Featherweight contender status will be determined when the Ultimate Fighting Championship heads to Texas for the UFC Fight Night 57 card.
The event is set for Nov. 22 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
Here are my UFC Fight Night 55 predictions:
Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson
Swanson (21-5-0, 8 KOs) hasn’t lost a fight in over three years, and a win against Edgar (17-4-1, 5 KOs) just might be enough to get him the next crack at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s featherweight title. He’ll certainly have his work cut out for him though. Edgar is coming off wins against Charles Oliveira and BJ Penn, and he’s arguably the best fight MMA fighter Swanson has ever faced.
Edgar has excellent boxing skills, and he should enjoy a speed advantage. Jeremy Stephens was able to take advantage of some holes in Swanson’s striking defense early on during their five-rounder, and I expect Edgar to follow suit.
Frankie should also have the advantage grappling wise, making this his fight to lose.
Prediction: Frankie Edgar wins via submission.
Bobby Green vs. Edson Barboza
Green (23-5-0, 9 submissions) has been quietly climbing up the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lightweight rankings. His most recent win was his most impressive, earning a split decision victory against Josh Thomson. As far as I’m concerned, that win proved Green is a legit contender in the division.
Barboza (14-2-0, 10 KOs) has had his share of success inside the Octagon, but he seems to falter against top quality opponents. Barboza has the more diverse striking arsenal between the two, and he throws some pretty vicious leg kicks. That doesn’t mean he’ll have an advantage standing up against Bobby. Green has solid boxing skills, and he’s a bit more accurate with his attacks. He’s also a bit better at weaving and evading strikes.
Green was able to out grapple Thomson during his last outing, so it’s safe to say he’ll have the advantage in the clinch and on the ground.
That gives Green more than one way to win this fight.
Prediction: Bobby Green wins via submission.
Brad Pickett vs. Chico Camus
Pickett (24-9-0, 10 submissions) wasn’t able to get much going during his last outing against Ian McCall, while Camus (13-5-0, 4 KOs) fell short against Chris Holdsworth during his last time out. Camus is actually the more efficient striker, but he tends to let his opponents dictate the pace while offering little offense of his own.
Pickett loves to bombard his opponents with strikes, and he packs enough power to put folks away. Pickett’s grappling should be good enough to allow him to dictate where the fight takes place.
Prediction: Picket wins via KO.
Remaining UFC Fight Night 57 predictions:
Jared Rosholt defeats Oleksiy Oliynyk
Dustin Ortiz defeats Joseph Benavidez
Isaac Vallie-Flagg defeats Matt Wiman
Ruslan Magomedov defeats Josh Copeland
Luke Barnatt defeats Roger Narvaez
James Vick defeats Nick Hein
Yves Edwards defeats Akbarh Arreola
Paige VanZant defeats Kailin Curran
Doo Ho Choi defeats Juan Manuel Puig
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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