UFC 169: Barao vs Faber II Predictions- Kamikaze Overdrive MMA
The much anticipated Bantamweight title fight between long reining divisional champion Dominick Cruz and interim-champion Renan Barao, is still a fight of anticipation and not reality. With Cruz once again falling to injury, the UFC brass finally elected to strips the title holder of his belt and officially christen the Brazilian as the new undisputed champion of the division.
In place of the original title unification bout, Urijah Faber will once again step up and make his third attempt to capture UFC gold. Faber has long been considered one of the best lighter weight fighters on the planet, but has failed to recapture a major title after dropping his WEC Featherweight crown to Mike Brown. Faber is stepping up tot take this bout on 1 month’s notice and could be staring at his final opportunity to claim gold.
Barao has dispatched a pair of challengers for his interim-title including former WEC champion Eddie Wineland and talented prospect Michael McDonald. This will be Barao’s first defense of his title as the sole divisional champion, with many prognosticating a rise to the top of the pound for pound rankings with a dominant performance against one the divisions all time greats.
115lbs- Cynthia Calvillo (4-0-0) vs Pearl Gonzalez (6-1-0)
Total Votes: 56
185lbs- #4 Chris Weidman (13-2-0) vs #5 Gegard Mousasi (41-6-2)
Total Votes: 73
In the co-main event, fellow Nova Uniao stable mate and long time WEC/UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo will put his crown on the line against #2 ranked Ricardo Lamas. Aldo is coming of a victory via injury TKO against the Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung. Prior to that, he battled and defeated former UFC Lightweight Frankie Edgar in a vaunted UFC ‘Super fight’. Ricardo Lamas is in the midst of a year long hiatus, but has earn this opportunity dispatching Erick Koch and Hatsu Hioki in his last 2 appearance, after entering the title contention conversation with a submission win over fellow contender Cub Swanson in his second UFC appearance.
Aldo’s victory over Frankie Edgar answered a lot of question regarding a possible weak point in near impenetrable armour of the champion, when he went the full 5 with the cardio workhorse and still took home a decision victory. Lamas will need to shake off the possible ring rust early and get after the champion should he intend to shock the world and end the run of the only champion the division has ever known.
155lbs- Will Brooks (18-2-0) vs Charles Oliveira (21-7-0 1NC)
Total Votes: 58
145lbs- Myles Jury (15-2-0) vs Mike De La Torre (14-6-0 1NC)
Total Votes: 64
Also on the main card, former UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir battles former Strikeforce champion and K-1 tournament winner Alistair Overeem. Mir has dropped a trio of bouts against some of the divisions toughest competition, while Overeem has lost back to back bouts after nearly winning each fight early on. With no prior history with the divisional champion, the winner of this bout will most likely take a significant step in the direction of a title opportunity.
Flyweight title contender implications will be on the line when Brazilian knockout artist John Lineker meets Russia Sambo master Ali Bagautinov. Lineker has struggled to make weight in his last 2 bouts, but impressive performances have put him on the cusp of a title shot nonetheless. Bagautinov is 2-0 since debuting in the UFC and a third win over a top ranked opponent like Lineker could earn him a date with Mighty Mouse Johnson for the strap.
Kicking of the main card will be a spirit contest at Lightweight between former WEC champion Jamie Varner and Blackzilian team member Abel Trujillo. Varner has gone 2-2 since showing up in the UFC, including an impressive upset win over talented Brazilian Edson Barboza. Trujillo picked up his second win inside the Octagon in a rematch against Roger Bowling after their original meeting was ruled a No Contest.
170lbs- #11 Kamaru Usman (9-1-0) vs Sean Strickland (18-1-0)
Total Votes: 64
145lbs- Shane Burgos (8-0-0) vs Charles Rosa (11-2-0)
Total Votes: 58
The preliminary card is headlined by a Lightweight bout between talented Canadian striker John Makdessi and undefeated Brazilian Alan Patrick. Chris Cariaso returns to action in the Flyweight division against debuting Danny Martinez, and British kickboxer Tom ‘Kong’ Watson meets Nick Catone in a Middleweight scrap. On the online prelim portion of the card, a pair of Russians debut as Rashid Magomedov meets Tony Martin and Gasan Umalatov battles Neil Magny. Clint Hester is also back in action against Andy Enz in third bout of the night.
Don’t forget to tune in this Saturday night to see all of the action, but before the bell sounds make sure you watch the latest episode of Kamikaze Overdrive MMA Predictions and read the through preliminary prediction to get the inside edge on who will leave the cage with the win. Enjoy the fights!
135lbs- Renan Barao (C) vs. #1 Urijah Faber
145lbs- Jose Aldo (C) vs. #2 Ricardo Lamas
265lbs- #10 Frank Mir vs. #9 Alistair Overeem
125lbs- #5 John Lineker vs. #7 Ali Bagautinov
155lbs- Jamie Varner vs. Abel Trujillo
155lbs- John Makdessi vs. Alan Patrick
125lbs- #9 Chris Cariaso vs. Danny Martinez
185lbs- Nick Catone vs. Tom Watson
155lbs- Al Iaquinta vs. Kevin Lee
185lbs- Clint Hester vs. Andy Enz
155lbs- Tony Martin vs. Rashid Magomedov
170lbs- Neil Magny vs. Gasan Umalatov
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