There are two important heavyweight fights on this card. The main event winner could likely contend for a title. The co-main event will push a contender further into the spotlight. Beyond that, there’s not much to this card.
What: UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. JDS
Where: Arena Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia
When: Sunday, UFC Fight Pass has three fights starting at 10:30 a.m. ET; FOX Sports 1 has rest of card starting at 12 p.m. ET with the main card at 2 p.m. ET.
Ben Rothwell vs. Junior dos Santos
Like the co-main event, this is a tough call. JDS still has power, but not enough ability to take a shot. Rothwell can deliver a big punch and take one, but lacks the finesse striking to win outside of a brawl. Really, this is about what sort of JDS is left and which one shows up. Even with better movement and power of his own, all it takes is one shot from a heavy striker like Rothwell to change the fight. That makes picking JDS too speculative for me.
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Derrick Lewis
This is like the main event in the sense that it’s a bit of a pick ’em fight. Gonzaga’s ground game is phenomenal, but his shot is hasty and he can’t take a punch like he used to. Lewis can deliver a massive punch and his takedown defense is ever improving, but is terribly susceptible on the ground. Obviously if Lewis lands a shot it’s over, but it’s hard to know how much one can bank on that. Here again, I have no real idea what will happen, but I lean towards Gonzaga.
Francis Ngannou vs. Curtis Blaydes
I really have no earthly idea what’s about to happen here. Both have heavy hands, both have reasonably ….View full article
Source:: mma fighting