UFC 300

The UFC has come a long way from its early tournament days. Initially, the sport of MMA was not legal in most states and was promoted as a ruleless sport that aimed to determine which form of fighting was superior. However, over the years, the sport has evolved and established some rules, aiming to be seen more as a sport and less as human cockfighting.

Fast forward to this Saturday, the UFC is putting on their 300th pay-per-view event, an historic occasion that many did not see coming. No one truly knew what to expect from the early days, but I can guarantee that all those involved never expected to make it to this milestone.

The UFC has gone through a lot of changes over the years, from the early days on Spike to landing a huge deal with Fox Sports and ultimately becoming a part of the biggest sports network in the world, ESPN. Nowadays, UFC is considered in the same league as MLB, NFL, NHL, and NBA.

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Looking ahead to this weekend’s event, the card has the potential to be the best ever on paper, with 12 former champions. The all-star lineup promises to deliver from the opening bout to the main event. However, the one knock this card has been receiving is that there isn’t a true star power name like Conor McGregor. Nevertheless, I think the UFC has made up for this with some absolutely amazing matchups up and down the card.

Where to Watch

The actions goes down live this Saturday. With the early prelims set to begin at 6pm live on the UFC fight pass. At 8PM the Prelims jump over to ESPN and ESPN+. The main card will begin at 10pm on ESPN PPV costing 75 to purchase the event.

The fighter will be looking to put on an absolutely amazing card. Due in large part to the fact that the fight night bonuses have been bumped up from 50k to 300k. To celebrate such a historic event.

Let’s take a deeper dive into the fights on the main card.

Fight Card

Early Preliminary Card

  • Jalin Turner vs. Renato Moicano (Lightweight)
  • Jéssica Andrade vs. Marina Rodriguez (Women’s Strawweight)
  • Bobby Green vs. Jim Miller (Lightweight)
  • Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Cody Garbrandt (Bantamweight)

Preliminary Card

  • Jiří Procházka vs. Aleksandar Rakić (Light Heavyweight)
  • Calvin Kattar vs. Aljamain Sterling (Featherweight)
  • Holly Holm vs. Kayla Harrison (Women’s Bantamweight)
  • Sodiq Yusuff vs. Diego Lopes (Featherweight)

Main Fight Card

  • Alex Pereira vs. Jamahal Hill (Light Heavyweight Championship)
  • Zhang Weili vs. Yan Xiaonan (Women’s Strawweight Championship)
  • Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway (Lightweight BMF Championship)
  • Charles Oliveira vs. Arman Tsarukyan (Lightweight)
  • Bo Nickal vs. Cody Brundage (Middleweight)

Holly Holm vs. Kayla Harrison

Although this fight is not on the main card, it is a historic one and deserves to be examined. Kayla Harrison has long been considered the greatest female fighter not in the UFC, and now at UFC 300, we will finally see how good she really is. However, the UFC did not give Harrison an easy first fight. She will be facing former UFC champion Holly Holm in the octagon. Harrison is a two-time Judo Olympic gold medalist, and she has demonstrated that her Judo expertise makes her a formidable opponent in the cage. However, all of her previous wins have come outside the UFC against less competitive fighters.

This is the UFC, and she is fighting Holly Holm, who has shown in the past that Judo experts are not invincible. As evidenced in her fight against Ronda Rousey, Holm was able to use her reach and kicks to keep Rousey at bay and prevent her from getting a takedown. It will be interesting to see if Holm can do the same thing in this fight. Another factor to keep an eye on is Harrison’s weight cut. She has been fighting at 155 in most of her previous MMA fights, but for her UFC debut, she will be cutting down to 135. Harrison has stated that the weight cut is going well, but until the fighters step on the scale, no one truly knows for sure.

Predictions

I am buying the hype of Kayla Harrison. I think she is just to skilled. This is not the same Holy that fought Ronda all them years ago. I think Kayla can get the takedowns. Using her Judo background to lock a submission in and win by second round tap out. 

