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UFC on ESPN 7: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik predictions

Big opportunity for Rozenstruik to leapfrog in rankings

The UFC is in Washington D.C. this weekend as the spotlight returns to heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC on ESPN 7.

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

MAIN CARD (8 PM ET/5PM PT)

ROB FONT (16-4-0) VS. RICKY SIMON (15-2-0) 

Andrews: Font beat a technical Sergio Pettis in his last bout, while Simon is coming off a TKO loss to Urijah Faber. I like Font’s ability to mix things up better and I think he can outstrike Simon and get the tap if the fight gets to the ground.

Andrews Prediction: Rob Font via submission

#9 CODY STAMANN (18-2-0) VS. #13 YADONG SONG (15-4-0, 1NC) 

Andrews: Stamann is the better fighter on paper, but Song’s last knockout highlight was impressive. Can he catch Cody though? Probably not, but I think he performs well enough to steal the upset.

Andrews Prediction: Yadong Song via UD

#5 ASPEN LADD (8-1-0) VS. #7 YANA KUNITSKAYA (12-4-0)

Andrews: Kunitskaya has not officially scored a finish since September 2016, a span of six fights. Her defence is good and she can play keep away pretty good. So while I don’t think she can hurt Ladd, if the fight says on the feet, she wins. Ladd will need to get the fight to the ground and I’m not sure she can.

Andrews Prediction: Yana Kunitskaya via UD

STEFAN STRUVE (29-11-0) VS. BEN ROTHWELL (36-12-0)

Andrews: Rothwell need a win badly, losing three in a row, and his last two since coming back. Struve should be able to get the decision wearing out Ben on the feet or making him work on the ground.

Andrews Prediction: Stefan Struve via submission

#9 MARINA RODRIGUEZ (12-0-1) VS. #10 CYNTHIA CALVILLO (8-1-0)

Andrews: Rodriguez is progressing nicely, and I think with Calvillo missing weight, will overcome the weight and score enough points with her striking to get the win. Calvillo always has a chance with her ground game. But I think Marina gets the best of her this time.

Andrews Prediction: Marina Rodriguez via UD

MAIN EVENT 

#6 ALISTAIR OVEREEM (45-17-0, 1NC) VS. #14 JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK (9-0-0)

Andrews: What a run for Rozenstruik. Yes, he can put Overeem to sleep with his power, but I think Overeem will be prepared this time.

Andrews Prediction: Alistair Overeem via TKO

@kenaiandrews UFC on ESPN 7: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik predictions

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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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