UFC 198 Predictions
Fabricio Werdum vs Stipe Miocic
My Pick: Fabricio Werdum
The champ win defend his belt against Stipe Miocic. From Werdum’s last couple of fights, 6 wins streak, its easy to predict Werdum has what it takes to beat Stipe Mioic and defend his belt.
Update: Cleveland will not have the belt. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will not have the NBA Champ neither.
Ronaldo Souza vs Vitor Belfort
My Pick: Vitor Belfort
This one is hard to pick. Jacare is in phenomenal shape and his last fight with Yoel Romero was outstanding as well. Even though Jacare lost his last fight, you can clearly see him dominating Yoel Romero in the last round. As for Belfort, his last fight with Dan Henderson lasted least than 1 round, so we are not sure how well he will perform if the fight goes all 3 rounds. I am a fan of Belfort, and I want to see him rematch with Luke Rockhold for the Middleweight belt. I would love to see Belfort defeat Rockhold again and become the new UFC Middleweight Champion. Thus, my prediction for this fight is Vitor Belfort.
One of the important aspect of the fight is that its taking place in Brazil. As we all know, the Brazil Athletic Commission has a different drug testing standard than the Nevada. Belfort’s body wasn’t in good shape when he fought Chris Weidman back in May 23, 1015 and he also had a year and a half layoff before that fight. But the story is different this time, they are fighting in Brazil and Belfort has been active in the last year. So lets see how both fighters’ physique look like in the weigh in. If Belfort is rip and his abs are tight, then he really has a higher chance of winning the fight.
Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino vs Leslie Smith
My Pick: Cyborg
Obviously my pick is Cyborg. Everybody would pick Cyborg in this fight. I don’t even know who Leslie Smith is, and I don’t bother looking up her previous fights. Cyborg for KO or TKO. Period.
Mauricio Rua vs Corey Anderson
My Pick: Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua?? Corey Anderson??
Mauricio Shogun Rua hasn’t won 2 streak fights since April 2009 and Corey Anderson hasn’t fight any big name fighters yet. Shogun is 34 and Anderson is only 26, 8 years age difference. If I really need to pick a winner for this fight, I would go with the young gun Corey Anderson.
If you are placing bets on the fights on UFC 198, I recommend you don’t bet on this fight. There are too many uncertainties on this fight, and their last couple of fights cannot give you a good analysis on how the fighters will perform in their next fight with each other.
Demian Maia vs Matt Brown
My Pick: Demian Maia
Demian Maia looked very impressive in his last few fights. Although Matt Brown look good on his last fight too, but I am going with Demian Maia on this.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs Patrick Cummins
My Pick: Little Nog
Nogueira lost his last 2 fights and Cummins lost 2 of his last 3 fights. They both don’t look so well in the cage. Those KO and TKO can very hurt you in the long run, it could chip away you toughness and reaction time in a fight. On a side note, Nogueira did went all 3 rounds with Shogun Rua in his last fight. Even though he lost by decision, it was a tough fight and they won fight of the night
Update: Omfg, Patrick Cummins had lost a front tooth. His weigh in is hilarious when you see him with that big smile with a missing incisor.
Let me know what you think of the fights, do you agree with my predictions? Share your thoughts and leave a comment below in the comments area.