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UFC 225: Robert Whittaker vs Yoel Romero 2 Fight Pick & Preview

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The UFC is finally back on track putting on fights that fans want to watch! Let's face it,  2018 has been a subpar year to say the least as far as PPV events go, but UFC 225 is a nice looking fight card headlined by a rematch between Robert Whittaker vs Yoel Romero.  Their first fight was fun to watch and I expect the rematch to be just as exciting if not more.  As Chingasos MMA readers know, we pick winners!  In 2017 we went 10-2 and so far in 2018 were already 4-1.  Let's get onto the fight pick and preview for UFC 225: Rober Whittaker vs Yoel Romero.   

Yoel Romero comes into this rematch with an overall MMA record of 13-2.  He's beat some of the best in the UFC's middleweight division, Luke Rockhold, Chris Weidman, Ronaldo Souza, and Lyto Machida have all fallen victim to the strength, power and technique of Yoel Romero.  His only loss in the UFC has been to the champion Robert Whittaker and that fight went the distance!  

Yoel Romero deserved a rematch for the title earlier, but Robert Whittaker was hurt, so he took on Luke Rockhold and stamped his ticket to a rematch with an explosive KO victory.  

Yoel Romero has Olympic level wrestling, a lot of power, strength and explosiveness. His stand up seems to improve every fight but his gas tank is not the best.  Whittaker was able to fend off takedown after takedown forcing Romero into deep waters where his gas tank became an issue  Whittaker then used his stand up and chingasos to win rounds and take the decision. 

Robert Whittaker comes into this fight with an overall MMA record of 19-4.  Whittaker hasn't lost a fight since 2014! Whittaker can finish fights, he has 9 KO/TKO's on his resume and 5 submission.  

Robert Whittaker has some of the best stand up skills in the UFC.  And, a killer takedown defense as he showed in the previous match up with Yoel Romero. If Whittaker wants to stand and throw chingasos, no one has stopped him from doing that!  

This time, Yoel Romero will be more conservative with his takedown attempts.  Look for the fight to start a lot slower than their first match up.  The strategy will drastically change for Romero, and Whittaker will have to adjust.  In this fight, there will be heavy power shots and exchanges.  I see Whittaker winning most of those exchanges.  Apparently, so do the odds makers because Whittaker is almost a 3 to 1 favorite.  

Whittaker is the better striker, he'll fend off most if not all takedown attempts.  Yoel Romero knows this.  So, look for Romero to fake takedowns this time and throw some heavy chingasos when Whittaker bites on the faints.  Whittaker will land more, but look for Yoel Romero to land that onee hard brain rattling chingaso. 

 While the odds are against Romero, keep in mind Whittaker is coming off a knee injury.  If Romero can hit that knee, slow Whittaker down just enough, and catch him when coming in or out of takedown attempts, Romero will surprise many.  I don't see a surprise, I see old man strength and power overcoming youth and speed in this fight.  Yoel Romero will end up with his hand raised when it's all said and done.  

Unfortunately for Romero, he will not be champion as he weighed in 2 oz over the 185 lbs limit.  But, a win will most likely set up a trilogy fight. 

Who do you have winning?  

UFC 224: Amanda Nunez vs Raquel Pennington Fight Pick & Preview

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UFC 224 is headlined by a "who?" vs "who?"... main event.  The casual fan has no clue who these fighters are. It's almost like the UFC is testing it's fan base as well.  It's testing how much money they can make with a crappy card.  Who's paying for that PPV?  Probably not many people, but, as always, we'll do a breakdown of the main event for those of you that enjoy making wagers.  In 2017, Chingasos MMA went 10-2 in main event fight picks helping people make a whole lot of money. In 2018, we're planning on similar numbers.  Let's get into the main event fight pick, Amanda Nunes vs Raquel Pennington.  

Amanda Nunes is the UFC women's 135 lbs champion and comes into this title defense with an overall record of 15-4. Nunes is on a 6 fight winning streak which includes the famous smoking of overrated and overhyped Ronda Rousey. 

