3PSMag Feature: UFC 182 Preview
Rivals face off for the Light Heavyweight belt
The first pay per view card of 2015 for the UFC is headlined by one of the most anticipated bouts in most recent memory. You have an old school build up where both fighters legitimately hate one another and cannot wait to get in the octagon together.
I will only be predicting the bouts on the main card.
(c) Jon Jones v Daniel Cormier – Light Heavyweight Title Bout
Jon Jones is arguably one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, but the undefeated Daniel Cormier could very possibly be his biggest test to date.
In order for Daniel Cormier to win, he must do what no man has been able to do, apart from Gustafsson, and that’s get inside of Jon Jones reach. Cormier must take Jones down and keep here there and make Jones carry him for 5 rounds.
Jon Jones on the other hand just has to play his game that has lead him to his nearly unblemished record. He needs to stay on the outside and pick Cormier apart from afar. He needs to keep the ground on the feet and use his unorthodox style to keep Cormier off balance and make him uncomfortable.
Winner: Daniel Cormier via unanimous decision
Donald Cerrone v Myles Jury
This was one of, if not the toughest fights to break down and predict on this card. You have an undefeated, young stud in Myles Jury. On the other hand you have a well rounded, seasoned veteran in Donald Cerrone.
Ultimately I do think that Cerrone’s ground game and experience will be the downfall for the young striker Jury.
Winner: Donald Cerrone via 2nd rd submission via rear naked choke
Brad Tavares v Nate Marquardt
Both fighters have been underwhelming as of late, Tavares is currently on a two loss streak and Marquardt just got off of a three fight loss streak of his own.
Marquardt thought, in my opinion, is the much more well rounded fighter. He’s a former strikeforce champion and a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. All things considered, I give the edge to Marquardt.
Winner: Nate Marquardt via 1st rd submission via armbar
Kyoji Horiguchi v Louis Gaudinot
Kyoji Horiguchi has quickly become one of my favorite fighters to watch since he joined the UFC. He is one of those guys that you know is looking to end the fight from the very first punch that he throws. He has one punch knockout power and he will be looking to put that on display in this bout.
Gaudinot is a karate guy, same as Horiguchi, so both men will be familiar with each others style. Although I think Gaudinot has a distinct advantage if the fight gets on the ground. He just submitted Phil Harris in his last bout but the decision was overturned due to a failed drug test.
Winner: Kyoji Horiguchi via 2nd rd TKO
Hector Lombard v Josh Burkman
Former Bellator standout and one of the scariest men on the planet Hector Lombard is going up against Josh Burkman in which is his second stint with the UFC.
Lombard is a stud, and I see him fighting for the belt sometime in the near future, maybe after he knocks Burkman out, he’ll call out Rory McDonald to see who gets the winner of the third Lawler v Hendricks bout.
Winner: Hector Lombard vis 1st rd KO