UFC on ESPN+ 25: Anderson vs. Blachowicz 2 predictions
The UFC is in Rio Rancho, New Mexico this weekend as light heavyweights Corey Anderson and Jan Blachowicz rematch in the main event.
Anderson won the first fight via decision back in 2015 and both fighters have vastly improved since then.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.
MAIN CARD (8PM ET/5PM PT)
LANDO VANNATA (10-3-2) VS. YANCY MEDERIOS (15-6-0, 1NC)
Andrews: Both guys have been lost in the lightweight shuffle. Vannata is 1-2-1 in his last four fights, while Mederios had his momentum stolen by Donald Cerrone and Gregor Gilliespie, respectively. Vannata is the more flamboyant fighter but tends to fade, while Mederios is your no-frills slugger with a good ground game. Have to go with Yancy.
Andrews Prediction: Yancy Mederios via UD
#7 ROGERIO BONTORIN (15-1-0, 1NC) VS. RAY BORG (11-4-0)
Andrews: Borg missed weight by two pounds. He’ll need to be careful and use his grappling offensively and defensively to avoid the submissions of Bontorin. Can Bontorin overcome the wrestling of Borg and get the fight to the ground? I don’t now. I have to go with Borg to grind it out.
Andrews Prediction: Ray Borg via UD
BROK WEAVER (14-4-0) VS. KAZULA VARGAS (10-2-0)
Andrews: Weaver is making is debut from DWCS. Vargas lost his debut in his last bout and should be sharper this time.
Andrews Prediction: Kazula Vargas via UD
#12 MONTANA DE LA ROSA (10-4-0) VS. #13 MARA ROMERO BORELLA (12-5-0, 1NC)
Andrews: Borella is the veteran fighter at 33 years old, but has lost two fo her last three bouts, albeit to tough competition in Lauren Murphy and Katlyn Chookagian. De La Rosa, 25, lost to Andrea Lee in her last fight, but has also fought good competition. De La Rosa should have the tools get Borella to the ground for the tap.
Andrews Prediction: Montana De La Rosa via submission
DIEGO SANCHEZ (31-11-0) VS. MICHEL PEREIRA (23-9-0, 2NC)
Andrews: Even at 38 years old, Sanchez is a tough out. Periera looked impressive against Danny Roberts two fights ago, but looked ordinary against Tristan Connelly in his last contest. Going with Pereira to stun Sanchez with a flying knee.
Andrews Prediction: Michel Pereira via TKO
#5 COREY ANDERSON (14-4-0) VS. #6 JAN BLACHOWICZ (25-8-0)
Andrews: Anderson has been on a wall, stealing Johnny Walker’s momentum. But so has Blachowicz, who took the fire of Like Rockhold. But I have to go with Anderson to take it again.
Andrews Prediction: Corey Anderson via UD.