Nate Landwehr (13-2) Vs Herbert Burns (9-2)
This is a great fight to start the night. You got a classic grappler vs striker match here. Herbert Burns is the brother of UFC fighter Gilbert Burns. He’s a grappling specialist with submission wins in his last 3 fights, including a Contender Series victory. Nate Landwehr is a striker and former M1 Champion. He’s currently on a 6-fight win streak and doesn’t seem to slow down. If Landwehr can keep the fight standing he has the advantage in every way. If it hits the ground, Herbert will attack submissions and eventually lock one in. I’m not sure how this fight plays out, both being debut fighters. A lot of people are saying Herbert by submission but I have heard great things about Nate Landwehr, so I think he wins.
Brett Johns (15-2) Vs Tony Gravely (19-5)
Brett Johns is returning after almost 16 months and he has no easy welcome back fight. Brett Johns was 15-0 before dropping back to back decision losses against Aljo & Pedro Munhoz. He will be taking on Tony Gravely, a Contender Series alum who is currently on a 7-fight finish streak, dating back to May 2015. Gravely has crisp striking and can mix in take downs. His only losses were to 4 formidable opponents; Merab Dvashili, Manny Bermudez, Patrick Mix, and Ricky Badenjas. Tony Gravely is the favorite in this fight. I personally think Brett Johns has the tools to defy the odds and pick up his first win since 2017. That being said, I don’t know who wins. This is a pick ’em for me.
Sara McMann (11-5) Vs Lina Lansberg (10-4)
Sara McMann is making her first return to the octagon since pregnancy and injury. She will be facing Lina Lansberg, who is coming off a huge upset victory of Macy Chiasson. Women’s MMA is really hard to bet on, so I’m not entirely sure who’s going to win. McMann is definitely the better fighter all around, she just struggles when she gets locked in any submission. Luckily for Sara McMann, Lansberg doesn’t have any submission attacks. She also struggles against strong wrestlers. Yana Kuntsikaya and Aspen Ladd were both able to get her to the ground and get the win. I expect Sara McMann to have the same game plan and pick up a boring decision victory. It just really depends how she looks coming back from the long lay off and pregnancy.
Montel Jackson (8-1) Vs Felipe Corales (9-1)
Montel Jackson is superior in every way to Felipe Colares. Especially when it comes to the striking. He is really only good if he can get you to the mat and get on top of you. Well, news flash buddy, that isn’t happening. Jackson is a dominant wrestler and I don’t expect him to have any trouble getting the quick finish and helping his stock rise. They don’t call him Montel “Quick” Jackson for nothing.
Justine Kish (6-2) Vs Lucile Pudilova (8-5)
We got a lot of fighters coming back from a long hiatus. Justine Kish is one of them. She will be taking on Lucile Pudilova after 2 years off. Pudilova should win this easily if she can stay off the mat. Kish is going to look to get it to the ground, that’s her only true path to victory. Kish is moving up in weight but it’s gonna have no size advantage, so I don’t think she’ll be able to bring Lucile to the ground. Lucile Pudilova has held her own against Antonina Schevchenko, Irene Aldana, and Liz Carmouche. I expect her to pick up the decision victory.
Arnold Allen (15-1) Vs Nik Lentz (30-10-2)
We went from Arnold Allen vs Josh Emmet, to this. Well, I guess it could be worse, we could have no fight. Nik Lentz was originally supposed to fight Nad Narimani and is stepping in on short notice to take on Arnold Allen. Arnold Allen is currently riding an 8-fight win streak. His toughest tests were against grapplers, so Nik Lentz might have some good moments if he can get Allen to the ground, but I don’t see that happening. Arnold Allen is the longer, faster, and stronger fighter. Nik Lentz is probably one of most hittable fighters in all of UFC. I expect Arnold Allen to either get the KO finish or get the unanimous decision victory.
