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UFC 241 Preview & Predictions

A look ahead to UFC 241 which sees the rematch between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic

A look ahead to UFC 241 which sees the rematch between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic

The UFC returns this weekend for another stacked pay-per-view card headlined by a Heavyweight Title rematch between Daniel Cormier and former champion Stipe Miocic.

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The Main Event

DC is returning to action to defend his UFC Heavyweight title for the second time after previously defending against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230.

Cormier got the better of Lewis in that fight very early on and ended up securing a second round rear naked choke to make the first defense of his title.

Former Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic makes his return to the Octagon since losing his title to DC back in July last year, marking 13 months since he last fought.

DC knocked out the former champion in thier first ‘Superfight’ encounter. Looking back at the fight it was evidently clear that the need to no longer cut weight was a huge factor for DC heading into the bout.

DC who has never lost at Heavyweight looked sensational, keeping Miocic at bay with jabs before coming in close to setup the eventual knockout blow, which Miocic had no chance of seeing.

Looking ahead to this rematch, on paper things are once again even, Stipe dispite the knockout loss to DC has a granite chin. DC has that olympic wrestling pedigree and at Heavyweight I believe DC can knock almost anyone out.

So what will be the deciding factor in this fight? I believe the time out for Stipe will play a major role in this bout, Stipe hasn’t fought since he lost his title and losing in the fashion that he did must be in the back of his mind.

DC on the other hand has already defended the title once, and were it not for the on again then off again negotiations in getting Brock Lesnar back into the UFC, he probably would have defended the belt again a lot sooner.

With all this being said, I believe DC will be victourious in this rematch, I believe DC wears out Stipe over the first 2 rounds to secure a knockout in the third.

Nate Diaz returns!

In the co-main event is a matchup only dreams are made of! and thankfully them dreams have come true. Nate Diaz finally makes his return to fighting after a long 3 years out.

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We last seen Diaz back at UFC 202 where he lost a very close decision to Conor McGregor. Diaz was originally inked to fight Dustin Poirier in November last year, but after disagreements with the UFC over McGregor fighting Khabib, the fight never happened.

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Thankfully now, however, it appears as though Diaz and the UFC have patched up their differences and finally Diaz returns.

Welcoming back Diaz is the former UFC Lightweight Champion, Anthony Pettis. Pettis’ last outing was a second round knockout over Stephen Thompson, a knockout which will forerver be cermented in his highlight reel alongside the running cage kick.

Pettis also fought Tony Ferguson back in October of last year in a fight that was an absolute brawl whilst it lasted, unfortunately for Pettis his broke his hand during the bout and had to retire at the end of the seconding round.

Pettis is now 2-2 in his last four UFC fights and is looking for a big win over Nate Diaz. Diaz is also 2-2 in his last four, the big factor going into this fight is the time off for Diaz.

3 years out has got to be a huge issue for Diaz, and whilst it’s known that Diaz is always keeping fit all year round running triathalons, the cage rust will likely be an issue.

This fight is a real treat for UFC fans, however I feel that Pettis will get the job done in the third round, I believe Pettis’ recent fighting time will allow him to take over late in the fight and secure a stoppage win.

Rest of the Card

The rest of UFC 241 is also stacked, we see a middleweight encounter between the always dangerous Yoel Romero and the undefeated Paulo Costa.

Yoel hasn’t fought inside the Octagon since a split decision loss to current UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 225 back in June last year.

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Paulo Costa last fought in July last year knocking out Uriah Hall, coincidently his last fight was on the Miocic vs Cormier undercard.

Looking at this fight, this is Costa’s first true big test, he has never fought anyone with the power that Yoel posses, if he can make it past the second however, I believe he can nap a decision win. A win for Paulo sets him up for title contention, he will likely have to face either Gastelum or the loser of Whittaker/Stylebender first, but a win over either of them will see him as the next 185lb challenger.

Sodiq Yusuff who is 2-0 in the UFC will take on Gabriel Benitez, looking at this fight I can see Sodiq grinding out a decision win.

Ian Heinisch makes his third UFC appearence taking on Derek Brunson. Heinisch is 2-0 in the UFC with wins over Antonio Carlos Junior and Cezar Ferreira, both by way of decision.

Brunson who is 2-2 in his last four UFC fights is returning after beating Elias Theodorou back in May, before that Brunson was knocked out in the first round during his previous two bouts. Ronaldo Souza knocked him out in January last year, followed by Israel Adesanya knocking him out in November last year.

Looking ahead to this fight, I think it’ll be a tough night for Brunson, who really needs a win here to keep his place in the UFC, Brunson is now 4-4 in his last eight UFC appearences.

With all this being said, I feel Henisch will grind out a deicsion win over Brunson.

The full UFC 241 card looks as follows

UFC Fight Pass Prelims

Women’s Flyweight
Sabina Mazo vs Shana Dobson

Kyung Ho Kang vs Brandon Davis

Women’s Strawweight
Hannah Cifers vs Jodie Esquibel

Prelims – ESPN/BT Sport

Manny Bermudez vs Casey Kenney

Christos Glagos vs Drakkar Klose

Raphael Assuncao vs Cory Sandhagen

Devonte Smith vs Khama Worthy

Main Card – PPV / BT Sport

Derek Brunson vs Ian Heinisch

Gabriel Benitez vs Sodiq Yusuff

Yoel Romero vs Paulo Costa

Co-Main Event – Welterweight
Anthony Pettis vs Nate Diaz

Main Event – UFC Heavyweight Title Bout
Daniel Cormier (C) vs Stipe Miocic

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