UFC 223 Betting Odds and Predictions
UFC 223 has turned into a complete mess. After Conor McGregor’s bus incident on Thursday and Max Holloway being deemed unfit to compete, the card appears completely different than it did 48 hours before the event.
So, I will provide you a faster, shorter than normal preview and predictions for the recently revised UFC 223 card.
The primary event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Al Iaquinta, first. Iaquinta is a fighter with superior defense in every aspect of the game. On the other hand, the only real time we have seen him struggle in the last two years was a quick victory over a shop-worn Diego Sanchez. Nurmagomedov has the best grappling in MMA although there are absolutely some holes in his striking match, it simply doesn’t matter when”The Eagle” gets his hands on his competitor. Nurmagomedov will win however, don’t doubt Iaquinta’s ability to create this one demanding for your Russian.
The co-main event, which thankfully has not yet been influenced, sees Joanna Jedrzejczyk seem to regain her strawweight title vs Rose Namajunas. Jedrzejczyk was obviously not herself in the first fight, which can likely be attributed to her inability to crack Namajunas mentally before stepping foot to the Octagon. And though Jedrzejczyk is more focused this time round, Namajunas is a much more complete mixed martial artist and that I visit”Thug Rose” squeaking out a tough win.
Calvin Kattar and Renato Moicano are similar fighters from the fact that they like to overwhelm opponents in the striking game. Kattar prefers to be the aggressor while Moicano likes to stay at range, working his jabs and leg kicks. I give the edge to Moicano thanks to his movement and ability to stay calm against an aggressive striker.
Zabit Magomedsharipov, one of the best prospects in the featherweight division, has his chance to shine on the PPV when he takes on Kyle Bochniak. Magomedsharipov absolutely demolished his first two opponents in the UFC on his way to entry successes. Bochniak is a low-output striker who’s more worried about defense than offense. But in all honesty, Bochniak is being fed to Magomedsharipov. This should not be a competition.
A couple high-octane combatants face off in the PPV curtain-jerker, as UFC stalwart Joe Lauzon takes on Chris Gruetzemacher. Lauzon has natural pop in his hands but poor striking defense and is at his finest in scrambles when he can use his slick submissions. Gruetzemacher hasn’t tried a takedown in his UFC tenure; instead,”Gritz” focuses on relentless forward strain in the striking game. Lauzon’s tendency to get hit is a significant concern but I anticipate his working skills to shine through.