Hermansson a heavy favorite at UFC Fight Night 160

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September 25th, 2019

The Royal Arena in Copenhagen will host UFC Fight Night 160, which boasts several crowd-pleasing bouts. Jack Hermansson and Jared Cannonier will face off in the main event and Mark Madsen will make his promotional debut to highlight a tremendous card.

Jack Hermansson vs. Jared Cannonier

Fighter Odds
Jack Hermansson
Jared Cannonier
While Cannonier is riding a wave of momentum after downing Anderson Silva, he is going to have his hands full against the red-hot Hermansson.

Hermansson has stopped three of his last four opponents and looks like he is actively improving on his way to a shot at the middleweight title. Cannonier is a stiff challenge, considering he packs a punch and is not afraid to mix it up.

Should these two start trading blows, Hermansson’s variety in his strikes and his hand speed gives him an advantage in the pocket. He is also very capable with his takedowns, which Cannonier has to be mindful of.
Cannonier’s path to victory likely requires enduring punishment long enough to catch Hermansson once he’s worn down and stationary. Limiting Hermansson’s mobility is key, but Hermansson can do a lot of damage in the time it will take for Cannonier to slow him down.

Hermansson will close the distance and land enough shots to buzz Cannonier, which will leave Cannonier open to takedowns. While it won’t happen immediately, Hermansson will chip away until he scores a takedown and pound his way to a third-round stoppage win.

Pick: Hermansson (-250)

Mark Madsen vs. Danilo Belluardo

Hometown hero Mark Madsen will make his promotional debut at the expense of the well-traveled Danilo Belluardo. Considering Belluardo’s questionable chin and a leaky defense, Madsen can end this early with strikes alone, but will take Belluardo to the ground and get the submission.

Pick: Madsen (-650)

Gunnar Nelson vs. Gilbert Burns

As a welterweight Burns won’t enjoy the same size advantage after years of shrinking down to lightweight. Nelson won’t let Burns bully him around the cage and will light him up when he tries, which will lead to a dominant decision.

Pick: Nelson (+115)

Ion Cuțelaba vs. Khalil Rountree Jr.

Cuțelaba fell short against division journeyman Glover Teixeira last time out, and he is going to be in a dogfight against Rountree. Though Cuțelaba can potentially overwhelm Rountree early, it’s likely he punches himself out and Rountree will be about his wits to stop him in the third.

Pick: Rountree (-145)

Michael Oleksiejczuk vs. Ovince Saint Preux

The aging Saint Preux has lost by submission in three of his last four fights and has looked worse each time out. Oleksiejczuk doesn’t have the submission credentials to make it a fourth, but he won’t have trouble outworking Saint Preux to win a decision.

Pick: Oleksiejczuk (-235)

Nicolas Dalby vs. Alex Oliveira

In what could end up being the fight of the night, a Dalby will face a declining Oliveira in a crossroads clash. Dalby should have enough to spark out the fading Oliveira in a chippy brawl.

Pick: Dalby (+135)

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