Demi Lovato's possible plans for 2017 and got irrationally excited. Apparently I've learned nothing from CM Punk.
Picks after the jump.
[C] Eddie Alvarez vs [C] Conor McGregor
While it's patently absurd that McGregor gets a shot at the Lightweight title despite never having defended his Featherweight belt and just barely scraping past a marginal contender in Nate Diaz, I think he has a pretty good chance in this contest. While it appeared at "Welterweight" that his punching power did not translate, I'd suggest that the lack of a weight cut and thus a more hydrated brain played as much of a factor in how the two fights with Diaz played out. Alvarez can be hurt by superior strikers and the Notorious one is not lacking for killer instinct.
[C] Tyron Woodley vs  Stephen Thompson
[C] Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs  Karolina Kowalkiewicz
I expect it to be "And Still" in this fight too. While Karolina wins handily in a cute-off, their fighting styles seem quite similar to me... except Joanna Champ is just better - faster, more powerful and a whole lot more vicious. I think Karolina is tough enough to survive any early finish but after two back-to-back defense by decision, I think the champ will be looking to win in some style and end it in the fourth or fifth. With them both being the pride of Poland, it has been just a little too cordial between these two ladies in the lead-up to this bout for my liking. If they both come out holding up the flag, does it become redundant?
 Chris Weidman vs  Yoel Romero
I think this one ends up a clear victory for Weidman. There will be a strong motivation for him fighting at home without the pressure of being the main event. While Romero is a top-tier Middleweight, I think he got extremely lucky in winning a split decision over Jacare Souza and has a tendency to tire out quickly. It's not that I can't envision a path to victory for him but I really don't get him being bet up as much as he has been and think Weidman is just superior in every regard. Plus of course a Weidman victory would be a nice affirmation of his favored nominee's election this past week, although that didn't work out so well for the USMNT.
 Miesha Tate vs  Raquel Pennington
Miesha has a habit of making winnable fights look unnecessarily difficult but again overall I think she is the marginally superior fighter. Pennington has had a nice run against some so-so competition but as long as she keeps her head in the game I think Tate can utilize her wrestling to edge a very close decision. Either way I'm not exactly expecting fireworks from this fight.
My picks: McGregor, Woodley, Jedrzejczyk, Weidman, Tate
Chris picks: Alvarez, Woodley, Kowalkiewicz, Romero, Tate