UFC on Fox 9 kicks off this weekend, which feature a compelling card from top to bottom. Let’s take a look and make some predictions.
Nik Lentz vs. Chad Mendes: This featherweight bout is going to be a great one, and both are potentially fighting for a title shot. Mendes will be the better striker, and he will be looking to impose his will early on Lentz, who has looked dominate ever since dropping down to the featherweight division.
Mendes will be the faster, more athletic fighter in this bout. He will keep the fight standing, and will land some devastating counter shots on Lentz. Lentz will not be able to recover once hurt, allowing Mendes to get yet another impressive finish over a solid opponent.
Final Prediction: Chad Mendes wins via TKO in the first round
Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald: This bantamweight fight will determine the next challenger for either Dominick Cruz or Renan Barao, depending on how comes out on top in their championship fight. Both McDonald and Faber can end the fight on the ground and standing, so it’s a really great, exciting matchup.
This bout may just come down to experience, which Faber has in spades. He will avoid anything substantial from McDonald, and will quickly get this fight to the ground. From there, he will land some hard shots on top, avoiding any submission attempts from McDonald. It’s going to be a tough fight, but Faber is well accustomed to going hard and forcing his opponents to break mentally over the duration of the fight.
Final Prediction: Urijah Faber wins via unanimous decision
Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez: Johnson has been one of the best fighters in all of the lighter weigh classes. At flyweight, he’s been absolutely dominant, and he’s one of the most well-rounded, fastest fighters in the UFC. Benavidez is also fast, and he’s one of the best finishers at flyweight. Whether it’s on the ground or on the feet, he can end the fight within seconds. This is why it’s so hard to pick a winner.
Yes, Johnson already holds a victory over Benavidez, but this was before Benavidez changed up his training and received insightful information from his striking coach, Duane Ludwig. Benavidez will showcase a more technical, polished striking game in this bout. Johnson will have his moments, getting takedowns several times in the fight, but Benavidez will execute a brilliant strategy on the feet. He will time his kicks and punches to get the better of Johnson each round, winning a decision.
Final Prediction: Joseph Benavidez wins via unanimous decision