UFC 175: Full Fight Card and Predictions for Weidman vs. Machida

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2014

Chris Weidman, of Baldwin, N.Y., walks after defeating Anderson Silva, of Brazil, during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts middleweight championship bout on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in Las Vegas. Weidman won during the second round by a technical knockout after Silva was injured. (AP Photo/David Becker)
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Saturday’s UFC 175 card featuring the middleweight championship bout between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida will be one of the most talked about shows of the year.

Add in Ronda Rousey defending her women's bantamweight championship against Alexis Davis, and this is one of the few shows produced by UFC recently that feels like a true pay-per-view-worthy event.

Here is the full card, predictions for every fight on Saturday and a preview of the main event.

Full UFC 175 Fight Card and Predictions
Weight ClassFighter 1Fighter 2Predicted Winner
Main CardPay-Pre-View
Middleweight Chris Weidman (c)vs. Lyoto Machida Weidman
Women's Bantamweight Ronda Rousey (c)vs. Alexis Davis Rousey
Heavyweight Stefan Struvevs. Matt Mitrione Struve
Middleweight Uriah Hallvs. Thiago Santos Hall
Bantamweight Marcus Brimage vs. Russell Doane Doane
Preliminary CardFox Sports 1
Bantamweight Urijah Faber vs. Alex Caceres Faber
Welterweight Kenny Robertson vs. Ildemar AlcantaraAlcantara
Middleweight Chris Camozzi vs. Bruno Santos Santos
Bantamweight George Roop vs. Rob Font Roop
Preliminary CardUFC Fight Pass
Middleweight Luke Zachrichvs. Guilherme Vasconcelos Zachrich
Middleweight Kevin Casey vs. Bubba Bush Bush
Source: UFC.com

 

Breaking Down Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida

There have been many fans who question the way middleweight champion Chris Weidman defended the title—Anderson Silva broke his leg mid-match—but the American star is looking to silence the doubters on Fourth of July weekend.

Standing in his way is former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.

After 11 professional fights (seven in the UFC), Weidman is still undefeated. His last bout was the victory over Silva, but he was originally scheduled to headline UFC 173 against Machida. Weidman was forced to pull out of that main event with a knee injury but is now ready for UFC 175.

Tough Enough fighter Cathal Pendred talked about how excited he was for this fight:

While some will doubt Weidman’s win against Silva in December of 2013, few can claim his shocking upset in July of last year of the then-unstoppable middleweight king was anything but pure talent and mental fortitude.

Weidman stunned Silva by showing no fear and finished him off in decisive fashion.

When asked about his matchup on Saturday with Machida, Weidman had no problem breaking down exactly what his game plan is with The Great MMA Debate podcast, via Yahoo Sports:

Stylistically [Machida's] going to be the same as he was at 205. Going down might make him feel a little quicker, a little stronger and maybe give him more confidence. I'm expecting a very confident Lyoto Machida, but I'm going to break his will.

I feel like anyone at middleweight, when I have a full training camp, I'm going to go out there and finish them. That's my mentality. I won't stop. The whole fight will be me trying to finish him. If it goes five rounds, I'm not losing the decision because I'm almost finishing him the whole time. I'm always prepared for a war, but I'm looking for the finish the whole time. I won't be happy unless I finish him.

There is no questioning Weidman’s will to win and physical prowess, but he will be taking on one of the most decorated and unique fighters in MMA history. Machida is a light heavyweight powerhouse who has taken on bigger competition for years.

Questions about the drop in weight and what it will do to his power have been raised, but he should be able to gain speed at a lighter weight which could be a major factor for a fighter that needs his quickness to stop Weidman.

Since making his debut at middleweight, Machida has knocked off the likes of Gegard Mousasi and Mark Munoz. Fortunately for Weidman, the Brazilian moved down a weight class due to his struggles against the elite competition at light heavyweight.

Using an elite mixture of wrestling, jiu-jitsu and striking, Weidman will prove to be too strong and too fast for Machida. Expect the defending champion to force the referee to step in and call for the early stoppage.

Predicted Winner: Weidman via Second-Round TKO.

 

*Stats via UFC.com.