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Before LeBron James (well, more like Kyrie Irving) won the 1st championship in Cleveland since the 1964 Browns (and before you Google that and see some team named the Crunch, bugger off mate), Stipe Miocic won the heavyweight championship title after his 1st round knockout over Fabricio Werdum. Miocic is from Cleveland if you didn’t gather from that intro. Reading is fundamental. Miocic will defend his title against arguably the most decorated heavyweight in the history of MMA, with one glaring hole in his trophy room – the UFC heavyweight title belt. Alistair Overeem has long been one of the most physically gifted heavyweights to grace the MMA world, with incredible quickness and devastating power in all of his strikes, including his world renowned left body kick and of course the deadly Uber Knees. The Reem actually just came off one of the more incredible knockouts in his career with a crane kick/left hook combo that rendered Andre Arlovski unconscious to leave no doubt regarding Reem’s #1 contender status. It’s going to be a very interesting and dynamic stylistic fight between a renewed Overeem with a fantastic gameplan, thanks in part to his camp in Jackson-Winkeljohn, and the deft but powerful boxing and countering of Miocic.

And then….there’s the debut of the great Phil Brooks! You don’t know who that is? He’s CM Punk, the former wrestler for the WWE who decided he should totally give this whole MMA thing a whirl. He’s got no fights on record, or any film really outside of his documentary and several other….rather flimsy video evidence, including BJJ instructional videos which serve no purpose in actually determining his fighting skills. Brooks will be fighting against Mickey Gall, coming off a very nice 1st round win over tomato can Mike Jackson. Gall is currently 2-0 in the pros, with 5 total fights in his pro/amateur career. And this is on the main card. This is your fault.

There will also be a new change to the writing style for this article (and future ones as well) focusing on the possible outcomes of the fights rather than listing relevant strengths/weaknesses of every fighter. I had noticed that particular style sometimes got a little redundant and repetitive, often blending into big blocks of text that no one really wanted to read fully. So, to save some time and headaches, I will just simply do the usual intros/conclusions of every fight but with a little more info and of course, the 2ToN sizzle you all crave. Are you ready? CM PUNK!!!!!! Still your fault.

Drew Dober vs Jason Gonzalez

Jason Gonzalez will be filling in for Erik Koch on a month’s notice, and it probably made the matchup a little more exciting, since Koch would likely have destroyed Dober. Instead, we may get a nice fight to kick off the card between a high volume lanky striker in Gonzalez and a guy who is down to brawl in Drew Dober. Well, if Dober doesn’t decide to grind out Gonzalez, which might be a bad idea for Dober anyways. Biggest takeaway from the matchup is the height/reach difference, with Gonzalez boasting an impressive 6 inch height advantage alongside his 5 inch reach advantage over Dober. Yikes.

dr_300x250_nflLooking over Jason Gonzalez’s last few fights, it’s obvious the guy really likes to put on a show. He’s a willing brawler from his southpaw stance and has very long, looping punches especially when Gonzalez starts finding his range with his hooks. He’s got a very solid Muay Thai base with clean, crisp hard kicks and if given enough space and time, is willing to land some Barboza-esque spinning kicks to the body and of course to the head. He’s not afraid to put the pressure on nor does he back up against pressure, instead choosing to try and counter right back repeatedly. Gonzalez also seems pretty darn good in the clinch, thanks partly due to his height and the fact that he can rain down knees without having to raise his knees very high, so he can essentially spam the knee while in the plum. The biggest issue I see is his kicking game is more technical and has less glaring defensive holes, but his punching leaves Gonzalez wide open at times and can seem a little sloppy, if not clunky. Considering Dober isn’t known for his power like…at all, I think Gonzalez can survive with less than ideal defensive striking.

