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Predictions for the Winner of Every Fight at UFC 250
Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer headline the upcoming UFC 250 event at the UFC APEX Center in Las Vegas this Saturday, June 6.
Nunes will be making her first defense of her featherweight title on the night against Spencer, and the latest UFC 250 odds found on our top UFC betting sites have her as the runaway favorite.
In the co-main, Cody Garbrandt makes his return to the cage against the wily veteran, Raphael Assuncao. Garbrandt was knocked out cold against Pedro Munhoz in his last fight back in March 2019, while Assuncao is looking to put a discouraging two-fight skid behind him.
This card is dominated by big bantamweight fights, so expect fireworks. Check out my UFC 250 predictions for every fight before you make your picks and get your bets down.
Nunes to Beat Spencer by KO/TKO
Two-weight world champion Amanda Nunes makes the first defense of her featherweight title against the tough and ready Felicia Spencer.
Nunes shook up the world with an awesome first-round KO of Cris Cyborg at UFC 232 in December 2018. Cyborg had never been knocked out in her career, and this was the first time she tasted defeat since her pro debut in 2005.
The overwhelming manner of Nunes’ victory was enough to make even her most fervent haters admit that she is the real deal. But Spencer — who showed great resolve against Cyborg in the Brazilian’s first fight since losing to Nunes — is confident that she can upset the odds on the night.
It’s going to be difficult for Spencer to live with Nunes’ all-round game. Not only is she ferociously powerful, but her striking has really matured with age. She has beaten arguably every elite female fighter in the history of the sport, and in most cases, emphatically.
So what does Spencer have that the likes of Valentina Shevchenko, Cyborg, Holly Holm, Miesha Tate, Germaine de Randamie, and Ronda Rousey don’t? The answer is not much, I’m afraid to say.
Nunes is elite. She is, without question, the greatest female mixed martial artist of all time, and it would be a huge shock if she lost to someone as relatively inexperienced as Spencer. The Canadian’s chin and wrestling might be enough to see her test Nunes, but I can’t see this one making it past the second round.
Strange things can happen in MMA, sure, but I still expect Nunes to win by an early knockout. Check out my Nunes vs. Spencer fight preview for odds and bets for the UFC 250 headliner.
Assuncao to Beat Garbrandt by Decision
At one time, Cody Garbrandt was the hottest property in the UFC’s bantamweight division.
Having dethroned the legendary Dominick Cruz to win the 135-pound strap, Garbrandt set his sights on dominating all before him. Unfortunately, things have not quite worked out as well as he would have hoped for.
Garbrandt lost the title in his first defense against T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 217, suffering a second-round knockout. It took Dillashaw just over four minutes to knock Garbrandt out again in the rematch. Another knockout at the hands of Pedro Munhoz made it three stoppage losses in a row for “No Love.”
Now, Garbrandt faces the unenviable task of getting his career back in order against Raphael Assuncao in the co-main event of the evening.
Assuncao is an astute and well-rounded veteran that looks a very bad matchup for Garbrandt on paper. The Brazilian has shown his quality in the promotion, winning 11 of 15 fights since joining in 2011.
Assuncao might not have serious knockout power, but he is a skilled and patient counterpuncher that really knows how to time a shot. More than this, he is tough and durable, which will make him a hard man to hit.
While Assuncao has a solid submission game, I’m picking him to outwork, outmaneuver, and ultimately outthink Garbrandt to a win on the judges’ scorecards.
Check out my Assuncao vs. Garbrandt fight preview for more on this one.
Sterling to Beat Sandhagen by Decision
Aljamain Sterling is looking to make it five from five against Cory Sandhagen on Saturday night.
Wins over Cody Stamann, Jimmie Rivera, and Pedro Munhoz have pushed Sterling into a strong position to challenge the winner of Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo for the UFC bantamweight title later in the year.
It’s not going to be easy for Sterling, if Sandhagen’s past performances are anything to go by. The 28-year-old has stormed to a 5-0 record since joining the UFC in January 2018 and would see his profile skyrocket with a win over Sterling.
This is a great matchup in the sense that it appears to be a classic wrestler vs. striker bout on paper, but it could be decided numerous ways. While I was never the biggest lover of Sterling’s striking, he has made massive improvements in this area. Conversely, Sandhagen is a serious striker who any opponent should be cautious of — especially when underrating his grappling.
Sterling is a future champion in the making but needs to stay focused and do the simple things right to beat “The Sandman.”
I’m giving the edge to the “Funk Master” in this fight on account of his speed and superior ground game.
Magny to Beat Martin by Decision
Neil Magny is one of those fighters that has made a career from being a gatekeeper.
As unfortunate as that sounds, it’s also a little unfair to label him as lacking in talent. Because Magny is not. He has decent fundamentals — and is a solid welterweight on his day — but he has just failed to find that extra gear when it has mattered most.
Magny has some big names on his resume — he has beaten Kelvin Gastelum, Carlos Condit, and Johny Hendricks. Not to take anything away from him, but the last two guys were far from their best when he picked up those victories.
But fans will probably remember his losses to Demian Maia, Lorenz Larkin, Rafael Dos Anjos, and Santiago Ponzinibbio more than those wins.
Martin will fancy his chances of joining the “we beat Magny” club this Saturday, but the worst thing he could do is underestimate him. Magny has proven his guts as an underdog in the past and is savvy enough to use Martin’s zealousness against him.
