UFC 223: 5 Crazy Predictions
After over two years and three separate attempts at rescheduling Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov, it seems that it is finally time for this dream lightweight fight to take place, at UFC 223 on April 7th in Brooklyn, New York.
Add to that, a vengeful Joanna Jędrzejczyk, out to get her Strawweight Championship back from the recently crowned Rose Namajunas, and this card has all the makings of a classic. Not to mention the undercard which includes the likes of Anthony Pettis, Michael Chiesa, Felice Herrig & Karolina Kowalkiewicz. All of these fights are up in the air, and while this makes it hard to predict how things will end up, that certainly won't stop us!
#1 Thug Rose does it again
Daniel Cormier bugling the name "Thug Rose" at the top of his lungs as the former champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk fell to Namajunas has become one of the most iconic memories in recent UFC history. Not many would have predicted that the monstrous Boogeywoman Jędrzejczyk would fall at what seemed to be her peak, in the middle of a 14-fight win streak. One person who definitely predicted it was her opponent, Thug Rose.
While it is absolutely foolish to write the former champion off, looking at Rose's prowess and the way in which she defeated Joanna, it is a hard sell to pass on a successful first defense by Rose. The Vegas odds have Joanna as the favorite, and it may indeed be that the former champ storms back to reclaim her throne, but seeing Rose walk out with her belt may be a very real possibility.