Dober has always been a scrappy little guy, stringing together quick 1-2 punch combinations and either plays the paint by numbers striking game or uses it as a way to get low for the take-down/push to the fence. I’ve never really been impressed with Dober simply because he doesn’t have much power and never really had great wrestling. He’s just a guy who relies on speed and his tenacity in grinding out wins against fighters who may have a decided advantage on the feet. Sounds like Gonzalez, doesn’t it? Gonzalez has a good sprawl and a pretty aggressive guard, and while Dober isn’t awful from top control, he’s sometimes struggled against competent grapplers. With how lackadaisical Dober can be on the feet, and Gonzalez’s height/reach advantage plus his solid guard, I’d rather pick the upside play and pick Gonzalez by either high volume outing or a late finish. A Dober wins probably means he grinded his way to a decision, with few points accumulated. Bleh.

Gonzalez via 3rd round TKO

C.B. Dollaway vs Francimar Barroso

I just fell asleep trying to think of an intro for this fight. Dollaway is a slow starter but has some power in his hands and can wrestle some. Barroso has a black belt in kickboxing and BJJ, and had only gone to decision once up until entering the UFC. All 3 of his UFC wins have been decision wins, and they’ve been very difficult to watch. Despite having some clear athleticism and unique striking skills, Barroso often delves into a grinder, and not even a good one at that. Both men have a propensity at getting knocked out, so I guess there’s a chance for some fireworks. Sorry, this one deserves a snore from. Snore.

I’ll keep this matchup short and sweet. Barroso has some unique kickboxing skills, including some very swift body kicks and has some pretty good grappling skills. The problem with Barroso thus far in the UFC is he prefers to get into the clinch and work the trip take-down game, or just simply hold his opponents up the fence all fight long. The same thing goes whenever Barroso is able to gain top control on the ground, often staying heavy and barely doing anything to prevent a ref stand-up. For all of his ability to land nice attacks from various angles, Barroso just seems confused on how to counter properly and can leave his chin wide open during exchanges.

Dollaway, whose name is actually Clarence Byron, may look disinterested and generally annoyed at times while he stands around waiting for someone to tell him he doesn’t have to go to jury duty, but the man can land some damn good counters. It’s one of his redeeming qualities that have kept him around in the UFC this long, despite the fact that he’s currently on a 3 fight losing streak and has an overall UFC record of 9-8. I’m thinking each guy’s wrestling cancels each other out, and even if someone is able to get on top of each other (gross?), I doubt either one of them will do something with that opportunity. It’ll likely come down to the three total striking exchanges they engage in for the entire fight, and I like Dollaway in those exchanges. Barroso has the edge in the kicking department for sure, but his lack of striking defense and worrisome habit of eating counter-rights seems like a clear advantage for good ol’ Clarence Byron. Will it be a finish? Will it be a fence holding match? Will Clarence Byron send an innocent man to jail? This, I do not know.

Dollaway via 3rd round KO

Sean Spencer vs Yancy Medeiros

Hey, it’s Yancy! No, not the guy from Futurama. It’s the best chin in the UFC, Yancy Medeiros, though his last name does sound like that curse word from South Park. He actually gets a chance to truly showcase his crazy Diaz-like striking and demeanor against a guy who prefers to stand and bang in Sean Spencer. Both men should be trying to light each other up on the feet, so I’d probably try to fit either one of them in at least half of your lineups. Sig strike alert!

Medeiros will be trying to land the jab as much as possible while mixing in his usual spinning stuff, while Spencer is more of a boxer and likes to counter-attack whenever possible. Spencer should have knocked out Pyle, but let him come back and ended up getting brutally knocked out due to that countering style. It’s something Medeiros can do, but the problem with Yancy is he really just doesn’t care about defense. He will swing at anything and come forward while leaving his head stationary, inviting all kinds of doom and gloom his way without much resistance outside of his left hook. Both guys lack the striking defense to really highlight their boxing skills, and it’s probably why the fight is even as of now, despite the fact that Medeiros is probably the better/more talented of the two.

