UFC 188 Predictions: Cain Velasquez Will Take Title Vs. Fabricio Werdum

by NESN Staff

June 11, 2015

Hola amigos! It?s time for another edition of the Downes Side en español! Actually, now that I think about it, that will probably be all the Spanish I cover for today.

It doesn?t matter what language you speak (although if you can?t read English, you?re probably not bothering with this), we all speak the language of combat. Live from the Mexico City Arena, Cain Velasquez makes his highly-anticipated return to the Octagon against Fabricio Werdum. In the co-main event of the night, Eddie Alvarez and Gilbert Melendez try to get back to their winning ways. Dios mío! It?s fight time!


We begin the main card in the women?s strawweight division with Tecia Torres and Angela Hill. Housemates on season 20 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” both fighters love to strike. Initially one of the favorites to win the season, two (unofficial) losses have hurt Torres? momentum. Despite that, she used her volume striking to dominate Angela Magana in her UFC debut. Despite her relative inexperience, Hill is an athletic, aggressive Muay Thai striker who dominated Emily Kagan at the TUF 20 finale.

Torres has great output, but it often lacks purpose. While most fighters fall victim to only throwing single shots, Torres throws too many. She wastes a lot of movement, and it takes its toll as the fight progresses. This is especially evident when she finishes her combinations and loses her stance after she kicks. Hill could have a hard time finding her range, but she?ll shift into ?Overkill? and take the decision.

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