I’ll be damned if MelKiperSr lets the biggest card of the year go unnoticed.
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (+130) vs. Robbie Lawler (-160)
This is the fight that everyone is prematurely calling the “Fight of the Year.” Both guys are exciting and are coming off their largest layoffs in a while. However, Lawler is still the best welterweight in the world in my eyes, and Cowboy is a natural lightweight. So for this one, I’m going with Robbie Lawler.
Jimi Manuwa (-185) vs Volkan Oezdemir (+150)
This is probably the toughest fight for me to pick given my extreme hatred for Manuwa and the fact that the Ooze has only had two fights in the UFC. It’s hard to gauge if Lil Oezi Vert is actually good or not, since in his two fights he won a split decision against Ovince Saint Preux, who is pretty streaky, and knocked out Misha Cirkunov while backing away from a flurry. With Jimi, on the other hand, we know what we are getting: a guy who racks up highlight reel knockouts against shit competition. His only two losses were his only two fights against the top five. Those fights weren’t close, either. Since this one is essentially a toss-up, I’m taking the underdog. Volkan Oezdemir is the pick.
Cris Cyborg (-1200) vs Tonya Evinger (+700)
Cyborg is considered by many to be the best female fighter ever, which is impressive for someone who has never fought anyone who’s actually good. Cyborg isn’t the most technical striker, and it’ll catch up to her eventually. With odds like this, I will take Evinger any day. Side note: Evinger is indirectly responsible for the greatest line of color commentary in sports history.
Tyron Woodley (-210) vs Demian Maia (+170)
Tyron said before this fight that every time he’s been co-main event to a bigger fight, he’s stolen the show. This is true, though he’s only co-mained once. Stylistically, this probably won’t be very exciting. Expect four rounds of Tyron backing away not throwing any offense until Maia eventually drags him down and submits him in the fifth.
Jon “Bones” Jones (-270) vs Daniel Cormier (+210)
The biggest fight in UFC history is difficult to bet on, as there are a lot of things to consider. Was Jones on the juice earlier? Will he have ring rust? Why do him and DC keep talking about his dick? My gut says DC, and I enjoy picking underdogs so I’m sticking now with my gut..
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