I’m going to go with Yancy just because he’s a better fighter to me and has more weapons at his disposal, including his grappling if it ever gets into the clinch or on the ground. Spencer may have the volume to go toe to toe with Medeiros, but he just doesn’t have that elite speed needed to disguise his defensive incidences. Alliteration!  Hedge this fight anyways. Spaceman Medeiros has a nice ring to it.

Medeiros via 2nd round TKO

Brad Tavares vs Caio Magalhaes

We last saw Magalhaes spitting blood in the face of Josh Samman, and it was both absolutely disgustingly disrespectful but kinda badass at the same time. We also last saw Tavares get absolutely lit up on the feet in a 1st round KO loss against Robert “Not Forrest” Whittaker over a year ago. It’s a strange matchup, but we must push forward regardless. Will Magalhaes spit blood again? One can only hope….not. Please don’t do it again.

Brad Tavares is a little bit of a do-it-all but isn’t great at anything. He’s been working on his jab/straight combos with improved footwork, but ultimately goes into his wrestling well in most fights. He’s a very adept wrestler, if not uninspiring at times, and is willing to grind out a win against anyone. Thing is, Tavares would be wise to keep it on the feet against a hulking, slow but powerful striker, utilizing his speed and quickness edge over Magalhaes. As long as Tavares can stay away from the knockout blow by Caio, he should be able to control and dictate the flow of the fight, considering Magalhaes basically has no wrestling or offensive take-downs, and swings wild with laughable accuracy. In fact, Magalhaes either has to hope he gets that one punch KO or somehow break Tavares’ solid defensive wrestling and gets top control to put to use his BJJ black belt and very dangerous submission grappling. Unlikely, I say!

With how terrible Magalhaes cardio has been, and his propensity in getting hit over and over again with little to no resistance, I’m liking Tavares as a cash play. He’s got the fundamental boxing skills to jab and push away from Magalhaes, tiring him out in the long run. Hell, he could even get in some fence holding to further gas out the bigger Magalhaes. Tavares just has to avoid getting hit by a random counter and be reactive on any take-down attempts. It’s been a year since Tavares fought though, and Magalhaes can still hit like a truck. I still think it’s a good matchup for Tavares either way, and unless his fight IQ got scrambled by Whittaker, it should be a fairly simple fight to win for Tavares.

Tavares via unanimous decision

Bethe Correia vs Jessica Eye

Both women are coming off losses, and Jessica Eye is a Cleveland native. That’s all I got for ya. I don’t like either fighter, and this matchup doesn’t get my blood rushing, in more ways than one. Objectification! Correia recently lost to Raquel Pennington, and this could turn out the same way as that fight, with Correia unable to control Pennington in the clinch, eventually getting outstruck on the feet and losing a split decision. The difference between Eye and Pennington is Eye struggles in the clinch while Pennington is strong/savvy enough to stay out of trouble. That will be the major key for Correia if she wants to halt her losing skid.

Jessica Eye is currently on a 3 fight losing streak, and it’s because of one thing. She can’t wrestle. Eye is just simply too small and doesn’t have the defensive wrestling to stop any strong take-downs or get out of the clinch. The one strength of Eye is her boxing skills, especially the jab/straight. She’s very quick and accurate with her punch combinations, and it’s probably why she hasn’t been cut yet. The problem with that is Correia is a good boxer as well, with a strong and annoying clinch game. Correia is also much stronger than Eye, and constantly is always looking to clinch up and control her opponents from the fence with dirty boxing, knees, and getting in trip/body lock take-downs. Eye will have to follow the Pennington gameplan and stay away from the clinch at all times, attack constantly with the jab while circling away from Correia’s counter-rights, and control the space between her and Correia. It’s a tall task to ask out of Eye considering she still struggles to stay out of the clinch and out of harm’s way on take-downs. That’s not going to change overnight.

