The Ultimate Fighting Championship will head back to Germany for the May 31 UFC Fight Night 41 event. Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi will headline the card, while Francis Carmont and C.B. Dollaway collide in the co-main event at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany.
Here are my UFC Fight Night 41 predictions:
Mark Munoz vs. Gegard Mousasi
If you were to predict the outcome of this fight based on their performances against Lyoto Machida, the last man both faced inside the Octagon, Mousasi (34-4-2, 18 KOs) is the better man. He surprisingly out-landed “The Dragon” during their February showdown which ended in a decision loss, while Munoz (13-4-0, 6 KOs) failed to land a single strike or takedown during his fight against Machida.
That doesn’t mean victory is guaranteed for Mousasi at UFC Fight Night 41.
Gegard’s takedown defense has been suspect at times during his MMA career, and Munoz is a solid wrestler. Mousasi should be able to dominate the striking exchanges, but he might have a hard time keeping the fight upright.
I expect a close, competitive fight when these two collide at UFC Fight Night 41, but if I had to put my money on one of them, at +245, I’ll have to go with Munoz.
Prediction: Munoz wins via decision.
Francis Carmont vs. C.B. Dollaway
Dollaway (14-5-0, 6 KOs) looked awesome during his last outing, making quick work out of the highly favored Cezar Ferreira at UFC Fight Night 38. He’ll likely be in for a tougher night when he squares up against Francis Carmont (22-8-0, 10 submissions) on May 31.
Carmont fell short during his last outing against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, but, compared to other UFC fighters who have been unfortunate enough to share the cage with the Brazilian BJJ ace, he has nothing to be ashamed off.
Francis’ speed, explosiveness, and power should cause problems for C.B striking wise, and the former seems to be the better wrestler on paper as well.
Like the main-event, this should be an entertaining, competitive fight, but I expect Carmont to edge out a decision.
Prediction: Carmont wins via decision.
Remaining UFC Fight Night 41 Predictions:
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Tom Niinimäki defeats Niklas Bäckström
Nick Hein defeats Drew Dober
Krzysztof Jotkodefeats Magnus Cedenblad
Iuri Alcantara defeats Vaughan Lee
Pawel Pawlak defeats Peter Sobotta
Maximo Blanco defeats Andy Ogle
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.
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