The UFC has packed up the Octagon and headed north to Toronto, Canada, which is where UFC 206 will take place this coming Saturday, December 10. A little bit of the shine has been taken off this one with Daniel Cormier pulling out through injury, but there are still plenty of fights to keep UFC fans happy. Let’s do a quick breakdown of the fights on the main card, whilst also making predictions for each.
A Closer Look At The UFC 206 Main Card Betting Predictions
Nikita Krylov (21-4), Misha Cirkunov (12-2)
A light heavyweight bout that is guaranteed to deliver some sparks. These are two guys who are all-action, and I would be stunned if this fight went the distance. Both guys can finish the bout off on the mat or on their feet, and they are both very evenly matched. Give the edge to Misha Cirkunov, winning it in the 4th.
Cub Swanson (23-7), Dooho Choi (14-1)
Swanson is on the comeback trail after losing two in a row at the hands of Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar. He is in for a tough one against Choi, a young fighter on the rise who could well crack the top 10 with a win here. This is another bout that promises a lot of action, and I believe that Choi will get the win with a TKO.
Donald Cerrone (31-7 (1)), Matt Brown (20-15)
This is a fight featuring a pair of guys at very different stages in their careers. Cerrone is hot right now, and is probably just 2 or 3 more wins away from a title shot in the Welterweight division. Brown, on the other hand, has seen his career start to slide, losing 4 of his last 5. This looks like a bit of a mismatch, and I like Cerrone to get the job done in the early rounds.
Rashad Evans (19-5-1), Tim Kennedy (18-5)
This is a Middleweight bout that was originally slated to be on the UFC 205 card, but which was mysteriously cancelled just days before the event. It’s on now, though, and Kennedy will be looking for a way back after losing 4 of his last 6. Tim Kennedy has had issues with the UFC brass and has fought sparingly over the last couple of years. This is likely to go the distance, and I think Kennedy will shake off some early rust to get the win.
Max Holloway (16-3), Anthony Pettis (19-5)
With the cancellation of the Cormier/Johnson bout, this one moves to the headliner spot on the card. Holloway did not get off to a particularly auspicious start in the UFC, but he is coming into this fight riding an astonishing 9-fight winning streak. He has a tough one on Saturday against Pettis, a former champion in the Lightweight division. Pettis bounced back with a win over Charles Oliveira in his last fight, and could jump right into featherweight title contention with a win here. The smart money would be on Holloway in this one, but Pettis is a fighter that should never be overlooked.