UFC on ESPN 14 from ‘Fight Island’ is now set for Saturday night now that the main event is official.
Former champion No. 1 Robert Whittaker and No. 5 Darren Till both made weight and will compete at 185 pounds.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.
MAIN CARD (8PM ET/5PM PT)
KHAMZAT CHIMAEV (7-0-0) VS. RHYS MCKEE (10-2-1)
Andrews: Chimaev is making a quick turnaround, where he impressed in his octagon debut. McKee looks like a decent fighter, but I have to go with “Borz” once again.
Andrews Prediction Khamzat Chimaev via TKO
ALEX OLIVEIRA (20-8-1, 2NC) VS. PETER SOBOTTA (17-6-1)
Andrews: Good matchup. Both guys can win but when the dust settles, I expect Oliveira to get the TKO.
Andrews Prediction: Alex Oliveira via TKO
PAUL CRAIG (12-4-1) VS. GADZHIMURAD ANTIGULOV (20-6-0)
Andrews: Craig needs to keep the momentum going here with a win. Antigulov’s losing streak will continue.
Andrews Prediction: Paul Craig via TKO
CARLA ESPARZA (16-6-0) VS. MARINA RODRIGUEZ (12-0-2)
Andrews: Usually I take Esparza, but I think Rodriguez will find a way to deal with Esparza’s wrestling takedowns and out-strike her enough to grind out the win.
Andrews Prediction: Marina Rodrigez via UD
FABRICIO WERDUM (23-9-1) VS. ALEXANDER GUSTAFSSON (18-6-0)
Andrews: Werdum is on a skid, but so was Gustafsson. Even though Gustafsson has not been active and is moving up in weight, I think he will surprise Werdum as a number of fighters have lately.
Andrews Prediction: Alexander Gustafsson via UD
MAURICIO RUA (26-11-1) VS. ANTONIO RODRIGO NOGUEIRA (23-9-0)
Andrews: Nogueira is 44, while Rua is 38. An old-school classic here. Rua won the first one and he should win the second one here too. Use the kicks and pile up the points.
Andrews Prediction: Mauricio Rua via UD
#1 ROBERT WHITTAKER (20-5-0) VS. #5 DARREN TILL (18-2-0)
Andrews: As long as Whittaker is healthy, he should be able to avoid getting pulled into Till’s striking game and take the fight to the ground and earn the tap.
Andrews Prediction: Robert Whittaker via submission