Sriram Muralidaran
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Long-time MMA fan.

UFC Fight Night 144 Predictions: Charles Oliveira vs. David Teymur

The usually inconsistent Charles Oliveira went 3-0 in 2018 with three submissions for his best win streak since 2015, becoming the man with the most submissions in UFC history in Sao Paulo and extending his lead in Milwaukee. To start…

UFC Fight Night 144 Predictions: Demian Maia vs. Lyman Good

Off three straight losses to the top three welterweights in the world, Demian Maia hasn’t looked good since UFC 211 in 2017. Now 41-years-old and without a clear route to a title fight, it isn’t a huge leap to think that…

UFC Fight Night 144 Predictions: Jose Aldo vs. Renato “Moicano” Carneiro

Jose Aldo is in a thoroughly unenviable position that fighters like Stephen Thompson and Joanna Jedrzejczyk have also found themselves in; with two losses to the champion, Aldo probably isn’t getting a title shot any time soon, so he’s basically…

UFC Fight Night 144 Predictions: Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes 2

Another in a recent trend of main-event rematches, the motivation for rebooking Assuncao/Moraes is likely similar to that of Iaquinta/Lee and Ngannou/Blaydes in late 2018: a streaking prospect once took a pivotal loss to a more stagnant contender, and could…

The Case for Kamaru: Why Usman deserves the next shot at Tyron Woodley

Currently embroiled in the most annoying matchmaking debate in recent memory are the top three welterweights in the world: Tyron Woodley, Colby Covington, and Kamaru Usman. Usman looks to fight on March 2 at UFC 235, and claims to deserve…

A Retrospective on Chad Mendes

UFC 232 featured a rematch involving a consensus pound-for-pound talent, as well as a super-fight of proportions never seen prior in female mixed martial arts, and yet there’s a good argument that neither bout featured the most skilled fighter of…

UFC Fight Night 143 Predictions: Glover Teixeira vs. Ion Cutelaba

Light heavyweight’s most understated prospect, Ion Cutelaba, returned from suspension to batter Gadzhimurad Antigulov at UFC on FOX 30; in the first ESPN event, Cutelaba looks to cross into the elite by defeating one of the division’s former top contenders,…

UFC Fight Night 143 Predictions: John Lineker vs. Cory Sandhagen

It’s a massive promotional failure that John Lineker isn’t a more popular fighter among the casual audience. While his technical approach leaves a lot to be desired, Lineker is something like Justin Gaethje in that he’s successful at the elite…

UFC Fight Night 143 Predictions: Belal Muhammad vs. Geoff Neal

Welterweight got a new top prospect at UFC 228 when Geoff Neal surgically took apart Frank Camacho. The performance was as close to flawless as can be expected in MMA, and the Texan has a good chance to move into…

UFC Fight Night 143 Predictions: Donald Cerrone vs. Alexander Hernandez

One of the UFC’s historically solid hands, Donald Cerrone makes yet another quick turnaround to fight on January 19 after a fast victory in Denver in early November. He’s definitely been winding down, but Cerrone’s last three showings have been respectable…