#UFC225 Predictions: Esparza vs Gadelha, Holm vs Anderson

Tonight, some of MMA’s toughest ladies will do battle as the UFC touches down in Chicago for one of this year’s most anticipated cards.

On the UFC 225 televised Prelims, longtime strawweight rivals Carla Esparza and Claudia Gadelha will finally meet for battle in a bout that carries potential title implications. Later, on the main card, Megan Anderson will make her long-awaited UFC debut against “The Preacher’s Daughter”  in the first ever non-title UFC featherweight bout.

claudia gadelha vs Carla Esparza

JILL: A bout between Claudia Gadelha and Carla Esparza is long overdue. They were scheduled to face one another multiple times during their days with Invicta FC, but the fights never came to fruition due to injury and illness on Gadelha’s part. It’s just as well because we now get to see even better versions of both athletes. These women bring a lot to the table and I expect to see some impressive groundwork. I anticipate Gadelha winning via decision.

PICK – CLAUDIA GADELHA


TERENCE: Esparza is a tough wrestler, but Gadelha is solid everywhere. I expect Gadelha to dominate and get the judges’ nod. Claudia Gadelha by unanimous decision.

PICK – CLAUDIA GADELHA


STEPHEN: Claudia Gadelha is the bigger fighter but Carla Esparza is a former champion. Both of these ladies will come to fight no doubt. This fight might actually take away FOTN honors. It’s an exciting matchup that would typically be on the main card.  Gadelha, Unanimous Decision.

PICK – CLAUDIA GADELHA


BRYCE: Esparza has been showing improvement in her last two fights and if this fight goes the distance she might just have a chance. However, I just can’t see Esparza having much success taking down the powerful Gadelha and in the stand up I see Gadelha having the edge. For those reasons I got Gadelha winning it. Gadelha via KO Round 1.

PICK – CLAUDIA GADELHA


JAY: This is a main card fight that somehow ended up on the prelims. A real treat for the fans that won’t be able to shell out the pay per view premium. Gadelha is so close to that title shot she’s not going to want to let it go. I think it will be a split-decision going Gadelha’s way.

PICK – CLAUDIA GADELHA


NICK: I am so stoked for this fight. This is a grudge match five years in the making and a treat for all fight fans!  Momentum is on the side of the former champion– she is constantly improving,  upping her game, and coming off a nice little string of victories. This bout is closer than many believe and I think both will have their moments, however, I expect a refreshed and aggressive Claudia to snatch a decision win.

PICK – CLAUDIA GADELHA


holly holm vs Megan Anderson

JILL: Megan Anderson may be new to the UFC and unaccustomed to the promotion’s big stage and bright lights, but I don’t underestimate her for a moment. She’s an experienced featherweight champ who knows her way around a cage. Anderson may give Holm a run for her money, but Holm will be ready for it. As long as she is careful in terms of distance, the former bantamweight champion will likely outpoint her opponent. Holm by decision.

PICK – HOLLY HOLM


TERENCE: The winner of this fight may be Cris Cyborg’s next opponent. Holm brings her solid kickboxing skills against a taller, younger, fighter who hits really hard. Holm took a beating from Cyborg and lasted five rounds. Holm’s main assets in this fight are her toughness and experience. If she had a decent ground game, I think she might have a chance. I’m not sure Holm can deal with Anderson’s power for five rounds unless she catches the six-foot with a knockout head kick. Prediction – Megan Anderson by second-round KO/TKO.

PICK – MEGAN ANDERSON


STEPHEN: Holly Holm is one of the baddest women on the planet as far as striking in combat sports. She took arguably the baddest in Cyborg 5 rounds – featin its own. Megan Anderson on the other hand isn’t getting a ton of respect. She could quietly come into this fight and win if she stays away from Holm’s fists and kicks. Anderson, Submission Round 2.

PICK – MEGAN ANDERSON


BRYCE: Barring a Nunes vs Cyborg super fight the winner of this should get the next crack at Cyborg. This fight is a tough one for me. On one side you have the physical abilities and size of Anderson which could cause major problems for Holm. On the flip side Anderson has a tendency to brawl which could be a bad move against such a good counter fighter as Holm. I’m gonna go with Anderson having cleaned up her striking during her layoff and picking up the upset. Anderson via Decision.

PICK – MEGAN ANDERSON


JAY: With the UFC gearing up for TUF 28 they’re showcasing TWO of their toughest featherweights. I really want Anderson to win but if I placed money on the match I would say that Holm’ s experience is going to be a big factor. Looking TKO in the second round with Holm still standing.

PICK – HOLLY HOLM


NICK: This is a tough one to call– will Holm be able to overcome the height and reach disadvantage? Will Anderson show signs of ring rust? Those are only two of several questions that will be answered tonight. I am going to pick with my heart on this one and take HH for a decision win.

PICK – HOLLY HOLM


 

Fight fans, what are your UFC 225 predictions?

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One comment

  1. Gadelha is a pretty easy pick for the prelims. I give Holly the edge on the Main Card, but in fair disclosure, I have been wrong on every Holly fight since and including Rousey with the exception of Cyborg. It might be noted that Holly has lost every fight in the UFC where she’s fought someone her size or bigger.

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