UFC 223 has turned into a mess. After Conor McGregor’s bus episode on Thursday and Max Holloway being deemed unfit to compete, the card appears completely different than it’d 48 hours ahead of the function.
So, I will provide you a faster, shorter than normal preview and predictions for the recently revised UFC 223 card.
The main event between Al Iaquinta and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Iaquinta is a well-rounded fighter with defense in each facet of the game. However, the only real time we’ve seen him fight in the last two years was a quick victory over a shop-worn Diego Sanchez. Nurmagomedov has the best grappling in MMA although there are absolutely some holes in his remarkable match, it simply doesn’t matter once”The Eagle” gets his hands on his competitor. Nurmagomedov will win however, don’t doubt Iaquinta’s ability to make this one tough for the Russian.
The co-main event, which thankfully has not yet been affected, sees Joanna Jedrzejczyk seem to recover her strawweight title vs Rose Namajunas. Jedrzejczyk was clearly not herself at the first fight, which can probably be attributed to her inability to crack Namajunas emotionally before stepping foot to the Octagon. And though Jedrzejczyk is much more focused this time round, Namajunas is a much more complete mixed martial artist and that I see”Thug Rose” squeaking out a tough win.
Calvin Kattar and Renato Moicano are similar fighters from the fact that they prefer to conquer opponents in the game that is spectacular. Kattar prefers to be the aggressor while Moicano likes to stick at range, working his jabs and leg kicks. I give the advantage to Moicano thanks to his movement and ability to stay calm against a competitive striker.
Zabit Magomedsharipov, among the greatest prospects in the featherweight division, has his chance to shine on the PPV when he takes 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 concerned about defense than offense. But in all honesty, Bochniak has been fed to Magomedsharipov. This should not be a competition.
A couple high-octane combatants face off 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 could use his glossy submissions. Gruetzemacher hasn’t attempted a takedown in his UFC tenure; instead,”Gritz” targets persistent forward pressure in the game that was striking. Lauzon’s tendency to get hit is a significant concern but I anticipate his grappling skills to shine through.
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