The Octagon is at Anaheim, California on Saturday, August 17 to Get a Piled UFC 241 card.
In the main event, heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier seems to defend his title in a rematch from Stipe Miocic in their fight in UFC 226 final summer.
The co-main event sees fan-favorites Anthony Pettis struggle Nate Diaz, although the card also has Yoel Romero vs Paulo Costa. The main card airs live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.
* All Odds Taken Aug. 12
Cormier (22-1 plus yet another no-contest) is coming from an entry win over Derrick Lewis in UFC 230 and now is seeking to defend his heavyweight title for the first time. Before that, he pumped out Miocic in UFC 226 to win the belt and turned into a two-division champion.
In Strikeforce,’DC’ was likewise a stride at which he won the branch’s Grand Prix and is undefeated at heavyweight with notable wins over Josh Barnett, Antonio Silva, Frank Mir, also Roy Nelson.
Miocic (18-3) is coming from a knockout loss to Cormier past July and has been awaiting to get a rematch ever since. Before the loss to’DC’ that the Cleveland-native defended his title a record three occasions because he pumped out Junior dos Santos, Alistair Overeem, also overcome Francis Ngannou by choice.
He won the belt at UFC 198 if he knocked out Fabricio Werdum.
The chances suggest it’s going to be a close battle and a difficult fight to phone, and I’m in that boat. In the very first battle, Miocic had victory on his feet with his achieve and jab effectively to remain at range and fire combinations at Cormier. Cormier’s game strategy eventually won out since he managed to get inside and make it a’filthy’ boxing battle, where he would clinch, throw elbows and short punches — the specific punch that pumped Miocic out.
In this struggle, I do not find that happening, since I think it’s going to be a really close battle, but the two will soon move the distance. When they do, it is going to be Daniel Cormier becoming his hands raised as he will use his wrestling in this fight and his tension to style and also dictate the tempo to win a close battle.
Pick: Daniel Cormier (-140)
Pettis (22-8) is coming from his welterweight debut back in March where he knocked out Stephen Thompson in spectacular fashion. Before he dropped to Tony Ferguson in UFC 229 after he’d beaten Michael Chiesa in UFC 226. ‘Showtime’ is the former UFC lightweight winner and had fought like a?? featherweight before.
Diaz (19-11) hasn’t fought since UFC 202 at August of 2016 at which he dropped to Conor McGregor. Ever since then, he’s been on the sidelines for unidentified motives waiting for a struggle. Before the reduction to the Irishman, he beat him by submission at UFC 196.
Another superb close struggle to predict. Pettis has scrapped way more recently which I give the benefit to given that you never know what kind of shape somebody would be in after three decades away in the Octagon. Yet, the Diaz brothers are always training and in form, and in welterweight, both fighters should be improved.
Within this fight, for Pettis, it will be tough to knock out Diaz as he has an excellent chin, however, the potency at 170 is untrue. But many are pointing towards Diaz’s pace and cardio which is a lot for Pettis that is a good point, since they match up so evenly standing and on the floor. However, I think Pettis is only slightly better and will receive his hands increased by decision.
Select: Anthony Pettis (-125)
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