Hello, fight fans! UFC on Fox 20 is live, from Chicago with a bantamweight fight with serious championship implications. Former champ Holly Holm takes on Valentina Shevchenko, and it’s likely that if Holm wins, she’s going to be next in line for a title fight against new champ Amanda Nunes. The fights start at 4 p.m. ET on Fight Pass, so let’s take a look at the predictions for top bouts.
2016 Important Results:
Jessica: 134-103-4 (56 percent)
Burnsy: 99-101-3 (49 percent)
Ryan: 5-1 (83 percent)
Jason: 42-34-1 (55 percent)
Bill: 20-10 (67 percent)
Jackman: 7-5 (58 percent)
Enrique: 7-5 (58 percent)
Jamie: 16-13-1 (55 percent)
Justin: 13-4 (76 percent)
Marty: 20-12-1 (62 percent)
Jared: 13-11 (54 percent)
Parker: 3-4 (43 percent)
Team Davis: 72-52-3 (58 percent)
Bantamweight – Eddie Wineland vs Frankie Saenz
Jessica: I was all set to type a decent paragraph about Wineland being a Grown Ass Man and whatnot, but Frankie “I Saw The” Saenz is three years older than him, so there goes that angle. I really want to take Wineland here, but he’s been out for a year, which is giving me pause. I don’t think Saenz is good enough to take it, but I thought the same about Bryan Caraway. Aw, to heck with it, I’m gonna say Wineland uses his reach to beat up Saenz from distance and get a TKO in the third round.
Bill: Wineland is the world’s most negligent amusement park, as well as a good fighter. The long layoff is definitely a concern, but the fact that Saenz just lost a fight to Urijah Faber is some overwhelming MMAth. I’m picking Wineland to win by TKO.
Jason: I don’t usually like picking fighters that have only fought once in the last two years and are flirting with retirement, but something tells me Wineland has that fire back. He’s also probably feeling great and in the best shape of his life. Wineland!
Jared: I gotta go with Saenz here. Wineland hasn’t looked the same since being spindoodled by Barao and is coming off a big layoff to boot. Saenz may be an underwhelming fighter, but he’s also a smart one who will utilize his high output and ground skills to impose to take a decision over Wineland.
Strawweight – Felice “Lil Bulldog” Herrig vs Kailin Curran
Jessica: Herrig trains at Team Curran, so I think Kailin has an inside scoop on Felice. I also just don’t really like Herrig, so I’m taking Curran to continue the success of small Hawaiians. Kailin wins by decision.
Bill: I think Curran will stay on her (short) winning streak by picking up a decision victory here.
Jason: This is the UFC setting up a squash match for Felice who is marketable if she can put together some UFC highlights. I don’t think Curran has anything for her, nor is this Curran related to the Currans Jessica is thinking of (I think).
Jared: With Curran’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and Herrig’s inability to do much of anything so far in the UFC (too busy training to be a Ninja Warrior, I’m told), this fight is pretty much a classic toss-up. Part of me thinks that Herrig’s unbreakable toughness and experience will win her the day here, but the other part of me is too distracted by Curran’s mystifying peepers to offer any actual analysis on either fighter’s keys to victory. It’s tough to pick Herrig knowing that she hasn’t fought in over a year, but my gut is telling me that she’ll do enough to earn the nod.