Here are my predictions for UFC 210. Card is subject to change so come back closer to the event for updated predictions.
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: Daniel Cormier (c) vs Anthony Johnson (#1)
This should be interesting. Johnson could easily get the KO, but if he doesn't catch Cormier, he'll probably lose. My heart says Johnson, but my head says Cormier.
PREDICTION: Anthony Johnson, 2nd round KO. I hope so.
MIDDLEWEIGHT: Chris Weidman (#4) vs Gegard Mousasi (#5)
I love Gegard Mousasi, so I hope I'm not just picking him because of that. Losing his last two fights might hurt Weidman coming into this, especially after Mousasi's incredible 2016.
PREDICTION: Gegard Mousasi, decision.
STRAWWEIGHT: Cynthia Calvillo vs Pearl Gonzalez
Is this really going to be this high on the card?
PREDICTION: Cynthia Calvillo, 2nd round KO.
WELTERWEIGHT: Thiago Alves vs Patrick Cote
I really have no idea for this fight.
PREDICTION: Patrick Cote, decision.
LIGHTWEIGHT: Charles Oliveira (#9) vs Will Brooks
I like both of these guys and I'm struggling to make a pick. I think we'll get a finish though.
PREDICTION: Will Brooks, 3rd round KO. Unless Oliveira gets it to the ground, then he wins.
FEATHERWEIGHT: Myles Jury vs Mike de la Torre
On paper, this is Jury's to lose.
PREDICTION: Myles Jury, 2nd round KO.
WELTERWEIGHT: Kamaru Usman (#11) vs Sean Strickland
Why is Sean Strickland not ranked? I think he gets a good win here.
PREDICTION: Sean Strickland, 3rd round submission.
FEATHERWEIGHT: Shane Burgos vs Charles Rosa
8-0 and 11-2 are both decent records. I think I'll stick to my undefeated fighters for this pick, though.
PREDICTION: Shane Burgos, 1st round KO.
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT: Patrick Cummins (#12) vs Jan Blachowicz (#12)
Why are both guys ranked #12? This could be a good fight for the top 10, but Blachowicz has to win in my eyes.
PREDICTION: Jan Blackowicz, decision? Maybe submission, but I'll say decision.
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD
LIGHTWEIGHT: Gregor Gillespie vs Andrew Holbrook
I'm going to break my rule of backing undefeated fighters. I think Holbrook wins it on the ground.
PREDICTION: Andrew Holbrook, 3rd round submission.
LIGHTWEIGHT: Josh Emmett vs Desmond Green
Emmett is undefeated, but I am tempted to go for Green here.
PREDICTION: Josh Emmett, decision. Hopefully we get a close fight.
BANTAMWEIGHT: Katlyn Chookagian vs Irene Aldana
This could be a good fight and might end up higher on the card, Aldana could get a finish, but I think Chookagian takes her all the way.
PREDICTION: Katlyn Chookagian, decision.
FLYWEIGHT: Jenel lausa vs Magomed Bibulatov
Bibulatov is 13-0...surely he has to win, right?
PREDICTION: Magomed Bibulatov, 2nd round submission.
Are you excited for 210? Who do you think will win each bout and who will walk out UFC Light Heavyweight Champion? Leave your thoughts in the comments.