EliteSmarts wrote:I got some questions for you man
Who is Wilder next opponent, is it Fury or the winner of Ruiz & Joshua?
What do you think of Ruiz vs Joshua II, do you think it'll be great fight and worth the hype?
What do you think of matchup of Jon Jones vs Reyes? Some people think Reyes is just meh fighter and just a warm body for Jones. Is Reyes a worthy opponet for Jones?
What's the next Great UFC PPV card, I'm a casual but haven't watched UFC PPV card since McGregor vs Khabib so it's been a while, excited to watch the next great card.
Thanks for your great work!
Hey fam, thank you for the look! It's much appreciated! As for your questions:
I think Wilder's next opponent being Fury made the most sense and it was also really smart to get that signed before Joshua vs Ruiz happens. Ruiz stopping Joshua again would potentially cause a debate about who Wilder should fight and we'd get the "ducking" conversations. For my money, treating Wilder/Fury 2 and AJ/Ruiz 2 (and potentially AJ/Ruiz 3 tbh) as a sort of Heavyweight tournament is the way to build up to a massive final match-up between winners.
I couldn't be more excited about a heavyweight fight than I am for Joshua vs Ruiz. There were rumors that Joshua had gotten knocked out badly in training which may have affected his performance but Ruiz also looks to be in the best shape we've seen him. So both fighters should be coming into this one as improved versions of themselves. I have a hard time picking for it, though I tend to think of AJ as too chinny for someone with the hand speed and power of a Ruiz (or a Wilder for that matter). My best guess is a decision goes to AJ and a finish goes to Ruiz, but with heavyweights you never know.
Jones vs Reyes is getting downplayed a little too hard right now. Reyes is a really good all around fighter with pop in both hands and he's only really had trouble with the freak athlete Oezdemir. That said, what Reyes hasn't shown that makes him downplayed is that one individual skill to lean on and beat Jones. Dom's a jack of all trades type but that's not what we tend to expect will unseat Jones who has basically evolved to a master of all type.
One thing I will say though about Reyes/Jones and this would be true of ANYBODY fighting Jones next. Thiago Santos exposed a potential hole in Jon Jones armor. Bones didn't deal with the leg kicks well at all and that's something a good fighter can mimic to see if Jones has figured out a counter. Dominick actually has some nice leg kicks (not Thiago good but no one's are). I tend to think Jon will have a counter ready, he's incredibly smart. But watching for how he intends to discourage leg kicks going forward is half the fun.
The next absolute bombshell UFC is probably gonna come in April 2020. That would be Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov in Brooklyn. We don't actually have the rest of the fights yet but Khabib is one of the biggest draws in the sport, Ferguson is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport and the UFC only goes big when they put on a card in NY. So I'm expecting that one to be completely loaded.
A more under the radar but stacked with quality fights card is the upcoming 245 one. That's got three title fights and a hype line-up for the main card altogether:
- The grudge match between Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman for the Welterweight title unification finally happens. The only issue is it's two elite wrestlers and if they cancel each other out, that could get boring.
- Max Holloway is my favorite fighter bar none presently. He defends his belt against Alexander Volkanovski. Both guys throw a ton of volume and Volk represents the next generation after Max successfully cleared the division of the last gen. Alex is shorter but more explosive and quick. Max is extremely savvy and uses his length really well. I expect this one to be super entertaining.
- Amanda Nunes is the GOAT female fighter imo and she's defending her belt against Germaine De Randamie. I hate De Randamie but she's an incredibly gifted striker (she had a mini viral moment when clips of her KO'ing a man in a muay thai fight dropped). It's always fun to watch Nunes and this one's a rematch (Amanda won the first time), so they'll come in a bit more prepared for each other. I think it'll be more competitive than a lot of Nunes' recent match-ups.
- Then Jose Aldo moves down to 135 and fights Marlon Moraes who just fought for the belt. We're talking about to of the fastest power strikers in MMA, hair trigger counter hitters. Aldo was still comfortably top 5 in the stacked 145 and Moraes is probably top 3 in the also stacked 135 lbs division. So this could be fast, it could be a chess match but it's going to be a sight to behold.
- And last the legend, Uriah Faber goes up against the next 135 contender for the belt in my book Peter Yan. Yan is really special, great boxing and striking overall on top of a high level wrestling acumen. Faber brings veteran experience and some tried and true techniques. If he gets you in a choke off a scramble, he can end the fight and if you let him land the overhand right...you've blown it. This is really a great chance to showcase for Yan though, because we know what to expect from Faber.
That card doesn't have the names to pop though. It's one that might not do huge numbers but then after the fact people will talk about it being a good one. The April card will be the true must-see if I had to predict. Khabib vs Tony is special, you don't get dominant guys like that to cross paths at a perfect time. This is their 5th attempt and they've both only become bigger names with bigger resumes after each try.