Who's to say good things don't come in small packages?
For the second time in their respective careers, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight titleholder Demetrious Johnson and No. 1 contender John Dodson will lock horns. Only this time it will come in the UFC 191 pay-per-view (PPV) main event from inside MGM Grand Garden Arena tonight (Sat. Sept. 5, 2015).
However, the pair have not lost any love for each other since their first meeting at the UFC on FOX 6 in Jan. 2013, which resulted in a unanimous-decision win for "Mighty Mouse" (watch their first fight in full here).
But, that's not all folks!
Former UFC Heavyweight champions Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir battle for a potential shot at the winner of the future Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez showdown, while Paige VanZant looks to continue her ascent up the women's Strawweight pecking order when she faces Alex Chambers.
We know the men and women of UFC can do it all so let's dive in and take a closer look at the UFC 191 main card and see if we can't predict a few bonus winners correctly.
Below are my predictions for the five main card bouts tonight:
Paige VanZant vs. Alex Chambers
Tale of the tape: 3 technical (knockout), 3 submission -- career finishes between both fighters
When "12 Gauge" steps into the Octagon to face "Astro Girl," she will be doing so against a fighter 15 years her elder. Not that it means any sort of thing.
The 21-year-old VanZant heads into her meeting with the Australian on a three-fight win streak, while the latter is coming off of a third-round submission victory over Kailin Curran.
Chambers was eliminated early on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20, succumbing to a first-round submission by Rose Namajunas. She then fell once again via submission, this time against Aisling Daly at TUF 20 Finale.
The 36-year-old would rebound in a big way, securing a third-round, armbar finish over Curran at UFC Fight Night 65 back in May.
Chambers is a great talent, possessing good footwork and her striking is typically on-point. However, she can become a flustered once taken down, as evidenced by her loss versus Daly and her performance against Curran.
She has proved she could handle herself when he she is trouble, but the Aussie would much rather be landing head kicks, or takedowns from the clinch, which is where this fight could be decided.
VanZant is relentless and gives no fighter breathing room. If you want to win against her, she's going to make sure you earn it.
Like her male counterparts at Team Alpha Male, most of the strikes she throws are in an effort to set up a takedown. VanZant will then utilize dirty boxing and try to obtain underhooks, before looking for the throw or trip.
As we saw in her fights with Curran -- and most recently Felice Herrig back in April -- she's also proficient at reversing her opponents from the bottom. This was especially evident versus "Lil Bulldog," as she survived multiple submission attempts and reversed her opponent on one occasion.
With the speed at which 115-pound females move, one lapse in judgement can lead to a tap or a knockout.
Much stock has been put into VanZant's early success by UFC so a lot is riding on this fight. Chambers can take advantage of openings both on the feet and off of her back, but the fight is VanZant's to win as long as she can stay in top position.
Prediction: VanZant via third-round submission
Jan Blachowicz vs. Corey Anderson
Tale of the tape: 8 technical (knockout), 7 submission
Two burgeoning Light Heavyweight contenders aim to topple each other and bolster their UFC resumes when the well-rounded Blachowicz meets the leather-swinging Anderson.
Both fighters roll into tonight's tussle having seen their illustrious win streaks snapped by the likes of Jimi Manuwa and Gian Villante.
Anderson suffered his first career loss against Villante back at UFC on FOX 15 in April in a fight that he kept competitive until the very end. Though he was thwarted by a more diverse striking attack, "Beastin 25/8" was able to sneak crosses and hooks through Villante's defense, before he was eventually caught with a counter overhand right with less than 60 seconds left in the final round.
Anderson is a decent striker, but he relies heavily on his boxing. TUF 19's Light Heavyweight winner fires off very little kicks, which leads to opposing fighters getting his timing down.
His opponent, the former Polish MMA champion Blachowicz, is a threat standing and on the ground. The 32-year-old is as technical as they come, throwing a bevvy of head and body kicks. He also switches his striking stance occasionally.
And when he lands ... you feel it. Blachowicz racked up his fifth-career knockout over Ilir Latifi in his Octagon debut back in Oct. 2014 at UFC Fight Night 53. He's also an underrated wrestler and can change levels quickly.
Where we've seen him stifled is when he's matched up with a more physically strong grappler and power puncher like Manuwa.
Anderson's striking is fairly novice and he was exposed against Villante. I expect the more experienced Blachowicz to handle his 25-year-old counterpart with ease.
Prediction: Blachowicz via unanimous decision
Anthony Johnson vs. Jimi Manuwa
Tale of the tape: 26 technical (knockout), 1 submission
When "Poster Boy" tangles with "Rumble," he will have his second chance at a signature UFC victory after failing the first time against two-time light heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Fight Night 37 in March 2014.
Manuwa is looking to climb into the Top 5 of the light heavyweight division if he can defeat Johnson, who's coming off of a submission loss in a UFC 187 title fight versus Daniel Cormier back in May.
