ROUNDTABLE: Staff predictions for Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Tyron Woodley at UFC 214 (photo credit Gary A. Vasquez © USA Today Sports)

Who will win Saturday’s fight between Tyron Woodley and Kamaru Usman?

Frank Hyden, Columnist – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I’m taking Woodley by decision. It’s nothing against Usman but I just think Woodley is on a different level. It’ll be a hard-fought win, but I think Woodley wins at least 3 of the rounds and possibly 4 or all 5. To be honest, I don’t think it’ll be an exciting fight at all, but I think Woodley shows again why he’s one of the best fighters around.

Christian Moore, MMATorch Contributor

Woodley wins with ease. I like Kamaru Usman, but he isn’t better than Tyron Woodley, in any aspect. Usman will rely on grappling, but Woodley is too strong, and Usman has no shot in hell of outstriking Woodley. The ONLY way Usman wins is with a lucky shot that drops Woodley. That’s it.

Sean Covington, Columnist – Covington’s Corner

Tyron Woodley is going to make Kamaru Usman look bad. Usman will become the new gatekeeper to the title. Usman just isn’t well rounded enough to stop Woodley from whatever he wants to do. With that said, Usman does have some power so Woodley would have to watch out for that. Woodley cruises to an easy victory and we are left talking about his next fight that won’t take place for another year and will be just as unsatisfactory.


Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch Managing Editor

Kamaru Usman is a point fighter, seven of his nine UFC wins have come by decision. I don’t think he’s going to be able to outpoint Tyron Woodley, and Woodley isn’t going to let Usman get even close to knocking him out. Woodley is very good at avoiding his opponent’s strength. Demian Maia couldn’t get him down and he made sure the fight with Darren Till went to the mat as soon as he had a chance. I think Woodley’s best chance to finish Usman is by submission, so I would expect him to try and get the fight to the ground. I don’t think he’ll get the finish but I think Woodley wins by decision.

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