UFC Fight Night 102: Lewis vs Abdurakhimov predictions
Welcome back to The Crossfire.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.
MAIN CARD (9PM ET/6PM PT)
#14 GIAN VILLANTE (14-7-0) VS SAPARBEK SAFAROV (8-0-0)
Andrews: Villante is welcoming the super efficient Safarov to the octagon. Villante obviously has the experience advantage and is not that bad of a finisher himself. Oddly enough, I think Gian will take a decision here.
Andrews Prediction: Gian Villante via unanimous decision
#9 COREY ANDERSON (9-2-0) VS SEAN O’CONNELL (17-8-0)
Andrews: Anderson should bounce back from that loss to Shogun with another grinding ground game performance. He can’t afford to let O’Connell get comfortable on the feet, and I think he understands that to look to dictate the fight early.
Andrews Prediction: Corey Anderson via unanimous decision
#12 FRANCIS NGANNOU (8-1-0) VS ANTHONY HAMILTON (15-5-0)
Andrews: Don’t blink in this fight; you could miss the whole thing. These guys are both big and with one punch knockout power. Hamilton scored a quick finish in his last fight, but Ngannou was impressively quick too. I’m going with the Frenchman.
Andrews Prediction: Francis Ngannou via TKO
#10 DERRICK LEWIS (16-4-0, 1 NC) VS #15 SHAMIL ABDURAKHIMOV (17-3-0)
Andrews: I think the aggressiveness of Lewis will dictate the fight. The pressure of Lewis will turn Abdurakhimov into a defensive fighter and he has the option of striking or grinding him out on the mat. And, The Black Beast is hungry.
Andrews Prediction: Derricks Lewis via TKO