The world of MMA is so full of hyperbole that it’s become commonplace, but UFC 198 is legitimately one of the best-looking cards the company has ever put on. A who’s who of MMA superstars are set to take to the Octagon in Curitiba, Brazil this weekend.
The show will feature Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic clashing for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. The co-main event features two elite middleweight fighters who excel at different aspects as Jacare Souza will face Vitor Belfort.
Fabricio Werdum is set to defend his undisputed UFC Heavyweight title for the first time in front of his home crown in Curitiba, Brazil at UFC 198. Werdum will face Stipe Miocic who is coming off two consecutive stoppage finishes including a 0:54 victory against Andrei Arlovski.
Despite facing a stellar boxer and finisher, I fully expect Fabricio Werdum to defend his belt at UFC 198. And if you need any convincing, here is why I think we will end the show hearing "And still."
Stipe Miocic will step into the Octagon Saturday night at UFC 198 as a +130 underdog and attempt to become the fourth man in four and a half years to win the UFC Heavyweight Title. Since a close decision loss to Junior dos Santos at the end of 2014, he’s TKO’d Mark Hunt and Andrei Arlovski to put himself in the position to challenge for the title.
Here’s why I think we hear Bruce Bruffer say the words “And new” at the conclusion of the fight:
An event the magnitude of UFC 198 can’t be limited to simple moneyline bets. Tons of props have been released for the UFC’s biggest event in Brazil. Here we take a look at the method of victory props and which ones could be worth a look.
A cidade de Curitiba promete entrar para a história no dia 14 de maio, quando a Arena da Baixada se tornará o primeiro estádio brasileiro a receber uma edição do maior torneio de MMA do mundo. O UFC 198 trará algumas das maiores estrelas nacionais do esporte e terá Fabricio Werdum colocando o seu cinturão dos pesados em jogo diante de americano de origem croata Stipe Miocic na luta principal da noite.
The co-main event for UFC 198 – possibly the biggest card card in Brazil’s history – will feature a middleweight bout with massive title implications. Submission specialist Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza will square off against knockout artist Vitor Belfort with the winner in prime position to get a shot at the 185 lbs title.
Jacare opened as a massive -305 favorite for the fight with Belfort coming back at +235 at Bovada.
The prelims of UFC 198 will feature a huge matchups between Demian Maia and Matt Brown – a fight that would easily be the co-main event on almost any other card. The welterweight division is so deep and talent-laden in the UFC that a win in this bout will likely be nothing more than a stepping-stone for either fighter.
Maia has opened as a sizable -300 favorite with Brown coming back at +230 per Bovada.
Fabricio Werdum will defend his UFC Heavyweight title for the first time when he takes on challenger Stipe Miocic at UFC 198. Werdum, who will be fighting in his native Brazil, was originally scheduled to defend the belt against Cain Velasquez in February, but injuries forced Cain out of that bout.
Miocic actually stepped in and agreed to fight Werdum on that card on less than two weeks notice, but ‘Vai Cavalo’ pulled out of that bout following his own injury.
Curitiba, Brazil is set to be the battleground for potentially the biggest UFC event in the country’s history on May 14. Though the card is absolutely loaded with talent and intrigue, the main event features Brazil’s own Fabricio Werdum defending his UFC Heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic.
Werdum vs Miocic has the potential to be one of the best fights of 2016 and it could very realistically go in either direction. With such a tight bout expected, we spoke to UFC commentator Jon Anik for his insights and breakdown of the heavyweight clash.
*Anderson Silva has been removed from the fight after learning that he requires a surgery. The UFC said in a statement that they will attempt to find a new opponent for Uriah Hall*
The last man Anderson Silva beat inside the Octagon was Stephan Bonnar. That was five fights and three and a half years ago. Since his last victory, the Spider suffered a gruesome broken leg in a title fight against Chris Weidman and went through an embarrassing ordeal after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.
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