Raquel Pennington is 9-5 overall and has a moderately impressive 4 fight winning streak.  Her biggest win has been against Meisha Tate.  She won a unanimous decision versus Tate.  Nunes on the other hand overwhelmed Tate and submitted her in the first round.  

The difference in this fight will be Nunes abilitly to finish.  She's finished 4 out of her last 6 wins.  Pennington has won her last three by decision and one of those was a split decision.  

Look for Nunes to be more athletic, sharper, and more technical in every aspect of MMA.  This fight wont go past the 3rd round and Nunes will have another title defense added to her resume. 




UFC 223: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Al Iaquinta Fight Pick & Preview

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Finalizing the UFC 223 main event has been an absolute circus! But, as of Saturday morning, the main event will be Khabib Nurmagodedov vs. Al Iaquinta. Hopefully the dust has finally settled and the main event stays as that!  In 2017 Chingasos MMA went 10-2 in main event fight picks making a whole lot of people a whole lot of money.  Bet at your own risk.  It's time to break this fight down and make a fight pick and prediction. 

Al Iaquinta has stepped in on 1 day notice and brings with him an MMA record of 13-3.  Iaquinta is no slouch though, he's on a 5 fight winning streak with four of those coming via KO/TKO! Iaquinta can bang and throw chingasos but he also has a strong wrestling base.  His takedown defense is one of the best and will definitely test Khabib Nurmagomedov.  

Khabib Nurmagomedov is coming into UFC 223 with an overall MMA record of 25-0!  When Khabib isn't submitting opponents (8 on his record), he's taking them out via KO/TKO (8).  When he can't sub or KO/TKO he'll just grind you down and get the decision.  Khabib just knows how to win!  

Most of Khabib's opponents have been so fearful of the takedown and ground and pound that they leave openings for hard chingasos in the stand up realm!  Khabib will deliver those as his 8 KO/TKO's show. 

This fight will be interesting as Iaquinta has great takedown defense.  Look for these fighters to trade standing. But, eventually, Khabib will find an opening and have another W in his bag.  Kudos to Iaquinta for stepping in on short notice, but that short notice will not be helping him in this high caliber fight.   


UFC 222 Cris Cyborg vs Yana Kunitskaya Fight Pick & Preview

Who's fighting at UFC 222? Who's the main event?  These are two questions I've been getting recently.  And, I can't blame the casual MMA fan for not knowing.  UFC 222 had a huge drop in interest once Max Holloway got hurt and Cris Cyborg vs Yana Kunitskaya got elevated to the main event.  It's not really main event worthy, but, it should still be interesting.  Last year I went 10-2 in main event fight picks making a lot of people a lot of money, and that's probably why you're here! So, let's get into these two fighters and then I'll make my fight pick for UFC 222: Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya.  

Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino is 19-1 overall in MMA.  In the UFC, since they've created a division just for her, she's 4-0.  The competition hasn't been all that stiff. She's looking like the stand/striking MMA version of Ronda Rousey. There's a lot of hype that's built up, but mostly it's been built up because of sub par competition.  Make no mistake about it though, Cyborg is tough, and she can bang! 

Yana Kunitskaya is 10-3 in MMA but has not fought in the UFC. Yana is 2-2 with a no contest in her last 5.  Not exactly main event title shot material, but, here we are.  Yana has a punchers chance, 7 of those 10 wins have come via KO/TKO.  The competition, questionable at best, but nevertheless she can put another woman to sleep.  

On paper, Yana has zero chance at beating Cyborg.  Luckily for her, fights aren't fought on paper.  You just never know.  I wouldn't be the house on her, but if you're a high risk gambler, this could be Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas.  Officially though, I'm taking Cyborg for the win.  

What are your thoughts on UFC 222: Cris Cyborg vs Yana Kuniskaya? 



