UFC 197 Predictions

Jon Jones vs. Ovince St. Preux 

OSP is extremely gifted athlete, but Jones is the most gifted athlete to ever grace the Octagon. Look for Jones to pick him apart standing up, take him down and beat him up and put OSP in for a long night. Jones by submission round two.

Demetrius Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo

DJ wins this fight plain and simple. Yes, Cejudo has Olympic level wrestling but it does not matter. This is a fighter who has had trouble making 125, but at the same time does not have use of the IV anymore which means he will be weaker. Even if DJ loses a round in the beginning the end will be Cejudo’s outdoing as he cannot take DJ in that later rounds. DJ by submission round 4.

Anthony Pettis vs. Edson Barboza

Pettis is known for flashing striking, but all that pales in comparison to Barboza as he is one of the more potent strikers that can attack from anywhere. That is not to say that Pettis does not have a chance, but if he comes out like he did against RDA or Eddie Alvarez he will be eaten alive. Barboza has been on fire as of late despite some losses. I think he come back with a vengeance in this fight. Barboza by decision.

Robert Whittaker vs. Rafael Natal

Whittaker should be fighting someone higher up in the division considering he was set to fight Michael Bisping who is not set to maybe fight for the title and he is coming off a big win over Uriah Hall and beat him striking. Still, you can never count out Natal who has come  sort of stalwart of the division and will be going into his 15th UFC fight. Natal is at a career best four fight winning streak but has always faltered when facing better strikers he cannot take to the ground. They are about even physically but Whittaker is younger and stronger from what he has shown in his fights. Whittaker by TKO in the 3rd.

Carla Esparza vs. Juliana Lima

This fight goes down one of two ways, Lima uses her size and reach advantage to beat Esparza up or Esparza takes her down and uses her ground game to win. It also comes down to how Esparza fights after an extended layoff. If the injuries and time off make her rusty then she may have a hard time in this fight. If she comes back at championship level then she will have no issues realistically. Esparza by decision.

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