UFC Fight Night 147 Co-Main Event Breakdown: A Clash of Styles

Jason Paglia

Thursday, March 14, 2019 8:02 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019 8:02 PM UTC

The UFC rolls into London with a much better Main and Co-Main event then last weekend and plenty off opportunities for us to bank some units.

<p>The prodigal son returns as Darren Till takes on Jorge Masvidal in the Main event and a true clash of styles as Leon Edwards fights Gunnar Nelson in the Co-Main. Let’s get after it.</p><p><img alt src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/VlPUBorQieg/maxresdefault.jpg" style="width:600px;height:338px;" /></p><h2>LEON EDWARDS (16-3) vs GUNNAR NELSON (17-3-1)</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/fighting/int/ultimate-fighting-championship/gunnar-nelson-vs-leon-edwards-3740866/?mtid=126" target="_blank" title="Gunnar Nelson vs Leon Edwards">Saturday, March 16th, The 0</a><a href="http://www.oddsmarket.com/fighting/int/ultimate-fighting-championship/gunnar-nelson-vs-leon-edwards-3740866/?mtid=126" target="_blank" title="LEON EDWARDS vs GUNNAR NELSON">2 Arena, London</a></p><p>I often say in these articles that Styles make fights. There is no greater example then in this fight. Both Nelson and Edwards are legitimate top 10 fighters in the Welterweight division and deservedly so. Leon Edwards (currently ranked 10th) is on a six fight win streak and during that streak his striking has looked the part. Gunnar Nelson (currently ranked 13th) has won seven of his last ten fights all thanks to his world class submission skills. Seriously, Nelson’s BJJ is on another level. Whichever fighter wins Saturday, they will be knocking on the door of a future title shot and quite possibly the cusp of greatness.</p><h2>Leon Edwards</h2><p><strong>-PROS-</strong><br />• Superb Striking skills (both in and out of the clinch)<br />• Speed everywhere (hand / leg speed, muscle twitch memory)<br />• Footwork (Edwards ability to cut the angles in the Octagon are excellent and will cause issues for Nelson.)</p><p><strong>-CONS-</strong><br />• Grappling skills. (They are…..lacking)<br />• Pressure (Ordinarily and depending on the matchup this would be a PRO, but I think it could burn him here against a fighter that is excellent at takedowns during scrambles and even better at choking the last breath out of you.)</p><p>I like Leon Edwards a lot. He is a young stud that’s going to be hanging around the top ten of the welterweight division for a long time. His striking is excellent, When he can pick apart another striker whether he is pressuring or at range, that is when he is at his best. Look no further then the Donald Cerrone fight. He systematically broke down Cowboy and looked great doing it. If there was one critique in his striking game, it would be power. He is much more of a volume fighter that gets it done on the cards rather then a striker that puts you to sleep with a bomb. That could be an issue Saturday.</p><h2>Gunnar Nelson</h2><p><strong>PROS-</strong><br />• World Class grappling skills / takedowns ( There may be 2 or 3 fighters in the UFC that can roll on the mat like Nelson, but when you learn from Kavanaugh and Gracie.)<br />• Finisher. (If Gunnar Nelson gets you to the ground, you lose. He has ended just under 95% of his fights on the ground by submission or GnP.)<br />• Durability. (Why is he so good at taking opponents to the ground? Because he doesn’t care how hard or how many times you hit him on the way in. Fighters that have gotten the best of him in the Octagon have done so on the cards. It’s almost impossible to stop him.)<br />• Power. (For someone that is seriously lacking in the striking department, he has proven that he has very heavy hands. If he manages to hit you on the button you most likely fall. Other then that his overall striking game is a CON.)</p><p><strong>CONS</strong><br />• Striking skills. ( Other then having power in his hands, he is lacking in every other facet.)<br />• Footwork. (He has none.)<br />• Fatigue. (It doesn’t happen all the time, but occasionally Nelson fades late in fights.)</p><h2>THE PICK</h2><p><br />Initially I was going to pick the favorite and back Edwards here. He probably has more avenues to win this fight. If he can keep this fight standing he will win a boring decision, slowly picking Nelson apart. I would not begrudge anyone for taking a shot on Edwards as a small favorite, I almost did, but I asked myself… why Edwards is this small of a favorite off a six fight win streak? Then I went back and rewatched the Edwards / Usman fight. I understand that Usman is now the Welterweight champion but Usman took Edwards down at will in the 2nd and 3rd round of that fight. I think Nelson should be able to do the same. It takes one mistake and Edwards may get submitted. Nelson looked great in his first fight off the layoff against Cowboy Oliveira and should look even better now that that he has another fight under his belt. I think Gunny turns this into an ugly fight in which he either takes Edwards down round after round to a decision win or he does what he does best, puts Edwards to sleep. Give me the dog here.</p><p><strong>GUNNAR NELSON to win at 11/10 (2.10) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a></strong></p><h2><u><strong>Fight Night 147: Quick Hits</strong></u></h2><p><img alt src="https://ms.sbrfeeds.com/redirect-proxy/redirect/?url=http://wmmarankings.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/pjimage-23.jpg" style="width:600px;height:316px;" /></p><h2>PRISCILA CACHOEIRA (8-1) vs MOLLY MCCANN (7-2)</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/fighting/int/ultimate-fighting-championship/priscila-cachoeira-vs-molly-mc-cann-3740875/?mtid=126" target="_blank" title="Priscila Cachoeira vs Molly McCann">Saturday, 16th March, The O2 Arena, London</a></p><p><br />First off, that (8-1) record that Priscila Cachoeira sports is fugazi. She has fought one fight in the UFC and what Bullet Shevchenko did to here was ungodly. One of the worst beat downs any woman has ever take in the UFC. The only good thing I can say about Cachoeira is she is really good at getting punched in the face, and I guess durable. She hasn’t fought in 13 months so ring rust should be prevalent.<br /><br />Enter Molly McCann. The UFC is really trying to gift her a win here. Even though she is still a little green she is ten times the striker that Cachoeira is and I refuse to believe she is as bad as she was in her fight against Gillian Robertson. She should win this fight easily.<br /><br /><strong>THE PICK – Molly McCann to win at 10/21 (1.52) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a></strong></p><p><img alt src="https://usatmmajunkie.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/nad-narimani-ufc-fight-night-127-ceremonial-weigh-ins-1000x.jpg" style="width:600px;height:400px;" /></p><h2>MIKE GRUNDY (11-1) vs NAD NARIMANI (12-2)</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/fighting/int/ultimate-fighting-championship/nad-narimani-vs-mike-grundy-3740876/?mtid=126" target="_blank" title="Nad Narimani vs Mike Grundy">Saturday, 16th March, The 02 Arena, London</a><br /><br />Nad Narimani is an impressive 2-0 in his two fights thus far in the UFC beating a top prospect Khalid Taha and journeyman Anderson Dos Santos. He seems to have a limitless gas tank, and is solid both on the feet and the mat.<br />Mike Grundy has been dominant on the regional circuit and is currently on an eight fight win streak although he did drop a fight to the only future UFC competitor he ever fought in Damian Stasiak. I am interested to see how Grundy will do in the UFC. He does have the pedigree of strong wrestler and has fared well in some Shooto tournaments. The problem for me here is that Narimani has also shown a very strong ground game and he is a much better striker then Grundy. The only thing Narimani has to do is not leave his neck wide open in grappling scrambles because if he does , Grundy is good enough to take advantage of it. Short of that, Narimani should win this fight.<br /><br /><strong>THE PICK – Nad Narimani to win at 83/122 (1.68) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a></strong></p>
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