UFC 187: Previewing three major non title fights
Despite the loss of Jones and Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC 187 still is a fantastic fight card stacked from the top to the bottom, featuring two title fights, in the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions, respectively.
In the main event Daniel Cormier and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson will clash for a shot at Jon Jones' vacant light heavyweight title and a new light heavyweight champion will be crowned for the first time in four years. While, Chris Weidman will finally defend his 185-pound title against the ‘phenom’ Vitor Belfort in the co-main event a fight almost one & a half year in the making,
Apart from two Title fights in the main and co-main event there are several key fights on this fight card with future title implication. So, let us preview three of those mark key fights:
John Dodson (16-6) vs. Zach Makovsky (19-5)
BETTING ODDS: Dodson (-450), Makovsky (+360)
Dodson:- John Dodson knocked out current UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw to win TUF 14 and has since dropped a weight class & gone onto become one of the best flyweights in the sport. The 30 year old American is 5-1 in the UFC with wins over the likes of John Moraga, Tim Elliott and Jussier Formiga at flyweight, with his only loss coming to current champion Demetrious Johnson.
Dodson lost to Demetrious Johnson in January 2013 but has won two straight since then, knocking out Ulysses Gomez and busting up John Moraga’s face to place himself back in line for another shot at the belt. Despite being one of the smallest fighters on the UFC roster, Dodson is one of the most powerful punchers. He has 10 finishes for a flyweight, including eight by knockout.
Dodson is the most potent striker in the division, with ridiculous power in his left hand, unreal ability to cover distance and outstanding takedown defense. He is extremely fast, explosive, athletic, and powerful, and many believe he can very well be the one to dethrone 125 pound champ, as he knocked down the camp several times in their first encounter and was having a good success against him until Jhonson took over the fight in championship rounds.
Dodson returns to action after nearly a year off due to a knee injury and draws former Bellator MMA bantamweight champion Makovsky in an outstanding flyweight fight
Makovsky:- The former Bellator bantamweight champion Makovsky rebounded from a loss to Jussier da Silva by beating Tim Elliott in February. The 32-year-old American is 3-1 in the UFC with wins over Elliott, Josh Sampo and Scott Jorgensen with his only loss in UFC coming to Formiga. Makovsky, who trains at TriStar, is a highly technical fighter both on the feet and on the mat.
Makovsky’s game is based on his slick wrestle-grappling arsenal, which features a quick single-leg, trips and hip tosses combined with solid top control, but he offers little on the feet and lacks finishing ability, but his biggest strength is his grappling.
He is very good at wrestling, both offensively and defensively, and doesn’t make many mistakes on the ground. Makovsky certainly has the skills to beat a lot of 125lbers in the UFC, but Dodson is a big step up in competition for him & because of that the he’s a big underdog heading into this fight.
Verdict:- Dodson vs Makovsky is an excellent main event for UFC 187 Fox Sport 1 prelims. Dodson rightly deserves to be the favorite here I don’t see any route of victory for Makosky here.
He is a great fighter but Dodson is just better everywhere and when you add up the devastating power he posses it’s hard to imagine how Makovsky will survive that. Makosky will serve as a stepping stone for Dodson to climb up to become the next title challenger & get that most awaited rematch against the champion Demetrious Johnson.