UFC ON FOX: MAIA vs. CONDIT PREVIEW

UFC on FOX will feature Maia vs. Condit for free on Saturday.
UFC on FOX will feature Maia vs. Condit as the Main Event for free on Saturday.

By Kyler Kuehler

UFC on Fox: Maia vs. Condit will air on August 27, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

#3 DEMIAN MAIA (23-6-0) vs. #4 CARLOS “THE NATURAL BORN KILLER” CONDIT (30-9-0)
This is a fiveĀ round main eventĀ in the welterweight division. In this fight are two fighters that have been dominating their careers and are looking to add another impressive victory to their record and thus prove why they deserve a crack at the belt. Maia brings striking and jiu-jitsu that has made him well-rounded in grappling techniques as well as contain decent cardio. Condit brings boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling that has made him extremely efficient in both striking and grappling techniques making him by far one of the most dangerous fighters in the welterweight division and the entire UFC roaster. With both fighters having a great combination of their own techniques the fight looks to be a full on war to who can outlast their opponent and clam the victory. If the fight were to remain on their feet then the advantage goes to Condit as he contains far more aggressive and accurate striking that Maia has not ever faced before in his career and could pose to be a great threat to him. Though Maia has some great grappling techniques that he could use to his full advantage, but Condit has plenty of grappling techniques of his own that will be difficult to overcome in this. With all that Condit brings I really do not see Maia having much of a chance in this fight, but since the welterweight division is one of the most shark divisions anything is possible. My prediction: Condit wins via TKO in Round 3.

ANTHONY “SHOWTIME” PETTIS (18-5-0) vs. #6 CHARLES “DO BRONX” OLIVEIRA (21-5-0, 1 NC)
This is a three round fight in the featherweight division. This fight will mark the debut fight of Antony Pettis’ featherweight bout after suffering three losses in a row at his former weight: lightweight. To welcome Pettis to the division will be Charles Oliveira, who has just gotten back on the winning track and looks to show Pettis that the featherweight division is not any easier than the lightweight. Pettis brings boxing, Muay Thai, taekwondo, jiu-jitsu and wrestling that made him well-rounded in both striking a grappling techniques that have also lead him to being the former UFC Lightweight Champion. Oliveira brings Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu that have made him efficent in knockout power as well as have wonderful grappling techniques. With both fighters containing knockout power and submission holds the key factor to the outcome will be who uses their techniques more accurately and effectively, which in that case will probably favor Pettis all due to his speed and accurate striking that just might give him the advantage of taking this fight and thus making a big comeback in his career along with putting on a big performance in his debut featherweight bout. However, Oliveira has had plenty of experience in the featherweight division and in all his fights he has proven just how tough of a fighter he is as well as his jiu-jitsu style that he never fails to impress that could be more than Pettis can handle. If Oliveira could bring the fight to the ground and use his jiu-jitsu then he will most likely end up claiming the victory as he is more rounded in ground game where Pettis looks to lean more towards striking, but if Pettis kept the fight on their feet then I see him walking away as the victor as he will surely be trying to pull off his exciting attacks that never fail to impress anyone and are always a deadly form of attack. My prediction: Pettis wins via TKO in Round 3.

#10 PAIGE “12 GAUGE” VANZANT (6-2-0) vs. BEC “ROWDY” RAWLINGS (7-4-0)
This is a three round fight in the women’s strawweight division. In this fight are two female athletes that are very well-rounded on both their feet and the ground that will finally be going head-to-head to see who really has the better skill set. VanZant brings some striking along with jiu-jitsu that has made her well-equipped in grappling techniques in just a short time. Rawlings brings boxing, kickboxing and wrestling that have made her aggressive in both standing and ground game. Since both fighters contain close to the same style of fighting this could be another difficult choice for a favorite, but I believe that VanZant will have the edge all due to her well-rounded jiu-jitsu that Rawlings has not faced before. Though I cannot leave out the aggressive style of fighting Rawlings brings in each of her fights, which has been proven to be deadly and that is much more than VanZant has ever faced before. However, if VanZant used her speed and mixed it with her striking she could set up Rawlings for a takedown and thus force her to play her game where VanZant could then really place pressure on Rawlings as she relies more on her standing game to take advantage of fights. But Rawlings will not let VanZant take the fight that easy as she will be more defensive of her takedown defense that might make her even more aggressive and thus she will be able to place VanZant in major trouble leaving her defenseless and thus pulling off a big upset. But since this fight is almost evenly matched anything can happen and no matter what the outcome we all know that both these amazing female athletes are going to put on a show. My prediction: VanZant wins via submission in Round 3.

JOE LAUZON (26-11-0) vs. JIM MILLER (26-8-0, 1 NC)
This is a three round fight in the lightweight division. In this fight are two fighters that have previously faced each other at UFC 155 with Jim Miller wining via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Miller brings taekwondo, jiu-jitsu and wrestling making him efficient in submission holds and cardio. Lauzon brings boxing and jiu-jitsu making him efficient in both striking as well as submission techniques. With both fighter having a setup of submission holds that key aspect of the fight will possibly come down to striking, which Lauzon holds a big advantage in as he has won seven fights by knockout where Miller has only won four. If Lauzon managed to keep the fight on their feet then he looks to be able to avenge his loss to Miller and thus making this rivalry lead to a future third fight. But if Miller paced himself and tried to wear down Lauzon then he could then try to bring the fight to the ground and possibly place him in a submission hold or try ground and pound to score some more points and win in the decision call. My prediction: Miller wins via unanimous decision.