UFC 191 Main Card Breakdowns

image UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson II takes place live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sept. 5. The main event sees a highly anticipated rematch between long-reigning flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and 2013 foe John Dodson. Also on the card is a pivotal heavyweight fight and possible No. 1 contender fight between two former UFC heavyweight champions, Frank Mir and Andrei  Arlovski. Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson To be totally honest, this wasn't a fight I was too excited about when I first heard it would happen for one specific reason: the way John Dodson looked at UFC 187 this past May. He fought Zach Makovsky, who by no means is a slouch at 125 pounds but Dodson didn't seem his usually self, he lacked that explosiveness and  cutting edge we're used to seeing from him but nonetheless squeezed out a decision win in an extremely close fight. However, regardless of how Dodson looked in May, the pick would admittedly still be Johnson. Dodson loves to explode early and often but as was evident in their first fight, he can be exploited in his cardio later in the fight. There's no doubt Dodson early will be an explosive threat that the champion needs to be wary of at all times and I expect him to have his moments early, perhaps dropping Johnson a couple times but like the first time, I expect Johnson to weather the storm and dominantly win the latter part of the fight with Dodson's fatigue starting to set in. Pick: Johnson Frank Mir vs. Andrei Arlovski I want to start off by saying firstly, I love this fight very much. Both guys who many assumed were completely done as far as putting a run together and two former UFC heavyweight champions who are arguably on the best form of their careers meet in what could be a no.1 contender fight. I expect this fight mainly to play out on the feet and that's why I'm so intrigued by the match-up. Mir's boxing has improved ten-fold since returning to the UFC back in February and Arlovski is showing some of the most crisp hands we've seen from him in since his title run just about 10 years ago. I expect this one to end early and violently with Arlovski catching Mir for a TKO finish in the first round. Pick: Arlovski Anthony Johnson vs. Jimi Manuwa This the fight I'm most excited for on the whole card. Both guys are big, explosive knockout artists who intend to stand and get the finish at all costs. Johnson coming off a title loss to Cormier back in May will be eager to get back to winning ways and Manuwa will be eager to build on his dominant win he had against Jan Blachowicz back in April. I like Johnson here because he just seems that inch a head in every face of the game, he's that bit faster, more explosive and crucially, more defensively sound. Although I expect Manuwa to hold his own for the first round or so, I expect 'Rumble' to get the TKO early in the second round over a very hittable Manuwa. Pick: Johnson Corey Anderson vs. Jan Blachowicz Corey Anderson is a guy who surprised me a whole lot and continues to. On 'The Ultimate Fighter' 19 he struck me as a journeyman type fighter who wouldn't go far in the competition, not only did he go far, he actually won the tournament to my surprise. Blachowicz came in to the UFC with a lot of hype and has gone 1-1 since. I like Anderson here because I feel his hands have improved leaps and bounds under the great Mark Henry and I thought he was very unlucky to not be 2-0 in the UFC after being on his way to winning his last fight before getting finished in the last round. I like Anderson to stay in the outside, pick his shots and use his speed and reach against the slower, shorter polish man. Pick: Anderson Paige VanZant vs. Alex Chambers Its no mystery as to what UFC are doing with VanZant at this  stage, she's just 21 years old and is still very green when it comes to comparing her and the top 5 115 pound women, Chambers is extremely crafty on the ground but I worry about her ability to keep VanZant off her long enough to gain any real effective offence in th grappling realm, thus I feel her game on the ground will be mostly ineffective and I expect VanZant to fight the way she always does, with forward pressure and a smothering game to earn her a mid-fight to late TKO as she gains more experience. Pick: VanZant

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