UFC 223 Betting Odds and Predictions
UFC 223 has turned into a mess. Following Conor McGregor’s bus episode on Thursday and Max Holloway being deemed unfit to compete, the card appears completely different than it’d 48 hours ahead of the event.
So, I am going to give you a quicker, shorter than usual preview and predictions for the recently revised UFC 223 card.
The primary event between Al Iaquinta and Khabib Nurmagomedov, first. Iaquinta is a well-rounded fighter with excellent defense in each facet of the game. However, the only real time we’ve seen him struggle in the previous two years was a quick victory over a shop-worn Diego Sanchez. Nurmagomedov has the best grappling in MMA although there are absolutely some holes in his remarkable match, it just does not matter when”The Eagle” gets his hands on his opponent. Nurmagomedov will win but don’t doubt Iaquinta’s capacity to make this one tough for your Russian.
The co-main occasion, which thankfully has not yet been influenced, sees Joanna Jedrzejczyk seem to recover her strawweight title vs Rose Namajunas. Jedrzejczyk was obviously not herself in the first fight, which may likely be attributed to her inability to crack Namajunas mentally before stepping foot into the Octagon. Although Jedrzejczyk is much more focused this time around, Namajunas is a much more full mixed martial artist and that I see”Thug Rose” squeaking out a tough win.
Calvin Kattar and Renato Moicano are comparable fighters in the simple fact that they prefer to overwhelm opponents from the striking game. Kattar prefers to be the aggressor while Moicano likes to stick at range, working his jabs and leg kicks. I give the advantage to Moicano thanks to his motion and ability to stay calm against a competitive striker.
Zabit Magomedsharipov, among the greatest prospects in the featherweight division, gets his chance to shine on the PPV when he chooses on Kyle Bochniak. Magomedsharipov absolutely demolished his first two opponents from the UFC on his approach to entry successes. Bochniak is a low-output striker who is more worried about defense than offense. However, in all honesty, Bochniak is being fed to Magomedsharipov. This should not be a competition.
A couple of high-octane combatants face off in the PPV curtain-jerker, as UFC stalwart Joe Lauzon takes on Chris Gruetzemacher. Lauzon has natural pop in his hands but weak striking defense and is at his finest at scrambles when he can use his glossy submissions. Gruetzemacher has not tried a takedown in his UFC tenure; instead,”Gritz” focuses on relentless forward pressure in the game that was striking. Lauzon’s inclination to get hit is a significant issue but I anticipate his grappling skills to shine through.
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