The Correia/Pennington fight was an okay fight fantasy wise, with Pennington landing 75 sig strikes in a split decision win. Correia usually can get at least 60+ sig in most fights, and landed 91 sig strikes against Jessamyn Duke. There’s a good possibility that if Eye is unable to avoid getting countered to death or gets stuck in the clinch that Correia can either overwhelm her for a ton of sig strikes or ends up getting the fight to the ground for a chance at a submission. If Eye is able to control her range and keep Correia at bay with the jab/straight, she can also land numerous sig strikes much like Pennington did. So while it’s likely a decision, there’s still some fantasy gold just waiting to be excavated. I’m going with Correia due to her strength and clinch work.

Correia via unanimous decision

Michael McBride vs Nik Lentz

McBride will be filling in for Mairbek Taisumov, who couldn’t get his visa issues fixed prior to the fight, on a week’s notice. He’ll be facing an always tough veteran in Nik Lentz, who really likes Starcraft. The nerd should be able to handle the newcomer with his wrestling and better striking, but does McBride have a chance at the upset? Can he kill all of Lentz’s monsters? Yes, I don’t know how to Starcraft.

Here’s the biggest problem I have with McBride. He doesn’t have much fights on video, and his last one that’s even viewable was from over two years ago. McBride hasn’t fought in about a year, so who the hell knows the kind of fighter he is now. As far as I can tell, he’s a poor man’s version of Nik Lentz, a strong wrestler who focuses on positional grappling from top control, though he’s not as good of a grappler as Lentz is, but that’s just because Lentz is much more experienced. His striking as far as I can tell is pretty cookie cutter, using entry attacks as a way to close the gap and rush in for the take-down or create level changes. Again, not much to go on here so take that with a grain of salt. Considering it’s really short notice and Lentz is literally the better version of McBride with much cleaner, swift striking and has the better jits, it’s no surprise to see that Lentz is currently the biggest favorite. He’s probably the value play of the card, and a must on cash games, even if he simply grinds out his opponent. I’m thinking due to short notice and Lentz probably wanting to get a fat paycheck that he’ll eventually tire out McBride and finish him with some ground and pound late.

Lentz via 3rd round TKO

Jessica Andrade vs Joanne Calderwood

Both women are coming off very dominant performances, with Andrade finally moving down to the weight class she always belonged in at strawweight. Andrade is a 5’3” (depending on who you ask) wrecking ball of anger and fury, with unpredictable flurries and surprising accuracy to match her power. She landed 117 sig strikes in an absolute laughter against Jessica Penne, where Andrade finished Penne in the second round! Calderwood got a late 3rd round TKO over tough Valerie Letourneau, to the tune of 115 sig strikes! Suffice to say that both women are very high volume oriented strikers who love to start firefights and get into brawls. It’s a great fight to kick off the main card!

dr_300x250_nflOne of the reasons why Andrade is able to land an exorbitant amount of sig strikes is her own aggressiveness and tendency to string together flurries of 5-10 punches at a time. Andrade isn’t the kind to continuously land several quick 1-2 combinations at a time, eventually accumulating total significant strikes. Rather, she waits and bides her time until a counter window arises, then like a bat outta hell, Andrade viciously attacks with 5-10 punch flurries, sometimes even more if she is able to get a corner trap. Andrade targets the body much more than most fighters, and it definitely showed against Penne to be a true weapon of hers. Calderwood is more of the former, landing several combinations consistently and just simply continuing to land combinations at a steady pace. Her Muay Thai striking style is a contrast to Andrade’s Mike Tyson-esque, close quarters boxing style. Calderwood will likely use her height/reach advantage (3 inches height/reach edge) and try to utilize her leg kicks, especially the push kick as much as possible. It’ll be a clash of different striking styles that may look different stylistically, but both get the intended results in the end with a fast paced, push forward offensive striking that depends on volume and accuracy to overwhelm their opponents.

