This Sunday night/Monday morning sees the UFC Fight Night 88 embark to the wonderful Las Vegas, Nevada. Fight tipster Will Burns looks to a few fights to make a profit this Bank Holiday weekend including a Banker Treble.
Sunday 28th May 2016
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 88
Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV.
SARA MCMANN (8-3) vs. JESSICA EYE (11-4-1)
(Women’s Bantamweight Division)
After earning a title shot against Ronda Rousey, Sara McMann has suffered defeats since rising to the heights of the division. McMann, an Olympic Silver Medallist for Freestyle Wrestling, lasted just over a minute with the then-champ and has fell to a 1-3 record since, including two stoppages.
Her opponent on Sunday, Jessica Eye is also 1-3 (with one no-contest) in her last five fights and has struggled to overcome her persistent size disadvantage. Unless, McMann tires herself out going for an early stoppage, I cannot see Eye overcoming 15 minutes of wrestling and takedowns and therefore I see the former Olympian winning by a unanimous decision come the final bell.
ERIK KOCH (14-4) vs. SHANE CAMPBELL (12-4)
Eric Koch has been missing for the last two years with many questions over his head. After such significant time off, one has to wonder whether Koch can been seen as a threat in this contest, up against a strong striker in Shane Campbell. The last time Koch was in the Octagon, he was handed a first round knockout to an average fighter in Daron Cruickshank, who really exposed the chin of
Campbell has a tremendous kickboxing background with a 62-9 record before moving full-time into MMA. Campbell fills in for Joe Proctor who pulled out of the contest on April 21st due to injury, however even with a five week camp, I still see Campbell coming out on top
JOSH BURKMAN (28-12-1) vs. PAUL FELDER (11-2)
Veteran fighter Josh Burkman, now 35 years old, returns to the cage after being last seen with his hand raised with a decision win over K.J. Noons back in February. Dong Hyun Kim and Patrick Cote easily blew out Burkham prior to the Noons fight, where Burkham chose to take down Kim which was a big mistake. Against Cote, he decided to stand-up, which again was a big mistake. Strange decisions which ultimately cost Burkham both fights.
Possibly a tad overrated, Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder had his bubble burst after dropping two straight fights to Edson Barboza and Ross Pearson. Working in his favour is the fact that neither loss was truly one-sided and he has since got back into the win column at the expense of a wilted Daron Cruickshank.
Felder has good power in his strikes and even though Burkman is far more experienced with over forty fights under his belt, I believe he is on a downward spiral and the odds back that up. Felder should win here and I cannot see it going the distance.
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Paul Felder to win (1.33)
Shane Campbell to win (1.61)
Sara McMann to win (1.62)