Tonight in Las Vegas, UFC 213 will kick off their marquee event for International Fight Week, and while the Cerrone-Lawler fight has been moved to UFC 214, the card still has plenty of exciting match-ups for fans of sanctioned violence. Yesterday’s TUF 25 Finale main event set the tone for the weekend, so tonight’s headliner between Valentina Shevchenko and Amanda Nunes has some pretty large shoes to fill excitement-wise.
The supporting card features a few other compelling fights like the one between Jordan Mein and Belal Muhammad, the lightweight veteran clash between Jim Miller and Anthony Pettis and the co-main event of the evening—a bout that cannot possibly be anything but electrifying—Yoel Romero vs. Bobby Knuckles. You might be asking yourself, ‘What about Overeem-Werdum III,’ but if you’re like me, you’re extra cautious about getting invested in this contest, especially in light of how their last one went. I know, I know, a lot has changed in six years for both guys, but I refuse to let myself fall into that trap again.
With big events like tonight’s, Bloody Elbow content partner and cartoon badass Tommy Toehold often drops by with some video analysis, and this time around, we’re being treated to a more in depth version with his UFC 213 Close-Up. It’s four-and-a-half minutes of the best cartoon breakdown you will ever see, or my name isn’t Orville Redenbacher.
Here’s a little snippet to get you started:
“Whittaker is 14 years younger than Romero, and he is deceptively fast; he might be the fastest striker in that division. And he has the confidence to start a fight quickly and finish a fight quickly now. I think he'll be the most dangerous in the first two rounds and I think he's going to overwhelm Romero early with speed and power. Whittaker puts this one away early with a big KO/TKO stop in the first round.”