Wednesday, August 27, 2014

UFC 177: Dillashaw vs Baro - Picks & Prognostications

I'm taking a rare weekend off from my side job and will be taking in a full night of fights on Saturday. The card itself, outside of the main event is not particularly thrilling. I say that just out of abject honesty: the main event is a real toss up as we have several questions to consider:

Who doesn't love an underdog? Who doesn't love an upset? This Saturday we see if Renan Barao simply had an off night on the Dillashaw's night of singularity or if Dillashaw is just the next generation of fighter that dethroned Barao as he closed out the long time peak of his career? IN other news, highly touted (but not making weight) wrestler Henry Cejudo debuts against Jorgensen. Jorgensen is a stern test for a UFC debut,  but Jorgensen is about as low as his confidence probably could be coming off of several losses and stoppages at that. .
There's honestly not a lot else on this card that interests me. Girls fighting, woohoo. Brunson vs Larkin will be a good fight with some athleticism definitely on display. Castillo who I've watched since the WEC will be a good test for Ferguson as he tries to move up the ladder at Castillo's expense.

I've got Dillashaw beating Renan Barao by 4-1 as an increasingly desperate Barao gets taken down by coming forward in an effort to not lose twice to the same man.
Castillo will grind out a tough win over Ferguson by winning 2 out of the 3 rounds.
Nijem will beat the guy he's fighting by TKO in the 2nd round.
Medeiros will win by submission in the 1st round.
Larkin will TKO Brunson with sharp and accurate punches and picks by the 1st round.
Cejudo will take down and grind out an unimpressive win over Jorgensen, dominating the scorecards.

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao
for bantamweight title
preliminary CARD
UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET

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