UFC 211 Fight Card and Predictions
The UFC has done a great task with the fight card for UFC 211. It has actually been a while (possibly UFC 205) because a card has been this stacked. Of the scheduled fights, there are at least 5 or 6 fights that I’m delighted for. It’s been a while since UFC 210, however here I go again trying to pick winners at an extraordinarily average rate.
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Dave Branch
This will be an excellent fight. Jotko has a 19-1 general record and has been rolling of late. He’s not a knock out artist or submission professional, but he has ability in all elements of MMA. He has won 5 directly now, and will be making his first appearance on a UFC pay-per-view.
On the other hand, Branch will be making his UFC launching, however don’t believe for a second that this person isn’t going to be ready. He was the safeguarding 2 department champion at Middleweight and Light Heavyweight in the World Series of Fighting promotion before he chose to start his UFC career. Branch is well polished as a fighter and might make a quick rise in the rankings. I like Branch to action in to the UFC and get things started on the right foot.
Branch by Submission
Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodriguez
Frankie is Frankie, so we know exactly what to get out of him. He’s going to be gritty and hard and he’ll be in Rodriguez’s face the entire fight. The concern that I’m interested in seeing addressed is how will Rodriguez handle it?
To this point in his career, Rodriguez has actually been impressive. He made quick work of the aging legend, BJ Penn, in his last fight, and will aim to continue the momentum entering into this one. He has a big-time size advantage on Frankie (Rodriguez 5 ’11 vs. Frankie 5′ 6) and he has a lot more power.
For Frankie to pull this one out he will have to make this a scrappy fight. I expect to see remove efforts and leg kicks from Frankie to keep Rodriguez off balance. I’m a big Frankie fan, considering I’m from New Jersey, so it pains me to state it, but I think Rodriguez will be too much for him in this three-round fight.
Rodriguez by Decision
Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal
This is the most intriguing fight of the night for me. Masvidal is one of my preferred fighters and his label “Gamebred” couldn’t be more precise. This guy constantly completes at a high level and constantly puts on a show.
Then there’s Maia. The most hazardous boring fighter in the UFC. Well, he’s only dull if you want to see people toss hands. If you wish to see a roll around on the ground BJJ type fight, then he’s your guy.
They state designs make fights and there is no fight that can vouch for this more than Masvidal vs. Maia. I’m exceptionally thrilled for this one.
Masvidal by Decision
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade
Joanna champion is back! After her not so impressive victory over Karolina Kowalkiewicz, she will look to beat a quickly emerging star in the Strawweight division. Andrade is coming off a win in a fight of the night performance versus Angela Hill, which now makes her 3-0 at Strawweight.
Andrade is much shorter than Joanna (5′ 2 Andrade vs. 5′ 6 Joanna) and will need to take this fight to the ground if she wants any hopes of winning. The very first 2 rounds of Joanna’s fight versus Claudia Gadelha could be the plan for Andrade. Gadelha was in control of the fight by taking Joanna down, however eventually gassed and was consequently dominated on the feet for the last 3 rounds.
If Andrade can do exactly what Gadelha performed in the very first two rounds and does not gas, then perhaps she can pull this one out. I don’t think she will.
Joanna by Decision
Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos
I enjoy this fight. 2 sluggers going at it on the feet for five rounds! Just joking, this will not last that long. If I had to bank on something on this whole fight card, it would be that this fight does not go to decision. These 2 have excessive power and eventually one will link.
Miocic has actually been the much better fighter of late, but dos Santos has actually won their first fight back in 2014. Nevertheless, I believe Miocic is a different fighter now than he was then.
Since that loss, Miocic has actually won 4 straight over some of the top men in the Heavyweight department. Dos Santos, on the other hand, has actually combated only twice and was knocked out by Alistair Overeem in one of those.
Dos Santos will aim to out double Miocic in this one, but Miocic will be too much for him. He’s the quicker fighter with what I believe to be equal, if not greater, power.
Miocic by KO