Martin has some big wins since hooking up with the UFC, with a KO over Ryan LaFlare and a submission over Jake Matthews standing out. But Magny is certainly going to offer much more than the two aforementioned guys.
On the feet, Magny has a whopping advantage of seven whole inches in reach. His striking defense and takedown defense are both solid. He is a smart and fairly well-rounded fighter that won’t finish Martin, but drag him the distance and take the win on the cards.
O’Malley to Beat Wineland by KO/TKO
Sean O’Malley fights for just the second time since being popped by USADA for the use of a banned substance in 2018.
In his last outing in March, O’Malley flattened Jose Alberto Quinonez in just one round, sending his hype even further into orbit. Well-rounded in almost every area that matters, the unbeaten 25-year-old will be tested against Eddie Wineland.
Wineland scored a KO over Grigory Popov in his last fight, but in reality, his star has been on the wane for some time. Long time MMA fans might remember him as the former WEC Bantamweight king and as a one-time challenger for the UFC version of that belt.
Since hooking up with the promotion, Wineland has four wins and four losses. And to be fair, it is hard to see him having what it takes to make that record look more positive.
O’Malley picks Wineland apart from the outside before finishing him off with strikes in the second round.
Hooper to Beat Caceres by KO/TKO
Chase Hooper is a young fighter that I have been very impressed by in recent times.
Needless to say, I am excited to see how the “Teenage Dream” — yeah, he should probably drop that name — gets on against a tough Alex Caceres.
Caceres will be the toughest test of Hooper’s career to date and will take great satisfaction in snapping his record of 9-0. But there is no way that he will be heading into this contest underrating the 20-year-old.
Hooper looked excellent in his UFC debut, knocking out David Teymur in style. I can see his “youthful exuberance” making the difference on the night, and providing he doesn’t get too cocky and let Caceres’ experience cancel out his good work, he might just get the KO here.
Meerschaert to Beat Heinisch by Submission
Gerald Meerschaert is another underrated fighter on this bill with something to prove.
With seven wins from ten fights in the promotion, the tough middleweight will be hoping to add another happy night to his bank of memories. Against Ian Heinisch, he will face a solid wrestler who is just a complete nuisance, so it won’t be easy.
That said, Meerschaert has shown his ability to negate the skills of faster and more athletic opponents in the past, and I think we will be in for another one of those fights on Saturday.
Although tempted to go for a decision win, I’ll take Meerschaert by submission in this one.
Stamann to Beat Kelleher by Submission
Brian Kelleher makes his second visit to the Octagon in a matter of just three weeks.
Having earned a big knockout victory over Hunter Azure on the Anthony Smith vs. Glover Teixeira card, Kelleher is faced with the tough task of beating Cody Stamann.
While Kelleher is a fighter I love to watch, I’m not sure that choosing to fight twice in three weeks is a great idea. Nor am I too keen on his chances against a rock-solid wrestler in Stamann.
As with the Meerschaert fight, I can see Stamann outworking Kelleher and earning the first of what will be back-to-back submissions on this UFC 250 card.
Pitolo to Beat Byrd by Decision
This is not a fight of the year candidate by any stretch of the imagination.
Both Charles Byrd and Maki Pitolo have failed to light up the promotion so far and are unlikely to change that narrative on Saturday night. But I suppose the best way to look at this fight is that someone has to win, right?
Hopefully, that will be the case. No one likes a draw.
Anyway, Byrd is 0-2 in the UFC while Pitolo, known as “Coconut Bombz” for some bizarre reason, lost his debut in October.
I’m giving the edge to Pitolo on account of his youth, athleticism, and power. That should be enough to overcome Byrd on the night.
Perez to Beat Formiga by KO/TKO
While on the subject of (relative) youth, Jussier Formiga is not the first person that comes to mind when it is brought up.
The MMA veteran is now 35 and has been on the wrong end of a couple of fights that his younger version probably would have won. But even though the light that is his career is dimming, it not completely out yet. He will fancy his chances against Alex Perez.
But I don’t. Perez has looked impressive since joining the UFC in 2017, losing just one fight. That was to one of the division’s best in Joseph Benavidez.
Although it won’t be an absolute shutout, Perez should outwork Formiga and take the decision home.
Menifield to Beat Clark by KO/TKO
Alonzo Menifield is an absolute monster who has thus far won every single fight he has had inside the distance.
Menifield is coming off a devastating KO victory over Scotland’s own Paul Craig in June 2019 and looks likely to dish out something similar when he meets Devin Clark on June 6.
As much as I hate to say this, I can only see this fight going one way — absolute destruction by Menifield. Clark will be lucky to make it past the first couple of minutes of the fight.
Burns to Beat Dunham by KO/TKO
Evan Dunham faces an uphill battle against Herbert Burns on Saturday night and won’t be helped by the fact that he is clearly not the fighter he once was.
Dunham earned an encouraging four-fight winning streak between 2015 and 2016, which was snapped when he drew with Beneil Dariush. Since then, he has suffered two horrendous stoppages at the hands of Olivier Aubin-Mercier and Francisco Trinaldo.
Burns made it a fight to remember against Nate Landwehr in his debut in January and looks like he could make an impression on the featherweight division.
His submission game is strong, and we will see some aggression here. But ultimately, I think he wins this one by stoppage on the feet.
And that’s it for my UFC 250 predictions for the fights on Saturday night.
I’m not expecting a deluge of surprises on the night, but recent history has shown us that there is no such thing as a sure thing in this fight game. That said, could we see a more predictable event this weekend? You can be the judge of that.
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