UFC on ESPN+ 11: Gustafsson vs. Smith predictions

Can The Mauler tame Lionheart?

The UFC is in Stockholm this weekend as favourite son Alexander Gustafsson takes on Anthony Smith in the main event.

A bout was lost as Ilir Latifi pulled out of his contest with Volkan Oezdemir with a back injury. Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

MAIN CARD

DAVID TEYMUR (6-3-0) VS. SUNG BIN JO (9-0-0)

Andrews: Teymur needs a win badly and he has the advantage as he is welcoming the undefeated  and taller Jo to the octagon. Teymur should be able to use his experience to get the win.

Andrews Prediction: David Teymur va submission

CHRISTOS GIAGOS (16-7-0) VS. DAMIR HADZOVIC (13-4-0)

 

Andrews: Giagos has fought some good competition like Charles Oliveira, but I like Hadzovic to capitalize on the ground.

Andrews Prediction: Damir Hadzovic via submission

MAKWAN AMIRKHAI (14-3-0) VS. CHRIS FISHGOLD (18-2-1)

Andrews: Tight one to call, but I’m going with Fishgold to eke out a split-decision.

Andrews Prediction: Chris Fishgold via SD

JIMI MANUWA (17-5-0) VS. ALEKSANDAR RAKIC (11-1-0)

Andrews: Manuwa needs a win badly, but he is in tough against a bigger and skilled guy in Rakic, who dismantled Devin Clark in his last bout. Manuwa has boxing but not enough of much else to threaten Rakic with.

Andrews Prediction: Aleksandar Rakic via TKO

MAIN EVENT 

ALEXANDER GUSTAFSSON (18-5-0) VS. ANTHONY SMITH (31-14-0)

Andrews: Smith did not look good against Jon Jones and while Gustafsson is not “Bones,” he is quite a good fighter who has lots of tools to nullify raw determination.

Andrews Prediction: Alexander Gustafsson via TKO

@kenaiandrews

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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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