Bo Nickal vs. Cody Brundage

Bo Nickal came into the UFC with a lot of anticipation, much like Harrison. He had a remarkable wrestling career at Penn State, which added to his fame. Bo has lived up to all the expectations and exceeded them. He has won all his fights convincingly, with none of them going beyond the first round. He has never been in any danger during his fights. Even though Nickal has only fought five times, he has already become a rising star, and the UFC is committed to helping him achieve superstardom.

The UFC has faced some backlash for placing Nickal on the main card, considering the other famous fighters on the undercard. But, given his potential for superstardom, it is easy to understand why they have included him. The upcoming fight with Brundage is captivating because of Brundage’s wrestling background. It will be fascinating to see if Nickal is truly better than Brundage in wrestling and can take him down to the ground and win with ground and pound or submission. It is also possible that Brundage, with his wrestling background, will be able to match Nickal in the wrestling game and force a stand-up fight.

Prediction

Regardless of where this fight goes. I am buying the hype train.  I think Bo is a once in a lifetime fighter. Who will keep on trucking along with the last stop being the UFC title. I think Bo knows that the take downs won’t be easy to come by. Nickal will keep this fight on the feet and win by a tko. If I had to pick round, I would say early in round two. 

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Charles Oliveira vs. Arman Tsarukyan

 Charles Oliveira versus Arman Tsarukyan is a potential matchup that could electrify the lightweight division in mixed martial arts. Both fighters bring unique skills and styles to the octagon, promising a clash that would be both entertaining and technically complex. 

 Oliveira, known as “Do Bronx,” is a seasoned fighter with a well-rounded skill set. He’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist with dangerous submission abilities and holds the record for most submissions in the UFC. Oliveira’s striking has also improved significantly over the years, making him a threat both on the ground and on his feet. His experience and versatility make him a formidable opponent for any fighter in the division. 

 On the other hand, Arman Tsarukyan is a rising star in the lightweight division. He is known for his wrestling prowess and grappling skills, which could challenge Oliveira’s ground game. Tsarukyan also possesses strong striking abilities, showcasing his all-around talent in the octagon. His speed, strength, and relentless pressure can put his opponents on the back foot. 

 This  fight between Oliveira and Tsarukyan will be a thrilling contest between a seasoned veteran and a hungry up-and-comer. Oliveira’s experience and submissions could counter Tsarukyan’s grappling and striking, while Tsarukyan’s youth and athleticism might challenge Oliveira’s versatility.

Predictions

Oliveira has a tendency to get rocked and dropped in many of his fights. He always manages to recover and win the fight. However, Tsarukyan is a highly skilled fighter who may not fear being in Oliveira’s guard. I am not sure if Charles will have a chance to recover as he does in other fights because most fighters avoid being caught in Oliveira’s guard. Therefore, I am predicting Tsarukyan to win this fight.

Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway (BMF Championship)

The matchup between Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway for the BMF (Baddest Motherf**ker) title is a fan-favorite bout that promises fireworks from start to finish. Both fighters are known for their aggressive styles, exceptional striking, and willingness to stand and trade with their opponents, making this a fight that would be an absolute brawl.  

Justin Gaethje, known as “The Highlight,” has established himself as one of the most exciting fighters in the lightweight division. His relentless pressure, powerful punches, and devastating leg kicks make him a force to be reckoned with. Gaethje has proven time and again that he’s willing to take risks and engage in high-paced, action-packed fights.  

On the other hand, Max Holloway, known as “Blessed,” is one of the most skilled featherweights in MMA history. Holloway’s technical striking, exceptional cardio, and ability to adapt in fights have made him a dominant force in his division. He brings a high-volume striking style and an iron chin that allows him to absorb punishment and keep pushing forward. 

 The  fight between Gaethje and Holloway is a true clash of striking titans. Both fighters excel in striking exchanges, and their willingness to stand and trade could lead to an epic showdown. The BMF title, known for showcasing fighters who embody toughness, grit, and exciting fighting styles, will add an extra layer of prestige and anticipation to the bout.  

