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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)

UFC on ESPN 2

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)

UFC on ESPN 2

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

@kenaiandrews

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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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