UFC 198: WERDUM VS. MIOCIC PREVIEW

UFC 198 has a great card with a couple of "Fight of the Night" possibilities lined up.
UFC 198 has a great card with a couple of “Fight of the Night” possibilities lined up.

By Kyler Kuehler

UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic will air on May 14, 2016 in Curitiba, Brazil.

(C) FABRICIO “VIA CAVALO” WERDUM (20-5-1) vs. #2 STIPE MIOCIC (14-2-0)
This is a five round title fight for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. In this fight are two of the best heavyweights to ever compete inside the octagon and look to push each other to the limit. Both will try to claim the title as “The Baddest Man on the Planet.” Werdum brings judo, Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu that has made him the most advanced submission specialist ever to compete in the UFC as well as becoming the current Heavyweight Champion. Miocic brings boxing and wrestling that has him climbing to the top of the leader board with the consideration for being the next big heavyweight star of the UFC. With both fighters having both ground and standing game the fight looks to be a heavyweight fight in the making and a possible “Fight of the Night” candidate. If the fight goes to the ground Werdum looks to walk away victorious due to his impressive jiu-jitsu skills that has made him a master in submission techniques and extremely dangerous on the ground in every way possible. If Miocic can keep the fight on their feet and use his striking and cardio, he just might be able to cause some damage to Werdum and maybe even be able to use his wrestling to the full extent as he does in every one of his fights. Both fighters will be going all out and will try to finish the other to show why they are “The Baddest Man on the Planet.” My prediction: Werdum wins via submission in Round 3.

#2 RONALDO “JACARE” SOUZA (22-4-0, 1 NC) vs. #3 VITOR “THE PHENOM” BELFORT (25-11-0)
This is a three round fight in the middleweight division. In this fight are two well-rounded fighters that have been trailing each other on the leader board for quite some time and will now finally get the chance to prove who is more worthy of being ranked higher. Souza brings judo, Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu that has led him to becoming a well-rounded submission specialist as well as a top five ranking in the Middleweight division. Belfort brings boxing, kickboxing judo, karate and jiu-jitsu which has led him to becoming a deadly striker as well as a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. With this being a matchup between a well-rounded grappler and a well-rounded striker, the fight will be about who shows the better of what they bring to the fight. As of right now that looks to favor Belfort with his deadly striking power that he has used to win 18 of his fights by knockout with many done within minutes of the first round. Though Souza has some good striking of his own and if he can use it to his fullest potential and keep his distance then he could wear down Belfort to the point where Souza could take the fight to the ground and place Belfort in a world of trouble by using his well-round jiu-jitsu techniques. That just might be the key Souza needs to walk away with a major victory thus earning him the title shot he has been longing for. Though, in order to do so Souza will have to up his striking defense much more than he has in any other fight because Belfort plans to put pressure on Souza and do everything in his power to finish the fight and prove why he is one of the most dangerous fighters in the Middleweight division. My prediction: Belfort wins via knockout in Round 2.

#5 ANDERSON “THE SPIDER” SILVA (33-7-0, 1 NC) vs. #10 URIAH “PRIME TIME” HALL (13-6-0)
This is a three round fight in the middleweight division. In this fight are two fighters looking to make a huge statement by putting on one of their greatest performances ever and prove to the world who is the better fighter. Silva brings boxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, judo and jiu-jitsu which has him well-rounded with knockout power as well as being the former UFC Middleweight Champion and the longest reigning champion in the history of the UFC. Hall brings kyokushin, kickboxing and jiu-jitsu that has given him impressive knockout power as well as finishing 10 of his 12 victories. With both fighters having great standing game, the fight looks to be an all out boxing style of bout. If that is the case then Silva looks to take this fight with ease due to his deadly knockout power, which I am not sure Hall will be able to stand up to. The fight looks to be an easy one-sided fight, but one cannot forget that Hall has some great knockout power of his own and as he still looks to have plenty of energy for his career as Silva looks to be showing some “ring rust” that could give Hall the upper hand he needs to come out on top and possibly move closer to a title shot. Though Silva has proven that he might be getting older, he still has that heart and soul to compete and give it his all to possibly make a comeback and once again hold UFC gold. My prediction: Silva wins via knockout in Round 2.

#6 DEMIAN MAIA (22-6-0) vs. #8 MATT “THE IMMORTAL” BROWN (22-13-0)
This is a three round fight in the welterweight division. In this fight are two fighters looking to put on a good enough performance that will catch the eye of the UFC Chairman Dana White for an opportunity to contend for the welterweight title. Maia brings judo, karate and jiu-jitsu that has helped him become a specialist in submission techniques as well as great with cardio to last entire fights and outscore his opponents. Brown brings judo, boxing, kickboxing and jiu-jitsu that has given him incredible striking power as well as well-round grappling techniques. With this being another matchup between a well-rounded grappler and striker it will come down to who shows the better techniques. In this case this looks to favor Brown with his striking as well as his ability to keep pressure on his opponents to maintain control of the fights and put his opponents away with deadly punches. Though Maia has great defense against strikers and has show to have great ground control and so if he were to keep his striking defense up and bring the fight to the ground he could possibly place serious pressure on Brown by keeping him from setting up any striking combinations and place him in some grappling holds to get a submission victory. However, in order for Maia to do so, Maia will have to be aware of Brown’s standing game. Brown will do what he can to set up a knockout victory and avoid the ground as much as possible. My prediction: Brown wins via knockout in Round 3.