#UFCGlendale Predictions: Waterson vs Casey, Mueller vs Dobson

Tonight, the UFC touches down in Glendale, Arizona, for a Fight Night card full of fun bouts across several divisions. On the Early Fight Pass Prelims, flyweights are in action as Lauren Mueller will make her first UFC appearance since inking a contract after her appearance on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series last year as she takes on TUF 26 powerhouse Shana “Danger” Dobson. Later on, opening the main card will be an important strawweight showdown between ranked fighters, “The Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson and Cortney “Cast Iron” Casey.

The WMMA Rankings panel shareable there predictions for the fights below!

shana dobson vs Lauren Mueller

JILL: Lauren Mueller and Shana Dobson are on the rise and inching closer to their prime. Both need to make statements this weekend. This is a tough pick, and I’m going with my gut. I think it’s going to be a close one, with Dobson taking the W via decision.

PICK – SHANA DOBSON


IDREES: Lauren Mueller

PICK – LAUREN MUELLER


TERENCE: The 3-1 Dobson got her UFC career started right with a TKO of Ariel Beck and The “Princess Tiger” is undefeated at 4-0. I expect this to be a hotly contested fight, but I think the Tiger roars. Prediction: Lauren Mueller by decision.

PICK – LAUREN MUELLER


 

BRYCE: Two prospect fighters going at it in what should be a fun fight. I think Dobson’s power is going to give her the advantage and the win in this one. Dobson via KO Round 2.

PICK – SHANA DOBSON


NICK: Interesting match-up here, with both ladies looking to make a statement. The division is still wide open so every win counts. If Dobson isn’t able to take Mueller out early with power shots, I see Lauren grinding her out for the decision nod. Not 100% confident on my pick since both woman only have four pro fights but I’m going to with the latter– Lauren Mueller gets the W.

PICK – LAUREN MUELLER


 

MICHELLE WATERSON VS CORTNEY CASEY

JILL: The bout between Cortney Casey and Michelle Waterson is tough to pick! They’re both well-rounded fighters, though I believe the Karate Hottie has the edge. She has all the tools, experience, and pedigree necessary to pull off the victory. I predict a Waterson win by submission.

PICK – MICHELLE WATERSON


IDREES: Cortney Casey: Not because I don’t think Waterson is the more well-rounded of the two but I just don’t like her at strawweight. Casey is a strong in-your-face fighter who has just the style to ware Waterson down over three rounds. I pick Casey by third-round submission.

PICK – CORTNEY CASEY


TERENCE: This is an interesting matchup of two women who are primarily strikers but who also have solid ground games. This is a crucial fight for both of them. Waterson has dropped her last two to current champion Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres. Casey is 3-4 in the UFC with losses to Joanne Calderwood, Seo Hee Ham, Claudia Gadelha and Felice Herrig. Casey is tough, but I think the “Karate Hottie” will prevail. Prediction: Michelle Waterson by decision.

PICK – MICHELLE WATERSON


BRYCE: I see Casey’s huge size advantage as being what ultimately gives her the advantage in what should be a close fight. Casey via decision.

PICK – CORTNEY CASEY


NICK: I am super nervous about this match-up! Casey is one of the biggest strawweights while Waterson is one of the smallest– the size factor will play an obvious advantage here for the well-rounded and always game Cortney Casey. I’m a huge Waterson fan and I believe she has the skills to be able to outwork or catch Casey but it’s not going to be easy. Picking with my heart, I take The Karate Hottie for the late submission or decision nod.

PICK – MICHELLE WATERSON


 

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