Get to grips with the changes
Each UFC fighter will have a set of boxing, kickboxing or Muay Thai strikes and each one can be strung together. The difference is knowing which ones work best. Using an uppercut after using jabs to close distance is one, or a low kick to the shins followed by a heavy overhand punch. Just like real fighting, the jab is fast and can counter almost any strike. As we mentioned in our review of UFC 3, kicks have been heavily tweaked this time around making them a lot more cumbersome, yet just as dangerous if used correctly.
But higher, slower kicks should be used as part of a larger combo or as a surprise strike. Knees are also a powerful target, which are great in the clinch or when defending against a telegraphed shoot. We may see a different approach from Garbrandt here as he tries to 'right the wrong' of that defeat, but Dillashaw has everything he needs to counter that and having knocked out 'No Love' once before, I would not be shocked to see the champion do it again here.
Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. That may have some questioning where he truly ranks above the all-time greats, but you can only beat the opposition that has been put in front of you and Johnson has been doing that with ease.
Johnson was cruising to a comfortable decision win against Ray Borg last September, but that was not good enough for him and it resulted in a finish that you would call far-fetched in a video game. With just under two minutes to go in the fight the champion suplexed the challenger up into the air, caught him and immediately transitioned into and armbar that forced Borg to tap out. It was incredible stuff. So what is next for the flyweight kingpin? This Saturday night he makes the 12th defence of his belt and he will do it against a man he already beat just over two years ago.
So what has changed since then? Cejudo has undoubtedly improved, but has he really improved to the point where he can dethrone Johnson. The champion will enjoy another successful title defence and we can go back to hoping for a super-fight with the winner of Dillashaw v Garbrandt. The fight veteran is in desperate need of a win having lost each of his last two outings, but in fairness to him those losses have come against two of the absolute best in this weight class — Frankie Edgar and Brian Ortega.
I can see Daniel Cormier outworking Stipe Miocic and grinding out a decision victory, but this one is difficult to call. This event is packed with some amazing fights and it is certainly one that you will not want to miss! Good luck in your selections and stay tuned to MMANews.
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