This week was my least favorite episode of the season, every season, it was Harley Davidson bootcamp. This episode is always more of a plug for HD than anything. The one thing I was happy about is that it didn’t drag on like previous years. I forget what year it was but there was an episode where the HD stuff took up about half of the episode. Anyway… let’s get into the action.
This episode we saw #4 Jessica Penne (Team Pettis) vs. #5 Aisling Daly (Team Pettis). I knew going in that this would be a close fight just because of the seeding. This season they really tried to give Aisling Daly a lot of hype, and I just didn’t understand it. The fight itself was close, going all 3 rounds and leading to a decision going to Penne. I didn’t really care for Penne’s first fight of the season and didn’t think she really brought it this fight either. My guess is that Penne will face #1 Carla Esparza in the Semi Finals, so I expect Esparaza to advance to the Finals.
With only 2 episodes left before the LIVE Finale we still have 4 fights to go. #1 Carla Esparza vs. #3 Tecia Torres and #7 Rose Namajunas vs. # 2 Joanne Calderwood, and then the Semi Finals. My Semi Final predictions are:
#1 Carla Esparza vs. #4 Jessica Penne
#2 Joanne Calderwood vs. #14 Randa Markos
If I may be bold enough I will say the Finale will feature #1 Carla Esparaza vs. #2 Joanne Calderwood. It isn’t so much because of the seeding that I have these Top 2 fighters going into the finale as much as I think they are my 2 favorites of the season so far. I do not have enough confidence to pick an overall winner and champion yet. Maybe that will come after I see the Semi Final matches.