UFC Fight Night 143 predictions — TJ Dillashaw vs. Henry Cejudo: Fight card, odds, picks for Brooklyn


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UFC Fight Night 143 predictions — TJ Dillashaw vs. Henry Cejudo: Fight card, odds, picks for Brooklyn

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Saturday night in Brooklyn marks a new era for UFC as it launches its partnership with ESPN. But it could also mark the end of an era for one of its weight classes, too. UFC Fight Night 143 in Brooklyn sees bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw cutting down to 125 pounds to take on flyweight champion Henry Cejudo as he looks to become the fourth simultaneous two-division champion in company history.

Dillashaw has maintained through the build up to this fight, which was moved up a week from its originally scheduled date at UFC 233, which was canceled without a suitable main event, that he has been sent to kill the flyweight division.

It’s hard to argue given what has unfolded over the last few months with UFC cutting ties with many 125-pound fighters. But the biggest question becomes what happens if Cejudo is successful? Nobody really knows for sure since UFC president Dana White has remained quiet on the matter, wanting to see how Saturday’s main event plays out. One thing is for certain though, fireworks should be expected.

In the co-main event is a bit of a surprise as former NFL defensive lineman Greg Hardy makes his UFC debut against Allen Crowder. Hardy was originally scheduled to take part in a developmental bout later this month, but UFC decided it was time to call the prospect up to the big leagues for its ESPN debut. He has finished each of his three professional bouts in under a minute.

Here’s a look at the complete fight card from Brooklyn with the latest odds from Bovada.

Favorite

Underdog

Weightclass

TJ Dillashaw -210

Henry Cejudo (c) +170

Flyweight title

Greg Hardy -550

Allen Crowder +375

Heavyweight

Gregor Gillespie -550

Yancy Medeiros +375

Welterweight

Joseph Benavidez -235

Dustin Ortiz +185

Flyweight

Paige VanZant -160

Rachael Ostovich +130

Women’s flyweight

Glover Teixeira -130

Karl Roberson +100

Light heavyweight

Alexander Hernandez -200

Donald Cerrone +160

Lightweight

Ariane Lipski -225

Joanne Calderwood +175

Women’s flyweight

Alonzo Meinfield -270

Vinicius Moreira +210

Light heavyweight

Cory Sandhagen -500

Mario Bautista +350

Bantamweight

Te Edwards -140

Dennis Bermudez +110

Lightweight

Geoff Neal -185

Belal Muhammad +150

Middleweight

Kyle Stewart -165

Chance Recountre +135

Welterweight

With a big card on tap, our experts took a crack at picking the main event. Here are your pick makers: Brian Campbell (combat sports writer), Matthew Coca (producer), Michael Mormile (producer), Jack Crosby (editor) and Brandon Wise (editor).

Fight

Campbell

Coca

Crosby

Mormile

Wise

Cejudo (c) vs. Dillashaw

Dillashaw

Dillashaw

Cejudo

Cejudo

Cejudo

Coca on why Dillashaw will win: Dillashaw has advantages across the board. Height, weight, reach, style — but I think the biggest advantage is his unorthodox striking style. Not only can no one figure out how to defend it, but he generates so much power behind those shots. Over the past few years, Dillashaw has perfected his craft and I don’t see anyone beating him anytime soon.

Crosby on why Cejudo will win: I admittedly didn’t buy much stock in Cejudo leading into the fight with Johnson last year, but the flyweight champion made me a believer. And he’ll bring in a few more believers on Saturday in Brooklyn. Cejudo has certainly evolved into one of the most well-rounded fighters in the entire promotion, and he remains determined to prove he can be a headliner for Dana White and Co. That determination will carry him past Dillashaw on Saturday to retain the flyweight title as he avoids the power danger from Dillashaw while executing enough significant takedowns to come away with the decision victory.

Mormile on why Cejudo will win: I see a bunch of value on Cejudo after he just beat the G.O.A.T. (Demetrious Johnson). I know it was close but Cejudo’s striking is improving every fight. I think their gas tanks are probably close to equal and I just can’t see Dillashaw out-wrestling the Olympic gold medalist.

Wise on why Cejudo will win: The biggest storylines of this fight has almost become white noise because of how much it’s talked about while being brushed off at every turn. Dillashaw already comes into championship fights at 135 pounds as lean as can be, and we’re supposed to expect him to just make 125 with ease? I’m not buying it. We’ll see a depleted Dillashaw on Saturday night who won’t have the gas tank to compete over five rounds because of the difficult cut. Cejudo grinds out a decision win.

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Posted by smashdownsportsnews on 2019-01-18 16:04:39

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