This weekend the UFC takes over London once more and what a card it is! This event is extra special for us as friend and Smuggling Duds team member Jimi ‘Poster Boy’ Manuwa gets given main event duties once again. How do we think the event will play out? Read on..
Jimi Manuwa Vs Corey Anderson (LHW)
Producing one of the best knockouts of 2016 in his last outing Jimi Manuwa will be looking to do the same against TUF winner Corey Anderson. Anderson is younger but won’t match Manuwa’s hunger in this one. We can’t see the occasion affecting Manuwa either, so hopefully more Tyson style handy work will be showcased in the capital.
Gunnar Nelson Vs Alan Jouban (WW)
Don’t be fooled by his good looks, Alan Jouban is the real deal and will be a tough test for the man from Iceland. Could potentially go the distance but Nelson needs to start stringing wins together if he’s going to be considered as a title challenger this year.
Brad Pickett Vs Marlon Vera (BW)
Originally scheduled to face Henry Briones (up until last week when Briones pulled out again!) Pickett now finds himself up against Marlon Vera, in what will be the Englishman’s final dance in the octagon. We would love ‘One Punch’ to finish his career with a win but Vera might spoil the party.
Arnold Allen Vs Makwan Amirkhani (FW)
Having not fought since Feb 2016 it will be good to see Arnold Allen back in action. On paper this is a very tasty match up featuring two rising stars with big personalities. A very difficult fight to predict this one but Allen will be keen to show his employers what they’ve been missing out on.
Joseph Duffy Vs Reza Medadi (LW)
Two fighters with very different attitudes once the octagon door closes. Medadi will take it to Duffy as soon as the bell goes. Expect Duffy to weather the storm and work in a submission. Most likely a RNC.
Darren Stewart Vs Francimar Barroso (LHW)
These guys met in November last year but unfortunately for Stewart the victory was over turned to a NC for head butting. The Brit will turn it up in the rematch and finish in style.
Daniel Omielanczuk Vs Timothy Johnson (HW)
If you think this bout will be one big sweaty mess where two big lumps go head hunting then you are probably correct. Johnson has a little more in the tank though and will be keen to get backto winning ways.
Marc Diakiese Vs Teemu Packalen (LW)
Diakiese has proven to be one of our best cash cows of late and we’ll be sticking with him for this one as well. A potential performance of the night winner right here.
Tom Breese Vs Oluwale Bamgbose (MW)
Not sure how this one will play out. Pretty sure it will go to the judges so it all depends on who looks the most active on the night.
Leon Edwards Vs Vincente Luque (WW)
Potential fight of the night for sure. Edwards is going to have to be well and truly on the ball against Luque who has looked fantastic lately.
Ian Entwistle Vs Brett Johns (BW)
Can Brett Johns avoid the heel hook attempts of Entwistle and go 14-0? We believe so.
Bradley Scott Vs Scott Askham (MW)
Both middleweights are coming off a loss so will either play it too cautious, or produce the performance of their life. Most likely play it too cautious producing very few fireworks.
Lina Lansberg Vs Lucie Pudilova (BW)
Lansberg was the cannon fodder for Cyborg Santos’s UFC debut so she’ll be looking to re start her UFC career. She’s actually met her opponent before. The result will be the same.