UFC 253 Main Event Predictions

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Main Event: (C) Israel Adesanya vs (#1) Paolo Costa

The Locker Room Pick: Israel Adesanya winner by KO/ TKO RD4

Dana White said “This is going to be fight of the year.” Stylistically, this fight represents your typical Precision (Adesanya) vs Power (Costa) matchup. The most glaring statistic on paper is that Adesanya holds an 8 inch reach advantage. Costa will continue to walk forward and pressure Adesanya, while Adesanya will look to pick his shots and use precision and timing to put Costa away. The battle of the undefeated, who will go home with a loss on their resume? Who will go home with the belt wrapped around their waste?

Israel Adesanya (-175)Paolo Costa (+155)
31Age29
6′ 4″Height6′ 1″
184Weight185
80″Reach72″
SwitchStanceOrthodox
19-0-0Record13-0-0
W R5 Dec. Romero
W R2 KO Whittaker
W R5 Dec. Gastelum
W R3 Dec. Silva
W
R1 KO Brunson
Last 5W R3 Dec. Romero
W R2 KO Hall
W R2 KO Hendricks
W R2 KO Bamgbose
W R1 KO McLellan
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Co-Main Event: (#1) Dominick Reyes vs (#3) Jan Blachowicz

The Locker Room Pick: Dominick Reyes winner by U Dec. RD5

The vacant Light Heavyweight Title is going to go home with one of these two, after tonight. Both have power, but the deciding factor in this one will be technique and conditioning. While there is a chance that these two could simply some out swinging and see who’s lights go out first, it will more than likely be a pretty stagnant bout. If Reyes can effectively use his leg kicks, like he did in the Jones fight, Jan will have a hard time getting to his solid punches. This one will most likely go the distance, and because of that, Reyes will most likely take the belt home.

Dominick Reyes (-270)Jan Blachowicz (+230)
30Age37
205 lbsWeight205 lbs
6′ 4″Height6′ 2″
77″Reach78″
SouthpawStanceOrthodox
12-1-0Record26-8-0
L R5 Dec. Jones
W R1 KO Weidman
W R3 Dec. Oezdemir
W R3 Dec. St. Preux
W R1 KO Cannonier
Last 5W R1 KO Anderson
W R5 Dec. Souza
W R2 KO Rockhold
L R3 KO Santos
W R2 SUB Krylov

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