UFC Vegas 11 Predictions – MMA Fight

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Even without a title in play, the grudge match between Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley is the material of which the main events on the map are made.

If this fight had taken place 18 months ago, this is probably the position in which these two blood rivals would have found themselves; instead, in the ESPN + era of UFC, they’re headlining a stacked UFC Vegas 11 card at UFC APEX in Las Vegas this Saturday. This less prestigious positioning is emblematic of the bloom that has been removed from what has long been considered a must-see match.

Neither man comes in with a title, undisputed or not. Both are suffering losses, although Woodley’s recent efforts have been far more disheartening than Covington’s competitive clash with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. And neither of them have been very lucky this week to build on the years of animosity that naturally developed between them, with Woodley simply repeating “Black Lives Matter” after the press conference. of Thursday to deal with social unrest in the United States and Covington having to deliver his usual rhetoric to a group of journalists as opposed to his opponent’s face.

Granted, there is something to be said about the implications for the candidates and the career of the two men, but at this point we all can’t wait to see them have 25 minutes to back up their speech and maybe, just maybe. – even though I wouldn’t bet on it – settle their differences once and for all.

In another main card action, welterweights Donald Cerrone and Niko Price meet in a co-main event that has already been anointed as the ‘Fight of the Night’, hot prospect Khamzat Chimaev takes on veteran middleweight. Gerald Meerschaert, Johnny Walker looks to break the first loser of his career when he fights fellow lightweight heavyweight Ryan Spann, Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Mackenzie Dern fights Randa Markos in a strawweight bout, and middleweight Kevin Holland and Darren Stewart are looking to stay in the winner’s circle.

What: UFC Vegas 11

Or: UFC APEX in Las Vegas

When: Saturday, September 19. The preliminary eight-fight card starts at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN +, with the main six-fight card starting at 8 p.m. also on ESPN +.

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