UFC 192 Main Card Breakdowns

018747_191_CormierGus_BoutAnn_1200x12004 UFC 192 takes place live from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, this Saturday, October 3rd. In the main event, Daniel Cormier defends his light heavyweight title against Alexander Gustafsson. Also on the main card is a pivotal welterweight bout between Johny Hendricks and Tyron Woodley. Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of buzz for this bout and I'm not quite sure why, the only logical reason I can come up with is the fact that Jon Jones has beat both of them and it's not 'legitimate' title fight. I for one, am extremely excited about this fight. Gustafsson, despite coming off a knockout loss to Anthony Johnson, is still easily a top five  light-heavyweight. His reach and height should pose Cormier some problems early in this fight I believe, Gustafsson's distance control against shorter, less mobile men is extremely effective and that's where I see Cormier struggling for short amounts of time. Cormier's pressure fighting however is also incredibly effective and I believe in the end it gets him a win here. I think he finds it hard to get in on Gustafsson early but eventually dominates in the striking to wrestling exchanges later in the fight. I think Alexander will crumble under the relentless pace set by the champion. Pick: Cormier Ryan Bader vs. Rashad Evans If Evans wasn't coming off a 2-year layoff on top of now being 36-years-old, I'd handily pick him here but it's a little difficult because of those 2 listed things. Bader on a 4-fight win streak is easily in the best form of his career right now and is on the cusp of a title shot he should've had this Saturday. Reading all of I've written, you'd think the comfortable pick was Bader but I'm picking the opposite here. These are generally the tier of guys, Evans has no problem comfortably beating except for some rare instances. I think Evans speed and explosiveness is still there and Bader will have a hard time dealing with that. Evans will comfortably win 3 rounds this Saturday and have a big case for a title shot afterwards. Pick: Evans Shawn Jordan vs. Ruslan Magomedov Shawn Jordan has been a standard heavyweight fighter trading wins and losses over his UFC career thus far. Despite possessing freak athleticism stemming from his stint in American football he hasn't quite reached the heights he'd hoped. Magomedov on the other hand, is an extremely legitimate prospect and at just 28-years-old and training at AKA with th likes of Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez, he can only improve his already very well-rounded arsenal. I favour the 13-1 heavyweight prospect to get a big win here in Houston and move on to a top-15 heavyweight. I like him by decision or late stoppage due to his overwhelming pressure and size. Pick: Magomedov Joseph Benavidez vs. Ali Bagautinov Aside from this being a pivotal fight in the flyweight division, it's also, on paper, as fun a fight you can make at 125 pounds. Both guys, considered elite in the weight class with explosive boxing and knockout power. In many cases they're very similar but I do give the slight edge to Benavidez on the feet, I believe he's got a little more speed, diversity and angles which will prove to be too much for Ali through 3 rounds. Neither guy will be finished here but expect a very fun fight that goes the distance seeing Benavidez pick up a unanimous decision and move ever closer to a third crack at Demetrious Johnson. Pick: Benavidez Jessica Eye vs. Julianna Peña This is an extremely relevant fight in the women's bantamweight division and a must-win for both. In particular, Eye has to get a win here or she can take herself out of the title picture for quite some time. Peña on the other hand, needs to prove she can beat this calibre of fighter, and if she can, she won't be too far from Ronda Rousey. I favour Peña here when push comes to shove. Her forward pressure and ability to completely stifle your every attack on the ground does not bode well for Eye here, who has been known to have a lot of trouble defending in wrestling and grappling exchanges. I like Peña to win here by referee stoppage in the second round, I think Eye will once again be dominated in the wrestling realm as she has been known to lose in, and she will succumb to Peña's constant pressure on the ground. Pick: Peña

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