UFC 229 is just around the corner, finally! Conor McGregor is back against his biggest foe to date, undefeated Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is up against former interim lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson in the co-main event. OSP will fight undefeated Dominick Reyes, Derrick Lewis will fight Alexander Volkov at the top of the heavyweight division and Michelle Waterson returns against Felice Herrig. The main this event is stacked! We are ready with the predictions for the event! As always the shadowed fighter is the fighter that we predict to lose their fight.
Lightweight title fight
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor
This is probably the most anticipated fight in the history of the UFC. Undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov´s ground game against Conor McGregor´s stand-up game. Unfortunately Khabib Nurmagomedov the fight will begin standing, Conor McGregor takedown defence is underrated and sometimes overlooked. And we think Khabib will have difficulties to take Conor down at the beginning of the fight. And that will give Khabib a lot of troubles because nobody wants to stand and trade shots with Conor. Michael Johnson rocked Khabib at the beginning of their fight a few years ago so if Michael Johnson can do it, then we believe that Conor McGregor can do a little bit more and knock him out. If Conor doesn´t knock Khabib out in the first round or at the beginning of the second round we believe that Khabib will take over and win the fight.
Prediction: Conor McGregor wins via 2nd round KO
Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis
As much as we love Anthony Pettis, we can´t see him win this fight. Tony Ferguson is on 10 fight winning streak in the division. Anthony Pettis, on the other hand, have had very tough time since he lost his title but has been showing what he is able to do every now and then but that is not enough against Tony Ferguson.
Prediction: Tony Ferguson wins via Decision
Ovince St. Preux vs Dominick Reyes
You are either a real deal or you lose against Ovince St. Preux. Everyone that wins OSP is capable of competing against the best in the light heavyweight division. OSP is a great fighter but happens to lose to the elite fighters. Dominick Reyes is 9-0 in his professional career and has not seen the second round within his career in the UFC. We hope that Dominick Reyes wins this fight for the sake of the thin Light Heavyweight division. We need more fighters in the division that are capable of winning OSP. We have nothing against OSP, but still, we need someone fresh in the division to shake things up there.
Prediction: Dominick Reyes wins via 2nd round KO
Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov
Alexander Volkov is no joke, he knocked out Fabricio Werdum in his last fight! and has won all four of his fights in the UFC. Derrick Lewis is coming off a “fight” against Francis Ngannou were neither of them tried to do anything in that fight. Derrick Lewis did slightly more than Ngannou in that fight and won. We would love to see Derrick Lewis fight for the heavyweight belt some day. With a win in this fight that “someday” could be in the near future.
Prediction: Derrick Lewis wins via 2nd round KO
Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig
Personally, we would love if this fight would go to decision. Michelle Waterson and Felice Herrig are not just beautiful fighters they are both very dangerous. Michelle Waterson has 80% finishing rate, both submissions and knockouts. Felice Herrig has won 4 of her last 5 fights.
Prediction: Felice Herrig wins via decision.
Sergio Pettis vs Jussier Formiga
Prediction: Sergio Pettis wins via decision
Vicente Luque vs Jalin Turner
Prediction: Jalin Turner wins via 2nd round KO
Aspen Ladd vs Tonya Evinger
Prediction: Aspen Ladd wins via decision
Scott Holtzman vs Alan Patrick
Prediction: Alan Patrick wins via decision
FightPass Early Prelims:
Lina Lansberg vs Yana Kunitskaya
Prediction: Yana Kunitskaya wins via decision
Gray Maynard vs Nik Lentz
Prediction: Nik Lentz wins via 1st round submission
Ryan LaFlare vs Tony Martin
Prediction: Ryan LaFlare wins via decision