Something I started with this thread but want to expand on: http://forums.sherdog.com/threads/who-wins-these-6-fights.3686085/ I am going to predict the results of all the big fights/ hypothetical fights this year and bump every time one of these fights happen. My goal is to be 80% correct. I'm gonna copy and paste some of my predictions from the thread linked above. Note: I'm not going to predict them all now. I'll add to this as the year progresses. *** Let me know if you have a fight you want predicted! Current percentage correct: 100% Tl;dr: UFC 220: Stipe/Ngannou DC/Volkan UFC 221: Romero/Rockhold-Romero Hunt/Blaydes-Blaydes Tuivasa/ Asker- Tuivasa Adesanya/Wilkinson-Adesanya UFC 222: Cyborg/Invicta Can- Cyborg Edgar/Ortega- Edgar UFC 223: Ferg/Khabib-Ferg Thug Rose/JJ 2-TBA UFC on Fox: Gaethje vs. Poirier: Gaethje/Poirier-TBA UFC 226: Stipe/DC-Stipe TJ/DJ-TBA Cyborg/Nunes-TBA Hypotheticals: Whittaker/Rockhold-Whittaker McGregor/Khabib-Khabib McGregor/Ferguson-Ferguson Stipe/Cain-Stipe Stipe/Werdum 2-Stipe Stipe/Blaydes-Stipe Rory/Lima 2-Rory UFC 220: 1. Stipe/ Ngannou *** Got it right, bitches! Stipe is the better wrestler, has enough power to KO anyone, has a relentless forward march, and is strong as fuck. That said, Ngannou is bigger, has MUCH more power probably, and is probably stronger. I'd say Stipe easy IF he didn't get hit so much (Reem, JDS 1). I'm still with Stipe, though, due to his domination of Reem, JDS, and Werdum. My Pick: Stipe 2. DC/ Oezdemir *** Got it right too! DC has every advantage except power. That said, we don't know how his chin is after the Jones head kick, and Oezdemir has a legendary chin according to Rumble. Pretty easy pick for DC, but anything can happen in the first minute. My pick: DC UFC 221 1. Romero/Rockhold ***Rockold's shitty boxing defense leads to him getting KOed. Not surprised. Romero is the better wrestler, and though his cardio is lacking, he is unpredicatable, explosive, and enough power to KO Rockhold in a flash. He can win if he keeps it standing. The problem: He lets people take him down all the time because he knows he can pop right back up. He WON'T be able to get up from Rockhold. Rockhold has the best top game in MMA right now. This all depends on how smart Romero fights. If Romero keeps it standing and focuses on exposing Rockhold's chin again, this fight is his. My pick: Romero 2. Hunt/Blaydes *** Was rooting for Hunt the whole time. Ugh, if only Hunt had gotten the KO in R1. This a gimme fight for Blaydes, which is why the UFC made it. Hunt still has poor TDD and Blaydes is an explosive, big and athletic wrestler who will get Hunt down more often than not. Blaydes also has a chin (wasn't KOed by Ngannou) and is getting better on the feet. He'll probably win a boring UD since he doesn't have Stipe or Cain-style GnP. My pick: Blaydes 3. Tuivasa/Asker Not really a big fight, but Tuivasa is 24 years old and HW needs all the prospects it can get. This one is more of a guess, since it is HW after all. Tuivasa is athletic, young, strong as hell, has power, can flying knee opponents at 265+ pounds, and is Hunt's sparring partner so I'm going to assume he has a chin. Looking forward to another R1 KO. My pick: Tuivasa 4. Adesanya/Wilkinson Not a huge fight, but Adesanya is an interesting prospect with some hype. Not much to go on other than Adesanya's undefeated record of T/KOs. I believe in his ability to keep it standing and get another T/KO against the no name. My pick: Adesanya UFC 222 1. Cyborg/Invicta Can Listen, Kunitskaya is probably an awesome person, but we all know what's going to happen in this fight. There's always a chance Cyborg can lose--Serra beat GSP, after all--but she will be the overwhelming favorite for a reason and it's her fight to lose. My pick: Cyborg 2. Edgar/Ortega Props to both these guys for taking this fight. Ortega may not have the best striking, but his submissions and length keep his opponents on edge on the feet and he has quite the chin. Ortega's problem: Edgar has an even crazier chin and he has to wrestling to keep the fight on the feet. Adding to that, Edgar has a relentless pressure when striking to punish Ortega for all 5 rounds and he's too smart and experienced to let Ortega get some crazy standing submission like in the Cub Swanson fight. Ortega can always pull off a hail Mary sub later in the fight, but most likely Edgar takes this via UD. My pick: