UFC 173: Barao vs Dillashaw Predictions- Kamikaze Overdrive MMA

Scott Johnson

Van City we hardly knew you! The UFC is back in the home of the 2nd best team from the NHL’s 2011-2012 season (Go Bruins!) The main event will feature Demetrious Johnson defending his Flyweight title against another Russian import to the UFC- Ali Bagautinov. Vancouver’s native son and would-be heir to the UFC (Canadian) Welterweight thrown, Rory MacDonald tries to take another massive leap towards a long await shot at the gold when he battles former Strikeforce challenger Tyron Woodley.

‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson is fresh off a massive first round knockout and 2nd overall victory over Joseph Benavidez. With finishes in 2 of his last 3 title defenses, Johnson has gain some significant momentum along with taking a massive chunk out of the upper echelon of Flyweight competition. Bagautinov has won 3 consecutive UFC bouts to earn his shot at the title, most recently ending John Lineker’s winning streak. Is the challenger ready to orchestrate the second championship upset in as many pay-per views? Or does DJ continue to roll through just another fighter caught in the wrong place at the wrong time?

With the list of Welterweight title challengers long and talented a deserving fighter needs to do something significant to separate himself from the pack. Tyron Woodley will try to do just that at the expense of Rory MacDonald in front of his home crowd. The last time Rory fought at home he lost a heart breaker to Carlos Condit via TKO in the waning moments of the match, he has no intention of letting this fight go that far, but neither does Woodley.

The main card will also feature two Light Heavyweight bouts; Ryan Bader versus Rafael Cavalcante and Ovince St. Preux taking on Ryan Jimmo. The winners could cross paths in the not too distance future, but even if they don’t they will certainly earn themselves a significant push up the 205 pound rankings, also known as the “list of people the UFC will attempt to promote as legitimate threats to Jon Jones should he defeat Gus and DC”. Just kidding, but not really.

Not to be forgotten, former UFC Heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski is back inside the Octagon. Opposing the big Belarusian will be Ultimate Fighter Finalist and “grappling ace”, Brendan Schaub. In the “Consciousness bowl”, where the winner will be whoever is able to emerge with theirs intact after the leather starts flying. Don’t blink, seriously, not the GSP version of “Don’t blink”, where you could blink several thousand times or at least whatever is the norm for the average human being, this is for real.

Make sure to check out the latest episode of Kamikaze Overdrive MMA predictions for all of your UFC 174 prediction needs. Josh Harper and the prediction panel will be providing their picks as well and the Kamikaze Overdrive Bet Pack will be available for purchase in the Bet Shop. Enjoy the fights!

 

115lbs- Cynthia Calvillo (4-0-0) vs Pearl Gonzalez (6-1-0)

  • Cynthia Calvillo -259 (84%, 47 Votes)
  • Pearl Gonzalez +231 (16%, 9 Votes)

Total Votes: 56

185lbs- #4 Chris Weidman (13-2-0) vs #5 Gegard Mousasi (41-6-2)

  • Gegard Mousasi -111 (59%, 43 Votes)
  • Chris Weidman +105 (41%, 30 Votes)

Total Votes: 73

 

155lbs- Will Brooks (18-2-0) vs Charles Oliveira (21-7-0 1NC)

  • Will Brooks -211 (66%, 38 Votes)
  • Charles Oliveira +200 (34%, 20 Votes)

Total Votes: 58

145lbs- Myles Jury (15-2-0) vs Mike De La Torre (14-6-0 1NC)

  • Myles Jury +363 (86%, 55 Votes)
  • Mike De La Torre -400 (14%, 9 Votes)

Total Votes: 64

 

170lbs- #11 Kamaru Usman (9-1-0) vs Sean Strickland (18-1-0)

  • Kamaru Usman -316 (73%, 47 Votes)
  • Sean Strickland +276 (27%, 17 Votes)

Total Votes: 64

145lbs- Shane Burgos (8-0-0) vs Charles Rosa (11-2-0)

  • Shane Burgos -200 (66%, 38 Votes)
  • Charles Rosa +206 (34%, 20 Votes)

Total Votes: 58

 

MAIN CARD
125lbs- Demetrious Johnson (C) vs #4 Ali Bagautinov
170lbs- #2 Rory MacDonald vs #3 Tyron Woodley
205lbs- #9 Ryan Bader vs #12 Rafael Cavalcante
265lbs- Andrei Arlovski vs #13 Brendan Schaub
205lbs- #14 Ovince St. Preux vs Ryan Jimmo
PRELIMINARY CARD
170lbs- Daniel Sarafian vs Kiichi Kunimoto
135lbs- Yves Jabouin vs #8 Mike Easton
155lbs- Kajan Johnson vs Tae Hyun Bang
155lbs- Jason Saggo vs Josh Shockley
135lbs- Roland Delorme vs Michinori Tanaka
135lbs- Valérie Letourneau vs Elizabeth Phillips

 

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