Are you ready to rumble UFC 211 fans? With this article we are highlighting several fighters, their values, tendencies, strengths/weaknesses, and a slight breakdown of their opponents as well. Enjoy!
Here are some fighters we like in UFC 211
Stipe Miocic – $8,500
The heavyweight champ comes in at a respectable $8,500. He is a slight betting favorite in Vegas as well with a -120 as of Wednesday afternoon. Stipe likes to stand and trade with his opponents, as he has showcased in a number of his fights. He isn’t intimidated by opponents pedigrees or accolades, having grappled with BJJ black belts and struck with high-level strikers. Stipe throws with volume as well, and can end the fight with a single strike in the first round or a barrage of strikes in the 4th round. His opponent, Junior Dos Santos ($7,700), has cleaned up his technical striking and is looking to reclaim the heavyweight strap. His uppercut is night-ending and leaves his opponents asking “What happened?!”. Stipe has a younger, less fight-worn jaw, and that could very well be one of his biggest advantages in this fight. The two engaged in an amazing war their first fight, and it appears we’re in for Demolition Derby in Dallas Pt. 2.
Yair Rodriguez – $7,600
“El Pantera” comes in as a good value fighter, almost $2,000 less than his previous fights. He has been on a tear the past four fights, finishing two of them and shutting his opponent down in the other two. He has knockout power and has shown he can go a full 5-round fight, proving he can keep up the pressure in later rounds. He has never faced someone of Frankie Edgar’s ($8,600) caliber, however. The former lightweight champ has looked amazing at featherweight, and may very well continue on his path for the title shot. Frankie strikes from strange angles and is lightning quick with his takedowns. Yair has improved his takedown defense, but could be susceptible to being taken down while trying to figure out Edgar’s striking game. Look for this to be a high-paced scrap.
Demian Maia – $7,800
Mr. “Steal Yo Neck” is the Vegas betting underdog and holds good value for this UFC fight. His ground game is stifling, and he is ALWAYS looking to wrap his limbs around your neck. Top position, bottom position, he’s hunting for a limb or your neck to end the fight. Jorge Masvidal ($8,400) is going to want to punch his way out of every situation he finds himself in. He is going to try to utilize his range and outstrike Maia, looking for a big shot to put Maia’s lights out. Striker vs. grappler. If Maia gets his hands on Masvidal and gets a trip takedown, it could end very quickly. The same could be said about a Masvidal cross too.
Marco Polo Reyes – $6,700
Marco is coming in at the cheapest fighter to get on this card. This could be a big upset for people, or could pan out as it appears. It appears that Reyes is taking a huge step up in opponent against James Vick ($9,500) who is the most expensive fighter on the card. This fight has a question mark over it, because both of these guys could show up big or neither could show up. If they fought to what they are capable of, as has been witnessed in previous fights, it’ll be a stellar scrap. Reyes can throw down for 15 minutes straight, and Vick can use his height and size advantage to bully Reyes around. Vick can strike but his true strength is on the ground. Reyes has fought and won against bigger guys, but Vick is making a run for the title and won’t be easily deterred.
Dustin Poirier – $8,100
“The Diamond” is dead even with his opponent Eddie Alvarez in value- both are at $8,100. This is my predictive fight of the night; these two are vicious warriors in the cage that can throw down and trade for 15 minutes. Good conditioning by both, a wrestling advantage goes to Alvarez, and a reach advantage going to Poirier. Dustin has improved his takedowns, offensively and defensively, but with his real advantage and ability being to knock someone out with one shot, I see him trying to stay on the feet and pick Alvarez apart. Alvarez can take a shot, though, so he could very well bullrush Poirier and utilize some dirty boxing, maybe even go for a takedown.
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UFC 211 MAY 13th MIOCIC VS. DOS SANTOS
Here we are ladies and gentlemen, delinquents and degenerates, children of all ages- UFC 211 has ‘card of the year’ written all over it. Next weekend’s event will feature two championship fights and five current or former champions fighting. There will be several new faces added to the mix, and we’re expecting it to be one heck of a show!
