Hey again fight fans. There was a slight setback on the UFC 180 predictions in the sense that both myself and Burnsy shat the bed quite ferociously. Hopefully Fight Night 57 in Austin will be a little better for everyone’s records. The fights kick off at 7:00 PM ET on Fight Pass, so let’s jump right into the predictions.
Important Standings of Note:
Featherweight – Juan “Fenix” Puig vs Dooho “The Korean Superboy” Choi
Jessica: Gotta go with the Korean Superboy because that sounds cool. Choi takes a first round knockout.
Burnsy: Normally, win or lose, I take the guy who has even a fight’s worth of experience over the guy making his debut, but Puig got knocked the F*CK out in the first round of his debut, so I’ll take Choi in this one.
Vince: Interesting fight here, a Mexican guy who has only fought other Latinos vs a Korean who has only fought other Asians. This is a really battle of racial supremacy here. I love Choi’s nickname, and he has the edge in having a Wikipedia page. Based on their records, Choi looks like a striker whereas Puig seems to have a lot of submission victories. I tend to favor the grappler in striker vs. grappler battles, at least with relatively inexperienced fighters. Fenix FTW.
Strawweight – “12 Gauge” Paige Van Zant vs Kailin Curran
Jessica: I remember seeing Paige fight Tecia Torres on an early Invicta card and being moderately impressed. On that basis alone, I’ll take Van Zant to win a decision.