Old Sull is back ladies and gentlemen, rising like a phoenix from the ashes..but more realistically from a lengthy drinking binge that covered spring week, finals, and senior week. Despite my fathers best attempts I am now 5 days sober and I feel as though I am in a good place to get back in the blogging game. I am sorry I took so long off, but it had to be done.
To transition not so smoothly, the world of sports is buzzing right now. You have the respected conference finals in both the NBA and NHL, some horse racing, and baseball everyday. Although I dont have a competitive team right now, having meaningful playoff games every night is a blast and is perfect for sitting outside drinking beers. Of course I always make sure I have a vested interest through gambling but that is an issue for another day. Lost in the cards with all of this going on right now is the loaded fight card we have going on this Saturday in UFC 187. Aside from many great undercard fights such as Cerrone vs Makdessi and the return of Arlovski, we have the top two fights of Johnson v Cormier and Weidman v Belfort. For all you non UFC people reading this, those are some awesome fights. Not in the sense that the fighters hate each other like we have seen in the past with DC and Bones Jones, but because these are some amazing fighters.
I believe this event is getting undersold for 3 reasons. The first one is, as I mentioned before, there are a lot more mainstream sporting events going on right now. Number 2 is this is an event in which Jon Bones Jones was supposed to be defending his belt against Anthony Johnson, but because of run ins with the law he was barred from participating. I think Dana White believes that if he markets this event too much it will bring attention to the wrong things, such as why the face of the UFC is suspended. My third and final reason is that the fighters in this event are not outspoken enough. All the hype is the next event on July 11th where Connor McGreggor will square up with Jose Aldo. God I can’t wait for that. Anyways, with all that being said this Saturdays fights should be incredible so here are my predictions and previews.
Anthony Johnson vs Daniel Cormier
Daniel Cormier (-135) vs. Anthony Johnson (+115)
This fight will be for Jon Jones’s vacated Light Heavyweight belt. The fighters will of course be fighting at 205 lbs and both men have a wingspan of 71 inches despite Johnson being 3 inches taller. So lets get down to the facts. First with Cormier, who is a fill in for Jones. DC is coming off not only his first loss ever in the UFC (after starting 15-0) but a devastating one at that. He lost to his arch rival Jon Jones, in a fight that transcended the UFC due to the their obvious hatred for one another. To me, even though this is a title fight, I think DC doesn’t come in with his best stuff because of how hurt he was by his loss. Anthony Johnson on the other hand is coming off two straight first round TKO’s in which he imposed his will on the fighters and beat them into submission. His punching power is off the charts and he is considered the #1 contender for the belt. He has not lost since 2012 to Vitor Belfort (who will be fighting before him) and I love his chances. Put me down for 100 on Johnson. Also if you can bet the rounds, take the over. Alot of odds makers think if Johnson is gonna win he’ll have to knock DC out because DC is too good of a wrestler, but I like it to go the distance with a Johnson win.
Vitor Belfort vs Chris Weidman
Chris Weidman (-525) vs. Vitor Belfort (+415)
Th other main fight of the night will Chris “the All-American” Weidman v Vitor “Phenom” Belfort. This fight is also a title fight, and it is for the middleweight championship. This fight scheduled for 5 rounds, will be Chris’s 3rd championship defense fight. Many of you are probably wracking your brain right now trying to think of how you know who Chris Weidman is. Well he’s the guy who beat the once thought unbeatable Anderson Silva….TWICE.
Since fighting Silva Chris fought Lyota Machida and won in unanimous decision. Lyota had alot of big fight experience and I believe that was the perfect fight for Weidman before Belfort. Belfort is 8 years his senior and has had quite the long standing career. Most recently Belfort has won 5 of his last 7 fights.
His two losses were both in title fights against the greats: Anderson Silva and Jon Jones. Alot of time has passed since his last loss in a 4th round submission to Jones though. Since then Belfort has won his last 3 fights without allowing the opponent to make it past the second round. I think this fight is going to be alot closer than peole think. I love Phenoms experience but at the end of the day you just can’t pick against the All American. Give me the All American 250 to win 50.
If you have any questions about bets to place or want a prediction of any of the Undercard fights, please comment and I will be more than happy to do so. I am a blogger for the people.