Calderwood has never really been good at using her height in a plus matchup, and isn’t one to find her range and exploit any edge she may have striking wise. She prefers to push forward and just keep on landing several punch/kick combinations, applying pressure repeatedly and getting into the Muay Thai clinch for the usual knees that follow. Andrade is more of the stalker type, preferring to be a counter-striker, but has the speed and power to thwart any attempts to slow down her flurries. Andrade’s also ridiculously strong for her new weight, which causes me to pause and think about what could happen if Calderwood decides to clinch up. Will that end up being advantageous for Andrade due to her short stature? All I know is both women can take a punch and dish it right back, so you can’t go wrong with rostering either one. I give the edge to Andrade due to Calderwood probably not being able to control Andrade in the clinch, and Andrade can match Calderwood’s volume with more force behind her punches. Napoleon complex for the win!

Andrade via 3rd round TKO

Jimmie Rivera vs Urijah Faber

After getting embarrassed by Dominick Cruz, Faber gets an opponent who is more on his level at this point in his career, and if he does lose to Rivera, I gotta think Faber considers retirement. That’s not to say Rivera isn’t good in his own right, but if it’s a blowout by Rivera or Faber gets finished, it’s probably time to hang em up and not turn into Gray Maynard. Anyways, both guys are technical strikers with great wrestling background, with the wrestling edge going to Faber and probably the striking to Rivera. It’s a pretty solid matchup and a good litmus test for Rivera, riding a 3 fight UFC winning streak and 18 fight winning streak overall. Yep, 18. It’ll also be a good test to see if Faber’s still got it in him to compete against a young talent like Rivera.

Faber is Faber, no matter who he fights. He’s always got the wide stance, and the bounce around cage movement lunge in attacking striking style to match. Faber’s never been one to string together many combinations, rather looking to create one hit missiles and using his offensive wrestling to create mismatches by forcing opponents to leave their hands lower in an effort to sprawl against Faber’s incessant take-down attempts. Let’s not forget that world class guillotine of his. Rivera has the wrestling skills and experience to match Faber’s tenacious wrestling, so it’ll probably come down to the striking. Rivera prefers to be a counter-striker, but has some brutal leg kicks that could hinder Faber’s movement if Rivera can pound Faber’s lead leg repeatedly. Rivera is comfortable being in close quarters and has the speed/technique to be a very effective counter-striker, even against someone who was quicker than him like Pedro Munhoz. Faber’s broken rhythm striking could maybe pose some issues for Rivera if he can’t get a bead on when the lunges are coming, but I don’t think it’ll be an issue. There’s just something about Rivera and how compact his striking is, while Faber seems to have been regressing for a while now, even before his “title shot” against Cruz.

I can understand why Rivera is the favorite, considering he dismantled one of my favorite young bantamweights in Pedro Munhoz, and is riding a 18 fight winning streak, with some legitimate wins over good/decent competition. Faber may be The California Kid, but after his fights against Bruce Leeroy and Frankie Saenz, which were admittedly close fights that shouldn’t have been close, I just don’t think Faber is the same anymore. He seems slower and has been losing some of his usually sound defensive skills over the years, looking more and more hittable with each fight. Rivera’s got the power to put away Faber and the wrestling to keep it competitive if it turns into a scramble war, plus he’s got age on his side. From a fantasy perspective, I don’t mind Rivera as a play just because he has the power and technical boxing to frustrate Faber and possibly get in some knockdowns. I wouldn’t bet on it though, and Faber can always still turn it around and give us a classic performance, where he just ragdolls his opponent around and wins handily by decision or late stoppage.

Rivera via unanimous decision

Phil Brooks vs Mickey Gall

Good ol’ UFC, always signing those darn WWE stars. As I said before in the beginning, Phil Brooks (CM Punk, please let’s just call him by his actual damn name) has no fights on record and there is literally nothing to watch in order to gain perspective on his fighting skills. None. He’s apparently a good grappler (maybe?), trains with Roufoussport (good camp), and has been “training” and “working” on his striking, or so his documentary says so. From the few snippets of that very same documentary, it was apparent Brooks has no idea how to do….anything. Maybe he’ll surprise, but probably not. Mickey Gall may only be 2-0 professionally with 4 total fights under his belt, but at least he’s actually fought and has looked solid enough. Shrug. Where’s Randy Orton? RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!!!!!

