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UFC 219 Cris Cyborg vs Holly Holm Fight Pick & Preview

The UFC is finishing off 2017 with a strong card headlined by Cris Cyborg vs Holly Holm.  MMA fans have been wanting Cyborg in the UFC and now she's here. This will be her first real test.  Let's take a closer look at these MMA fighters and then I'll make my fight pick for UFC 219: Cris Cyborg vs Holly Holm. 

Cris Cyborg comes into this title defense with an overall MMA record of 18-1. While on paper that looks like a great record, the competition hasn't exactly been top notch .  Cyborg's last win came against Tonya Evinger who was making her UFC debut and is 19-6 overall.  The fight before that was came against Lina Lansberg who at the time was also making her UFC debut and is now 1-2 in the UFC. 

While Cris Cyborgs competition hasn't been the best, she's done what she's had to do. Cyborg has absolutely dominated everyone they've put in front of her.  Sixteen of her 18 wins have all come via KO/TKO.  Cyborg's stand up game has been at another level. Her striking is to women's MMA what Ronda Rousey's grappling was.  But in this fight, she'll face Holly Holm who has a striking resume Cyborg hasn't seen.  

Holly Holm is coming into this fight with an overall MMA record of 11-3. She's the fighter that exposed the big hole in Ronda Rousey's game and made her look silly in a devastating KO.  But, after that electrifying KO of Ronda Rousey, Holm went on a three fight losing streak.  

Holm stopped that losing streak with a KO of Bethe Correia and now gets a chance to prove that those three losses in a row where a fluke and could be chalked up to inexperience in MMA.  Holm's championship Kickboxing background helps her in MMA, and while other aspects have been lacking, they're improving fast.  

Look for this fight to showcase some high level striking.  Cyborg has a big advantage if the fight goes to the ground, but, will it get there? I don't think so.  Holly Holm trains with some of the best fighters in the UFC and in a legendary fight camp.  With time to prepare for Cyborg, I'm sure takedown defense was a priority.  

This fight will go back in forth in the early rounds.  Cyborg will attempt takedowns but will be stuffed and it will tax her gas tank.  Holm will suprise the world in the later rounds as her gas tank will reign supreme and will land strategic chingasos winning rounds and taking the fight! 

How do you think this will go down?  

UFC 218 Max Holloway vs Jose Aldo 2 Fight Pick & Preview

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At UFC 218, an injury has given Jose Aldo a quicker rematch with Max Holloway than expected!  With only three weeks notice, Aldo gets a chance at redemption!  If you’re here reading this, it’s probably because you know that I’ve established myself as an expert in picking UFC PPV main event winners.  This article is later than usual, but, I wanted to take everything into account and make sure that I give you the best prediction possible.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then, as usual, I’ll make my pick. This time it’s for UFC 218: Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo 2.

Jose Aldo comes into this title shot and rematch with an overall MMA record of 26-3.  For a long time, a very long time, Jose Aldo looked unbeatable.  Aldo had 18 wins in a row beating the best of the best in his division until he lost his title to Conor McGregor.  After that loss he came back with a solid win versus Frankie Edgar. But, then took another L in the unification title bought with Max Holloway.  

Jose Aldo now gets a shot at redemption and can regain his throne.  Aldo is a great striker.  He’s quick, explosive, and can finish fights.  Aldo has 14 KO/TKO’s on his resume.  The knock on Aldo is his gas tank.  Aldo starts well, but, when fights go into deep water, he has trouble.  Holloway exploited that in their first fight.  

Max Holloway comes into this title defense with an overall MMA record of 18-3.  Holloway hasn’t taken an L since 2013 and is currently on an 11 fight winning streak.  He hasn’t been fighting cans either, they’ve all been top contenders, and or champions. 

In their first match-up, Holloway showed that his striking is on par with the best in the UFC.  He also showed he can weather a storm and that his gas tank is on of the best in MMA.  In this fight, look for Aldo to come out strong as usual.  Holloway will once again weather the storm and drag the fight into deep waters.  Deep into the third round, Max Holloway will begin to pull away landing more and more and winning exchanges.  Look for Holloway’s pressure to break Aldo’s spirit.  

Holloway is young, hungry and fully armed with MMA skills. He will walk out of that cage with the belt and will solidify his position in the featherweight division!