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UFC 200 predictions

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The card may have lost Jon Jones, but it picked up Anderson Silva and retained everything despite a whirlwind fight week. The biggest event in three days features arguably the best fight card the UFC has ever assembled, capped off with a women’s bantamweight title fight.

What: UFC 200: Tate vs. Nunes

Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

When: Saturday, the three-fight Fight Pass preliminary card starts at 6:30 p.m. ET, the four-fight Fox Sports 1 preliminary card starts at 8 p.m. and the five-fight pay-per-view card kicks off at 10 p.m. ET.

Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes

My sense is that Nunes will be competitive early, but will eventually fade. And when she does, Tate will pounce. I expect Nunes to open with excellent, consistent movement, fast hands and should she drop the champ, follow up with ferocious ground and pound. Tate will have to use everything she has to survive, but if she has shown anything, it’s incredible grit and durability. Nunes is hard to fight as long as she’s doing those things, but when her gas tank fades, her movement stops. She becomes much easier to take down or hit. When that threshold is reached, Tate will take over, likely in top position on the ground where she’s mixing in submission attempts with positional passes. I don’t know that she’ll actually submit Nunes, but she can definitely TKO her on top.

Pick: Tate

Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt

There are two fights from this week that I wanted to stay away from in terms of trying to offer any real prediction. Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha was the first. This is the second. It’s not that a prediction is hard to come by, but asserting it with certainty seems foolish. There are just too many unknowns. I’m hearing on ….View full article

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