- Miesha Tate sees an in depth combat between Eddie Alvarez and Iuri Lapicus
- Tate feels Demetrious Johnson will win over Adriano Moraes
- The ex-UFC girls’s bantamweight champ is ready to return to motion later this yr
If there may be one one that might be able to predict the suitable outcomes, it must be Miesha Tate.
Tate, the previous UFC girls’s bantamweight champion who lately got here out of retirement to make a cage return, gave her evaluation on two necessary matches occurring at “ONE on TNT I” on April 7.
The occasion can have a few attention-grabbing pairings. One is Demetrious Johnson difficult Adriano Moraes for the promotion’s flyweight championship within the card’s headliner.
Considered among the finest to ever grace the combined martial arts cage, Johnson earned a date with Moraes after successful the eight-man ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix match in October 2019, the place he defeated Filipino ace Danny Kingad by unanimous choice within the finals
Then again, Moraes has been synonymous with the ONE flyweight title since changing into the inaugural champion in September 2014.
Already in his third reign because the undisputed kingpin of the 61.2-kilogram weight class, the Brazilian spitfire holds victories towards the very best that the division has to supply, together with Kingad, Geje Eustaquio and Kairat Akhmetov.
Tate, who additionally serves as ONE Championship’s vice-president, acknowledged that the distinctive expertise that Moraes brings to the desk, however she feels that Johnson could also be an excessive amount of for the Brazilian champion to beat.
“Though Adriano [Moraes] is a good fighter in his personal proper, and he’s the champion, I consider that Demetrious Johnson is the best fighter of all time and I predict he’ll win,” the 34-year-old Washington native instructed Worldwide Enterprise Instances.
However when requested for her personal tackle the pivotal light-weight encounter between Eddie Alvarez and Iuri Lapicus, “Cupcake” had a tough time calling it and is conscious that it will likely be one of many attention-grabbing bouts to look at.
“The combat between Eddie Alvarez and Iuri Lapicus may be very shut, and it is tough for me to select somebody to win. I see Eddie Alvarez has a number of expertise, and he is used to getting by adversity,” Tate defined.
Regardless of the sizeable hole when it comes to expertise between each males, Tate acknowledged Lapicus’ explosiveness as a competitor with a 100% ending charge, leading to 10 victories by means of submission and 4 by way of knockout.
“Iuri Lapicus may be very explosive. He is an insanely highly effective athlete. He has nice wrestling protection, and his ending potential is unimaginable. He is positively a rising star, and I feel that is very closely-contested and tough for me to select a transparent victor,” Tate admitted.
Nevertheless, Lapicus is coming off a first-round stoppage loss to light-weight titleholder Christian Lee in October of final yr, snapping his undefeated run within the course of.
In the meantime, Alvarez was final seen in motion when he pulled off a come-from-behind win over Filipino celebrity Eduard Folayang in August 2019.
The American power-puncher is trying to transfer nearer to a shot at Lee’s gold-plated belt by having his hand raised on the expense of Lapicus this coming April 7.
“I am a martial artist out and in [of the cage], and I consider that when dangerous issues occur in life, you pivot, you regulate, and you retain perspective,” Alvarez mentioned to Insider.