Edgar UFC 223 1. Ferguson/Khabib Khabib will definitely get Ferg down. However, Ferg won't care. He'll strike off his back, look to sub, and will gladly take the punishment being the crazy fucker he is. And on the feet he'll break Khabib with relentless pressure, forcing Khabib to go for quick takedowns. Even if he gets brutalized for four rounds, his conditioning will keep him in the fight during round 5. My pick: Ferguson 2. Thug Rose/ JJ 2 ***Prediction coming soon UFC on Fox: Gaethje vs. Poirier 1. Gaethje/Poirier ***Prediciton coming soon (Will probably be Gaethje) UFC 226 1. Stipe/DC DC is a monster wrestler, can strike with the best of them, has a world class clinch, good cardio, and a great chin, but I still have to favor Stipe. Maybe I suck Stipe's dick too much, and like I said before, Stipe's TDD is unknown to me, but I have to favor Stipe on the feet due to his mastery of straight punches. Rewatch the Ngannou fight and look at how Ngannou reacts to Stipe's punches, and these aren't looping, telegraphed hooks. Stipe uses quick, short punches, has WAAAAY underrated power at HW, and DC gets hit a bit too much for my liking. DC is the better wrestler, but it's not like Stipe is ignorant when it comes to wrestling. Wrestling cancels out, leaving Stipe as the better striker, more powerful striker, taller, and bigger man. Will be a HARD fight, though. My pick: Stipe 2. TJ/DJ ***Coming soon 3. Cyborg/Nunes ***Coming soon Hypotheticals 1. Whittaker/ Rockhold Whittaker has crazy TDD, amazing striking (underrated kicks), and was the first person to make Romero look human. That said, Luke can win if he gets Whittaker down, since I don't see any MW escaping his top control. However, Rockhold's striking defense is iffy, and Branch was hitting him a bunch in the first round. If Whittaker does the same, it's lights out for Luke. Can't bet against Whittaker again. My pick: Whittaker 2. McGregor/ Khabib McGregor will probably land a few shots on Khabib in R1, but Khabib is not Eddie Alvarez who looks to brawl. Khabib will grab hold of Conor, take him down, and break him within a round. Sucks too, because I generally root for strikers over wrestlers. My pick: Khabib 3. McGregor/Ferguson Easier fight for Conor, I think, but still too much for him. Ferg will push the pace in R1 and get punished for it. If his chin is gone after years of beatings, fight is over for him. BUT, I believe in Ferg's chin, and he'll break Conor like in Conor/ Diaz 1. Round 2 will spell the end for Conor. My pick: Ferguson 4. Stipe/Cain Have no clue about Stipe's TDD, BUT Stipe has a shit ton of power and good boxing. He was tagging R1 Ngannou a bunch with straight punches, and Cain has shown weakness to straight punches because he goes straight toward his opponents (look at the Kongo fight for example). Cain has the cardio to wear Stipe out, but Stipe will land a few bombs on Cain before then because he has a relentless forward march of his own (look at Reem and JDS 2 for examples). Stipe via boxing and power. My pick: Stipe 5. Stipe/Werdum 2 Werdum can do a lot better in a rematch if he goes for a point fighting approach. He's not going to get Stipe to the ground, and he's not going to get a quick KO. He can wear Stipe out using his crazy cardio and win a UD, but I think Stipe will realize this and eventually walk Werdum down into a TKO or another KO. Werdum can win if he stays elusive, though. My pick: Stipe 6. Stipe/Blaydes Blaydes is a great fighter and underrated around here. He's big, fast for his size, an explosive wrestler, surprisingly light on his feet, and is getting better fast. He's good everywhere, but not great anywhere. That's why he loses to Stipe, who's the better boxer, MMA wrestler (so far), gameplanner, and the guy with the more power. He doesn't do anything better than Stipe does, and I don't see him outwrestling Stipe for long when he couldn't outwrestle Ngannou for long (versus Stipe, who put on a clinic against Ngannou). My pick: Stipe 7. Rory/Lima 2 Rory had his hands full with Lima, no doubt. As Askren said, Lima is the hardest kicker in WW right now, and I don't think Rory was expecting that. That said, Rory outwrestled Lima with one leg, even though that could have been the case because Lima thought he was winning the fight. I see Rory gameplanning a bit better next time so as to not get him with leg kicks as much as outwrestling Lima to another UD.