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UFC 298 - Volkanovski vs Topuria

Posted on 2/14/24 at 3:31 pm
Posted by TheRouxGuru
Member since Nov 2019
8055 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 3:31 pm
Really excited for this card.. who y’all got??

MAIN CARD

Featherweight Title Fight
(C) Alex Volkanovski vs (3) Ilia Topuria

Middleweight
(3) Robert Whittaker vs (6) Paulo Costa

Welterweight
(8) Geoff Neal vs (10) Ian Machado-Garry

Bantamweight
(2) Merab Dvalishili vs (3) Henry Cejudo

Middleweight
(15) Anthony Hernandez vs Roman Kopylov

UNDERCARD

Women’s Strawweight
(3) Amanda Lemos vs (7) Mackenzie Derm

Heavyweight
(15) Marcos Rogerio De Lima vs Justin Tafa

Bantamweight
Rinya Nakamura vs Carlos Vera

Light Heavyweight
Zhang Mingyang vs Brendson Ribiero




I’m gonna go with
Volk
Costa
Garry
(No clue about Merab/Cejudo)
Kopylov
Posted by Prosecuted Collins
The Farm
Member since Sep 2003
6603 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 4:13 pm to
Stacked card. Merab Cejudo is massive.
Posted by diat150
Louisiana
Member since Jun 2005
43423 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 4:24 pm to
Great card. Actually the next 3 weeks is gonna be insane. This card, mexico city, then 299…. All great cards.
Posted by TheRouxGuru
Member since Nov 2019
8055 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 4:57 pm to
Who do you have in the merab/Cejudo fight??
Posted by Jack Ruby
Member since Apr 2014
22680 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 5:00 pm to
Volk did not look great his last fight but that was also 2 weeks notice.

Touporia is an animal though. That will be a great fight.

This card is loaded.
Posted by Cregg
Orange Beach
Member since Jul 2017
1985 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 5:11 pm to
quote:

Who do you have in the merab/Cejudo fight??



Merab takes this one. Cejudo is done.
Posted by Forever
Member since Dec 2019
5714 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 5:26 pm to
quote:

MAIN CARD

Featherweight Title Fight
(C) Alex Volkanovski vs (3) Ilia Topuria

Middleweight
(3) Robert Whittaker vs (6) Paulo Costa

Welterweight
(8) Geoff Neal vs (10) Ian Machado-Garry

Bantamweight
(2) Merab Dvalishili vs (3) Henry Cejudo

Middleweight
(15) Anthony Hernandez vs Roman Kopylov

I think Topuria completely handles Volk in shocking fashion as well. He’s extremely good, I’m very excited to see him fight someone on his level
Posted by Arthur Bach
Member since Jul 2016
1970 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 7:05 pm to
Carlos Vera is from New Orleans. He used to be my boxing coach.
Posted by diat150
Louisiana
Member since Jun 2005
43423 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 7:24 pm to
quote:

Who do you have in the merab/Cejudo fight??


Thats a tough one. I think you have to lean merab. Very intriguing matchup
Posted by GRIZZ
PRAIRIEVILLE
Member since Nov 2009
5180 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 7:57 pm to
This card is better than 300. Can’t wait for it.
Posted by tee3
Member since Nov 2020
1033 posts
Posted on 2/14/24 at 8:08 pm to
Great card, looking forward to this one, alot of hard to call fights.
Posted by TheRouxGuru
Member since Nov 2019
8055 posts
Posted on 2/15/24 at 6:48 am to
Very interested to see who will be in the main event for 300
Posted by Him Mulkey
Member since Jan 2024
4 posts
Posted on 2/15/24 at 12:16 pm to
I'm nervous because everytime I get excited for cards like this, they end up being duds. Can not wait for a weekend of LSU baseball and UFC 298
Posted by diat150
Louisiana
Member since Jun 2005
43423 posts
Posted on 2/15/24 at 7:13 pm to
Press conference starting

Haha volk came dressed as a pawpaw
This post was edited on 2/15/24 at 7:15 pm
Posted by Jack Ruby
Member since Apr 2014
22680 posts
Posted on 2/15/24 at 8:52 pm to
quote:

I'm nervous because everytime I get excited for cards like this, they end up being duds.


There are zero female fights on the main card, so that's a start.

Lately, Dana has booked some dogshit women's title match as a Co-main along with a stacked rest of the card to hide them. Thankfully, this one has none of that.
Posted by Keep Stirring
Member since Sep 2016
2603 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 10:09 am to
quote:

This card is better than 300. Can’t wait for it.



They haven't even announced the main event for 300
Posted by TheRouxGuru
Member since Nov 2019
8055 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 6:10 pm to
Cause they’re having trouble finding one
Posted by Big Fat Guy
Member since Nov 2020
151 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 10:12 am to
It's crazy how much each fighter's reputation depends on winning their next fight. If Volk loses this fight, all of a sudden whispers could grow about, has he lost a step? Then in retrospect, the lighthearted dressing up as an old man bit could seem more like Volk was betraying his own insecurity / doubts / fear. Was anyone even really calling him an old man? Maybe Topuria said that in trash talk and I missed it. Either way, this is a crucial / important / pivotal fight for Volk. He either re-establishes his dominance tonight or he'll have a lot of hard questions to answer.

But even for the best of the best, or maybe especially for the best of the best, everything depends on winning their next fight. Look at Usman, one head-shot-dead out of nowhere and he's on a three fight losing streak now. He went from greatest welterweight of all time to people wondering who he can beat. Adesanya gets embarrassed by Sean Strickland? Have they cracked the code on him now? Does everyone have the decoder ring to beat him now?

Look at Conor, does anyone need a win more than Conor? If he loses his next fight, I think a lot of people will be calling for him to retire already. Tony Ferguson being the cautionary tale.

Stray thoughts -

Interesting that Cejudo is fighting again. After that Sterling fight, he sounded like he was only interested in title fights. Good for him, though--if he still feels like he's got it, then does he have anything better to do?

Will be interesting to see how Ian Machado Garry does. I lost a lot of respect for him after the whole WAG drama. Giving the finger to Neil Magny. Garry might be more tolerable if he fully embraces a heel-type persona.

This is wild--Junior Tafa is stepping in to fight in place of his brother, Justin Tafa, on just one day's notice. Junior Tafa seems pretty cool. He would have beat Mohammed Usman if they had stayed standing.

That's all. We got fights tonight, baws--big ones IIIIiiiiiIIIIIT'S TIME!
This post was edited on 2/17/24 at 12:45 pm
Posted by TheRouxGuru
Member since Nov 2019
8055 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 10:47 am to
Solid post. I’m genuinely excited about tonight
Posted by PeteRose
Hall of Fame
Member since Aug 2014
16815 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 2:18 pm to
quote:

It's crazy how much each fighter's reputation depends on winning their next fight.


It’s just the modern day sports culture. Everything is about the upcoming game. If you win, people give you GoAT status. If you lose, you were never really good. Then a week later, it’s wash, rinse, repeat,
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