UFC 227 returns to Los Angeles, CA with a rematch of the heated rivalry between Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw for the UFC bantamweight championship. The co-main event also features a rematch, for the 125-pound strap between Henry Cejudo and the history-chasing, Demetrious Johnson.
Tonight, is all about redemption at the Staples Center.
Here is how I think the night goes:
Marlon Vera vs. Wuliji Buren (Bantamweight)
Buren likes to take fights to the ground, but doesn’t get taken down. Vera finds a way to submit from the bottom.
Marlon Vera wins via submission.
Danielle Taylor vs. Weili Zhang (Strawweight)
Zhang has won most of her fights via finishes, Taylor should try to test the gas tank. This is also Zhang’s UFC debut.
Taylor wins via decision.
Alex Perez vs. Jose Torres (Flyweight)
Perez has the experience factor and has finished two of his last three fights via submission.
Alex Perez wins via submission.
Matt Sayles vs. Sheymon Moraes (Featherweight)
Sayles has five first-round KOs. He has good movement and power in the right hand.
Matt Sayles wins via KO.
Ricardo Ramos vs. Kyung Ho Kang (Bantamweight)
Both fighters are strong on the ground. Much of the match could be a stalemate but Kang is not a very aggressive striker. The striking difference wins the match for Ramos.
Ramos wins via decision.
Montel Jackson vs. Ricky Simon (Bantamweight)
Jackson has lethal power in his punches and the speed to land. Simon will try to take this fight to the ground, but Jackson will finish the fight.
Jackson wins via KO.
Pedro Munhoz (#9) vs. Brett Johns (#14) (Bantamweight)
Both fighters are comfortable on the ground. Johns and Munhoz will probably trade submission attempts, Johns will maintain dominant position for the majority of the fight winning in a decision.
Johns wins via decision.
Thiago Santos (#13) vs Kevin Holland (Middleweight)
Thiago Santos looks like the much bigger fighter. Holland has the range to potentially keep Santos at bay, but the power of Santos cannot be ignored in this fight.
Santos wins via KO
Polyana Viana vs. JJ Aldrich (Strawweight)
Viana has excellent jiu-jitsu and takedowns. However, Aldrich is known as a striker, and her striking will be the key in her victory.
JJ Aldrich wins via KO.
Cub Swanson (#5) vs. Renato Moicano (#10) (Featherweight)
Moicano is a submission, jiu-jitsu specialist. But people really do forget how good Swanson’s jiu-jitsu is. The home-town boy will he gets his first KO since 2013.
Cub Swanson wins via KO.
Demetrious Johnson (C) vs. Henry Cejudo (#1) (Flyweight)
Last time Johnson beat Cejudo via KO. Johnson dominates the fight and does everything but get the finish.
And Still! Demetrious Johnson via decision.
TJ Dillashaw (C) vs. Cody Garbrandt (#1) (Bantamweight)
Bring on the trilogy. Last time TJ caught Garbrandt, this time they switch roles and set up for what should be an epic Dillashaw vs Garbrandt III.
And New! Cody Garbrandt via KO.