The UFC is moving off of Fight Island and heading back to Vegas for UFC Vegas 18.
This fight night card is a deep one. UFC Vegas 18 features Overeem/Volkov, Sandhagen/Edger, Pantoja/Kape, Johnson/Guida, and many more great fights.
UFC Vegas 18: Main Event
The main event will feature Alistair Overeem versus Alexander Volkov. Volkov comes in as the favorite, but you can never count out Overeem who is on a two-fight win streak, with his last two victories coming by TKO. Overeem has accomplished almost everything in his MMA career except for the biggest prize: A UFC belt. A loss to Volkov would be a career-changing setback, as the 40-year-old is running out of time.
What a career! Will it end with a title for @AlistairOvereem? 🏆
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) February 4, 2021
Overeem faces Volkov who is coming off a second-round TKO victory of Walt Harris. Walt Harris met the exact same fate when he was the first victim in Overeem’s two-fight win streak. This is Overeem’s final run at the title and Volkov is looking to turn this play into a tragedy. Volkov is likely two wins away from fighting for a UFC title. Also, with a win over Overeem, he could get a rematch to get back one of his losses to Derrick Lewis or Curtis Blaydes.
This one is a toss-up and likely will not go the distance.
UFC Vegas 18: Co-Main Event
The co-main event is Cody Sandhagen versus Frankie Edger. Edger is looking to prove he still belongs in title contention versus Sandhagen, who is the number two contender in the bantamweight division. Fight fans have been calling for Edger to move down to bantamweight his entire career and he is now 1-0 in the division. As well as that, he is the fourth-ranked fighter in the division. Edger has spent his career in the lightweight and featherweight division and is a former UFC lightweight champion. His next task is the bantamweight crown.
Frankie Edgar has never shied away from a challenge, no matter the size.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) February 4, 2021
Sandhagen is looking to spoil the last chapter of Edger’s historic career. Cory “Sandman” Sandhagen has won six of his seven-fights in the UFC octagon. Sandhagen’s only loss was to the number one contender in the division Aljamain Sterling. “Sandman” can win fights in all different kinds of ways whether it be KO, submission, or decision. He will look to have an answer for “The Answer” Frankie Edger.
Sandhagen is a fairly large favorite over Edger and my prediction is he gets this one done by decision.
Alexandre Pantoja will welcome Manel Kape to the octagon for his debut fight in the UFC. Kape is coming over from Rizin off a three-fight win streak with all the fights being stopped in the second round via TKO or KO. Kape is 15-4 with nine wins by knockouts, five wins by submission, and one decision victory.
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Pantoja is very skilled on the ground and has eight wins by submission. With his 22-5 record, he also has eight knockouts and has never been knocked out or submitted. Pantoja is an incredibly difficult first opponent for Kape that has two losses by decision and two by submission.
My prediction is Pantoja hands Kape his third career loss by way of submission.
Micheal Johnson versus Clay Guida does not really excite you if you are just looking at their recent records. However, this is a great fight. Johnson is on a three-fight losing streak. Additionally, Guida is on a two-fight losing streak of his own. What makes this fight exciting is the power of Johnson and the history of Guida.
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Johnson is one of, if not, the only fighter to really hurt Khabib Nurmagomedov in the octagon. Guida is a legend in the sport and this will be his 30th trip to the octagon. At 39-years-old, Guida claims he is in the best shape of his life. Guida is a pioneer and legend of the sport. He has fought the best of the best earning love from fight fans around the world. In addition, Micheal Johnson does not have boring fights and neither does Guida. Without a doubt, these two men will be looking to put on a show.
The oddsmakers are picking Johnson and I have to agree with them. This bout should be a fun fight to watch. We at Tarps Off can’t wait for UFC Vegas 18.
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