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UFC London: Punch Drunk Predictions

UFC London: Punch Drunk Predictions

Since I’m starting to include main card predictions in my What’s at Stake? column with Sporting News prior to every event, this series is basically just going to become a republishing of those picks for record-keeping purposes and the sake of continuity.

I know that might sound lazy to some – and it probably is – but if my thoughts on these matchups are already out there, why not just replicate them here rather than running through everything a second time?

So here they are.

These are the UFC London: Punch Drunk Predictions.

Fabricio Werdum vs. Alexander Volkov

As much as I want to see Volkov emerge as a new name to potentially challenge for the heavyweight title – or at least feature in pairings with other established, tenured veterans – I need to see him beat someone of this caliber before I’m comfortable picking him to beat someone of this caliber. Werdum is slowing down, but he’s still a tremendous talent.
Pick: Werdum
Jimi Manuwa vs. Jan Blachowicz
Manuwa won the first time around, but I feel like Blachowicz has made some solid adjustments of late and will fight a more tactical, effective fight this time. Plus, he lost to Manuwa in Poland, so it’s only fitting that he beat “Poster Boy” in London to return the favor.
Pick: Blachowicz
Tom Duquesnoy vs. Terrion Ware
Duquesnoy didn’t look great last time out and is returning to European soil. This is a showcase opportunity and a classic “get right” fight for “Fire Kid” and he should roll.
Pick: Duquesnoy
Leon Edwards vs. Peter Sobotta
The German is savvy and has enjoyed a nice little run of success during his second run in the UFC, but Edwards is the more athletic, more dynamic fighter of the two. He’s faced and beaten better competition and while he’ll have to be careful if and when they hit the canvas, he should be able to outwork Sobotta on the feet and pick up his fifth straight win.
Pick: Edwards
Preliminary Card Picks
John Phillips def. Charles Byrd
Oliver Enkamp def. Danny Roberts
Hakeem Dawodu def. Danny Henry
Magomed Ankalaev def. Paul Craig
Kajan Johnson def. Stevie Ray
Dmitriy Sosnovskiy def. Mark Godbeer
Nad Narimani def. Nasrat Haqparast
2018 Prediction Record: 59-38-0 (.591)