I hope you’re a fan of women in the UFC. If not, you’re not going to be pleased with the UFC 184 main card on PPV. The main event and co-main event will both feature women. UFC 184 is tomorrow night and will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Ronda Rousey is fighting Cat Zingano in the main event for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title. Holly Holm will make her debut in the UFC as well. Holm couldn’t be hyped up anymore than she has and now it’s time for her to show the world her talents.
UFC 184 Main Event Predictions
- Ronda Rousey (10-0) –850 vs. Cat Zingano (9-0) +575
I have no doubt that Rousey will win this fight, but at –850 odds I’m not going to bet her on the money line. Zingano is a tank with a lot of power behind her strikes, but she lacks the speed to keep up with Rousey in the cage and that’ll prove to be her downfall.
Rousey has worked on her striking a lot and she won her last two fights by knockout. Rousey is a submission specialist, but she has proven she can win with power as well. I’m not betting on the method of victory, but I’ll be on Rousey to win in R1 at –125 odds.
UFC 184 Main Card Predictions
- Holly Holm (7-0) –700 vs. Raquel Pennington (5-4) +500
Holm is expected to be the next challenger for Rousey, but she has to win her UFC debut. Holm has six wins by TKO/KO, but none of her wins stand out on her resume. Pennington is very tough with a solid chin and she has never been knocked out before.
Zingano is the only fighter to beat Pennington by stoppage (Sub). I expect that to change. I’m betting on under 2.5 rounds at +140 odds, as I expect Holm to get the knockout. She has to put on a show after being so hyped up and a decision win wouldn’t do that.
- Jake Ellenberger (29-9) –210 vs. Josh Koscheck (17-8) +175
This fight is tough to predict, but I’m going with the favorite. Both fighters have lost three fights in a row, but all of the losses came against top competition. Koscheck hasn’t fought in over a year due to injury and there’s no doubt he’ll show some cage rust.
I hate betting against Koscheck because he always gives it 100%, but he’s now 37 years old. That’s old for a UFC fighter and I don’t think he has many fights left. Ellenberger still has a lot of power and Koscheck’s chin is weak, plus Koscheck won’t land any TD’s.
- Alan Jouban (10-3) –450 vs. Richard Walsh (8-2) +360
Both of these guys are 1-1 in the UFC. Jouban looked bad in his last fight against Warlley Alves. Walsh lost to Kunimoto last time out, but only by split decision. I’m betting on the underdog to win for a ½ unit, as I can’t believe that Jouban is such a huge favorite.
Walsh has averaged 0.75 TD’s per round and Jouban hasn’t shown us good TDD. Both fighters are accurate strikers that land a lot of shots, but Walsh would be smart to try and mix things up and take this fight to the ground. Walsh is definitely a live underdog.
- Tony Ferguson (17-3) –255 vs. Gleison Tibau (33-10) +215
Ferguson is my best bet on the card. Tibau is always tough to beat because he can go full speed for the full three rounds. The main problem with Tibau is that he doesn’t finish fights and he has been KO’ed three times, including once at the end of 2013.
I’ve been really impressed with Ferguson lately, as he has finished three of his last four opponents. He can win with power or by tapping out his opponent. Ferguson will have a 5’’ reach advantage and I’ll be betting on him to win by TKO/KO at +275 odds.