UFC 250: Writers Picks

In my complete honest opinion, the greatest female mixed martial artist returns to the octagon this Saturday night in her quest to become the first fighter to have title defences in two different weight classes while still being in possession of the other. Amanda Nunes has the best body of work in all of women’s mixed martial arts, adding Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg to her portfolio of devastating ko’s, both inside the first minute of the first round.

Nunes’s opponent, Canada’s Felicia Spencer will look to showcase her heavily skilled grappling ability with the champion, and will face a tough task in doing so as Nunes has grown stronger with each bout. A tough fight for Spencer, but definitely a fight she has earned. Her sole career loss was to Cris Cyborg back in July of 2019.

Former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt returns to action for the first time in 15 months as he looks to jump up the bantamweight rankings and snap a three fight skid against Brazilian Raphael Assuncao. While staying in the bantamweight division, Aljamain Sterling and Cory Sandhagen will do battle to determine the next number one contender for the 135lbs strap, which was confirmed by UFC president Dana White, that the winner will meet the winner of Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo Jr. Opening the UFC 250 main card will be fan favorite ‘Suga’ Sean O’Malley, as he also looks to rise up the rankings against tough veteran Eddie Wineland.

Check out below what our writers have predicted for this weekends fights.

 

Jason Farrell (@JayFarrell_1)

Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Felicia Spencer – Nunes via. TKO, round 2

I feel like Spencer has all the tools to finish anyone who goes to the ground with her, but I feel like Nunes will more than make sure this bout stays on the feet. Although Nunes is excellent on the ground, she keeps this standing and finishes Spencer in the second round. And Still.

Raphael Assuncao vs. Cody Garbrandt – Garbrandt via. unanimous decision

This is make or break for Cody. He gave himself a lot of time to re-evaluate and sharpen his skills. The introduction of Mark Henry was a fantastic decision and I think we see a sharper Garbrandt with his hand raised.

Aljamain Sterling vs. Cory Sandhagen – Sandhagen via. unanimous decision

Neil Magny vs. Anthony Rocco Martin – Magny via. unanimous decision

Sean O’Malley vs. Eddie Wineland – O’Malley via. rear naked choke, round 2

 

Lance Carpenter (@outer_dork)

Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Felicia Spencer – Nunes via. unanimous decision

I cannot wait for this fight to hit the canvas. Both women are exceptional grapplers with Amanda carrying the power and speed at 145. Nunes will probably keep this one standing, and neutralize Spencer with top-pressure wrestling when she inevitably shoots. But Spencer has the potential to make this one very interesting on the floor.

Raphael Assuncao vs. Cody Garbrandt via. unanimous decision

I think a more patient, mature Cody Garbrandt shows up on Saturday after switching up his training and rediscovering a love for the sport. If he can avoid any wild exchanges and counterpunches from Assuncao, he lands the volume and the power over 15 minutes.

Aljamain Sterling vs. Cory Sandhagen – Sterling via. unanimous decision

Neil Magny vs. Anthony Rocco Martin – Magny via. TKO, round 2

Sean O’Malley vs. Eddie Wineland – O’Malley via. unanimous decision

 

Mitchell Ivy (@MitchellIvy_)

Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Felicia Spencer – Nunes via. TKO, round 3

This is a true David vs Goliath match up, no one is giving Spencer a chance – which almost makes me want to pick the Canadian to win – should Spencer win it would eclipse Holm beating Rousey as the greatest upset in MMA history, in my opinion. However, I feel the Lioness will be too strong on the night and we should enjoy this bout as it could be her last in a while, with the birth of her child in September.

Raphael Assuncao vs. Cody Garbrandt – Garbrandt via. TKO, round 2

Cody needs this win otherwise his future in the UFC will be questioned. The former Champion could push himself back into contention with a win at UFC 250 and I think he shall finally end that losing streak.

Aljamain Sterling vs. Cory Sandhagen – Sterling via. unanimous decision

Neil Magny vs. Anthony Rocco Martin – Magny via. unanimous decision

Sean O’Malley vs. Eddie Wineland – O’Malley via. TKO, Round 1

 

Reece Williams (@ReeceManUFC)

Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Felicia Spencer – Spencer via. split decision

I have a funny feeling that she will take it via split decision. I think the size will play a part as we get deep into the fight. Spencer will have to utilise her size on the ground, thats her best chance of winning.

Raphael Assuncao vs. Cody Garbrandt – Garbrandt via. unanimous decision

Working with Mark Henry will help him pick his shots better and therefore remove the emotive state that he gets into. I think Cody will be just too quick and precise for Raphael, especially later on in the fight

Aljamain Sterling vs. Cory Sandhagen – Sandhagen via. unanimous decision

Neil Magny vs. Anthony Rocco Martin – Magny via. unanimous decision

Sean O’Malley vs. Eddie Wineland – O’Malley via. TKO, round 2

 

Caoilte de Barra (@CaoiltedeBarra)

Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Felicia Spencer – Nunes via. KO, round 1

Spencer will try to use her distance early in round one, but I Nunes adjusting quickly and catching her in the first and ending it with a knockout.

Raphael Assuncao vs. Cody Garbrandt – Garbrandt via. KO, round 3

Garbrandt will start slow, find his rhythm, pick his shots and then blitz Assuncao. Cody will light him up and get his first win in four years.

Aljamain Sterling vs. Cory Sandhagen – Sandhagen via. unanimous decision

Neil Magny vs. Anthony Rocco Martin – Magny via. unanimous decision

Sean O’Malley vs. Eddie Wineland – O’Malley via. TKO, round 2

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