UFC 173: Barao vs Dillashaw Predictions- Kamikaze Overdrive MMA

Scott Johnson

Renan Barao is now considered one of the pound for pound best fighters on the planet and at UFC 173 he will once again put his incredible undefeated streak and more importantly his Bantamweight title on the line. Opposing the champion will be Ultimate Fighter finalist and Alpha Male member TJ Dillashaw. Dillashaw has put together an impressive run and jumped at the opportunity to move into the main event when it was offered to him.

Renan’s Brazilian based camp Nova Uniao has dominated in head to head competition with Dillashaw’s Alpha Male stable. Barao and training partner Jose Aldo have turned back the best Alpha Male has had to offer in Urijah Faber and Chad Mendes, winning a combined 4 title fights between the UFC and WEC. Dillashaw will try to change the fortune and bring a title back home, but Barao enters as a heavy favourite and for good reason. Fortunately for TJ, this is MMA, where anything can happen.

Also on the card, Daniel Cormier makes appearance number two as a Light Heavyweight. This time around he will battle Pride veteran and fellow Strikeforce alumni Dan Henderson. Henderson is fresh off of his come from behind upset of Shogun Rua and if he is to challenge for a title one final time it has to be now.

In the Welterweight division, recent title challenger Robbie Lawler hits the cage with a return engagement for the title in his crosshairs. Unfortunately for Robbie, Jake Ellenberger has other plans. Despite being one of the top ranked fighters in the division for a number of years, Jake has yet to get his shot at the gold. If he can earn a ‘W’ over his dangerous opponent he will make a strong case for a shot at the title.

Make sure to check out the latest episode of Kamikaze Overdrive MMA predictions for all of your UFC 173 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!


145lbs- Cris Cyborg (16-1-0 1NC) vs Tonya Evinger (19-5-0)

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170lbs- C. Tyron Woodley (16-3-1) vs #1 Demian Maia (25-6-0)

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205lbs- #3 Jimi Manuwa (17-2-0) vs #5 Volkan Oezdemir (14-1-0)

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145lbs- #3 Ricardo Lamas (17-5-0) vs #15 Jason Knight (20-2-0)

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140lbs- #8 Aljamain Sterling (13-2-0) vs #14 Renan Barao (35-4-0 1NC)

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145lbs- #9 Renato Moicano (10-0-1) vs #8 Brian Ortega (11-0-0 1NC)

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Renan Barao vs TJ Dillashaw
Daniel Cormier vs Dan Henderson
Robbie Lawler vs Jake Ellenberger
Takeya Mizugaki vs Francisco Rivera
Jamie Varner vs James Krause
Francisco Trinaldo vs Michael Chiesa
Tony Ferguson vs Katsunori Kikuno
Chris Holdsworth vs Chico Camus
Al Iaquinta vs Mitch Clarke
Anthony Njokuani vs Vinc Pichel
Sam Sicilia vs Aaron Phillips
David Michaud vs Li JingLiang


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