UFC 210 takes place in Buffalo, NY on 4/8/17.
Daniel Cormier (18-1) vs. Anthony Johnson (22-5)
The main event showcases champion Daniel “DC” Cormier and challenger Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in a fight for the undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. This fight is a rematch from UFC 187 where DC won the vacant UFC LHW belt against Rumble by rear naked choke at 2:39 of the 3rd round.
Both men are currently on 3 fight win streaks, but Rumble current win streak is more impressive. DC is coming off victories over Rumble Johnson, Alexander Gustafsson, and Anderson Silva. The most impressive victory for DC was his win over Rumble, in which he absorbed massive early punishment, weathered the storm, and then finished a tired Rumble in the 3rd. However his victories over Gustafsson and Silva are less impressive. His fight with Gustafsson was a split decision victory that many believed Gustafsson won. Additionally, his fight with the declining Silva was a last minute replacement due to Jon Jones being pulled from the card for a USADA violation.
Rumble, on the other hand is coming off three straight emphatic KO victories over Jimi Manuwa, Ryan Bader, and Glover Teixiera.
DC’s path to victory will be the same as their last bout. DC will look to last until the later rounds and then take the fight to depleted a Rumble. Rumble as always will look for the early KO. Rumble will have to make adjustments to better manage his gas tank, but his KO power is otherworldly. Rumble should finish Cormier this time around.
Combat KO Prediction: Anthony Johnson by 1st Round KO
Chris Weidman (13-2) vs. Gegard Mousasi (41-6-2)
The co-main event features a middleweight bout between Chris “The All-American” Weidman vs. Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi. Weidman will be looking to rebound after coming off back-to-back TKO/KO losses to Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero respectively. Mousasi, on the other hand, is on a red-hot 4 fight win streak against Thales Leites, Thiago Santos, Vitor Belfort, and Uriah Hall.
New York’s own, Weidman is under tremendous pressure to avoid the dreaded 0-3 streak. His fight with Mousasi is a crossroads of sorts. A win will immediately vault him back into title contention, but a loss will send him reeling into “gatekeeper” status. The former UFC Middleweight Champion has not looked bad in his last couple fights, but luck has not been on his side. His ill advised wheel kick against Luke Rockhold led to him being taken down and TKO’d in a fight that was 1-1 going into the 3rd round. He was also winning 2 rounds to none against Romero before a flying knee from hell sent him careening to the canvas.
Mousasi will be looking to continue his tear toward the UFC Middleweight title. Veteran of 45+ fights, Mousasi will have momentum on his side, winning 6 of his last 7 bouts. The only blemish during that span is a fluky TKO defeat to Uriah Hall, whom he thoroughly outclassed in their rematch. The calculated kick-boxer has the defensive wrestling and the fight IQ to outpoint a desperate Weidman.
Combat KO Prediction: Gegard Mousasi by Unanimous Decision
Cynthia Calvillo (4-0) vs. Pearl Gonzalez (6-1)
Team Alpha Male product Cynthia Calvillo will take on UFC newcomer Pearl Gonzalez in a women’s strawweight bout. This will be Calvillo’s 2nd fight in the octagon after a successful UFC debut against Amanda Cooper, in which she won by 1st round rear naked choke. Chicago’s, Pearl Gonzalez will be making her UFC debut after a successful run in the regional circuit.
Both fighters have fairly limited experience in the fight game, but we’re leaning towards Gonzalez on this one. Gonzalez has a slick ground game that should give Calvillo a lot of trouble. Having picked up 4 submission wins on the way to the octagon, we think she’ll be able to do it once again against Calvillo.
Combat KO Prediction: Pearl Gonzalez by 2nd Round Prediction
Thiago Alves (21-11) vs. Patrick Cote (23-10)
Thiago “Pitbull” Alves goes to battle against Patrick “The Predator” Côté in a competitive welterweight fight. Alves is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Jim Miller in which he missed missed weight by 6.6 lbs for his lightweight debut. Prior to the botched attempt at lightweight, Alves loss to Carlos Condit by doctor stoppage. Côté on the other hand, is coming off a TKO loss to Donald Cerrone.
The pressure is on Alves who will look to avoid going 0-3 in the UFC, and facing potential walking papers. Alves hasn’t one a fight in over 2 years. Meanwhile, Côté will try to avoid losing back-to-back fights for the first time since 2010.
Côté has slowly become one of the best strikers in the welterweight division, leading us to pick him in this fight. Côté’s improvements in the striking game and consistent performances in the cage as of late should see him walking away with the victory.
Combat KO Prediction: Patrick Côté by Unanimous Decision
Will Brooks (18-2) vs. Charles Oliveira (21-7)
“Ill” Will Brooks confronts Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira in a lightweight bout. Brooks was on a 9 fight winning streak before losing by KO to an overweight Alex Oliveira back in October, 2016. He will take on another Oliveira with weight issues when he takes on Charles Oliveira on May 8th. Do Bronx is a former featherweight forced to move up to lightweight because of constant weight issues. Consequently, Do Bronx has lost 3 of his last 4 fights.
Brooks will be coming back with a vengeance against Oliveira. The former Bellator Lightweight Champion, will be thirsty for blood after the weight controversy of his last fight. Oliveira should have more gas in the tank since he’ll be cutting less weight, but Brooks should have it in the bag.
Combat KO Prediction: Will Brooks by Unanimous Decision