Thursday January 1, 2015- The UFC will be starting off the new year with a bang. UFC 182 is going to be a fight card the fans will be talking about. Below we have the main card analys, predictions and extended video preview for this epic night. This is a fight MMA fans have been wanting for months.
UFC 182 takes place Jan. 3 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The co-main event includes lightweight weight bout between Donald Cerrone and Myles Jury. And here we go……
1st fight: Lombard vs Burkman (welterweight bout)
Burkman vs. Lombard: Burkman needs to remain low and use his foot-work and head movement to avoid the constant pressure and aggression Lombard brings. Burkman also need to use his straight punches to catch Lombard first and move out-of-the-way.
Lombard vs. Burkman: Lombard needs to use his constant pressure and head movement to get inside and land counter punches, use the clinch and score.
Prediction: lombard via TKO.
2nd fight: Horiguchi vs Gaudinot (flyweight bout)
Man am I excited for this one!
Horiguchi vs. Gaudinot: Horiguchi has a scary pace that he uses and has excellent timing with his counters. His key to this fight is to remain a little more technical and setup his combinations and counters while maintaining a high energetic pace.
Gaudinot vs. Horiguchi: Gaudinot needs to use his tools and mix it up, using his leg kicks, his clinch and takedowns. Gaudinots key to win the fight is to make Horiguchi grind and keep him guessing.
3rd fight: Tavares vs. Marquardt (middle weight bout)
Tavares vs. Marquardt: Tavares needs to be more technical for this fight and mix it up, use his footwork to avoid getting to the ground and also find different angles.
Marquardt vs. Tavares: Marquardt key to success is to take control the center of the octagon and use his wrestling base, get Tavares to the ground and use his ground and pound.
Tavares via tko.
Co-main event: Cerrone vs Jury (lightweight bout)
Cerrone vs. Jury: Cerrone as we all know will set up his combinations with his punches and also use his muay-thai. Instead of trying to wait for his opponent, Cerrone needs to pressure and use the jab to set up and score.
Jury vs. Cerrone: Jury needs to stay active and mix it up, maintain a good pace and keep Cerrone guessing.
Jury via decision.
Main event: Jones vs. Cormier
Jones vs. Cormier: Jones will use his reach and keep Cormier on the outside and use his creativity and disable Cormier from getting a good feel in the fight.
Cormier vs. Jones: Cormier will remain patient and let Jones come first he will use head movement and leg kicks to score and move. Cormier will wait and counter to move inside to either strike or take Jones down. Another key for Cormier success is to not let Jones breath on the ground overwhelm him with punches and use his ground and pound.
UFC 182: Extended Preview
(Video Courtesy of the UFC)
By: Danny Pena