#2 Jimi Manuwa vs. Jan Blachowicz
Jimi Manuwa and Jan Blachowicz engaged in a close fight in their previous encounter with one another inside the Octagon.
Manuwa seems to possess excellent killer instinct when it comes to offensive striking. Nevertheless, his striking defense has been criticized time and again, and he’ll surely need to keep Blachowicz at bay or trapped in the clinch over the course of 3 rounds, particularly considering the fact that the latter’s chin seems to hold up more consistently than Manuwa’s.
Expect Manuwa to fight smart, and pick his foe apart at range with clean, crisp combinations rather than wide hooks. Blachowicz may have his moments in the fight, however, Manuwa’s striking technique is likely to earn him the win in the judges’ eyes.
Prediction: Jimi Manuwa def. Jan Blachowicz via Decision
#3 Tom Duquesnoy vs. Terrion Ware
Tom Duquesnoy is perhaps one of the most underrated grapplers in the UFC today.
The man possesses a great understanding of grappling fundamentals, but never quite receives enough credit for his fight IQ on the mat. On the flip side, his striking seems to have a few holes, as he often abandons defensive fundamentals and swings with reckless intent.
Regardless, against someone like Terrion Ware, expect Duquesnoy to keep pawing with his jab, and take the fight to the mat likely in Round 2. He’s likely to end the fight by catching Ware in a choke during a ground scramble.
Prediction: Tom Duquesnoy def. Terrion Ware via Submission
#4 Leon Edwards vs. Peter Sobotta
Leon Edwards has steadily improved both the defensive & offensive aspects of his striking game.
Meanwhile, Sobotta has been evolving into a well-rounded MMA fighter as well, with his striking being slightly underdeveloped as compared to his grappling. Expect Edwards to control the rhythm of this fight with his long jab.
Edwards is likely to find the mark with his jab time and again, en route to a possible 3rd Round finish—with him tagging Sobotta with a barrage of strikes, resulting in the referee stepping in to call off the bout.
Prediction: Leon Edwards def. Peter Sobotta via TKOPublished 16 Mar 2018, 19:36 IST