The UFC brings four great matchups to free TV on Saturday night when top welterweights Demian Maia and Carlos Condit headline UFC Vancouver, live on FOX.
There’s plenty at stake on Saturday, including a shot at the 170-pound title and ranking in the featherweight top five, so let’s dive in and make some predictions for the big event.
Demian Maia vs. Carlos Condit
The main event of UFC Vancouver pits one of the greatest grapplers of all-time, Demian Maia, against one of the best strikers to ever grace the Octagon in Carlos Condit. This fight is especially hard to predict since not only are both fighters have shown to be incredibly dominant when sticking to their specialties.
Maia has dominated some of the UFC’s best grapplers recently, including the likes of Gunnar Nelson and Neil Magny, while holding talented strikers Matt Brown and Ryan LaFlare to just 35 combined significant strikes. He’ll face his toughest welterweight test to date on Saturday, however.
Carlos Condit has long been one of the most dangerous fighters on the roster and he’s faced — and beaten — his fair share of talented grapplers. Since 2012, he’s outlanded opponents 593-381 in significant strikes, but he’s also been taken down 29 times in that same four-year, seven-fight span.
He’ll definitely need to keep the fight standing if he wants to walk away from Vancouver victorious. If he doesn’t, Maia will likely walk away with the win.
Prediction: Condit by decision