Fight Island is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited. My pants are tight. My shorts are wet. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Dana and the UFC has been talking about this island. For months we’ve been teased. Uncle Dana has been able to put on events in Florida and Vegas with tremendous success. We’re here!
The card is stacked as you would imagine. I’ll give a breakdown for the main card with my picks. If you decide to place your bets based on my article, I am not liable. Kamaru Usman was set to defend his title vs Gilbert Burns but unfortunately Burns caught the virus and was forced to pull out. Stepping in on a weeks notice is disgruntled employee Jorge Masvidal.
Kamarus Usman vs Jorge Masvidal
Like I mentioned before, Masvidal accepted this fight on short notice in the midst of contract disputes with the UFC. Usman is one of the most impressive fighters I’ve ever seen. He is well rounded, strong and is extremely durable. Masvidal has jumped the rankings beating Askren in under 10 seconds and forcing a referee stoppage vs Nate Diaz for the BMF title. Masvidal hasn’t beaten the same caliber fighters that Usman has made. On the anniversary of Usman defeating four American Top Team fighters, he will defend his title for the second time against as many ATT members. It’s obvious that Usman has their number. Masvidal is a great boxer and has amazing takedown defense. This fight will stay standing and will end in a Unanimous win for Usman.
Kamaru Usman via decision
Alex Volkanovski vs Max Holloway
This fight will be nuts! I was on a podcast last week where we broke down the card. I chose Holloway with close win. In the first fight, Volkanovski used his wrestling and leg kicks to throw off Holloway and dethroned the best FW champ of all time. I firmly believe that Holloway will make a resurgence and show everyone that he’s still the best. Holloway will finish Volk and become the cham again.
Holloway via TKO
Vacant Bantamweight Title
Jose Aldo vs Peter Yan
Henry Cejudo retires and created a vacuum in the Bantamweight division. It’s very obvious that the UFC wanted Peter Yan as a contender and they teed him up a fighter that is on a decline. Jose Aldo is the best BW champ ever but he hasn’t been the same since Conor KOd him in 13 seconds. Peter Yan has been on a tear but hasn’t beaten anyone in the top 5. His last three fights were vs a semi retired Urijah Faber (unranked), John Dodson (13) and Jimmie Rivera (9). Peter Yan is ranked at #3! Aljimain Sterling has much more of a claim to the throne than both these guys do.
Peter Yan via decision
Rose Namajuna vs Jessica Andrade 2
This is a rematch from when Andrade defeated Rose for the title. Rose dethroned Joanna Jedrzejczyk and then beat her on the rematch. Andrade lost her title to current champ Weili Zhang. Both these women are trying to get back to that contender spot and we assume that the winner will get a title shot. Rose is extremely technical and very tough to manage on the ground. Andrade is a BJJ queen and a brawler. Safe to say this will be a tough fight.
Rose Namajunas via submission.
Amanda Ribas vs Paige VanZant
This fight is interesting. It offers a lot of speculation on whether Paige is even focused on fighting anymore. The fact that she’s gone through a full camp during a pandemic could suggest that she’s regained her focus. We’ll see if it’s true because she has a big problem ahead of her. Amanda Ribas is coming in off a four fight win streak including back to back wins over Mackenzie Dern and Randa Markos. She’s shown that she can go the distance with top level fighters.
Amanda Ribas via submission