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UFC 209: Woodley vs Thompson 2 predictions

Can 'Wonderboy' take it one step further?

Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson will try to resolve the UFC welterweight title situation tonight, but Khabib Nurmagomedov’s dramatic pullout from the co-main even interim lightweight title fight has stolen the spotlight.

Nurmagomdeov was hospitalized with a weight-cut related illness, and now this fight – which was previously scheduled twice before, with each fighter pulling out – is once again on the shelf.

The show must go on.

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UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS (6:30PM ET/3:30 PM PT)

ALBERT MORALES (6-0-1) VS ANDRE SOUKHAMTHATH (11-3-0)

Andrews: These two should provide a nice opening fight and I’m going with the aggressiveness of Morales to get the fight to the ground to dictate the fight.

Andrews Prediction: Albert Morales via unanimous decision

AMANDA BOBBY COOPER (3-2-0) VS CYNTHIA CALVILLO (3-0-0)

Andrews: Calvillo should prove to be a worthy challenge, but I’m not sure if she can overcome the UFC jitters. Cooper is now settling in after the TUF 23  experience, and that should help her here.

Andrews Prediction: Amanda Bobby Cooper via unanimous decision

TYSON PEDRO (5-0-0) VS PAUL CRAIG (9-0-0)

Andrews: Can Pedro replicate that come-from-behind performance against Khalil Rountree? I think he can. He will outsmart the bigger Craig.

Andrews Prediction: Tyson Pedro via TKO

RDS 2 PRELIMS (8PM ET/5PM PT)

MARK GODBEER (11-3-0) VS DANIEL SPITZ (5-0-0)

Andrews: Tough one to call. Godbeer has exactly one more UFC fight than Spitz and he lost it. Going with the upset here D. Spitz.

Andrews Prediction: Daniel Spitz via TKO

#15 LURI ALCANTARA (33-7-0, 1NC) VS LUKE SANDERS (11-0-0)

Andrews: Sanders is facing one of the bantamweight gatekeepers. Alcantara is 36 now, but I think he has enough left in the tank to decision Sanders.

Andrews Prediction: Luri Alcantara via unanimous decision

#13 MIRSAD BEKTIC (11-0-0) VS #14 DARREN ELKINS (22-5-0)

Andrews: Bektic’s takedown defence will get a challenge from Elkins, but I think Bektic overcomes the ground assault of Elkins ekes out the decision.

Andrews Prediction: Mirsd Bektic via unanimous decision

MARCIN TYBURA (14-2-0) VS LUIS HENRIQUE (10-2-0, 1NC)

Andrews: Two big boys. This is a pick ’em fight. When the dust clears, I’ll take Tubyra to be the one left standing.

Andrews Prediction: Marcin Tybura via TKO

MAIN CARD (10PM ET/7PM PT)

#3 ALISTAIR OVEREEM (41-15-0, 1NC) VS #8 MARK HUNT (12-11-1)

Andrews: If Mark Hunt is angry as it appears, then it’s bad news for Overeem, who was looking good until losing to Miocic. On paper, Overeem has a lot of advantages, but I think Hunt sends a message to Dana White here.

Andrews Prediction: Mark Hunt via TKO

LANDO VANNATA (9-1-0) VS DAVID TEYMUR (5-1-0)

Andrews: Does Vannata have any other fancy kicks up his sleeve? Don’t let that distract you from the fact he can take you to the ground for a submission. I like Teymur, but I don’t think he’s faced anyone as good as Vannata.

Andrews Prediction: Lando Vannata via submission

RASHAD EVANS (24-5-1) VS DANIEL KELLY (12-1-0)

Andrews: How far has “Suga” fallen down the rankings ladder? If he loses here, them. I think he needs to seriously consider hanging up the gloves.

Andrews Prediction: Rashad Evans via unanimous decision

MAIN EVENT 

TYRON WOODLEY (16-3-1) VS #1 STEPHEN THOMPSON (13-1-1)

Andrews: About the only thing Thompson cannot really train for in this rematch is his chin. Once Woodley dropped him in the first match, he lost control of the bout. He cannot fight in fear of it, but cannot be too repsectful of it. If he can do that, he wins. But I think Woodley’s wrestling and power will dictate the bout in the championship rounds, keeping Thompson from piling up the points he needs.

Andrews Prediction: Tyron Woodley via split-decision

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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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