CURRENT RECORD: 114-72-1
The stage is set in Oklahoma City for UFC Fight Night 112. Headlining this event is the hotly anticipated dust up between lightweight challengers Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee. There is some serious bad blood between the pair since they came to blows at the press conference earlier in the year. Acting as co-main event for the night will be a middleweight clash between Tim Boetsch and Jonny Hendricks. Elsewhere on the card there are exciting match ups between; Tim Means and Alex Garcia, BJ Penn and Dennis Siver, Clay Guida takes on Erik Koch while Vitor Miranda and Marvin Vettori will lock horns in a middleweight bout. Another interesting night of fights so be sure to be tuned in so you don’t miss out.
As always, I will now break down all the main card fights, give my predictions and of course, put my own “Armchair Expert” title on the line.
MICHAEL CHIESA vs. KEVIN LEE
The bad blood will finally be put to bed come Saturday night. Both these fighters come here with great records; Michael Chiesa is 14-2 while Lee is 8-1 and both are currently riding winning streaks. Both these fighters are submission specialists, with a combined total of 17 submission victories between them. But considering how much hatred there is on either side I think this fight will unfold on the feet with both men eager to land some leather. Michael Chiesa has an all-round solid game and could easily scrape a decision but I feel Kevin Lee had been constantly improving and his self-confidence is second to none. I think “The Motown Phenom” gets the job done inside the distance.
Lee by submission
TIM BOETSCH vs. JOHNY HENDRICKS
Johnny Hendricks finally got back to winning ways last time out beating Hector Lombard by unanimous decision. Prior to that “Bigg Rigg” had struggled with weight issues and was on a three fight skid. Now comfortable at middleweight, Hendricks will be looking to record a second victory at his new weight class. Tim Boetsch is a true warrior and accepts any challengers; “The Barbarian” doesn’t boast an impressive record of late, going 4-7 since 2012. Boetsch is dangerous when he’s backing up but I expect Hendricks to approach this fight with caution and focus on gaining the victory rather than his actual performance.
Hendricks by decision
FELICE HERRIG vs. JUSTINE KISH
With Joanna Jedrzejczyk at the top of her game and defeating everyone put in front of her it can only takes a couple of wins for another challenger to emerge. Felice Herrig is one of those with that potential; she is 3-1 in her UFC career thus far and recently recorded consecutive victories over Kailin Curran and Alexa Grasso. Justine Kish is another who could one day find herself facing off against the champion. She is currently undefeated, 6-0, and is a crafty southpaw with pin point accuracy. Both these women are respected kickboxers and will no doubt be looking to out strike one another. For me, I think “Lil Bulldog” is that bit more fluent and should do enough to get the decision.
Herrig by decision
JOACHIM CHRISTENSEN vs. DOMINICK REYES
At 38 years of age and a UFC record 1-2, Christensen is probably here just to appease the European audience. That’s not to say the Danish fighter isn’t talented, he has held titles on the local circuit but his best years are now behind him. Newcomer Dominick Reyes looks to have a bright future. He is undefeated in six fights, with only one going to the judge’s scorecards, that’s also his only fight to leave the first round. Reyes is a vicious striker and will look to engage Christensen from the first bell. Christensen has the potential to turn this into a dog fight but I feel once Reyes doesn’t buckle under the pressure of performing on such a big stage that he can get the victory, and quite possible an early stoppage.
Reyes by knockout
TIM MEANS vs. ALEX GARCIA
Tim Means recorded back to back knockout victories before a ‘no contest’ against Alex Oliveria. In the rematch two months later Means was submitted in the second round. He is 26-8 overall. Alex Garcia has gone 3-2 with the UFC thus far and two of those victories were against, Mike Swick and Mike Pyle aged 36 and 41 respectively. Garcia was solid on the local circuit but has yet to transform that inside the octagon. On his day Garcia has every chance but I just think Means outclasses him in every aspect here. I’m expecting that Means should be able to overpower Garcia and get back to winning ways.
Means by decision.
BJ PENN vs. DENNIS SIVER
I’m his prime BJ Penn was one the P4P best. “The Prodigy” has fought eight times in the past seven years and has only won once. Having said that, he did face some of the best fighters in the UFC, like Frankie Edgar, Nick Diaz and top prospect Yair Rodriquez. For this matchup though, he faces someone whose career is in its latter stages, like his own. Denis Siver is now 38, hasn’t fought in the past two years and his last victory was in 2014. The German native is a sturdy opponent with a knack for submission, claiming victory nine times through this method. Siver is probably the perfect opponent for Penn to face if he wants to get back to winning ways. Barring any rash decisions by “The Prodigy” he should claim his first win in seven years.
Penn by decision.
Best of the Rest.
Clay Guida vs. Erik Koch
Guida to win
Vitor Miranda vs. Marvin Vettori
Vettori to win.
Carla Esparza vs. Maryna Moroz
Esparza to win.
Devin Powell vs. Darrell Horcher
Horcher to win.
Jared Gordon vs. Michel Quinones
Gordon to win.
Josh Stansbury vs. Jeremy Kimball
Stansbury to win.
Tony Martin vs. Johnny Case
Martin to win.
Bet of the Day.
The adventurous bet: all 13 predictions in an accumulator is about 871/1.
The inbetweener bet: Horcher, Esparza, Penn and Hendricks all to win is 6/1.
The conservative bet: Lee to win by knockout is 7/2.
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