The UFC is back on PPV tomorrow night with UFC 212, which takes place from the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The expected headlining fight is a Feather-Weight Title unification fight between Champion Jose Aldo and Interim Feather-Weight Champion Max Holloway. The co-main event is a Women's Straw-Weight bout between Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, a fight that is most likely expected to determine the next number 1 contender to the Women's Straw-Weight Championship.
So what will happen tomorrow night at UFC 212? Will Max Holloway defeat Jose Aldo in Aldo's home country of Brazil and become the Undisputed Feather-Weight Champion? We will just have to wait another day for those questions to be answered. But for now, let me give you guys my predictions for all 12 fights on this card.
My UFC 2017 Predictions Record: 78-74-2
Preliminary Card on UFC Fight Pass
Fly-Weight (125 lbs): Marco Beltran vs. Deiveson Figueiredo: Marco wins by tap-out due to a rear-naked choke at 3:08 of round 2.
Welter-Weight (170 lbs): Luan Chages vs. Jim Wallhead: Jim wins by TKO (punches) at 3:15 of round 1.
Women's Straw-Weight (115 lbs): Viviane Pereira vs. Jamie Moyle: Jamie wins by 3 round Majority Decision.
Preliminary Card on Fox Sports 1
Bantam-Weight (135 lbs): Iuri Alcantara vs. Brian Kelleher: Alcantara wins by tap-out due to a kimura at 3:28 of round 2.
Bantam-Weight (135 lbs): Johnny Eduardo vs. Matthew Lopez: Eduardo wins by 3 round Unanimous Decision.
Middle-Weight (185 lbs): Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Eric Spicely: Eric wins by tap-out due to a rear-naked choke at 2:59 of round 2.
Bantam-Weight (135 lbs): Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes: Raphael wins by 3 round Unanimous Decision.
Main Card on Pay-Per-View
Welter-Weight (170 lbs): Erick Silva vs. Yancy Medeiros: Erick wins by tap-out due to a triangle choke at 3:27 of round 3.
Middle-Weight (185 lbs): Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose: Paulo wins by TKO (punches) at 2:40 of round 2.
Middle-Weight (185 lbs): Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt: Vitor wins by 3 round Unanimous Decision.
Women's Straw-Weight (115 lbs): Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz: Karolina wins by 3 round Unanimous Decision.
Feather-Weight Title Fight (145 lbs): Jose Aldo (C) vs. Max Holloway (IC): Jose wins by TKO (knees and punches) at 1:53 of round 4.
So those are my predictions for UFC 212. As you can tell I have Jose Aldo retaining his Feather-Weight Championship against Max Holloway. Max is great and has been on a phenomenal 10 fight winning streak to get to this point, but I think Jose will be just a little too much for him. Plus Jose Aldo never looses in his home country of Brazil, except for that one time in November of 2005.
Enjoy the fights tomorrow night everybody.
By: Andrew Harrington