The UFC invades The Second City this weekend with former women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm taking on striker Valentina Shevchenko. I'm writing this as I watch the Republican National Convention. Why is that relevant to these fight picks? Let me explain. On the first day of the convention UFC president yelled into a mic and shouted nonsense of Trump being a fighter and how he's his buddy (there's the MMA connection) and then that made me remember an article I read that Holm is supported Trump as well. That makes me sad. Here are some picks
Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko
|I don't know what those are but I want one|
Picking Holm- All of us.
Edson Barboza vs. Gilbert Melendez
Besides Trigger Nate Diaz, Cesar Gracie fight team has fallen on hard times. Nick Diaz was last seen losing to Silva and realizing the NSAC was selling wolf tickets in his hearing for his suspension, Shields getting a hold held too long by Palhares and last Mr. Melendez coming off two losses and getting popped for PEDs. Barboza has been suspectible in the past to fighters who have a strong base in wrestling and boxing and do you know who happens to be pretty good at both of those? That would be El Nino. Nothing is more dangerous than a cornered animal or a top flight fighter who is riding a two fight losing streak. Gilbert fights smart, utilizes his wrestling and doesn't get into a brawl with the dangerous Muay Thai specialist. Melendez by unanimous decision.
Picking Barboza - Dr. Law, Kid P, DJ Mark
Picking Melendez - Gooms
Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou
Like Stephan A Smith says when he's talking about Aaron Rodgers, Francis Ngannou is a bad, bad man. Ngannou by really, really bad KO in 1st round.
Picking Ngannou - All of us
Kailan Curran vs. Felice Herrig
|Cutting weight looks fun|
trouble. Now on to actual analysis. While she lacks power, Herrig is a technical striker, owing to her kickboxing career before her MMA career. Both of these girls are tough and if Curran can't get this consistently to the ground, this fight will develop into a brawl. As much as I don't enjoy saying this I give the Lil Bulldog the edge. Herrig by split decision.
Picking Curran- Dr. Law
Picking Herrig-Gooms, Kid P, DJ Mark
1. Doctor Law - (74-43) - .632
2. Lavender Gooms - (72-45) - .615
3. Kid Presentable - (70-47) - .598
4. DJ Mark - (69-48) - .590