UFC 202 was filled with thrills, UFC debuts, returning fighters, four KOs/TKOs and a controversial judge’s decision at the end of what the UFC claims was one of the most anticipated and greatest fights of all time, between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor.
So how do you top that? UFC and WWE fans are anticipating the UFC debut of Former WWE Superstar CM Punk against Mickey Gall on September 10th. But Punk’s debut is only one of the interesting matches scheduled.
Here’s a preview of the Main Card:
Women’s Straw-weight fight: Jessica “Bate Estaca” Andrade vs. Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood
Jessica “Bate Estaca” Andrade, known for her very technical ground skills as well as throwing ridiculous combos including high kicks, is favoured to win over Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood. Although Andrade is known for finishing fights in the wildest ways possible, Calderwood is usually gets the best of her opponents with her speed and technical skills, whether on the ground or standing up.
(Pick: Jessica “Bate Estaca” Andrade winner by KO/TKO)
Bantamweight fight: Urijah “The California Kid” Faber vs. Jimmie “El Terror” Rivera
Following the Women’s Straw Weight fight will be a Bantamweight fight between UFC/MMA veteran Urijah “The California Kid” Faber and up-and-coming fighter Jimmie “El Terror” Rivera. Faber is known for being dominant in almost all aspects of MMA and not only as a coach but also as a fighter. He will be looking to make a huge comeback from his last fight, a loss to Dominick Cruz. Rivera, who is looking to climb up the ranks of the Bantamweight division, is known for explosive power through his punches and kicks. Although Faber is ranked #2 in the world, Rivera is favoured to win.
(Pick: Urijah “The California Kid” Faber winner by Decision)
Middleweight fight: CM Punk vs Mickey Gall
One of the most anticipated fights of the year will finally take place at UFC 203. Former WWE superstar CM Punk is ready to prove UFC fans wrong as he makes his debut in the UFC. Punk, who has no previous experience or extended training in MMA, thinks he is ready to take on a new chapter in his life of sports entertainment and has the support of legions of loyal WWE fans. Mickey Gall, who is highly favoured in this fight, is looking to take down Punk and show not only who is the better fighter but also that MMA isn’t for everybody.
(Pick: Mickey Gall winner by KO/TKO)
Heavyweight fight: Fabricio ” Vai Cavalo” Werdum vs Travis “Happa” Borwne
UFC fans know that when two monstrous heavyweights step inside the Octagon there is bound to be a war. Both fighters are looking to make comebacks from brutal defeats in their last fights. Travis “Happa” Browne lost to Cain Velasquez in the first round was distraught after the defeat. Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum, who finally had made a name for himself close to the end of his career, lost to Stipe Miocic. Both fighters badly need a victory.
(Pick: Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum winner by KO/TKO)
Heavyweight Championship fight: Stipe Miocic vs Alistair “The Reem” Overeem
Stipe Miocic, who surprisingly climbed up the rankings to become champion, is looking to defend his UFC Heavyweight Championship against long-time MMA veteran Alistair “The Reem” Overeem. There is no obvious advantage between the two, both are known for their tremendous power. Although Miocic is favoured in this fight, Overeem is known for putting people to sleep with his knockout power and accuracy.
(Pick: Stipe Miocic winner by KO/TKO)