We seem to begin most of our gambling guide intros with self praise….aaaaaand this one is no different! Granted there were some annoying card changes in our last outing but we still came away with some fantastic predictions. Christimas is just around the corner so LIKE, SHARE, TELL YOUR FRIENDS and enjoy our predictions for the amazing UFC 217 card and make your friends some money!
Michael Bisping (C) Vs Georges St Pierre (MW)
British MMA pioneer, TUF champion, TV personality, movie star and UFC champion. What is left for Michael Bisping to achieve from MMA? A win over former superstar Georges St Pierre, ruining his comeback, that’s what. Bisping absolutely loves to wind up anyone who bites, and the banter has been relatively entertaining, thus generating more interest from casual fans. GSP has struggled to defend himself in the verbal battle and it remains to be seen whether or not he can capitalize on the 12 fight win streak he walked away from back in November 2013. A lot has been said about ‘size difference’ (GSP stepping up to middleweight for the first time), it is not size that matters, its strength, and GSP is very strong. ‘The Count’ always comes to fight but we can’t see anything other than him getting pinned down for five rounds whilst GSP holds on for dear life, occasionally popping up to unleash an elbow and stay ahead with the judges.
Cody Garbrant (C) Vs T.J. Dillashaw (BW)
It feels likes this fight has been in the making forever so it will be nice to finally see it go down. We all know the history, we all know why Garbrant dislikes Dillashaw, but nobody has a clue if this will affect the outcome. Will we see Garbrant go head hunting from the off and be picked off with his opponents none stop movement? Can Dillashaw withstand the boxing master class coming his way? Either way it is going to be a close one that neither wants to lose. Prepare for a cautious battle.
Joanna Jedrzeiczyk (C) Vs Rose Namajunas (STRAW)
The Polish native hasn’t been as destructive with her last 4 fights all going the distance but this doesn’t mean she isn’t still as terrifying! The shear number of strikes will be too much for Namajunas to handle and it will be a surprise if ‘Thug Rose’ manages to take the champ down. A late stoppage isn’t the worst shout for this one.
Stephen Thompson Vs Jorge Masvidal (WW)
‘Wonder Boy’ and ‘Game Bred’ both favour the striking game so we may be looking at quite the chess match. Masvidal is the master of pressure fighting and knows that making this one another scrappy affair will work in his favour but he’s tailor made for a Thompson KO.
WINNER: Stephen Thompson
Johny Hendricks Vs Paulo Borrachinha (MW)
Even though Johny Hendricks doesn’t have to put himself (and us) through the ordeal of making welterweight anymore a good performances just isn’t there. Look for Borrachinha to add a former champion to his knockout record.
PRELIMS (Fox Sports 1)
James Vick Vs Joseph Duffy (LW)
Early on in his career it seemed as though Duffy was going to tear through his division and perhaps give McGregor a rematch (at one point Duffy was the only man to defeat McGregor) but a decision loss to Dustin Poirier stopped the Irishman in his tracks. With 2 wins under his belt since the Poirier loss he looks to be back in the mix again but he’s got a much harder task in James Vick. The Texan looked awesome in his last outing. Toss of coin this one!
WINNER: Joseph Duffy
Walt Harris Vs Mark Godbeer (HW)
Originally scheduled to fight only a few weeks ago, Godbeer was dropped so that Harris could step in as a late replacement for the injured Derrick Lewis and was subbed in minutes by Fabricio Werdum for his efforts. Will this affect his performance against the heavy-handed Brit? Harris looked like a deer in headlights against Werdum but its doubtful Godbeer will even consider taking this to the ground so he should be okay and go back to what he is good at.
Ion Cutelaba Vs Michal Oleksieiczuk (LHW)
Cutelaba was expecting to fight a submission specialist but an opponent pull out means he now faces newcomer Oleksjeiczuk. The Polish youngster likes to bang and he might just turn a few heads here if he can keep on top of his Octagon debut jitters.
Randy Brown Vs Micky Gall (WW)
Easy prediction. Gall bags himself another RNC and remains undefeated.
PRELIMS (UFC Fight Pass)
Oleksiy Oliynyk Vs Curtis Blaydes (HW)
An interesting clash between a seasoned Jiu Jitsu expert and a stand out wrestler so we guess it all depends on how much the 40-year-old Soviet has left in the tank. Blaydes will have to really focus here and we can see him either getting tied up in the guard and submitted, or grinding out a decision victory.
Ovince St Preux Vs Corey Anderson (LHW)
Fellow wrestler Pat Cummins was meant to be the other person standing across from Corey Anderson but a staph infection meant late replacement OSP now takes his place. Anderson was blown out of the water in his last appearance with a brutal loss to heavy hitting Jimi Manuwa, so will need to come back in style here. OSP doesn’t pose the same threat as Manuwa standing, but he’s certainly not far off. Against his original opponent, this was looking like the least entertaining bout on the card but things are looking up for this one. Look for OSP to do exactly the same as he did in Japan just over a month ago.
WINNER: Ovince St Preux
Airemann Zahabi Vs Ricardo Ramos (BW)
Being undefeated (and also the brother of a famous coach) meant a lot was riding on the UFC debut of Airemann Zahabi against Reginaldo Veira back in February. He didn’t exactly light up the octagon and was tagged by Veira on a few occasions. We’ll get the party started and go for the upset here.