One of the more star studded cards we have gotten this year is UFC 252. On Saturday August 15th, we will find out who the greatest heavyweight of all time is. We find out if the hype train around Sean O’Malley is legitimate or not. We get to see one of the best heavyweights and a fan favorite in Junior dos Santos. The other two fights on the main card are for Herbert Burns (brother of welterweight contender Gilbert Burns) and John Dodson, who is one of the more exciting fighters we have.
For starters, I have to start with John Dodson and Merab Dvalishvili. Anytime you have two of the top 15 ranked guys in a division, it’s going to be a good fight. These two are closer to the bottom, but John Dodson is no stranger to knockout of the night. One of his career highlights was winning the award against TJ Dillashaw in his UFC debut. Merab, who has two wins this year alone, is going to walk in as the favorite, and I believe he gets the job done against John.
Next up, we have Herbert Burns against Daniel Pineda. Neither of the two are ranked, however, Herbert is a very feared submission specialist. Daniel Pineda, who has not been in the UFC since 2014, has rebuilt his brand outside of the Octagon. He is returning to face a very tough opponent, and will get ran through and dominated as most of the other fighters have against Burns. Don’t take it personal Daniel, it happens to almost everyone.
Then we get the second best heavyweight fight on the card with Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Junior dos Santos. Another ranked matchup between two top fighters is set to be a slug fest. Jairzinho, better known as ‘Bigi Boy’, comes to fights to finish them. Almost all of his fights have ended by knockout one way or another aside from one of them which he won by decision.
Junior, on the other hand, is a seasoned veteran, and he is ready to go the distance if necessary. I do believe, however, he is outmatched, and Bigi Boy is looking to bounce back from his one and only loss to Francis Ngannou, and end JDS’ night early.
The co-main event is between Sugar Sean O’Malley and Marlon Vera. This is my personal favorite on the card, and it’s because of the massive hype train following Sean. He has the personality and skills to carry the sport beyond the current stars. Marlon Vera is somebody who is not to be slept on though, and he has not been getting the media attention that Sean has, so I believe he will have more of a competitive advantage and he’s going to go in and try to take what Sean has. I do think this will be his downfall and Sean will end his night early with a knockout.
Finally, the main event and greatest trilogy fight in MMA history. If you want my overview of the fight, check out a recent article I wrote below:
This is one of those fights that needs no introduction. I have been back and forth with this prediction for almost a year now in anticipation of their trilogy. I think this fight is going to go the distance one way or another. I have to go with Daniel Cormier winning a split decision to walk off gracefully into retirement.