Also on the card is James Vick; haven’t seen him since he was brutally KO’d by #9-ranked lightweight Beneil Dariush in June, suffering his first lost. He will face veteran Abel Trujillo whom is on a three-fight-win-steak.
Let’s focus on three other fights:
Herrig vs Grasso #12
Felice Herrig (11-6) surprised me with her win via a quick choking of Kailin Curran under two minutes in her home town of Chicago. A great showing for the Ninja Warrior; she looked to have rejuvenated spirits and physical performance.
But most I assume are expecting Alexa Grasso (9-0) to take the victory. She’s undefeated, but five wins by decision aren’t too convincing when coming from the Jr. circuit of Invicta. However, I think Grasso has shown she has what it takes to be top ten and her jiu-jitsu and reasonable stand up will be enough to get another decision W. The only way I see Herrig winning is to come out aggressive and use her strength to get her another win by choke or ground and pound, because as the fight goes on the advantage will go to Grasso in all facets.
#5 Andrade vs Hill
The best thing about sports is we get to forget the shittyness of politics and come together to enjoy it. But it’s hard to do that with Angela Hill using race and now looks as excuses. Hill is 0-2 in the UFC with losses to Namajunas and Tecia Torres. Andrade on the other hand has defeated the likes of Raquel Pennington, Jessica Penne and Joanne Calderwood.
Hill was 2-0 in Invicta Strawweight Title bouts to her credit, but the fact they were both by decision and to relatively unknown fighters should tell you something.
Expect for Andrade to look bigger and heavier on the feet, and overall more confident looking. Despite my disdain for Hill’s attitude, this isn’t effecting my judgment, Andrade can be scary at times and is likely on her way to a #1 contender shot. I expect a 2nd rd. TKO for Andrade.
#9 Bermudez vs Jung
The long awaited return of the Korean Zombie, who should be applauded for his military service, is finally upon us as he stacks up against Dennis Bermudez, who had a good 2016 with two wins. Jung, who we last saw lose to Jose Aldo way back in 2013 may have a little bit of trouble under the spotlight of headlining the card.
I think given both of their histories it should grind the final horn for a decision, where I’m hoping Jung gets the win, to set up a Korea card with Choi.