UFC Fight Night 77 Predictions

UFC Fight Night 68

Vitor Belfort (24-11-0) vs. Dan Henderson (31-13-0)
Belfort and henderson have fought twice with Belfort knocking Henderson out the last time they fought. Then again, he was on TRT at the time and his only fight off of TRT showed that the skills he possessed on the enhancer may not be there. Since their last fight, Henderson has gone 2-2 with wins over Rua and Boestch and losses to current Light-Heavywiehgt champion Daniel Cormier and Gegard Mousasi. Belfort on the other hand only has one fight in a losing effort to capture the Middleweight title. At this time, it is hard to say what happens. If Belfort can catch Henderson early he will win, but the later the fight goes it will most likely lean toward Henderson. I pick Henderson by TKO in the third.

Glover Teixeira (23-4-0) vs. Patrick Cummins (8-2-0)
We have seen this fight before. An American wrestler with knockout power taking on the fishing machine known as Teixeira. Yes, he did falter against Phil Davis, but he was clearly not at the top of his game at that point. Now, he was shown to be back in the mix with his great fight against OSP, who was a fighter that knocked out Cummins. If Teixeira can out wrestle and knockout OSP he can do the same to Cummins.

Thomas Almeida (20-0-0) vs. Anthony Birchak (12-2-0)
It is hard to bet against Almeida who is undefeated and finished all but one of his fights. Birches has finished the majority of his fights as well, but he has also lost twice by submission. Almeida has a better ground game than Birchak and has a 75% knockout rate. After his fight with Pickett, Almeida shows he has grit to his game too. Look for him to pick up a second round finish.

Fabio Maldonado (22-8-0) vs. Corey Anderson (6-1-0)
You have a power striker and grappler against a high level boxing specialist in Maldonado. Maldonado could not even be knocked out by Rampage Jackson and Glover Teixeira and could only be finished when he jumped up on short notice to heavyweight and took on Stipe Miocic. At this point, the younger Anderson still has a lot to learn and Maldonado will be able to pull out a late round TKO or close decision victory.

Gleison Tibau (33-11-0) vs. Abel Trujillo (12-6-0)
Tibau is a stalwart of the Lightweight division while Trujillo is a power puncher with legitimate crazy power. Still, going into his 45th professional fight Tibau has only been knocked out twice and it has not happened in over nine years. With how big Trujillo is, he gets tired quick which he may share in common with Tibau. Tibau picks up a decision win over Trujillo to get back into his winning ways.

Clay Guida (32-15-0) vs. Thiago Tavares (19-6-1)
In a matchup of two veterans of the Octagon it will show who has a better chance of making a run at Featherweight. Both fighters have over 15 fights in the Octagon and that clearly makes them no wary of the jitters. Tavares has been putting not eh best performances of his career at 145 despite a loss in his last fight while Guida has reverted a to a relatively boring fighting style with mixed results of 3-2 with being finished in both of his losses. At the end of the day, Tavares more aggressive style will overwhelm Guida in route to a decision win.

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