The UFC is back in Las Vegas Memorial Day weekend for UFC 173 and TVMix is here with all your updates and stories.
UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman was originally set to face former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, but an injury to Weidman pushed their fight to UFC 175 July 5; and now UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao will defend his title against T.J. Dillashaw in the main event.
Here are our predictions for the main card:
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Renan Barao (32-1) has only one loss in his career which came in his first fight back in 2005. T.J. Dillashaw (9-2), will attempt to avenge fellow Team Alpha Male Urijah Faber’s loss to Barao earlier this year at UFC 169, but don’t see that happening. Even though Barao is a year younger, his experience, quickness and power will prove to be too much for Dillashaw, who is overmatched in this one. Barao by TKO.
Daniel Cormier (14-0) vs Dan Henderson (30-11): Cormier hasn’t lost a fight since — ever. All “DC” does is win, and win against big names, Roy Nelson, Frank Mir, Josh Barnett, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. All of those UFC stars are heavyweights; now with Cormier fighting at 205, the guys he faces are far smaller. Henderson on the other hand is a veteran — former Pride light heavyweight champion and Olympian, but he’s 43 and no longer able to use TRT. He’s lost three of his last four fights. This isn’t the Hendo of the past. Cormier by KO.
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Robbie Lawler (22-10) vs Jake Ellenberger (29-7): A good matchup between welterweights that will definitely put the winner in title talks. Lawler is coming off his five round war with new UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, while Ellenberger is 2-2 in his last four fights. Lawler is the bigger guy and will be the stronger one in the Octagon. Lawler by TKO.
Rounding out the main card, I have Francisco Rivera beating Takeya Mizugaki by TKO and have James Krause edging out Jamie Varner by decision.
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