condit is getting older and at times depends too much on his chin, as it is one of the most durable in the sport today before he makes his counters to carry him through the fight. You could say that Lawler had one of the toughest chins himself, as he was in countless classic wars, but eventually it’ll catch up to you, as Lawler’s chin couldn’t hold up against current champ Tyrone Woodley. (Prediction- Condit in a five round classic. I think this can either way, and in a way this is a trap fight for Condit, but if Condit can counter Maia’s submission attempts and tire him out with his striking look for the “Natural Born Killer” to get back in the win column.)
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