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UFC 193 Preview and Predictions

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Ronda Rousey Vs Holly Holm

Melbourne, Australia, plays host to the biggest attended UFC event in history. An estimated 70,000 plus fans will descend upon the Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

UFC bantamweight champion of the women’s division, Ronda Rousey, will defend her crown against fellow unbeaten fighter Holly Holm.

What can I say that hasn’t already been said about the most dominant champion in the UFC. Rousey, over her last 4 fights, has spent a total of 2 minutes and 10 seconds inside the octagon, finishing all 4 previous opponents in ruthless fashion.

Holly Holm obviously faces the toughest fight of her life when she meets the dominant champion. Holm comes into this fight with an impressive 9-0 record to her name but it is evident she has never faced anyone of the calibre of Rousey. Being a decorated boxing champion, Holm displays great technique in the stand-up game but will this be enough to fend off Rousey attempting the take-down early into the fight. I feel Holm’s only chance of putting on an impressive display will be to utilise her superior stand-up and fight at distance avoiding the inevitable take-down and submission attempts.

Prediction: Rousey round 1 submission

Joanna Jedrzejczyk Vs Valerie Letourneau

The UFC 193 co-main event provides us with a women’s strawweight title fight. Defending champion Jedrzejczyk puts her 10-0 record and title on the line when she meets French-Canadian Letourneau. Jedrzejczyk has arguably the best stand-up game in the UFC displaying ruthless Muay Thai attacks with extremely high precision. The Polish champion exudes the killer instinct that few fighters obtain. The way she finishes her opponents in brutal fashion reminds me of the finishes Chuck Liddell exhibited during his run as the light heavyweight champion some years ago.

Letourneau gave a good account of herself last time out defeating Maryna Moroz by unanimous decision securing this shot at the strawweight title. Although she has won 3 straight fights, all 3 results have come by way of decision which, when you’re fighting the likes of Jedrzejczyk, I feel Letourneau will need to take her level up at least 3 notches to have any hope of a victory in Melbourne on Saturday night. The French-Canadian has a good chin and shows heart but I feel the gulf in class between herself and the champion is far too great.

Prediction: Jedrzejczyk round 2 TKO.

Mark Hunt Vs Antonio Bigfoot Silva

These two heavyweights provided us with possibly the greatest 5-round fight in the heavyweight division in UFC history in 2013, fighting to a majority draw in a hellacious 5-round war. Although Bigfoot tested positive for a PED, some would say that there should be more leniency for the Brazilian due to his medical history and ongoing issues. The first between Hunt and Bigfoot was not the most technical fight but it was one of the most entertaining fights due to the sheer heart, determination and drive that both men displayed that night.

Two years have now passed with both fighters having mixed results along the way but that doesn’t take away from the anticipation of this re-match. I myself, as a fan, am really looking forward to seeing these two warriors go at it one more time for however long it lasts!

Prediction: Hunt round 1 knockout

Uriah Hall Vs Robert Whittaker

This middleweight battle is another exciting fight on this UFC 193 main card. Uriah Hall steps in for the injured Michael Bisping but will be wanting to reproduce the form that he gained with his biggest win of his career in September when he defeated Gegard Mousasi with a TKO win in the second round.

Hall shows flashes of brilliance inside the octagon but will be looking to have more consistency and this is his opportunity to follow up a great win with an equally good performance against Australian Whittaker.

Since coming off the Ultimate Fighter, Robert Whittaker has gradually made his way up through the rankings of the middleweight division with some impressive wins, especially his last bout when he knocked out dangerous opponent Brad Tavares in the first round.

This fight, in my opinion, will be a stand-up battle pitting 2 quality strikers against one another. I feel Hall has the edge in the technique department and can attack from strange angles but to counter that, Whittaker has the power to put an opponent into trouble with 1 clean shot.

Prediction: Hall via decision.

Jared Rosholt Vs Stefan Struve

The second heavyweight fight on the main card sees 7ft tall Struve back in action coming off a victory by way of a unanimous decision over Brazilian legend Antonio Nogueira. Struve with his height is a danger for any fighter in the heavyweight division standing up or on the ground due to his reach and long limbs. He will be looking to gain a victory on Saturday night and get back into consideration for a possible title run next year.

Jared Rosholt has had some impressive wins in his UFC career but it has to be said that the level of opponent was not to the standard of the man he faces at UFC 193. With a victory over Struve, Rosholt could start progressing into the bigger fights when it comes to the rankings but a loss it would set him back quite a way, so this fight is a very important one for both men and will be an interesting contest.

Prediction: Struve via decision

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