UFC on FOX 9: Johnson vs Benavidez 2 Predictions- Kamikaze Overdrive MMA

Scott Johnson

The ninth installment of the UFC on FOX series will bring with it a UFC Flyweight title fight and a rematch from the inaugural 125 pound championship contest. Champion, Demetrious Johnson has successfully defended his title on two occasions since winning the crown in his initial meeting with Joseph Benavidez. While Benavidez has won a trio of bouts, including a win over fellow Flyweight tournament competitor Ian McCall, who took Johnson to a draw in their first tournament meeting. Benavidez was considered the uncrowned champion of the division, but Johnson is the only Flyweight champion that the promotion has ever known.

 

145lbs- C. Jose Aldo (26-2-0) vs #1 Max Holloway (17-3-0)

  • Max Holloway +128 (51%, 23 Votes)
  • Jose Aldo -141 (49%, 22 Votes)

Total Votes: 45

115lbs- #1 Claudia Gadelha (13-2-0) vs #2 K. Kowalkiewicz (10-1-0)

  • Claudia Gadelha -321 (72%, 26 Votes)
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz +295 (28%, 10 Votes)

Total Votes: 36

In the co-main event, former WEC Featherweight champion and perennial top contender Urijah Faber looks to book a rematch with the winner of the upcoming Renan Barao/ Dominick Cruz Bantamweight unification bout. Opposing Faber will be former title challenger and #3 ranked Michael McDonald. McDonald is coming off the biggest win of his career when he submitted veteran and fellow top 10 ranked fighter Brad Pickett. He is also almost assured a shot at gold should he emerge victorious against Faber. Will the old lion retain his spot in the division or will the young challenger climb his way to new heights?

170lbs- Erick Silva (19-7-0 1NC) vs Yancy Medeiros (13-4-0 1NC)

  • Erick Silva +128 (54%, 14 Votes)
  • Yancy Medeiros -135 (46%, 12 Votes)

Total Votes: 26

135lbs- #10 Johnny Eduardo (28-10-0) vs Matthew Lopez (9-1-0)

  • Johnny Eduardo +160 (56%, 14 Votes)
  • Matthew Lopez -162 (44%, 11 Votes)

Total Votes: 25

Rounding out the main card will be another member of Team Alpha Male in action as the consensus second best Featherweight on the planet Chad Mendes attempts to secure his second shot at UFC gold when he battles #8 ranked 145er Nik Lentz. Mendez, a known wrestler and decision machine has taken his game to the next level with a quartet of knockout victories, including a devastating knockout of Clay Guida. Lentz is an underappreciate member of the division but his wins over Hacran Dias and Diego Nunes have started to gain the former NCAA D-1 wrestler some much needed notoriety. This fight has massive divisional implications and has the potential to be an entertaining bout.

Promoted to the main card with the loss of Condit/ Brown, Joe Lauzon meets Mac Danzig in a must win for both men. Despite their aggressive and entertaining styles, both men have fallen on hard times when it comes to securing wins. Lauzon is coming off a lackluster performance where he dropped a bout at home against Michael Johnson where he was expected to walk away with the win. Danzig’s last appearance was one he would like to forget as he was violently KOed by hard hitting Melvin Guillard. The winner of this bout will still have a job, the same can’t be said with confidence for the loser.

135lbs- #3 Raphael Assuncao (24-5-0) vs Marlon Moraes (18-4-1)

  • Marlon Moraes -152 (57%, 21 Votes)
  • Raphael Assuncao +145 (43%, 16 Votes)

Total Votes: 37

185lbs- Antonio Carlos Junior (8-2-0 1NC) vs Eric Spicely (10-2-0)

  • Antonio Carlos Junior -211 (75%, 24 Votes)
  • Eric Spicely +201 (25%, 8 Votes)

Total Votes: 32

The preliminary card is headlined by a Welterweight contest between TUF champion Court McGee and undefeated Ryan LaFlare. Also on the undercard, Edson Barboza battles Danny Castillo, Pat Healy meets fellow Strikeforce alumni Bobby Green, and Abel Trujillo and Roger Bowling meet in a rematch from their hard hitting no contest earlier in the year.

As has become the norm, the UFC on FOX cards are always stacked top to bottom and this installment is no exception. Will there be a new Flyweight champion? Will Faber maintain his spot in the division or will McDonald continue his rise up the ranks? Tune in this Saturday 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 most recent preliminary prediction postings to get the inside edge on who will walk out of the cage with the win. Enjoy the fights!

MAIN CARD

125lbs- Demetrious Johnson (C) vs. #1 Joseph Benavidez

135lbs- #2 Uriah Faber vs. #3 Michael McDonald

145lbs- #1 Chad Mendes vs. #8 Nik Lentz

155lbs- Joe Lauzon vs. Mac Danzig

 PRELIMINARY CARD

170lbs- Court McGee vs. Ryan LaFlare

155lbs- Danny Castillo vs. Edson Barboza

155lbs- Bobby Green vs. Pat Healy

 125lbs- Scott Jorgensen vs. Zach Makovsky

155lbs- Abel Trujillo vs. Roger Bowling

 155lbs- Sam Stout vs. Cody McKenzie

125lbs- Darren Uyenoyama vs. Alptekin Ozkilic

 

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