UFC 221 Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold Fight Pick & Preview

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The UFC has had all kinds of issues with injuries, but, luckily they also have a wealth of talented MMA fighters.  UFC 221 has flown under the radar but make no mistake about it, Yoel Romero vs Luke Rockhold as the main event should be exciting.  Both of these fighters have had exciting fight finishes and are headliner material.  In 2017 I went 10-2 in main event fight picks. Let's take a closer look at these fighters and then I'll make my official fight pick for UFC 221 and hopefully put up a similar record in 2018.  

Luke Rockhold is coming into UFC 221 with an overall MMA record of 16-3. Rockhold is 6-1 in his last 7 with that only smudge coming to Michael Bisping. Rockhold can finish fights, of his 16 wins, 6 have come via KO/TKO and 8 via submission.  

Yoel Romero is coming into UFC 221 with an overall MMA record of 12-2.  He's coming off a decision loss to Robert Whittaker, but was on an 8 fight winning streak before that with the only other loss coming way back in 2011. Romero is also a fight finisher sporting 10 KO/TKO's on his resume.  

Both these fighters are explosive, with Romero being the most explosive and dangerous always being one chingaso away from finishing a fight.  But, Romero has had problems with conditioning.  Rockhold's conditioning is still a question.  Many of his fights haven't gone past the second round.  

Look for this fight to start slow.  Both fighters will cautiously look for an opening to gain an advantage. Rockhold will use his kicks, Romero will look to set up one of his punches and or knees.  

As the fight progresses, Romero always seems to find an opening.  Look for the same in this fight.  One of those powerful, KO/TKO power heavy chingasos will land and Rockhold will not be able to use his wrestling to survive as Romero is the most skilled wrestler between the two.  

How do you think UFC 221: Yoel Romero vs Luke Rockhold plays out? 


UFC 220 Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou Fight Pick & Preview

The UFC is kicking off 2018 in a great way!  UFC 220 features Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou. These two MMA fighters are hard hitting fight finishers. Someone is going to sleep in that cage Saturday night!  I had another great year in 2017 going 10-2 in UFC main event predictions. If you're looking for the most accurate fight picks in the game, you've come to the right place.  Let's take a closer look at these two MMA beasts and then I'll make my fight pick/prediction for UFC 220: Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou.  

Francis Ngannou is coming into this UFC title shot with an overall MMA record of 11-1.  Since entering the UFC in December of 2015 he's done nothing but finish fights with 5 KO/TKO's and 1 submission.  What he lacks in experience he makes up with in brutal power!  That power was on display in his last fight where he almost took Alistair Overeem's head off with one of the most devastating uppercuts I've ever seen.  It was actually scary to watch!  

Francis Ngannou is big, athletic and hits like a freight train!  He's also hungry and knows this is his shot at solidifying his journey from rags to riches.  A win Saturday night puts him on the map, and all heavyweight in the UFC on notice.  But, to do all that, he's going to get over the biggest hill he's come across.  That hill might be more of a mountain in Stipe Miocic.  

Stipe Miocic is coming into this UFC heavyweight title defense with an overall record of 17-2.  While that's a pretty impressive MMA record, what's even more impressive is that he's finishes his last 5 opponents via KO/TKO. Those fighters weren't cans either, 4 of the 5 were former UFC heavyweight champions, and the other was hard hitting MMA legend Mark Hunt.  

Stipe Miocic has great boxing skills, but what makes that work so well in MMA is his wrestling.  If he wants to stand, he'll stand.  Good luck trying to take him down!  It's probably not going to happen and you're going to eat some hard chingasos for your efforts.  Miocic has great technique, conditioning, power and is tough as nails!  

This fight is tough to pick, on paper, Stipe Miocic is technically better in every MMA category including experience.  But, Francis Ngannou has an X factor, and that's his unbelievable power.  

Look for Miocic do well early. He'll use his boxing and wrestling in a defense manner as to drag Ngannou into deep water were the hope is that Ngannou's power will diminish. Unfortunately for Miocic, Ngannou only needs one punch, and he will get his power shot off first before Miocic can set his offense up.  This is going to be a race to see who can land first, and I see Ngannou crossing that finish line ahead of Miocic.  On Saturday night, we'll have a new champion and a Mike Tyson type legend in the making.

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