UFC Fight Night 87 takes place at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The main event features a heavyweight showdown between Jackson-Wink MMA teammates, Alistair Overeem and former UFC Champion Andrei Arlovski. Overeem comes into the fight on a three fight winning streak including a very impressive knockout of former UFC Champion Junior Dos Santos back in December. On the other hand, Arlovski comes in looking to get back into title contention after a disappointing loss to Stipe Miocic. As in any heavyweight fight, one well placed punch can end it. That being said, I think Overeem has more ways in which he can win this fight. I don't think it's going to be easy because Arlovski is super athletic and still moves extremely well. I don't see the fight going past the third round.
We stay in the heavyweight division for the co-main event as Stefan Struve takes on Antonio Silva. Both fighters come into Sunday’s fight needing a win. But, even with a win neither fighter is anywhere near a title fight. In fact, the loser stands a good chance of fighting for Bellator his next time in the octagon. Silva’s best chance of winning is getting a stoppage within the first two rounds. The longer the fight goes on, the better Struve’s chances are of winning. I see Silva getting the better of Struve early, then Struve taking over in the later rounds earning the decision.
The rest of the main card features a splendid welterweight match-up between Albert Tumenov and Gunnar Nelson in what should be the best fight on the main card, light heavyweights Nikita Krylov vs. Francimar Barroso, Germaine de Randamie vs. Anna Elmose in a bantamweight showdown and strawweights Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Heather Jo Clark.
Onto the predictions.
Alistair Overeem (40-14) vs. Andrei Arlovski (25-11) Current Line: Overeem -225, Arlovski +185 Pick: Overeem by TKO
Antonio Silva (19-8) vs. Stefan Struve (30-8) Current Line: Struve -225, Silva +185 Pick: Struve by decision
Albert Tumenov (17-2) vs. Gunnar Nelson (14-2-1) Current Line: Tumenov -175, Nelson +145 Pick: Tumenov by decision
Germaine de Randamie (5-3) vs. Anna Elmose (3-0) Current Line: de Randamie -365, Elmose +300 Pick: de Randamie by decision
Nikita Krylov (19-4) vs. Francimar Barroso (18-4) Current Line: Krylov -200, Barroso ++160 Pick: Krylov by TKO
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (8-0) vs. Heather Jo Clark (7-4) Current Line: Kowalkiewicz -270, Clark +210 Pick: Kowalkiewicz by decision
Enjoy the fights!
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