FanPost

TUF finale main card breakdown and predictions

This Wednesday the Welterweight and Middleweight TUF nations’ season winners will be decided on Fox Sports 1. Sheldon Westcott, Elias Theodorou, Chad Laprise, and Olivier Aubin-Mercier all fought their way through the TUF tournament and secured their spots in the finale. In the main event Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy will throw down after lots of trash talk from both sides. The TUF coaches, Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke, will fill the co-main event slot. Breakdown time!


Dustin Poirer vs Akira Corassani

Poirer is coming off of his tko win over Diego Brandao, while Corassani is coming off of a win via DQ after taking an illegal knee to the face against Maximo Blanco. Corassani is taking the fight on short notice, which is not a good idea against a fighter such as Poirer. Poirer shouldn’t have any trouble with Corassani, it should go the same way Poirer’s last fight went.

Result: Poirer wins via 1st rnd tko


Chad Laprise vs Olivier Aubin-Mercier

Laprise brutally KO’d Kajan Johnson, while Aubin-Mercier choked out Richard Walsh. Laprise has more punching power than Aubin-Mercier but I give the edge in grappling to Aubin-Mercier. Laprise’s last KO is still stuck in my mind, so I’m gonna go with him on this one! Laprise becomes the Welterweight TUF Nations’ winner!

Result: Laprise wins via 2nd rnd tko


Elias Theodorou vs Sheldon Westcott

Theodorou won all his fights on TUF by unanimous decision, while Westcott won all of his by submission. Theodorou has a stifling top game and great takedowns. I don’t think Westcott will be able to catch him off his back, which is where he will be for the majority of this fight. Theodorou is your TUF Nations’ Middleweight winner!

Result: Theodorou wins via unanimous decision


Kyle Noke vs Patrick Cote

Both of the TUF Nations’ coaches are coming off of wins. Noke tko’d Charlie Brenneman, while Cote decisioned Bobby Voelker. I believe the edge in striking belongs to Cote while Noke has better takedowns. Cote should look to avoid the ground with Noke, while Noke should try and take it to the ground. I don’t think Cote will be able to avoid Noke’s takedowns, and on top of that Noke’s striking has looked sharp lately.

Result: Noke wins via unanimous decision


Michael Bisping vs Tim Kennedy

This battle of the trash talkers is your main event. Bisping is coming off a technical decision win against Alan Belcher, while Kennedy knocked out Rafael Natal in his last fight. Tim Kennedy should be looking for the takedown in this fight. If he can’t get the fight to the ground, Bisping will pick him apart. Kennedy has some power in his strikes but his technique is not on the same level as Bisping’s. Bisping also seems to fight better when he is fired up, and Kennedy definitely did a good job of annoying "The Count". After this fight Kennedy is going to wish he hadn’t talked so much.

Result: Bisping wins via unanimous decision



More from MMA Fighting

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker