Each event, there will be a “guest predictor” who will offer their insight into the event and provide their predictions for each MMA bout.
For Rise FC 2, CJ Strongheart has stepped in to provide his predictions and analysis for the six MMA bouts on the card.
Strongheart holds an amateur MMA record of 4-3, which included a four-fight win streak prior to his most recent defeat at BFL 58 in his challenge for the lightweight title. Strongheart is one of the more promising amateurs in his weight class, and will be looking to get back at it again soon.
Here are Strongheart’s predictions for Rise FC 2:
Darwin Douglas (5-6) vs Greg Large (2-12): Fight Preview
“Douglas has more experience and skill, and will find a home for his shots and keep up the pressure.”
Prediction: Douglas wins by TKO in the first round.
Craig Maclean (4-2) vs Andrew Bard (2-6): Fight Preview
“Coming out of Revolution fight camp, Maclean has a strong group of great grapplers to work with, and also great coaches in both striking and jiu-jitsu. His opponent makes mistakes that lead to him getting submitted.”
Prediction: Maclean wins by submission in the first round.
Chad Anheliger (7-5) vs Terrence Chan (4-1): Fight Preview
“Anheliger will win the stand-up and be able to stop the takedowns, leading down the inevitable path of him winning by ground and pound.”
Prediction: Anheliger wins by TKO in the second round.
Josh Mackenzie (0-0) vs Bryce Gougeon (0-1)
“Gougeon is a smooth striker with great hips to prevent takedowns. Once he finds his rhythm under the long jab and over his opponent’s jab, the overhand right will find its home.”
Prediction: Gougeon wins by TKO in the second round.
JJ Warren (1-0) vs Brett Zalapski (1-2)
“Although Zalapski has the edge in experience, Warren proved in his one fight he’s no joke by beating a tough opponent in Mike De Chavez. This one could go either way.”
Prediction: Warren wins by unanimous decision.
Raphael Ouellet (1-0) vs Damon Marlow (0-0)
“With both fighters being relatively new, it’s a tough call to make. In the end, I think Ouellet having that first fight under his belt will prove to be the difference.”
Prediction: Ouellet wins by submission in the first round.