Bevon Lewis (6-2) Vs Dequon Townsend (21-9)
Bevon Lewis was originally supposed to be fighting Alen Amedovski. He is now taking on Dequon Townsend on a little over a month notice. Townsend is really only in the UFC because they needed an opponent last minute in his debut fight against Dalcha Lungiambula. Lewis is another Contender Series alum, it took him two fights to impress the boss and get the contract. He dropped both of his fights, one by a come from behind Ko from Uriah Hall and one a lackluster decision against Darren Stewart. Bevon Lewis is Jon Jones’s training partner and that’s always been the case. He has the tools to be great, let’s see if he can put them together. He should have no trouble in a very favorable match up. I got Lewis by Decision and maybe even his first UFC finish.
Jamahal Hill (6-0) Vs Darko Stosic (13-3)
You might remember Dark Stosic from his last fight. If you don’t, let me jog your memory. He is coming off back to back losses. His most recent fight was against Kennedy Kzechukwu where he committed 3 illegal blows in one single fight. Stosic is a great fighter for about a round or so and then he starts to gas out. Jamahal Hill is another one of those Contender Series alums. He is coming off a 2nd round finish via ground and pound. Jamahal Hill has the striking advantage for sure, but Stosic likes to make fights ugly. Hill is going to have to weather the early storm and adjust to the weird style of fighter Stosic is if he wants to win. Personally, I think he can get the finish over Stosic, but it will definitely be tough. He only has 6 fights under his belt.
Hannah Cifers (10-3) Vs Angela Hill (10-7)
Angela Hill is stepping up on short notice yet again. This time, it’s against fellow straw weight Hannah Cifers. Hannah Cifers and Angela Hill are basically the same tier type of fighter. Cifers is currently on a 2-fight win streak, granted, not against the best opponents, but she’s getting wins. Angela Hill is primarily a kick boxer and counter striker, where Cifers just moves forward the whole fight. I expect this to be a back and forth fight. If Cifers can get Hill tired and get her to the ground, she can walk away victorious. Gun to my head, who do I think gets the win? I’m going to have to go with Cifers but I wouldn’t be surprised if Angela Hill won.
Jordan Espinosa (14-6) Vs Alex Perez (22-5)
Two Contender Series vets going at it. Sounds like a fun fight! Alex Perez has had a weird stint since joining the UFC. He has won 4 of his 5 UFC fights and the fight he lost was to Joe Benavidez. If you ask me, that Benavidez loss was really sketchy and weird. Espinosa definitely showed promise on the Contender Series and his first fight in the UFC. Unfortunately, he ran into Matt Schnell his next fight and suffered a submission loss in the 1st round. Alex Perez is a very big fly weight and is the stronger fighter here. Both fighters are dominant wrestlers who look to take each other down to the mat. I expect this fight to play out almost like Usman & Covington played out. They aren’t going to shoot for a takedown, even though that is what people are expecting. I think they have a war and eventually Perez will tag Espinosa and lock in a submission.
Rafael Dos Anjos (29-12) Vs Michael Chiesa (15-4)
Michael Chiesa has looked great since joining the 170 division. Granted, he’s really only beat Carlos Condit and Diego Sanchez. RDA, we all know what he brings to the table. Chiesa is going to look to get this to the ground and fighting against Rafael Dos Anjos is no easy task unless you put a Usman type of pace on him. Chiesa doesn’t have the striking RDA has and RDA has really underrated Jiu Jitsu. I expect Chiesa to shoot for a takedown and look for the submission, ultimately fail and end up getting tagged over and over again until the final bell, maybe even get finished.
Junior Dos Santos (21-6) Vs Curtis Blaydes (12-2)
We have basically seen this fight before. Stipe Miocic and Cain Velasquez have laid the blue print for Curtis Blaydes to get the W here. Junior Dos Santos is one of the greatest Heavy Weight boxers the UFC has ever seen and his take down defense is improving. Unfortunately for JDS his opponent has ridiculous cardio, a granite chin, and is very powerful. I expect Blaydes to take a calculated approach to avoid the knock out punch and eventually get the takedown and finish him from top mount. Simple as that.