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MMA Crossfire – TUF 21 Finale predictions

UFC 189 might be a tough act to follow for the TUF 21 Finale tonight. But Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger and “Wonderboy” Stephen Thompson are going to give it their best shot.

The two welterweights are the main event given what happened at UFC 189 between Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler, it’s a chance for the two to elevate themselves solidly into that second tier of the division.

Welcome back to  The Crossfire.

MMA Crossfire.

MMA Crossfire Expert Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card matchups.

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MAXIMO “MAXI” BLANCO (11-6-1, 1NC) VS MIKE “EL CUCUY” DE LA TORRE (13-4-0, 1NC)

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Maximo Blanco and Mike De La Torre face off during the TUF 21 Finale Weigh-in at the UFC Fan Expo in the Sands Expo and Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: Tough one to call. Blanco likes to knock people out, while De La Torre also like to submit. He’s the more versatile fighter and on paper should win, but I think he will get caught by the striking of Maxi.

Andrews Prediction: MAXIMO “MAXI” BLANCO VIA TKO.

ANGELA “YOUR MAJESTY” MAGANA (11-7-0) VS MICHELLE “THE KARATE HOTTIE” WATERSON (12-4-0)

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Angela Magana and Michelle Waterson face off during the TUF 21 Finale Weigh-in at the UFC Fan Expo in the Sands Expo and Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: The only question in this matchup is whether the UFC jitters will prevent Waterson from getting the finish. Magana was outstruck by pint-sized Tecia Torres in the TUF 20 Finale and I think Waterson will do the same, wherever the fight goes.

Andrews Prediction: “The Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson via TKO.

#14 JORGE “GAMEBRED” MASVIDAL (28-9-0) VS CEZAR “MUTANTE” FERREIRA (9-4-0)

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Jorge Masvidal and Cezar Ferreira face off during the TUF 21 Finale Weigh-in at the UFC Fan Expo in the Sands Expo and Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: It’s been an uneven road for the TUF winner Ferreira.  Losses to Sam Alvey and CB Dollaway have shown he cannot rely on his striking alone and that his defence needs improvement. Masvidal bring that wrestling/grappling component that should dictate the fight and earn him a decision win.

Andrews Prediction: Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal via unanimous decision.

MICHAEL GRAVES (4-0-0) VS VICENTE “THE SILENT ASSASSIN” LUQUE (7-4-1)

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Michael Graves and Vicente Luque face off during the TUF 21 Finale Weigh-in at the UFC Fan Expo in the Sands Expo and Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: Both guys are making their debut here. Luque has the experience factor, but it’s hard to ignore Graves’ TUF performances. Graves will silence the Silent Assassin.

Andrews Prediction: Michael Graves via TKO.

 

KAMARU “THE NIGERIAN NIGHTMARE” USMAN (5-1-0) VS HAYDER HASSAN (6-1-0)

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Kamaru Usman and Hayden Hassan face off during the TUF 21 Finale Weigh-in at the UFC Fan Expo in the Sands Expo and Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: Hassan brought it home for American Top Team on TUF 21 and his empathy created a feel-good moment for the Wounded Warriors Project. But he faces another knockout machine in Usman, who competed for The Blackzillians on TUF. When the dust clears, I think Hassan will be the one standing.

Andrews Prediction: Hayden Hassan via TKO.

MAIN EVENT 

#9 JAKE “THE JUGGERNAUT” ELLENBERGER (30-9-0) VS STEPHEN “WONDERBOY” THOMPSON (10-1-0)

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Jake Ellenberger and Stephen Thompson during the TUF 21 Finale Weigh-in at the UFC Fan Expo in the Sands Expo and Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: So many ifs, whens, and buts in this contest. When Jake Ellenberger is motivated, he is tough to beat. But he’s lost badly to the top fighters in the division. So which Jake will show up? Thompson has never fought the calibre of Jake before, but trains with Chris Weidman, and his striking is very good.  He can make Jake worry and stay on the outside instead of going for the takedown.  So I’m going with the Wonderboy.

Andrews Prediction: “Wonderboy” Stephen Thomspon via TKO.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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