Prediction

The fight will be a stand-up war, with both fighters testing each other’s striking skills and resilience. Fans can expect non-stop action, intense exchanges, and potentially a Fight of the Year contender. This matchup will be one that the MMA community eagerly looks forward to, as it has all the ingredients for an unforgettable showdown. I think because Max is moving up a class to take this fight. Justin will just be too strong for Max and win a decision. 

Zhang Weili vs. Yan Xiaonan ( Strawweight Championship)

The matchup between Zhang Weili and Yan Xiaonan for the strawweight championship is a significant and exciting fight in the world of women’s mixed martial arts. Not only does this fight represent a battle for the title, but it also showcases two top fighters from China facing off in what could be a historic moment for Chinese MMA. 

Zhang Weili, known as “Magnum,” is known for her explosive striking, grappling prowess, and relentless pace. She made history as the first Chinese UFC champion and has continued to impress with her all-around skill set. Weili’s strength and technical abilities make her a formidable opponent for anyone in the division.  

Yan Xiaonan, known as “Fury,” is a rising star in the strawweight division. She brings an aggressive striking style and a well-rounded game to the octagon. Yan’s speed, precision, and high output have earned her a reputation as a dangerous fighter. A matchup against Weili would be the ultimate test of Yan’s abilities and a chance for her to prove herself on the biggest stage. 

Prediction

This fight would be significant for Chinese MMA, as it would feature two of the country’s top fighters competing for a UFC championship. It is a proud moment for fans in China and a showcase of the talent and potential that the country has produced in the sport. 

 In terms of the fight itself, fans can expect a high-paced and technical battle. Weili’s power and experience could pose challenges for Yan, while Yan’s precision and speed could test Weili’s defense. The clash of styles and the stakes of the strawweight championship would make this a must-watch fight. I thin Weilli is just to strong for Yan and will end up winning this fight by tko in the 3rd round. 

Alex Pereira vs. Jamahal Hill (Light Heavyweight Championship)

The matchup between Alex Pereira and Jamahal Hill for the light heavyweight championship is a highly anticipated and explosive fight in the world of mixed martial arts. Both fighters possess exceptional striking abilities and knockout power, making this a matchup that promises fireworks from the opening bell.  

Alex Pereira, a former kickboxing world champion, has transitioned seamlessly into MMA and has quickly made a name for himself in the light heavyweight division. Known for his devastating striking and knockout prowess, Pereira has demonstrated his ability to finish fights in spectacular fashion. His combination of precision, power, and aggression makes him a formidable threat to anyone in the division. 

 Jamahal Hill, on the other hand, is a rising star in the light heavyweight division known for his dynamic striking and athleticism. With a background in kickboxing and boxing, Hill possesses sharp and technical striking skills, coupled with impressive speed and agility. He has showcased his knockout power in several of his UFC outings, earning him a reputation as a dangerous finisher.  

The matchup between Pereira and Hill will be a clash of styles, with both fighters likely looking to keep the fight standing and exchange strikes. Pereira’s kickboxing background and devastating power will test Hill’s defensive skills and durability, while Hill’s speed and athleticism could pose challenges for Pereira.  

Prediction

The stakes are high in this matchup, with the light heavyweight championship on the line. Fans can expect an action-packed fight with both fighters going all out to secure victory and claim the title. With their explosive striking abilities and knockout potential, Pereira vs. Hill has all the makings of an unforgettable championship bout. If I had to predict this match I think Pereira is just to strong and puts Hills lights out in the 3rd.

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Joey Wood

Joe Wood was born and raised in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia. A dedicated father of 2, a boy and a girl. Who is a lifelong Philadelphia 4 for 4-er. Joe found a passion for Professional wrestling from a young age thanks to his father, who took him to live events. Currently, Joe is studying at Full Sail University to achieve his bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and media. Once completed, he hopes to be able to cover sports full-time.

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