Last time we did this, it was a half-assed prediction post so let’s do it right, for this one is one of the best potential cards UFC could’ve dreamed up. I call this PPV – WWE 189 due to the ridiculous amount of promo work leading up to it. Conor McGregor is more colorful than Brock Lesner, sharper than Cheal Sonnen and normally delivers – which can’t be said for many of the big promoters.
UFC had a little hitch with Aldo pulling out, but for an MMA fan that is all that is. A hitch. Because in comes Money Mendes and all of a sudden it’s a different fight all together. Could even be a better match in a way (for the fans too).
Not to mention that there’s a co-main event there that wasn’t played up to its potential, in terms of promo. The two best WWs (With Condit breathing down their necks) meet for a title fight, but of course, Aldo’s rib is somehow more important…
Alright. Enough chit-chat. Let the predicting of UFC 189 coming up this Saturday, July 11h on PPV commence. (All credits go to UFC/Zuffa for all photos.) We ride!
Thomas Almeida by TKO
Gunnar Nelson by SUB
Dennis Bermudez by TKO
Rory MacDonald by UD
and now! the moment millions of MMA fans have been waiting for, from Las Vegas, Nevada! This is the main event of the evening!
Conor McGregor by TKO
SHOULD BE A GOOD ONE!
Don’t forget to get back here by Monday morning for the after MMAth!
And of course, don’t forget to watch UFC 189 on PPV – This Saturday, July 11th!
The Morning After:
Just when you thought that UFC 188 was the awesome-est PPV in comes UFC 189 and delivers in all kinds of great. What a freaking card! How awesome did I do with my predictions? Let’s review:
1. After watching Almeida a couple of times, I jumped the bandwagon. This guy has some serious promise. First round though went all wrong from his perspective. He played right into Pickett’s strength and it almost ended there. His corner must have said the right things though, as he started the second round much better and finished Pickett with a wicked knee. 1 for 1.
2. Too many words would simply ruin the beauty that was this fight. Gunnar Nelson walks in, sets up a TD with fantastic strikes, passes, takes the back, good night. “Be water my friend” B. Lee. 2 for 2.
3. Head butt? Busted forehead? being manhandled for a whole opening round? That, apparently is called “Warm-up” in Jeremy Stephens’ schedule. Tough as nails, he survived what looked like an inevitable loss to Bermudez who looked awesome in the first. It all went south for Dennis after being tagged a couple of times. Then came the third and… you know it. The night of the flying knees. Stephens flattens Bermudez to get the W. 2 for 3.
4. How close did Rory MacDonald come to taking the belt? About the distance between his face and the tip of his nose…. The judges score cards after 4 had him unanimously winning this fight. Did I say fight? I meant – WAR. One of the best title fights I remember. definitely the best in WW history (and we’re talking about a division which was ruled by the likes of GSP and Matt Hughes!). Very even first round. Robbie giving a foreshadowing in the second by busting Rory’s nose. Rory nearly knocking the champ out with a barrage of head kicks and elbows in the third and fourth. Then come round 5. In which Robbie proved (mostly to himself, it seems) that he has the champion heart. A powerful punch straight on the nose crushed Rory and marked the end. I am a big fan of Rory’s and I know he’d be champion one day, but nothing can take away from the greatness of this fight. 2 for 4.
5. That was almost predictable. Not to knock off Chad Mendes at all. If you haven’t watched the fight and only read a summary, you might suspect that Mendes was close to beating Conor. You would be wrong though. At no point in the fight did Conor look like he was ready to lose. Not even throughout round 2 which he spent on his back, taking elbow after vicious elbow (and they were nasty). At the end of round 2, Conor simply got up and punched Mendes right on the button. Done. Next victim. I honestly don’t know what Aldo’s story is, but after seeing this fight, I believe Jose knows his title run is as over as over can be. Conor is one scary Irishman and the only thing that may beat Conor is Conor himself… 3 for 5 😦
What a beautiful card that was, what a great night! See you just before UFC 190 people.