UFC 223 has become a mess. After Conor McGregor’s bus incident on Thursday and Max Holloway being deemed unfit to compete, the card appears completely different than it did 48 hours before the event.
So, I will provide you a quicker, shorter than normal preview and predictions for the newly revised UFC 223 card.
First, the main event between Al Iaquinta and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Iaquinta is a fighter with excellent defense in each facet of the game. However, the only real time we have seen him struggle in the previous two years was a quick victory over a shop-worn Diego Sanchez. Nurmagomedov has the ideal grappling in MMA and though there are absolutely some holes in his remarkable match, it simply doesn’t matter when”The Eagle” gets his hands on his competitor. Nurmagomedov will win however, don’t doubt Iaquinta’s ability to make this one demanding for your Russian.
The co-main occasion, which thankfully hasn’t yet been influenced, sees Joanna Jedrzejczyk seem to recover her strawweight title vs Rose Namajunas. Jedrzejczyk was clearly not herself at the first fight, which can likely be attributed to her inability to decode Namajunas emotionally before stepping foot to the Octagon. And though Jedrzejczyk is more focused this time round, Namajunas is a much more full mixed martial artist and I visit”Thug Rose” squeaking out a tough win.
Calvin Kattar and Renato Moicano are comparable fighters in the simple fact that they prefer to conquer opponents from the striking game. Kattar prefers to be the aggressor while Moicano likes to stick at range, working his jabs and leg kicks. I give the edge to Moicano thanks for his motion and ability to stay calm against a competitive striker.
Zabit Magomedsharipov, one of the best prospects at the featherweight division, has his opportunity to shine on the PPV when he chooses on Kyle Bochniak. Magomedsharipov absolutely demolished his first two opponents from the UFC on his way to submission victories. Bochniak is a low-output striker who is more worried about defense than offense. However, in all honesty, Bochniak is being fed to Magomedsharipov. This should not even be a competition.
A couple of high-octane combatants confront at the PPV curtain-jerker, as UFC stalwart Joe Lauzon takes on Chris Gruetzemacher. Lauzon has organic pop in his hands but poor striking defense and is at his finest at scrambles when he can use his slick submissions. Gruetzemacher hasn’t attempted a takedown in his UFC tenure; rather,”Gritz” focuses on persistent forward pressure in the game that was striking. Lauzon’s inclination to get hit is a significant issue but I expect his working skills to shine through.
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