We are just 24 hours away from UFC 213, and here at The Athletes Hub, we are going to give you our picks for tomorrow night’s main card. The winner of this competition will receive the honor of writing the post-fight reaction, as well as receive bragging rights. This article will provide you with exclusive insight into tomorrow’s fights, as and could help sway you on who to root for or bet on.
Josh: This is going to be an interesting fight to start off the evening. Pettis has only one victory in his last four fights, whereas Miller was brutally beaten by Dustin Poirier in his last outing. If Anthony Pettis is able to show some semblance of his former glory, then he should easily take this fight. If Miller lands early and can control the pace, we may see Pettis continue to decline. With that, I think Pettis will show enough to grind out a win in this one.
Josh’s Winner: Pettis by Unanimous Decision
Devon: After missing weight by three pounds in a lightweight bout against Max Holloway, Pettis’ shot to become a two-division champion went out the door. While he was still able to compete, Pettis would go on to break his hand, losing in the third round via TKO to Holloway. Anthony Pettis has one of the biggest chips on his shoulder in the current lightweight division, and I think his return to the lightweight roster will prove that. While he is 1-4 in his last five outings, his last three wins have come via submission. In fact, the last time Pettis won through a decision was at UFC 136 in 2011.
Devon’s Winner: Pettis by Second Round Submission
This is the third time these two men will meet, with each man besting the other once before. This fight should be the last time these two square off, as we will have a more definitive answer to who is the better fighter, and quite possibly a look at who will get the next title shot. Overeem has looked dominant in recent fights, but let’s be honest, he not the “Ubereem” that fans remember from Pride, as he has been showing his age more and more with each fight. Werdum has had a solid recovery since he lost the title to Miocic, and is currently looking poised to regain the title. If he can avoid charging in on Overeem, he should be able to avoid the knockout and win.
Josh’s Winner: Werdum by Second Round Submission
Devon: Regardless to who wins, I believe the victor will be granted a title shot within the near future. In their last ten combined fights, Overeem and Werdum combine for an impressive 8-2, including four knockouts between the two. I don’t see this one on the ground for very long, but if it does, expect for Werdum to take advantage.
Devon’s Winner: Werdum by Unanimous Decision
In a late addition to the main card, thanks to Lawler vs Cerrone being moved to UFC 214, we get to see if Curtis Blaydes can live up to the hype. He is easily the biggest favorite of the night, with current Vegas odds makers listing him as a -750 favorite. Blaydes has knocked out every fighter that he has beaten, and it looks as though the UFC is counting on him to do it again against the struggling Omielanczuk. I am hoping to see him display some takedown defense, as Omielanczuk has won nine fights by submission. If this fight stays standing, it’s Blaydes all day.
Josh’s Winner: Blaydes by First Round TKO
Devon: The last two outings for Blaydes have been dominant, and that can’t be ignored. With a TKO in every victory, how can you bet against him in this one? Omeilanczuk is an impressive fighter, don’t get me wrong, but with the hype that Bladyes currently holds, it’s nearly impossible to root against him.
Devon’s Winner: Blaydes by Second Round TKO
At 40-years old, this will be Yoel Romero’s first shot at UFC Gold, and its not going to be an easy fight for him. Robert Whittaker, who easily walked through Jacare Sousa recently, is listed as the favorite, but this is a toss-up fight. Most analysts and experts are taking Romero in this fight, but I am not sold on him. Romero has grown tired in previous fights, and I still question his cardio. Either way, I’m looking forward to this fight.
Josh’s Winner: Whittaker by Unanimous Decision
Devon: While Whittaker may be ridding a seven-fight win streak, Romero has won eight straight of his own. Neither middleweight fighter are efficient when it comes to the ground game, but one punch could change the outcome of this match. While I believe Whittaker could leave it up to the judges, I have a feeling that Romero will end things sooner than that.
Devon’s Winner: Romero by Third Round KO
The rematch between these two has been on my radar for awhile now, and I can’t wait for them to settle the debate. In their first fight, we saw Nunes beat up Shevchenko for two rounds, only to fade and almost lose it all in the third. Now that we get a five-round contest, it will be interesting to see if Nunes’ cardio can handle her high output for 25 minutes. Both women are versatile and have the potential to win the fight from any position, so it may come down to stamina and heart. I think that Shevchenko has too big of a chip on her shoulder to lose again.
Josh’s Winner: Shevchenko by Fourth Round Submission
Devon: Both of these bantamweight beasts have taken the UFC by storm, and I’m excited to see how this one turns out. While many have Nunes taking this one steadily, don’t be shocked to see Shevchenko gives her a run for her money. I have Nunes in the long-run, but this will be back and forth all the way through.
Devon’s Winner: Nunes by Unanimous Decision