Stipe Miocic vs. Junior Dos Santos headlines the card. If it’s anything like their first fight, it’s going to be a war and the victor should be crowned the “baddest man on the planet”. Take a look at a few of the fighters:
Current UFC Heavyweight Champion, Stipe is what you want to see in a heavyweight fighter. Someone that can sit down on their punches and throw leather, but is still very technical in their boxing. He is 10-2 in his UFC career, his last loss coming against the man he’s scheduled to fight in UFC 211. Stipe is all about volume and accuracy, and being one of the big boys, he can knock you out with one strike. His chin is superb, cardio is excellent, and JDS is going to have to come in at 100% to have a chance of dethroning Stipe.
This man will choke you. Flat. Out. He’s been called a “one-trick pony” by more than a few fighters and analysts, but when you do that one-trick better than anyone else, why not exploit it? He tried his hand at boxing and attempting to outstrip opponents, but was put to sleep. He has since reverted back to his smothering ground game, and is currently riding a 6-fight win streak. His opponent, Jorge Masvidal, has an awesome chin and loves to strike. Maia has been known to have a suspect chin against bigger opponents, but he’s not giving up a lot of size to Masvidal. If he sticks to what he’s been doing, it’s going to be a long night for Masvidal.
Dustin has looked great since he moved up to 155. He’s 5-1 as a lightweight, has shown his power in his strikes, but has also utilized his cardio to wear opponents down. The bump up in weight hasn’t seemed to slow him down. He’s going up against the freshly dethroned lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez, who’s coming off of a knockout loss to Conor McGregor. Eddie is going to be hungry and gunning to get a shot at that title quickly. Eddie has experience in fighting championship rounds, he’s tenacious and strong, and he can wrestle very well. IF Dustin can create distance and pick Eddie apart for 3 rounds, it’s a win bonus for DP and one step closer to the title.
What’s even more confusing than this guy’s name is how little he’s talked about. He’s going into this fight with a 5-fight win streak on the line against an experienced David Branch. Jotk has knockout power and very unorthodox striking. He absorbs very little damage, has defended almost 90% of takedowns attempted against him, and has the endurance that can wear an opponent down. His goal is to defend takedowns, keep you on your feet, and pick you apart. His middle name should be Volume. He’s not “finish-heavy” but he does have power and stamina.
The smallest but probably most terrifying person on the card. The undefeated strawweight champion has been a terror in the cage. She can utilize her extensive kickboxing and muay thai background to effective kick and can also obliterate her opponents with punches on punches on punches. Her volume is among the top strikers in the UFC, but her accuracy is what separates her from the rest of the pack. She is well-conditioned and will bring it all 5 rounds.
The woman looking to upset Joanna Jedrzejczyk has her work cut out for her. A shorter, stockier fighter facing a taller, longer fighter. Both like to strike, both can take a shot, but Andrade is probably going to try to take this fight to the ground. JJ has shown she can be taken down, but no one has been able to put her in a really bad spot. Jessica Andrade has a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is going to test it against the kick boxer’s submission defense.
The Olympic gold medalist is going to come out with a chip on his shoulder. Having dropped his last two fights after going undefeated in MMA, he’s most likely going to revert back to his wrestling base and grind out a win. He’s fighting Sergio Pettis, who’s older brother was the UFC lightweight champion and who trains with Duke Roufus, one of the best coaches in MMA. Cejudo is strong, has fantastic cardio, and is extremely quick with his takedowns. He has strength in his punches, as many wrestlers do, but he’s not known for knocking his opponents out. He’ll have volume punches but most likely grind out a W.
Marco Polo Reyes
Flying a little under the radar, Marco is 3-0 in the UFC and could make a big splash in the lightweight division with a win over James Vick. Marco throws strikes, and a lot of them. During his fight against Dong Hyun Kim, Marco threw 312 strikes (47% accuracy) and the fight still could have gone another 2 minutes. He’s going to look to overwhelm Vick and get ahead of him on the scorecards. He looks for the finish, he’s a headhunter, and has been set up nicely against an opponent that will want to stand and trade with him. Vick will most likely want to take the fight to the ground and try to get the submission, so be wary. Vick is 10-1 with wins over several respected fighters.