Phil Brooks doesn’t seem like he knows how to strike effectively without falling down with his pants down. Sure, he’s got power but who doesn’t at that weight class? He’s had some open workouts over the couple weeks since ya know, he’s CM Punk and the UFC wants to give him some play and promote him to the masses. They were dreadful. It really comes down to whether or not Brooks gets knocked flat out before he can either A. shock the world and actually throw a combination, or B. gets to the ground without losing consciousness and ends up showcasing his BJJ with a submission win. Mickey Gall’s last fight lasted a whole 45 seconds, and it only took 1 strike from Gall to basically end it. He’s a brown belt in BJJ and has actually been involved in BJJ events and done well. He’s a rangy striker who can be a little erratic at times striking but does a good job mixing up his attacks, especially when he starts extending out his jab. Point blank, Gall is the better striker, better grappler, and actually has fought competition. I don’t know what more to tell you other than I have no clue what Brooks will bring to the table, and I’d much rather depend on the fighter who’s actually put himself in the spotlight and FOUGHT. Gall better hope he doesn’t get upset or he’s gonna get heckled for the rest of his life. That damn Mickey Mouse. See? It’s already starting.

Gall via 1st round RNC

Fabricio Werdum vs Travis Browne

The former heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum gets a rematch against apparent punching bag Travis Browne. Werdum was originally supposed to fight Ben Rothwell, but instead he gets a relatively easy matchup as he hunts for the chance to win back the belt. The 1st time these guys fought, Browne was considered a top 10 heavyweight and on the rise, while Werdum was still relatively unknown outside of having subbed Fedor. That fight is what put Werdum on the map, showcasing his improved striking, taking down Browne which hadn’t been done before at the time, and just completely dismantling Browne for 5 rounds to the tune of 121 sig strikes! Now this time around, Werdum has looked even better since despite the title loss, while Browne has looked like a shell of himself, getting obliterated by both Cain Velasquez and Andre Arlovski in back to back TKO losses. Now, I say back to back losses because I don’t count the Mitrione win since Browne eye poked Meathead, and that was a sham of a fight to be honest. Anyways, off we go!

The recent success by Werdum, including a massive upset over former champ Cain Velasquez, can be summed up in 1 word – striking. Kings MMA, or rather, Rafael Cordeiro has been shaping their fighters into world class strikers seemingly overnight. Look at Rafael Dos Anjos before his shocking loss to Eddie Alvarez. He was a guy who was kind of middle of the road as far as striking goes, then turned into an absolute monster, even finishing Donald Cerrone in the 1st round! And you know Cowboy Cerrone kicks some serious butt. Werdum does a little bit of everyone on the feet, but it mostly starts with his Muay Thai base, landing hard kicks early and often, mixing in some quick punch combinations and his annoying but effective naked headkicks. The reason why he lost against Miocic is he foolishly rushed in and aggressively pursued Miocic around the fence for whatever reason, then ate a huge right straight and wobbled away for the loss. I doubt Werdum makes that same mistake against Browne, because even at this stage in Browne’s career, he can still put away anybody in the division. I just don’t have anything to describe what Browne is doing right now other than just flat out sucking. But I guess the best way to describe it is he’s a super lanky but fairly quick heavyweight at 6’7”, with obvious knockout power and the ability to land unique combinations. Or least he used to, before Ronda Rousey turned him into a pumpkin.

Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Browne knocked out Werdum somehow, but I’d put that chance at about 10%, with 90% going towards a dominant win by Werdum. Browne just doesn’t look the same, doesn’t put forth the same effort he used to, and hasn’t gone back to his unique striking style that really showcased his long build. Werdum has gotten much better since the 1st fight, and he’s still a world class grappler so he can just destroy him on the ground if he feels like it. I dunno, I just don’t see the point of this rematch. Sorry Mr. Rousey, but unless she flies in Sting style, you ain’t making out of this alive. Not like dead dead, just not alive. Sheesh.

