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UFC on ESPN 2: Barboza vs. Gaethje predictions

The UFC is in the City of Brotherly Love this weekend with a bell-cracking lightweight main event between No.6 Edson Barboza (20-6-0) and No.8 Justin Gaethje (19-2-0).

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

MAIN CARD (7PM ET/4PM PT)

SHEYMON MORAES (11-2-0) VS. SODIQ YUSUFF (8-1-0)

Andrews: I like the finishing power of Yusuff to overcome the technique of Moraes.

Andrews Prediction: Sodiq Yusuff via TKO

PAUL CRAIG (10-3-0) VS. KENNEDY NZECHUKWU (6-0-0)

Andrews: Craig obviously has the experience advantage but Jim Crute showed how he can be overpowered. I think Kennedy will try to use the same blueprint.

Andrews Prediction: Kennedy Nzechukwu via TKO

KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ (12-3-0) VS. MICHELLE WATERSON (16-6-0)

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Andrews: Kowalkiewicz used to have some of the best footwork and striking in the division, but we haven’t seen it lately.  gives Waterson can not only strike but take the fight to the ground which is her strength.

Andrews Prediction: Michelle Waterson via submission

JOSH EMMETT (13-2-0) VS. MICHAEL JOHNSON (19-13-0)

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Andrews: I like Emmett but I think the Johnson avoids the big shot or overcomes it with his pressure and aggressiveness.

Andrews Prediction: Michael Johnson via UD

DAVID BRANCH (22-5-0) VS. JACK HERMANSSON (18-4-0)

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Andrews: Have to go with “The Joker” to finish Branch off.

Andrews Prediction: Jack Hermansson via TKO

MAIN EVENT

#6 EDSON BARBOZA (20-6-0) VS. #8 JUSTIN GAETHJE (19-2-0)

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Andrews: Gaethje is tough as nails but I think the striking of Barboza gets the better of him in a war.

Andrews Prediction: Edson Barboza via TKO

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

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