The TUF 26 Finale goes down in Las Vegas tonight and we’ve got our quick picks for all the fights below.
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Nicco Montano
Modafferi gets bumped up the card to fight for the 125lb title on short notice after Sijara Eubanks failed to make weight and I think with her skills on the mat and veteran credentials she can overcome the relatively inexperienced Montano here and finally achieve her dream of becoming a champion.
Roxanne Modafferi to win by submission in Rd3.
Sean O’Malley vs. Terrion Ware
Dana White seems to have high hopes for O’Malley, a winner on his recent ‘Contenders Series.’ I’d take a wait and see approach on that one as he’s still a work-in-progress that’s not really been fully tested, but I think he’ll have enough in his striking locker to get past Ware here.
Sean O’Malley to win by TKO in Rd2.
Barb Honchak vs. Lauren Murphy
Former Invicta champion Honchak misses out on a title opportunity in the UFC, but I believe she will emerge with an Octagon win under her belt against the down-on-her-luck late replacement Murphy.
Barb Honchak to win by decision.
Gerald Meerschaert vs. Eric Spicely
This should be a competitive fight, particularly on the mat, but I favor Meerscheart to have the edge overall and emerge with a decision victory.
Gerald Meerschaert to win by decision.
Brett Johns vs. Joe Soto
The undefeated Johns has the more impressive record here, but Soto has fought a stiffer level of competition in his career and I think he’ll present a stiffer test for his opponent in terms of grappling than he’s seen before, leading to a decision victory.
Joe Soto to win by decision.
Prelims: (Predicted winners in bold)
DeAnna Bennett vs. Melinda Fabian
Montana De La Rosa vs. Christina Marks
Ryan Janes vs. Andrew Sanchez
Karine Gevorgyan vs. Rachael Ostovich
Ariel Beck vs. Shana Dobson
Gillian Robertson vs. Emily Whitmire