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UFC 185: Pettis vs. Dos Anjos (Welcome to the Show) Preview and Fight Predictions

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UFC 185 is going down live on pay-per-view this Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Dallas, Texas at 10PM/7PM ETPT. What an incredibly stacked card! In the main event, lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (18-2-0) looks to defend his belt for a second time against a ferocious challenger, Rafael dos Anjos (23-7-0) who downed a former champion, Benson Henderson just 3 months ago. Bendo has never been knocked out in his career prior to his fight with dos Anjos. With his confidence to the max, toppled with an amazing skill-set, dos Anjos may very well have what it takes to dethrone the champ. On the other hand, Pettis has been nothing but dominant in his last few fights, finishing all his opponents. He's healthy and he's looking to steal the show once again. Pettis is a flashy finisher and that's why he's known as Showtime. I cannot wait to see this fight!

In the co-main event we have the newly crowned strawweight champion, Carla Esparza (11-2-0) battling against an undefeated challenger, Joanna Jedrzejczyk (8-0-0). With an excellent wrestling pedigree, Esparza looks to cement her name into the best pound-for-pound club. But, she has to beat Jedrzejczyk first. For Esparza, this marks her first ever title defense and it's against a technically well rounded fighter and a superior striker. Jedrzejczyk is a decorated and a former multiple time kickboxing champion and undefeated in her MMA career. It's quite possible that a new champion may emerge from this fight.


Lighweight Title Fight

C Anthony "Showtime" Pettis (18-2-0) vs. #1 Rafael dos Anjos (23-7-0)

Winner: Showtime via 3rd round TKO

Although dos Anjos posts credible threat, I believe a healthy Pettis will be hard to beat. It's showtime!

Strawweight Title Fight

C Carla "Cookie Monster" Esparza (11-2-0) vs. #1 Joanna Jedrzejczyk (8-0-0)

Winner: Jedrzejczyk via 3rd round TKO

Esparza's strategy coming in to this fight is fairly obvious, take Jedrzejczyk to the ground and keep her there. If Jedrzejczyk really have a solid TDD, she wins the fight with her powerful stand up.

Welterweight Fight

#1 Johny "Big Rigg" Hendricks (16-3-0) vs. #5 Matt "The Immortal" Brown (21-12-0)

Winner: The Immortal via 2rd round TKO

I am a big Matt Brown fan and after his close fight with now champion, Robbie Lawler, I believe he will come out guns blazin' to prove he's next in line for the belt. Hendricks is an elite wrestler with grenade fists. He can knock anybody out with one punch. If he utilizes his wrestling with his striking, he might win but I'm hoping Brown has improved his TDD and keep the fight standing for what could be the "Fight of the Night" or even the "Fight of the Year". This fight should've been the CO-MAIN EVENT.

Heavyweight Fight

#8 Roy "Big Country" Nelson (21-10-0) vs. #9 Alistair "The Reem" Overeem (38-14-0, 1NC)

Winner: Big Country via 1st round Fatality

Roy Nelson will throw his signature overhand right and it's lights out for Overeem, and possibly a pink slip as well.

Flyweight Fight

#10 Chris "Kamikaze" Cariaso (17-6-0) vs. Henry Cejudo

Winner: Kamikaze via decision

After failing to capture the bantamweight title from T. J. Dillashaw, Cariaso looks to bounce right back to contender status In the flyweight division.

Check back here after the event for complete results. 

BY: Jovanni Febrero

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