CHICAGO, IL JANUARY 21, 2023 JACOB DIETRICH
First PPV of 2023 is formally right here women and gents. As I stated with the recaps, I can be far more fixed with these weekly for each Bellator and UFC occasions. Together with the whole lot earlier than we breakdown some fights, please take the time to comply with on social media @wocmain
Terrance McKinney fights don’t final lengthy. He’s properly rounded however wild. He doesn’t receives a commission by the hour and he makes positive exhibiting this as he’s 3-1 contained in the UFC with each combat stopping within the first spherical. His opponent, Ismael Bonfim, is making his UFC debut and whereas I’m positive as thrilled as he’s to be making his debut in his dwelling nation of Brazil, he might be in for a tradition shock. His final three fights being on Dana White’s Contender Sequence and within the LFA have all gone to choice. With the step up in competitors and the UFC hoping to market a Paddy Pimblett vs Terrance McKinney combat, I feel we see Terrance together with his arm raised on Saturday night time.
Prediction: Terrance McKinney (-135)
For Paul Craig and Johnny Walker, I feel Craig is being disrespected within the betting strains. Walker is an effective fighter however he might probably be getting minimize with a loss on this combat. He hasn’t confirmed previously that he can win large fights. If there was an excellent comparability for Walker in sports activities it might be Kirk Cousins. They each look superb in opposition to lesser competitors however as quickly as an actual opponent is throughout from them they give the impression of being mentally defeated and may’t prevail. Paul Craig is an actual opponent and somebody that might start making waves within the gentle heavyweight division which has been the worst males’s division in mma for fairly a while since Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier have left it.
Prediction: Paul Craig (+165)
The following combat to maintain and eye on can be between Jailton Almeida and Shamil Abdurakhimov. Jailton Almeida is 3-0 as a heavyweight since shifting up and with the #15 contender within the division throughout from him this weekend, I anticipate that development to proceed as he seems to interrupt into the highest 15. Almeida is somebody that I consider goes to be an actual drawback for future heavyweights and whereas I don’t assume he’s getting a title combat anytime quickly, I can see making his approach into the dialog in future years. He’s a heavier favourite on the cardboard so it received’t be value putting cash on the 31 12 months outdated however a I feel everybody wants to only admire greatness on this combat