Jones is too big for Cormier, in my opinion. Rumble and Gustafsson is a great fight, I think Gus beats Johnson to get that Jones rematch. Rashad Evans is still made of glass and I think he is a bit undersized for light heavyweight. Jimi Manuwa remains a great prospect.
I'm not so sure if size would be the big issue with Cormier, since he tore through Bigfoot and Barnett. Jones does utilize his reach brilliantly though, much better than Bigfoot and Barnett, forcing wrestlers to shoot well outside ideal range. Plus his own wrestling base will probably help defend against takedowns a bit. It'll be interesting to see if Cormier can get on the inside. I am hoping Cormier pulls out the win, though I do agree and see Jones getting the W. I'd like to see the Gustafsson/Jones rematch. The first was such a great fight. I want to see Alexander become champ.
Pulling for Belfort to beat Weidman, just to shake things up. Always been a fan of Vitor, even if he is a drug cheat. Rockhold is a fantastic fighter, and so is Jacare. Yoel Romero is interesting but will fall to the better fighters, Thales Leites is making a great comeback. Mousasi will forever be in top ten limbo, if only he could put his talent together. Of course, there is the return of Anderson Silva. Bisping is done.
Gotta say, MW is stacked as ****. I'm a big big fan of Mousasi. It's a shame he hasn't had too much success lately. I also pull for Rockhold most of the time too. This title fight wait has been way too long. Injuries suck.
I think Hendricks beats Lawler again, Rory Mac will end up champ eventually I think, depending on when GSP returns. I like Condit in that divison, Hector Lombard is a threat too. Demian Maia and Matt Brown remain interesting contenders. Woodley and Kim will remain at the edge of the top 10. Watch out for the return of Thiago Alves and the second rise of Rick Story.
Okay, WW is very stacked too. Lombard is a scary dude. I want to see him get a title shot. I think Hendricks would be able to beat him though, and yeah I see Hendricks beating Lawler again too. I also agree with Rory becoming champion some day. He's amazing. Been a fan ever since I saw him ragdoll Nate Diaz. That was fun to see. I'd like to see him fight Nick and do the same thing to him.
I believe Melendez will beat Petis to win the lightweight belt, he has that wrestling/grinding style that is Petis' kryptonite. Jury beats Cerrone, and Dos Anjos takes out Diaz, letting Khabib challenge for the lightweight belt next. Barboza would be in the title picture if the guy didn't have such a questionable chin, his defence is poor but his striking output is phenomenal. Not decided on the outcome of Alvarez and Benson yet.
I don't really think the grinding style is Pettis' complete kryptonite. He's had a bit of trouble with it, but he's beaten Bendo twice, and will probably be training for it and expecting it against Melendez. I'm guessing he got a bit of a rude awakening from that Guida fight. I think the biggest issue for Pettis is potential ring rust since he has been out for a decent amount of time. Though, he could just pull a Cruz and not look rusty at all.
Jose Aldo proved he is an absolute machine gun with his fight with Mendes. He beats Edgar in a rematch, even though Frankie looked outstanding against Cub Swanson. Conor Mcgregor walks through Siver and gets the title fight ahea of Edgar, I think. Aldo vs Conor would be an interesting fight, the tight Muay Thai of Aldo vs the free flowing movement of Conor would be fun to watch. I'd cross my fingers for Aldo to fall to that left hook.
I've really liked Aldo for quite a while, and really don't want to see him lose. He's the last remaining Brazilian champ. Dem legkicks. I'm not big on Conor at all. He's got so much hype behind him and I think he comes off as rather abrasive. I don't really want to have fighters out of ring personality affect my views on them though. I wanna see how he does against the cream of the crop of FW.
Dominick Cruz will regain his belt over TJ, Cruz is severely underrated. Looking foward to Michael MacDonalds return, and Renan Barao's future fight. Raphael Assuncao will surprise a few people at 145lbs.
Barao/Cruz, Barao/Dillashaw 2 and Dillashaw/Cruz are the only fights I'm really interested in at BW. Out of the 3, I'm the biggest fan of Barao and hope he gets those 2 matches and wins. The movement of Dillashaw really gave him trouble, so I'm going to say Cruz will also be too good for him. I think we'll be in for quite a wild ride with this TJ vs Cruz fight.