One of the most highly anticipated rematches in MMA is going to happen tonight! I can't wait! I have never seen Bendo in a boring fight, and Pettis is so gifted that he makes you believe that "The Matrix" is real! Here are my predictions for tonight's card!
Koch vs. Poirier: This is a toss-up, in my opinion. I'll go with my gut and say Poirier.
Winner: Poirier via decision.
Rothwell vs. Vera: This is a no-brainer. Rothwell will punch "The Truth's" lights out. I would be surprised if this made it out of the first round.
Winner: Rothwell via KO in Round 1.
Mendes vs. Guida: I'm going to pick "Money" over "The Carpenter" on this one. Mendes looks amazing against anyone not named Aldo. Guida is no joke, but I think that he will just go from being the lightweight division's top-ten gatekeeper to the top-five gatekeeper at featherweight.
Winner: Mendes via KO in Round 3.
Mir vs. Barnett: This fight would have been absolutely amazing about five years ago. However, even though both of these men are on the downside of their careers, I still think that they will put on a decent grappling clinic. My gut is telling me to go with "The Warmaster" on this one. I just hope he stays PED-free this time around.
Winner: Barnett via decision.
Henderson vs. Pettis: I'm definitely rooting for "Smooth" in this fight. Nonetheless, I personally feel that "Showtime" is the best fighter in the division. Anyone who can pull off capoeira-style moves at the UFC level is beyond amazing. I believe that Pettis will take the title from Bendo and rule the division with an iron fist.
Winner: Pettis via KO in Round 5.