The 35-year-old possesses a muscular build, similar to that of Johnson, which he derives a lot of power from. Manuwa's leg kicks are as lethal as his looping left hand.
His boxing is his trademark, but I'd be remiss if I failed to acknowledge his underrated grappling game. Manuwa is very good at getting the trip takedown, or a throw, from inside the clinch, which could spell bad news for Johnson.
Then, when on the mat, Manuwa can pass guard with moderate efficiency -- he's not exactly Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Demian Maia either.
Johnson, on the other hand, is -- let's face it -- a one-trick pony. His heavy hands, to go along with his kicks, are his only weapon.
The Blackzilian stud is incredibly quick and cuts off the cage like no other. Between his devastating uppercuts, and vicious head kicks, Johnson has the tools to strike from outside or inside the pocket.
When it comes down to it, as much as we'd like to think he'll go back to the drawing board, Johnson is who he is. That means he's never going to be anything but mediocre, or average, on the ground until he proves us otherwise.
If Manuwa gets inside on Johnson, which will be easier said than done, things could get dicey for Johnson. In what's probably the unpopular opinion of the night, I'm going to side with Manuwa.
He makes a huge statement, taking out the former No. 1 contender in style.
Prediction: Manuwa via second-round technical knockout
Andrei Arlovski vs. Frank Mir
Tale of the tape: 22 technical (knockout), 12 submission
Well, I sure hope this fight is worth the decade-long wait because of this.
Both Arlovski and Mir established themselves as elite heavyweights before men like Chuck Liddell or Anderson Silva set foot in the Octagon. Now, after 10 years, the pair still find themselves in a very meaningful fight.
Fortunes have changed for each fighter; Arlovski and Mir are on winning streaks after being counted out at various points in their respective careers.
"Pitbull" can still punch and take a lick. Arlovski has two knockouts in three UFC fights, his most recent one coming over former Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA teammate Travis Browne.
In what was one of the most entertaining heavyweight fights in UFC history, the Belarusian had "Hapa" on wobbly legs for the majority of their four-plus minute exchange. His overhand right did most of the dirty work, but he did catch a right hook on the jaw that almost saw the tables turn.
Mir had himself quite the barnburner with Todd Duffee back at UFC Fight Night 71 in July. The 36-year-old mixed it up with the American Top Team representative on the feet, sending a crushing straight left the latter's way, which was all she wrote in round one.
Prior to that, Mir dusted Antonio Silva with a left hook in the first round back at their UFC Fight Night 61 headliner in February.
Mir has had trouble, both with wrestlers and profound boxers, throughout his UFC run. Meanwhile, when Arlovski has fallen, it has been because of poor defense; he's lost via knockout four times in the first round in his entire career.
Another tidbit: Arlovski has yet to be submitted in 35 bouts. Do I smell another broken arm for Mir?
As much as Arlovski has proven to be a threat standing, I think Mir gets this fight to the ground and eventually gets a submission. I'm saying third-round armbar.
Prediction: Mir via third-round submission (armbar)
Demetrious Johnson (C) vs. John Dodson
Tale of the tape: 12 technical (knockout), 11 submission
It's main event time!
The last time Johnson and Dodson went head-to-head, fans were treated to a damn good showing and I'm expecting this one to be no different.
Johnson may say little, but I believe we're going to see the best version of him yet tonight. The 29-year-old is the third best, pound-for-pound fighter in UFC based on the promotion's official rankings.
Six title defenses into his Flyweight title reign and not one fighter has come all that close to defeating him; except Dodson. The Jackson-Winkeljohn trained fighter has only lost once -- to Johnson -- since debuting in UFC back in Dec. 2011.
He's almost like the 125-pound division's Frankie Edgar; Dodson's attack is predicated on movement. He packs a wicked hook, in addition to solid body kicks. Dodson in layman's terms is deadly accurate. His takedown defense is also solid.
Johnson's hands aren't on the same level as Dodson's, but he can end the fight standing. He usually just grinds out wins with his outstanding top game.
Johnson has taken down most fighters at will, landing embarrassing amounts of ground-and-pound in the process. However, he's proven to have deadly hands on at least one occasion against Joseph Benavidez at UFC on FOX 9 in Dec. 2013.
Dodson might have posed the biggest threat to Johnson in the past, but I'm doubtful he musters up more offense than he did in his first chance against Johnson. In fact, I don't think he gets the chance to showcase his offense at all.
He didn't look great in his first fight back in nearly a year following knee surgery against Zach Makovsky at UFC 187. Couple that with the fact Johnson wants to shut his mouth once more, and rid himself from ever seeing him standing across the cage for the considerable future, and I think it's pretty clear who will win.
Johnson in a landslide.
Prediction: Johnson via fourth-round submission
That wraps up my predictions, Maniacs. If you see something you don't like -- or just plain ol' disagree with my commentary -- then sound off in the comments section below.
Enjoy the fights and thanks for the read!
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