This weekend the UFC will once again hold a home show in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA) on “UFC APEX”. In the card we will see some interesting matches, including an intriguing battle between the two heavyweights of the top 10 and the comeback of the former champion of UFC.
In the co-main fight of the evening former UFC Middleweight champion Weidman will return to the home category after an unsuccessful debut in the light heavyweight division, meeting with Akhmedov.
Seven years ago, Weidman ousted the legendary champion of UFC Anderson Silva, then spent two defenses of the belt, after which his career went sharply down. Over the past five years he has lost 5 (all KO/TKO) of the 6 fights. In October at the UFC on ESPN 6 Wideman climbed to light heavyweight and was quickly knocked out Dominic Reyes.
Akhmedov is a strong fighter, but not elite level. In the UFC his record is 8-3-1, but only one of his victories in the octagon was won by a real finish. The last four years, Akhmedov lost, last year he scored wins unanimous decision over Tim Bochum, Zack Cummins and Jan Chinese.
Forecast for battle
After losing Reyes, many believed that Weidman should hang up the gloves, as alleged in his gas tank was nothing left. But he is still one of the best wrestlers in the division, at least, the earlier it is dangerous for its submitname from mount. Uaydman good Boxing skills and powerful punches, and he skillfully uses his tall rack. However, its durability is poor.
Akhmedov is probably the weakest opponent of Weidman since 2011. Is a fighter with good cardio that comes forward with punches and tries to strike the opponent damage in the clinch or on the ground. But from the point of view of skill Ahmedov plays the ex-champion of UFC.
If Weidman won’t miss anything serious, it can record in the asset comfortable victory.
Victory for Weidman on points
Derrick Lewis – Alexey Oleinik
Omari Akhmedov – Chris Weidman
Poppies Picolo – Darren Stuart
Yana Kunitskaya – Julia Stoliarenko
Beneil Dariusz – Scott Holtzman
Tim Means – Laureano Staropoli
Kevin Holland – Joaquin Buckley
Nasrat Haghparast – Alex Muñoz
Andrew Sanchez Wellington Turman
Gavin Tucker – Justin Janes
Youssef Zalal – Peter Barrett
Irvin Rivera – Ali Al-Qais