We’ll be back next week with at look at the UFC 211 salaries…
UFC 210 Fantasy Picks
Here we go! Here are your UFC 210 Fantasy Picks! UFC 210 will be the biggest Light Heavyweight championship fight that doesn’t feature Jon Jones. UFC 210 is a high-talent card stacked from top to bottom with a lot of interesting matchups. This is a great card to kick off the second quarter of the year. Weidman vs. Mousasi has fireworks written all over it, Team Alpha Male is showing up with a few strong prospects, and there are numerous newcomers that are chomping at the bit to prove their mettle on the biggest stage MMA has to offer.
Here are some fighters we like
$9,200 Kamaru Usman “The Nigerian Nightmare”
He is a tough, durable, high-volume fighter. He has outstanding endurance and conditioning even as the fight goes on. He’s always looking for a takedown and is slightly above average with his accuracy in getting them. His strikes aren’t showstoppers but he does look for the finish. He’s expensive, but he will be worth the price.
$8,200 Jan Blachowicz
Jan is a powerful striker with good endurance for his weight class. He has devastating leg kicks that can render his opponents limping within a round. Upside: Endurance and volume. Downside: Can be susceptible to very strong wrestlers.
$8,800 Josh Emmett
A relatively new addition to the UFC but not wet behind the ears by any means. Josh fights out of Team Alpha Male, home of current bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt. Josh trains day in, day out with some of the best coaches and talent that any camp has access to. In his debut fight he showcased his toughness by fighting through a broken toe, winning the fight, and fighting shortly thereafter. He can take his opponent down and rain continuous punches on them. Definitely worth adding.
$8,100 Anthony “Rumble” Johnson
Big man can punch. Known as one of the, if not the, hardest punchers in the UFC organization, Anthony can turn your lights out with a single strike. In his first fight against Daniel Cormier he rocked DC with an overhead that sent DC stumbling backwards on wobbly legs. Johnson has been training extensively to sharpen his wrestling and submission defense, trying to keep the fight where he is most comfortable. The only variable that has yet to be made known is if he can continue to perform at a high level in the championship rounds.
$7,200 Charles “Da Bronx” Oliveira
Top 8 best submission grapplers in the UFC, and he’s jumping up a weight class. He isn’t cutting much weight, will be able to remain hydrated and healthy, and he’s STILL coming in as a bigger fighter than Will Brooks. He is great at transition submissions, which means rolling from one submission attempt to the next if one is blocked. His downside is he doesn’t have a granite chin, but his opponent isn’t known for having cement fists.
$7,900 Chris “The All-American” Weidman
Weidman is the blue-collar worker of the middleweight division. Goes in, grinds, and comes out on top. He’s on a two-fight losing streak against top-3 opponents (Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero) but has a great chance to rebound here. His durability and conditioning are second to none. He can keep up a frenetic pace, gun for takedowns, but has power to stop an opponent with a single strike. His workman-like approach will keep the action going and rack up strikes/takedowns.
$8,500 Patrick “The Predator” Cote
Patrick Cote has shown a re-emergence that most 37-year old mixed martial artists aren’t able to do without PED’s. He is 3-1 in his last four fights, two of his wins coming via knockout, and matched up against a generally ill-conditioned Thiago Alves that does not look like the same Alves that fought GSP for the title. Cote can keep up a great pace in later rounds, securing points and possibly even a stoppage.
$9,100 Cynthia Calvillo
Another Team Alpha Male killer, Calvillo excelled in her UFC debut just a short while ago. The thing TAM is best at is demolishing everyone outside of the top-5 of a division. Calvillo is going against a newcomer to the UFC on the main card. Calvillo has the jitters out of the way, is gunning to make a good main card debut impression, and has a serious set of skills to back her up.
$9,400 Miles “Fury“ Jury
Miles is a winner, but not at this price. He has shown he can get beaten up by someone that’s flat-out more aggressive than he is (fight against Donald Cerrone). He hasn’t fought much in the last year, and against an up and comer like de la Torre, Miles has too big of a question mark over his head to justify dropping $9,400 on him. No. Thank. You.
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