Soa Palelei vs. Walt Harris Heavyweight Robert Whittaker vs. Clint Hester Middleweight Ross Pearson vs. Al Iaquinta Lightweight Luke Rockhold vs. He scored stoppage wins in his first two UFC bouts.
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However, fight fans are fickle and have short memories. It's time the Headbussa reminds us why he's building a reputation as an explosive striker.
To win, Robert Whittaker has to take Hester to the ground. That's easier said than done. That doesn't exactly put him on Jon Jones' level when it comes to takedown defense, but he improves as he continues to work at staying on his feet.
Hester will remain standing most of the night, but Whittaker will not.
Hester will win by TKO, and a heavy right hand will be his weapon of choice. That's especially the case if he's allowed to stand and strike, and that is more than likely what Al Iaquinta will allow him to do.
Iaquinta struggles on the mat with skilled submission artists. He wants to strike, but that plays into Pearson's hands. The Real Deal is physically stronger, and he has 26 pro fights compared to just 13 for Iaquinta.
Up to now, Iaquinta hasn't delivered in his UFC career despite having high expectations. Against a grizzled and dangerous veteran like Pearson, Iaquinta will again come up short. Rockhold won't do that. He's two inches taller and owns a five-inch reach advantage.
While Bisping might be a little quicker than Rockhold, he won't be able to close the distance before being stopped with a range-finding strike or being taken down.
Rockhold has a huge advantage when it comes to grappling, and that's where he wins this bout. By the second round, he will taken Bisping down and forced him to tap with one of his many submission maneuvers.
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