Fantasy MMA Preview Fight Night: Cowboy vs Cowboy
Fantasy MMA Preview – 02/17/16
This weekend will be a duel of western flavor. The UFC’s American & Brazilian cowboys will be facing off on Sunday in Pittsburgh. FanPicks has your Fantasy MMA Preview.
Main Event: #5(LW) Donald Cerrone (28-6) vs Alex Oliveira (13-12-1) – Welterweight bout
Donald”Cowboy”Cerrone failed to impress in his lightweight championship bout, two month ago. Champion Rafael dos Anjos kept the pressure throughout the first round, not allowing the Cowboy to execute any attack, and the Brazilian was able to finish him off with a TKO victory. This second career loss to dos Anjos prompted Cerrone to start his comeback trail in a new division this Sunday. He will be facing a fellow lightweight fighter, Alex”Cowboy”Oliveira who will take this bout on short notice. Oliveira is on a 3 fight winning streak in the UFC, and already has 2 of them in the Welterweight division. His last bout was back in November 2015, against Polish fighter Piotr Hallmann. He was able to get the 3rd round KO victory and the performance of the night bonus. It was in 9th KO in thirteen fight. Oliveira will take on a ranked UFC fighter for the first time in his career. Cerrone has more experience, while also having faced the best fighters, and is the most well-rounded between the two. The American will use his crisp kicks and technical striking in this matchup, while the Brazilian is likely to grapple, takedown and secure a favorable position for the submission. It will be too hard to bring down Cerrone, with his 69.15% takedowns defense. The knockout win should be in the books for the former title challenger.
Derek Brunson has won his last 3 fight, and his last two in a 1st round knockout. This coming Sunday, he will look to make it to 4 straight wins. To do so, he will have to go through Roan Carneiro. The Brazilian made an impact in his UFC return back in February 2015, when he submitted veteran Mark Munoz in the 1st round. This fight will be a classic wrestler versus jiu-jitsu artist. Brunson is strong and agile, and he’s unlikely to give anything away to Carneiro. This one should go to Brunson, as he controls the pace of the fight for all 3 rounds.
Cody Garbrandt (7-0) vs Augusto Mendes (5-0) – Bantamweight bout
Team Alpha Male fighter, Cory Garbrandt will fight late replacement and UFC newcomer Augusto Mendes. With two undefeated records, one will fall with his first loss. Garbrandt has solid power, proved by his 6 TKO finishes in 7 fights. Mendes has finished all of his fight, with 4 submissions and 1 knockout. If this fight stays up, than Garbrandt has the advantage. But if it goes down, Mendes will have an easy time. A late swap of opponent for Garbrandt could hurt him. Mendes should come out as the surprise underdog winner in this one.
Two hard nose fighters, going head-2-head. Denis Bermudez was on is way up before stumbling on two losses that saw him being submitted and knocked out. He’s still an exciting fighter, but he may want to take the more secure route and not rush in too much to ensure a victory. Tastuya Kawajiri is a longtime veteran of the sport, and has won 2 straight UFC bout for the first time in his career. He’s got excellent leg kicks and is not shy to use them. Bermudez will want to use his wrestling ability to control the fight and get the win, something that is far probably going to happen.