Originally UFC 184 was set to feature the highly anticipated middleweight title bout between champion Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort, but an injury to Weidman caused the bout to be pulled. Now in the headlining spot, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey looks to defend her title for the fifth time against Cat Zingano.

While UFC 184 may not be the most appealing PPV card the UFC has ever put together the main card does have some interesting matchups. Is it worth $50? I would tend to say no but Rousey is must watch TV when she is in the cage and Holly Holm’s debut is very intriguing so I will be shelling out my hard earned money to watch on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

Tony Ferguson vs. Gleison Tibau

This lightweight bout between Ferguson and Tibau has been flying under the radar but I’m expecting to see an entertaining bout between these two. Both fighters have put together nice win streaks and they are both looking to make a run at the Top 10 of the division.

Since winning season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter, Ferguson has gone 6-1 in the Octagon but the UFC lightweight division is so deep that he has never broken through that glass ceiling. Tibau on the other hand is the UFC’s long time lightweight gatekeeper but with three wins in a row over solid competition it looks like he is ready to shake his gatekeeper stigma.

Pick: Ferguson by Decision

Alan Jouban vs. Richard Walsh

The second bout on the main card features a welterweight bout between Jouban and Walsh. Honestly this bout has no sizzle to it. Jouban and Walsh are never going to be real players in the welterweight division, so I don’t really understand how this fight makes the main card while Mark Munoz is on the prelims.

Regardless of my personal feeling about this bout’s placement on the card, this should be a relatively easy win for Jouban; he is simply better in all aspects of the fight game.

Pick: Jouban via second round TKO/KO

Jake Ellenberger vs. Josh Koscheck

Remember when welterweights Ellenberger and Koscheck were contenders? Now both men enter this bout on three fight skids and they are fighting to keep their place in the UFC. But even though this is likely a loser goes home bout it has a lot of potential.

Koscheck and Ellenberger have very similar styles. Both men have strong wrestling backgrounds, but both prefer to stand and trade on the feet. While neither man is an elite technical striker, both possess one punch knockout power. Because of the long layoff, I’m giving Ellenberger the edge heading into this fight.

Pick: Ellenberger via first round TKO/KO

Raquel Pennington vs. Holly Holm

The co-main event of the evening features the highly anticipated UFC debut of top women’s MMA prospect in Holm as she takes on Pennington. Holm’s boxing resume speaks for itself, but the former two-time Ring magazine female Fighter of the Year has yet to truly be tested in MMA. While Pennington’s record isn’t overly impressive, she has been in the cage with some of women’s MMA’s finest.

I think everyone is anxious to see what will happen if Pennington is able to get Holm to the ground. We all know that the longer this fight stays standing, the more danger Pennington will be in. But we don’t know how Holm will respond to the ground game. The down side though is Pennington will not be able to get this fight to the ground. Holm’s striking is simply too good for Pennington to contend with.

Pick: Holm via third round TKO/KO

Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano

I understand that this isn’t the main event fans were hoping for when UFC 184 was first announced, but the UFC women’s bantamweight title fight between Rousey and Zingano should be an entertaining fight. Rousey is clearly the favorite heading in, but Zingano’s got the kind of heart and will you just can’t teach. Oh…and she just so happens to be an excellent fighter.

On paper, Zingano should have the advantage on the feet, but Rousey has proven in her last three outings that her standup game is rapidly evolving and improving. But when it comes to the grappling game, even though Zingano has solid BJJ chops, she is not on Rousey’s level.

The only way Zingano wins this bout is if she can stay on her feet and bait Rousey into a war of attrition. Zingano has proven that she can push through adversity in and out of the cage, but we haven’t seen Rousey when she is thrown into the fire. If Zingano can make this fight ugly she has a chance…I just don’t see that happening.

Pick: Rousey by second round Submission

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.