SHOWBIZ & MMA

Lights, Camera, Action!

SHOWBIZ & MMA

UFC 278: Usman vs. Edwards 2 predictions

Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards are ready to rumble after making weight for UFC 278 in Salt Lake City.

The Miranda Maverick vs. Shanna Young matchup was pulled after Young was hospitalized due to weight-cutting issues. But everyone else is ready to go.

MMA Crossfire Expert Rachel Greenwood makes her debut and checks in with her thoughts on the card.

UFC 278 FIGHT PASS PRELIMS (6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT)

DANIEL DA SILVA (11-3-0) VS. VICTOR ALTAMIRANO (10-2-0)

Greenwood: Both Da Silva and Altamirano are coming off losses. Silva has more power and grappling and controls the fight on the feet with power and aggression. This is in addition to ground control.

Greenwood Prediction: Daniel Da Silva via UD

QILENG AORI (23-11-0) VS. JAY PERRIN (10-5-0)

Greenwood: Perrin and Aori should be contested on the feet for the most part. Perrin is slower, but more technical. I’d say person takes this fight via decision.

Greenwood Prediction: Jay Perrin via SD

#11 AMIR ALBAZI (14-1-0) VS. FRANCISCO FIGUEIREDO (13-4-1)

Greenwood: Both fighters are well rounded. I see this being more of a standup fight, but this fight can easily turn into a BJJ match with both these men having good ground games. I choose Figueredo as the favorite for this fight.

Greenwood Prediction: Francisco Figueiredo via submission

UFC 278 PRELIMS (8PM ET/5PM PT)

A.J. FLETCHER (9-1-0) VS. ANGE LOOSA (8-3-0)

Greenwood: Both fighters are well rounded fighters coming out of DWCS. Loosa will try to use his long reach to keep Fletcher at bay, but I see Fletcher controlling the cage more with his striking and takedowns.

Greenwood Prediction: A.J. Fletcher via UD

SEAN WOODSON (9-1-0) VS. LUIS SALDANA (16-7-0)

Greenwood: Both these fighters earned their UFC contract though DWCS. They are both decent strikers. I like Woodson’s timing to dominate the fight. Saldana has decent leg kicks but I would like to see him use his hands and footwork more. If Saldana can set up his kicks with some nice hand speed and foot work, then maybe he can beat Woodson.

Greenwood Prediction: Sean Woodson via UD

LEONARDO SANTOS (18-5-1) VS. JARED GORDON (18-5-0)

Greenwood: Santos will be looking to take this fight to the ground while Gordon wants to keep things on the feet. He will outstrike Santos on the feet and defend the takedown. Santos best bet is to get things to the ground and work on submissions. 

Greenwood Prediction: Jared Gordon via UD

#11 MARCIN TYBURA (22-7-0) VS. #13 ALEXANDER ROMANOV (16-0-0)

Greenwood: Romanov is quick on the feet for a heavy weight, more aggressive in the takedown and ground and pound and has a really nice BJJ game. 

Greenwood Prediction: Alexander Romanov via SD 

MAIN CARD (10PM ET/7PM PT)

TYSON PEDRO (8-3-0) VS. HARRY HUNSUCKER (7-5-0)

Greenwood: I do not expect this fight to go the distance. Hunsucker doesn’t mind getting into the fight since winning DWCS via ground and pound. He hasn’t been able to duplicate that win, losing his last two fights via TKO. Harry is aggressive on the feet with some heavy punches and a good overhand, but Pedro uses his ground game and distant management to take it.

Greenwood Prediction: Tyson Pedro via TKO

WU YANAN (13-5-0) VS. LUCIE PUDILOVA (13-7-0)

Greenwood: This should be a back and forth striking match on the feet. Possibly some takedown attempts from either fighter, which will result in a clinch battle. This fight will likely go to decision with Pudilova taking the win. 

Greenwood Prediction: Lucie Pudilova via UD 

#3 JOSE ALDO (31-7-0) VS. #6 MERAB DVALISHVILI (14-4-0)

Greenwood: Aldo is the agless wonder. A BJJ artist who is best known for his striking. Dvalishvili is one of the best grapplers with more of a judo style. But I believe Aldo has the best takedown defence in MMA, which he will use to get the win.

Greenwood Prediction: Jose Aldo via UD

#6 PAULO COSTA (13-2-0) VS. LUKE ROCKHOLD (16-5-0)

Greenwood: Rockhold and Costa have both been on losing streaks. Rockhold has been knocked out in his last two fights, not displaying a good chin. If Luke can get the fight to the ground, then he can easily get the tap. Costa is relentless on the feet. If Paulo gets his confidence back that he had before he lost to Izzy, then I believe he takes this easily in the first round or two by KO.

Greenwood Prediction: Paulo Costa via TKO

MAIN EVENT

(C) KAMARU USMAN (20-1-0) VS. #1 LEON EDWARDS (19-3-0, 1NC)

Greenwood: Usman is stronger in his wrestling and striking, where Edwards is more technical in his striking. If Edwards can keep his distance with long range strikes, he has a chance. But Usman comes in with footwork and boxing and goes for the take down. Unless Edwards has revamped his ground game, Usman should get the win like the first fight.

Greenwood Prediction: Kamaru Usman via UD

Enjoy the fights.

@ripley_mma

Latest articles

Related articles