UFC on ESPN 14

UFC on ESPN 14: Whittaker vs. Till predictions

Can Till take out the former champion?

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

MAIN EVENT

#1 ROBERT WHITTAKER (20-5-0) VS. #5 DARREN TILL (18-2-0)

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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

@kenaiandrews UFC on ESPN 14: Whittaker vs. Till 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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