UFC Fight Night 135: Gaethje vs. Vick predictions
The preamble is over and lightweights No. 7 Justin Gaethje (18-2-0) and No. 10 James Vick (13-1-0) are ready to see who will reign supreme tonight in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.
MAIN CARD (10PM ET/7PM PT)
ERYK ANDERS (10-1-0) VS. TIM WILLIAMS (15-4-0)
Andrews: Williams matches up physically with Anders, but I expect Anders to separate him himself with his striking before the fight goes to the ground.
Andrews Prediction: Eryk Anders via TKO
#6 JOHN MORAGA (19-6-0) VS. DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO (14-0-0)
Andrews: A good fight. “Daico” is undefeated in his three fights in the octagon, but Moraga is his toughest fight to date. Moraga has some momentum right now with a three win fight streak.
Andrews Prediction: John Moraga via UD
JAKE ELLENBERGER (31-14-0) VS. BRYAN BARBERENA (13-5-0)
Andrews: Ellenberger has lost six of his last seven fight, all but one were finishes. He still has wrestling and some knockout power, but his chin and body are vulnerable. Barberena has wrestling too and has the power to take out “The Juggernaut.”
Andrews Prediction: Bryan Barberena via TKO
#11 CORTNEY CASEY (7-5-0) VS. ANGELA HILL (8-4-0)
Andrews: Everyone is aware of Hill’s footwork and striking and so Casey will look to get the fight to the ground and grind Hill out. Hill’s defence on the ground has improved, but she obviously wants to keep the fight on the feet. Who can impose their will? I am going with Casey.
Andrews Prediction: Cortney Casey via UD
MICHAEL JOHNSON (18-12-0) VS. ANDRE FILI (18-5-0)
Andrews: Johnson need a win badly, but to be fair, he has fought the best of the division. I don’t know if Fili can hurt Johnson, but he can get the submission though. Johnson will have to catch Fili and keep him from using his footwork. Could go wither way, but I think “Touchy” will get it done.
Andrews Prediction: Andre Fili via UD
#7 JUSTIN GAETHJE (18-2-0) VS. #10 JAMES VICK (13-1-0)
Andrews: Everyone knows Gaethje knows has heart and can take a punch, but there comes a time when you need more than that to advance to the next level. Vick will have the gameplan to use Gaethje’s best attribute against him and get the win.
Andrews Prediction: James Vick via TKO