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UFC 223: Punch Drunk Predictions

UFC 223: Punch Drunk Predictions

Here’s how you know it has been a really exhausting couple days in the MMA world:

I’m an absolute lunatic for this sport and I’m completely wiped out. I’m sure I’ll be excited to tune in on Saturday evening, but right now, at 2:30pm PT on Friday afternoon, everything that has transpired in Brooklyn and the general chaos surrounding this event over the past several days has me shaking my head and looking forward to taking my dog for a long walk somewhere where my phone can’t connect to the Internet and far, far away from my computer so that if anything else ridiculous happens, I won’t have to hear about it.

But I do want to keep this series intact, so here are my quick picks for tomorrow night.

These are the UFC 223 Punch Drunk Predictions.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Al Iaquinta

Honestly, if Khabib doesn’t straight up maul Iaquinta, I’ll be surprised. And I’m not talking beat him in the manner that he beat Edson Barboza either – I’m thinking more like what he did to Michael Johnson where he’s telling him to quit before forcing him to tap.

Iaquinta’s tough, but he’s fought once in three years and that was against the ghost of Diego Sanchez. Do you really think he’s rolling into the Octagon on Saturday night and handing Khabib his first professional loss? Naw son; not happening.

Prediction: Khabib Nurmagomedov

Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

I feel really bad that this fight has been lost amidst the chaos that overtook this card because it’s a terrific matchup and I think it has the potential to be a wildly entertaining fight.

Given that she had zero issues with her weight cut this time, I’m siding with Jedrzejczyk. I picked her in the first fight and while Namajunas looked outstanding in that one, I don’t know that she can replicate it here and with the former champion appearing to have taken her focus to another level, I think the belt goes back to Jedrzejczyk and we end up with a trilogy fight later this year.

Prediction: Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Renato Moicano vs. Calvin Kattar

Kattar has impressed me in his wins over Andre Fili and Shane Burgos, but I have Moicano winning this one by the slimmest of margins in a bout that earns Fight of the Night honours.

The Brazilian’s only loss to date came against Brian Ortega in a fight he was winning until Ortega did what Ortega does and finished things in the third. As much as Kattar has the ability to flurry and finish like he did against Burgos in Boston earlier this year, I just see Moicano having success from range, avoiding too many extended exchanges in the pocket and pulling this one out on the cards.

Prediction: Renato Moicano

Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Kyle Bochniak

Zabit shines and wins this one inside the distance; simple as that.

Prediction: Zabit Magomedsharipov

Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher

There are many reasons to pick against Lauzon – he’s lost two in a row, three of four, four of six and didn’t look particularly good in many of those contests – but I think this is one of those fights where the veteran guy just finds a way to get the job done.

These are the kinds of fights where veteran savvy can go a long way and while Lauzon likes to be active and put himself at risk in order to deliver an entertaining fight, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a real grappling-heavy approach from the long-time lightweight standout in this one.

Prediction: Joe Lauzon

Preliminary Card Picks

Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Felice Herrig
Ashlee Evans-Smith def. Bec Rawlings
Evan Dunham def. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Mike Rodriguez def. Devin Clark

2018 Prediction Record: 59-44-0 (.573)