Werdum via 2nd round RNC

Alistair Overeem vs Stipe Miocic

THE GRIM REEMER! UBER KNEE! ALISTAIRWAY TO HEAVEN! However you call him, Alistair Overeem has been one of the most decorated and well known heavyweights in the history of MMA, winning Grand Prixes in K-1 and destroying Brock Lesnar’s liver. He finally gets a shot at gold, but standing in his way is a very good heavyweight in Stipe Miocic, a native Clevelander, which sounds like a cruel joke somehow. Miocic is an excellent boxer in his own right, with knockout power that has finished his opponents in his last 4 wins, and was involved in a fantastic brawl against at the time iron chinned Junior Dos Santos, who Overeem knocked the CM PUNK out during their fight. So, I guess according to MMA math, that means since Stipe lost to JDS but the Reem beat JDS, therefore the Reem will beat Stiped bass? Bad joke I know, but I digress. Overeem has seemed rejuvenated over his last few fights, completely changing his gameplan to better fit his skills, thanks in part to Greg Jackson’s coaching and of course, Overeem’s natural athletic ability that no other heavyweight even comes close to. I love this fight, and I’m rooting for Overeem just because he would be known as one of the best, if not the best, heavyweight of all time. THE GRIM REEEEEEEMER!

Overeem has one of the biggest arsenal of strikes that he can use at any time in the UFC, thanks largely in part to his long career in MMA and his incredible athleticism. It’s difficult to say exactly what he’s going to do at any given moment, but I’ll do my best. Generally, especially as of late, Overeem looks to stay slightly out of range and become a very efficient counter-striker, looking to land the left body kick and switch right from his southpaw stance, though he’ll mix up his stances early and often as he pursues unique striking angles throughout the fight. He was able to finish JDS, who had at the time had never been knocked out and had been involved in wars of attrition, so clearly he’s got the one hit knockout power. For as good as Overeem has been with his striking, the one thing that has continued to hold him back is his glass chin. He’s been knocked out in all of his losses thus far in the UFC, and it’s why I’m hesitant to roster Overeem on all of my lineups. Miocic is an excellent boxer, but makes his money off his counter-right straight that put away Werdum to win the title for all of Cleveland. I’m not sure what Miocic is going to do against Overeem, who’s shown in the past few fights that he’s willing to quite literally sit back all fight and be content in landing his leg kicks to win the fight. Will he rush Overeem and risk eating a counter-left or some crazy spinning kick? Or will he decide to put his jab/straight to use and beat Overeem at his game? I’m not sure he’s capable of that since he won’t be winning in the speed department, but in the sport of MMA, all it takes is one clean punch to change everything.

dr_300x250_nflI have a feeling that we’re gonna see 5 rounds of Overeem just kicking Miocic’s legs off and landing some brutal body kicks, while Miocic stares back in frustration as he chases Overeem around the octagon. Sure, Miocic’s got one hell of a chin and survived a war against JDS, but so did JDS before he met the Grim Reemer. I really think Miocic has to rush down Overeem and just take whatever punishment that comes his way in an effort to land that one hit that puts away the Grim Reemer for good. Otherwise, he’s going to be dancing with the devil, and trust me, there’s never a winner in that scenario. I also don’t think Miocic has the wrestling to take Overeem down and GnP him, so there will be added pressure on Miocic to dictate the flow of the fight instead of Overeem, otherwise he’s already lost the fight. I’m sticking with the Grim Reemer, as he finally gets that elusive UFC championship belt he’s been waiting for, and I think he’ll be a champion for a long time. Until CM Punk beats him.

Overeem via unanimous decision

Well, it’s NFL season now, and I’ll be joining the DailyRoto NFL team shortly, so be sure to check those articles out. You know you want to see the NFL players I insult and all the ridiculous nicknames I give them! It’s classic 2ToN shenanigans and bullhonkery with some real info sprinkled in. I can’t wait to yell about Marvin Jones.

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