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UFC 225 is this weekend from Chicago, and this card is stacked from top to bottom! It has something for everyone, the causal fan and the die hard will have no choice but to be impressed by this lineup. In fact, the Free portion of the show on FS1 leading up to the PPV, is just as good as the main card, and that is what we have chosen to break down today, so let’s get right to it!
Rashad Coulter vs Chris de la Rocha
Prediction – Rashad Coulter by doctor stoppage
Reason – A battle of two little known heavyweights on the big stage for the first time. Who will cash in? The coin flip had it for Coulter.
Ricardo Lamas vs Mirsad Bektic
Prediction – Ricardo Lamas by first round submission
Reason – Lamas is just to good for Bektic to hang with him.
Claudia Gadelha vs Carla Esparza
Prediction -Claudia Gadelha by decision
Reason – Gadelha may never hold Straweight gold, but she will always be a perennial contender for the strap. I expect her to look great on Saturday night and put herself into title talk.
Alistair Overeem vs Curtis Blaydes
Prediction – Overeem by 3rd round KO
Reason -Blaydes has a lot to prove here, and a win over “The Reem” would really put him on the map. All that aside, I don’t see that happening and I’d expect Alistair to outclass him.