UFC on ESPN+ 16: Cowboy vs. Gaethje predictions
The UFC is in Vancouver this weekend as fan favourites Donald Cerrone and Justin Gaethje collide in the main event.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.
#15 MISHA CIRKUNOV (14-5-0) VS. JIM CRUTE (10-0-0)
Andrews: This is Crute’s toughest fight so can he overwhelm a guy like Misha? Cirkunv has a lot of tools so I think he overcomes a fast start by Crute, gets the fight to the floor and gets the tap.
Andrews Prediction: Misha Cirkunov via submission
#12 URIAH HALL (14-9-0) VS. #13 ANTONIO CARLOS JR. (10-3-0)
Andrews: Has Fortis MMA turned Uriah Hall into the killer everyone thought he would be when he came from TUF? We’ll see as he has a tough opponent in ACJ.
Andrews Predictions: Uriah Hall via UD
MICHEL PEREIRA (23-9-0, 2NC) VS. TRISTAN CONNELLY (13-6-0)
Andrews: Connelly is making his octagon debut. Obvious advantage to Pereira, who also looked great in his fight against Roberts. The Canadian is in tough here.
Andrews Predictions: Michel Pereira via TKO
TODD DUFFEE (9-3-0) VS. JEFF HUGHES (10-2-0)
Andrews: Rarely is a fighter who hasn’t fought in over four years is still consider the favourite in his return bout, but I’m going with Duffee who has been given an opponent fresh from DWCS.
Andrews Predictions: Todd Duffee via TKO
#9 GLOVER TEIXEIRA (29-7-0) VS. #13 NIKITA KRYLOV (26-6-0)
Andrews: Glover is older and wiser now, he won’t trade much with Krylov. Just enough to get the fight to the ground and then tap out Krylov.
Andrews Predictions: Glover Teixeira via submission
#4 DONALD CERRONE (36-12-0, 1NC) VS. #5 JUSTIN GAETHJE (20-2-0)
Andrews: Cerrone is 36 and over the years has added a maturity to his aggressive game.He’s more businessman than Cowboy now, who is looking to atone for the Ferguson fight. Gaethje is the heir apparent to Cerrone. While I would not be surprised if Gaethje walked off or outsmarted Cowboy, it’s more likely he catches Cerrone with a good shot. But if Cowboy comes prepared, he should be able to figure Gaethje out and have some fun.
Andrews Predictions: Donald Cerrone via TKO