It is interesting to find the story lines for this event. Is this the UFC’s attempt to showcase their bantamweight champion Renan Barao, a talented and amazing mixed martial artist or will TJ Dillashaw finally be the fighter that brings gold home to Team Alpha Male?
In the co main event Daniel Cormier will look to continue his run to a UFC tittle shot. Will that happen, or will Dan Henderson and his overhand right hand live to fight again?
Here are main card predictions for UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw
Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw
As Joe Rogan likes to say, “this guy is a monster!” Fight fans will see that this Saturday at UFC 173. 2005 was the last time and only time Barao lost a fight. The only question concerning Barao is could he be a star in UFC?
While some people question Dillashaw’s rapid ascension into the position of title challenger, the TUF 14 finalist and Team Alpha Male member has shown steady improvement over the course of his UFC career and he has a mean streak that is notable among his usually laid-back teammates from the Golden State.
This fight is intriguing and will be exciting but the streak for Barao will continue. Ufortunatly for Dillashaw and his teammates so will the streak of losing tittle fights. Barao stops Dillashaw in round two
Cormier has wants to stay busy during his campaign for a shot at Jon Jones despite having yet to defeat a top contender in the Light Heavyweight Division. However this fight still provides an opportunity for Cormier to cement himself as a championship contender in the light heavyweight division. For Dan Henderson he is in the role of spoiler. Can he show fans that Randy Couture isn’t the only one that can make a run at the title into his 40s?
Father time and Daniel Cormier will make it hard for Henderson and that will show on Saturday. Cormier defeats Henderson TKO 3rd round.
Lawler is wasting little time getting back into the fray following his championship loss to Johny Hendricks back in March, jumping at the opportunity to return to the Octagon and start another climb towards the top in a tough pairing with Ellenberger this Memorial Day Weekend.
Ellenberger is competing for the first time since last summer’s loss to Rory MacDonald. Now Ellenberger has the opportunity to erase the memories of his anti-climactic showing in Seattle with a win over the recent title challenger Lawler.
Lawler defeats Ellenberger in a decision and will land a marquee matchup up to close out 2014.
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