segunda-feira, 29 de maio de 2017

UFC 212 - Vitor Belfort vs Nate Marquardt - Predictions


[#11] Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort (25-13) vs [#+15] Nate "The Great" Marquardt (35-17)

Vitor Belfort and Nate Marquardt. The two have already been big names in the middleweight division. Today, they live their worst moments. Vitor Belfort went into decline in the UFC after the use of TRT was banned. This was visible in the Brazilian's shape. Belfort has lost four of his last five fights. Marquardt started to have poor results when he traded the UFC for Strikeforce. Marquardt has lost seven of his last ten fights. Most of those fights by knockouts in the first two rounds.

This is the last fight of Vitor Belfort in the UFC. A fight in Brazil. In Rio de Janeiro. It's the end he wanted. He certainly chose this fight against Marquardt. He could have picked some inexperienced fighter, but he did not want to. He wanted someone with a story. Someone great. Someone was a challenge to him. Someone who could give him a good fight. The final battle. Someone who could easily be knocked out by the strong hands of the phenomenon.

I know it's hard to bet on Vitor Belfort. I know he lives the worst moment of his twenty plus year career. But the scenario is all set for a Brazilian victory. A beautiful victory. An expetacular knockout. He does not want to say goodbye to Brazil with a defeat. He does not want to say goodbye to the UFC being knocked out. He wants to repeat the moment he had against Wanderlei Silva. He will knock out Marquardt not only with his hand, but with the hand of all the fans.

Most likely this fight will end in the first round. Both have a very heavy hand and a very light chin. Any displacement of air near the chin of one of the two and finished. Still, Belfort has managed to keep that initial blast in the fights. He's tired two minutes after he blows out, but I believe those two minutes will be enough to knock out the Marquardt.

The Brazilian did not have easy life in the last fights, since it caught two very fast fighters like Gastelum and Jacaré. This time he faced an extremely slow opponent. I think it's time for this explosion to really blow up the opponent and not the Brazilian himself.

I'm a big fan of Vitor Belfort. You can feel free not to follow me in this fight. But it's impossible not to bet on a win of it. I could bet on Belfort's victory by knockout. But the odds are so similar to that of simple victory that they make me think ... thinking that the Brazilian could make the night more special by using his Brazilian jiu-jitsu. That is why my bet will be on the simple victory of Vitor Belfort (1.74). In the victory of Brazil.

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