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UFC 191: Johnson vs Dodson II is right around the corner and it is time for my predictions for the night of fights on Sept. 5.
The first matchup on the main card live on PPV is a woman’s Strawweight bout between #7 Paige “12 Gauge” VanZant (5-1) and Alex “Astro Girl” Chambers (4-2). VanZant has been looking good lately, winning her first two UFC fights by way of KO/TKO and by Unanimous Decision. VanZant picked up Fight Of The Night honours in her fight against Kailin Curran back in November of 2014. On the other hand, Alex Chambers is 1-1 in the UFC losing in TUF: A Champion Will Be Crowned card by submission and winning, like VanZant, over Kailin Curran by submission. I predict Paige VanZant will come out with her hand raised by decision.
The second main card battle involves two LightHeavyweights, #12 Jan Blachowicz (18-4) and Corey “Beastin 25/8” Anderson (6-1). Blachowicz is coming off a defeat over Jimi Manuwa via Unanimous Decision. Prior to that, Blachowicz knocked out IIir Latifi in the first round. Corey Anderson, is the TUF 19 winner, beating Matt Van Buren via R1 KO. Anderson also defeated Justin Jones last December and then lost to Gian Villante by R3 KO/TKO and won Fight Of The Night in that contest. My prediction is Corey Anderson by way of KO. Anderson is looking promising in the LightHeavyweight division, although, Jan Blachowicz won’t be an easy fight.
Our third battle is in the 205lbs division as #1 ranked and former title challenger, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (19-4) takes on #7 Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa (15-1). “Rumble” has now fought in four fight since moving up to 205. Johnson has beaten the likes of Phil Davis, Antonio “Little Nog” Nogueira, and Alexander Gustafsson before losing to the current champ, Daniel Cormier. In the opposing corner, Jimi Manuwa is wanting to move up to the top 5 in the division and a win of Anthony Johnson would most likely do so. The 35-year old is 4-1 in his previous 5 bouts gaining victories over Kyle Kingsbury, Cyrille Diabate, Ryan Jimmo, and Jan Blachowicz. Unlike Johnson, Manuwa lost to Alexander Gustafsson via a round two TKO. I predict that Anthony Johnson’s lost to Cormier was a fluke and will come out of Las Vegas with a win by split decision.
In the co-main event of the evening, two veteran heavyweights go toe-to-toe. #4 Andrei “Pitbull” Arlovski (24-10-0 1NC) vs #10 Frank Mir (18-9). Each are former UFC champions and both have recently been on career comebacks. Arlovski won the title back in 2005 and defended it for a year. Andrei lost his championship to Tim Sylvia and lost the rematch as well. After that, “Pitbull” fought in Affliction-Banned and then fought in EliteXE. Arlovski beat Ben Rothwell and was the first to knockout Roy Nelson. At this time, Arlovski was looking on fire, but that ended after a 3-fight losing streak before coming back to the UFC in June of 2014. He beat Brendan Schaub, followed by Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Travis “Hapa” Browne.
On the other side, is Frank Mir. A well-known, world-class jiujitsu practitioner who has recently found his deadly striking power. Currently on a 2-fight winning streak, Mir was on a low point of his career. Going 4-6 in 10 fights and most thought that Frank was on his way out. But following stunning knockout wins over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Todd Duffee, those thoughts have been partially silenced. Both fighters will definitely have their work cut out for them. I see Frank Mir using his takedowns and his jiujitsu and will force Andrei Arlovski to tap out in the third round.
Finally, the main event of the evening for the Bantamweight championship of the world. Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (21-2-1) defends his prestigious championship in a 2013 rematch versus #1 John “The Magician” Dodson (18-6). “Mighty Mouse” is the 3rd ranked P4P fighter and he certainly deserves it. Johnson has successfully defended his title all 6 times after winning it in a Flyweight tournament against Joseph Benavidez. Joe Rogan has said several times that Demetrious is one of the greatest fighters ever. His footwork, striking, takedowns, grappling, and his defence against it all.
One man that could stop that run, is John “The Magician” Dodson. The two already fought for the title before and it was Johnson ending with his hand raised. Dodson did rock Demetrious some times during the contest but it wasn’t good enough. Dodson has deadly knockout power for a man his size and has used that over the likes of Darrell Montague, Jussier Formiga, and even TJ Dillashaw back in 2011. The lightning-fast division that is Flyweight is about to showcase it’s top 2 fighters. No doubt are some of the fastest fighters. Overall, I believe that history will repeat and it will be Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson winning by unanimous decision.
The card should be absolutely stunning and all of the fights on the card will make or break a lot of fighters.