The TUF Nations Finale takes place tomorrow night in Canada and we’ve got our predictions for the fights below.
Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy
Both Bisping and Kennedy are fairly well rounded, but the Brit likes to stay on the feet, while the former Green Beret is happier to mix things up.
Kennedy would do well to do just that, utilizing clinch work, takedowns and ground and pound since Bisping is the slicker, more technical striker who’ll rack up points, though struggle to really test Kennedy’s stout chin.
Bisping’s no slouch on the mat though and does well to get upright from his back, so I don’t see him being held down for long periods of the fight, and ultimately I think his volume punching approach on the feet will help guide him to a competitive decision victory.
Michael Bisping to win by decision.
Patrick Cote vs. Kyle Noke
Cote’s at his best on the feet and has good power, while Noke is more of an all-rounder who’ll be comfortable wherever the fight takes him.
It’s a close one to call, but I think Noke will look to avoid just playing into Cote’s hands with striking and instead will take a more versatile approach that’ll help him to outwork Cote over the course of fifteen minutes to earn a decision win.
Kyle Noke to win by decision.
Elias Theodorou vs. Sheldon Westcott
The first of two TUF Nations finale, these two middleweights had completely opposite routes to the last two, with Theodorou using wrestling to clock up two decision wins, while Westcott swiftly dispensed with both his opponents in the first round via submission.
Wescott’s also got the better striking ability of the two and I think overall he’s more of a threat here and will thwart Theodorou’s attempts to grind out a win and instead force him to tap out.
Sheldon Wescott to win by submission in Rd2.
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Chad Laprise
This welterweight TUF Nations final features two fighters who are unbeaten in their MMA careers to date.
Laprise has a little more experience under his belt, having competed for Bellator amongst other promotions, but I favor Aubin-Mercier’s wrestling based strategy to nullify his striking game.
Olivier Aubin-Mercier to win by decision.
Akira Corassani vs. Dustin Poirier
Corassani has racked up a few wins inside the Octagon to earn a big step up in competition here, but he’s not been overly impressive in the UFC so far.
I think he’s biting off more than he can chew here against a class act in Poirier who should hold an advantage wherever the fight goes, though on the mat may be his best chance to find a finish.
Dustin Poirier to win by submission in Rd2
K.J. Noons vs. Sam Stout
Sarah Kaufman vs. Leslie Smith
Ryan Jimmo vs. Sean O’Connell
Dustin Kimura vs. George Roop
Mark Bocek vs. Mike De La Torre
Vik Grujic vs. Nordine Taleb
Chris Indich vs. Richard Walsh
Mitch Gagnon vs. Tim Gorman