With Edson Barboza taking on Justin Gaethje, the main event for UFC on ESPN 2 could be a fight of the year contender! Check out our UFC tips & previews below.
- Barboza 20-6-0 (12 by KO/TKO & 1 by submission)
- Gaethje 19-2-0 (16 by KO/TKO & 1 by submission)
- Barboza def Hooker – Rd 3 KO
- Gaethje def Vick – Rd 1 KO
Analysis: Make no mistake, the main event for UFC on ESPN 2 is shaping up to be an explosive battle with two devastating strikers going hell for leather.
In his last fight, Barboza looked incredibly sharp. While putting together beautifully timed combinations and devastating leg kicks, Barboza was able to cruise to victory and put himself in the mix for some huge fights. There is no shortage of big names in the Lightweight division and both of these fighters stocks are on the up.
Although he is the more technically sound fighter, Barboza has been found out via his wrestling. While you can’t judge his wrestling based off the Khabib fight, Kevin Lee was able to expose his wrestling in his victory over the Brazilian. As a result of his last fight, expect Barboza to rely heavily on his leg kicks although this could be to his detriment!
While he has a wrestling pedigree, Justin Gaethje is unlikely to try and take this fight to the ground. A proven KO artist, Justin Gaethje was on the right end of one of the most spectacular KO’s in UFC history in his last fight. As a result, we’re expecting him to stay true to form and throw bombs.
- Branch 22-5-0 (6 by KO/TKO & 7 by submission)
- Hermansson 18-4-0 (11 by KO & 4 by submission)
- Branch def by Cannonier – Rd 2 TKO
- Hermansson def Meerschaert – Rd 1 submission
Analysis: Two incredibly well rounded fighters will go head to head for the co-main in Philadelphia this weekend. Although Branch is coming off a TKO loss in his last fight, he has shown plenty of promise after making his UFC debut back in 2017. After upsetting Thiago Santos in 2018, Branch put the UFC on notice.
On the other hand, Hermansson is flying high after a Rd 1 submission in his last bout. Hermansson has opened as the favourite at $1.80 due to him being a gifted wrestler with the power to match. With plenty of weapons in his arsenal, he will no doubt be aggressive early as he goes searching for another KO.
- Emmett 13-2-0 (4 by KO/TKO & 2 by submission)
- Johnson 19-13-0 (8 by KO/TKO & 2 by submission)
- Emmett def by Stephens – Rd 2 KO
- Johnson def Lobov – Decision
Analysis: On paper, Josh Emmett looks to be the favourite with only two losses throughout his professional MMA career, although Palmerbet have opened the odds with Emmett as a $1.95 outsider. Plagued by injuries, Emmett is attempting to bounce back after a year outside the octagon which has cast some uncertainty about his chances.
On the other hand, Johnson was able to jab his way to a decision victory against cult favourite Artem Lobov at Fight Night 138.
Although Emmett is coming off a loss, he looks to be in phenomenal shape and expect him to defeat Johnson and string some wins together
- Kowalkiewicz 12-3-0 (1 by KO/TKO & 2 by submission)
- Waterson 16-6-0 (3 by KO/TKO & 9 by submission)
- Kowalkiewicz def by Andrade – Rd 1 KO
- Waterson def Herrig – Decision
Analysis: A very evenly matched fight between two dangerous strikers is shaping up to be an incredible contest. Kowalkiewicz is fresh off a loss at UFC 228 and Waterson will be taking in some red hot form after Palmerbet’s UFC tips picker her for an upset victory at UFC 229
Kowalkiewicz holds a clear reach advantage and will try and use her size to keep her “The Karate Hottie” at arms length. Although there is a distinct advantage, Waterson thrives on being an underdog and has opened at $2.23 for this weekends card.
Combining crisp striking with a dominant ground game, Waterson was able to grind out a decision victory in her last fight and expect her to do the same against Kowalkiewicz.
- Nzechukwu 6-0-0 (4 by KO/TKO)
- Craig 10-3-0 (1 by KO/TKO & 9 by submission)
- Nzechukwu def Bryant – Rd 1 TKO
- Craig def by Crute – Rd 3 submission
Analysis: There is a massive size disparity in this match up and this should go one of two ways. Either Kennedy Nzechukwu is able to use his size and reach advantage to keep Craig at bay long enough to find a KO, or Craig will smother his opponent and wrestle his way to victory.
Making his UFC debut, Nzechukwu will enter the octagon as a $1.45 favourite and he looks every bit a top prospect with four impressive KO’s to his record. Although he is the firm favourite, there is still some uncertainty around his experience.
On the other hand, Paul Craig is a talented wrestler with 90% of his victories coming via submission. The path to victory is clear for both opponents although our UFC tips this week have this fight to not go the distance.
- Yussuf 8-1-0 (5 by KO/TKO)
- Moraes 11-2-0 5 by KO/TKO)
- Yussuf def Mokhtarian – Rd 1 TKO
- Moraes def Arce – Decision
Analysis: As a result of his Rd 1 TKO victory at Fight Night Night 142, Yussuf finds himself again on an exciting card with his stock rising quickly within the UFC. An athletic fighter with incredible punching power, Sodiq Yussuf has many UFC fans excited for all the right reasons.
Meanwhile, his opponent has steadily been building his resume since his UFC debut in November 2017. After snapping Arce’s seven fight winning streak at UFC 230 Moraes has solidified his place as a dangerous Featherweight. Although he couldn’t finish Arce, he scored several impressive knockdowns and showed he has a range of weapons in his arsenal.
Both men will come out firing early and expect an explosive contest!