Raphael Peassoa (9-1) Vs Jeff Hughes (10-2)
Raphael Pessoa made his debut a couple months back against Cyril Gane, ultimately losing by submission. Pessoa is looking to bounce back and pick up his first UFC win against Jeff Hughes. You might remember Jeff Hughes from his recent bout against Todd Duffee where he “poked” his eye. Pessoa fought a lot of low level fighters leading up to his debut, whereas Hughes had a little tougher competition. I got Hughes by decision or TKO.
Aleksandra Albu (3-1) Vs Loma Lookboonme (3-1)
I trusted Aleksandra Albu her last fight and she let me down. She is coming off a submission loss to Emily Whitmire. Loma is making her debut. She has the striking advantage, and Albu has the strength advantage. Loma trains at Tiger MuayThai and has had over 100 Muay Thai fights. I think Loma picks her apart for the decision victory.
Sergey Pavlovich (13-1) Vs Maurice Green (6-2)
Sergey made his debut against tough veteran fighter Alistair Overeem after only 11 fights. Not sure whose bright idea that was, matching them up together. Sergey lost that fight in round 1, he would bounce back and secure a first round KO of Marcelo Golm. Maurice Green has won 3 straight including a fight against Jeff Hughes avenging his first lost against him. Green is good and he has the chance to win this fight, but unfortunately, I feel the power will be to much for him and Sergey most likely stops him Round 2.
Enrique Barzola (16-4-1) Vs Movsar Evloev (11-0)
Enrique Barzola is coming off a decision victory against Bobby Moffett. Before that fight he won 4 out of his last fights. Movsar Evloev won his UFC debut fight against Seung Woo Choi by unanimous decision. Movsar is a real talent in the UFC. Some people including myself call him a little Khabib. Enrique Barzola is pretty good but he doesn’t have the tools to beat Movsar Evloev. It’s going to take a really good fighter to face Evloev before I pick against him.
Rafael Fiziev (6-1) Vs Alex White (13-5)
This is an interesting fight. Rafael Fiziev is coming off a minute and a half loss. Coming into that fight Fiziev had a lot of hype around him because he’s a decorated Muay Thai artist. Alex White is a UFC veteran who has never really been consistent. White is coming off a decision victory against Dan Moret. White is training with Gaethje and his team for this camp, and is the longer fighter with more experience, but at the end of the day I can’t ever back Alex White against a Muay Thai fighter such as Rafael Fiziev. I got Fiziev but it’s truly knockout or bust.
Randa Markos (9-7) Vs Ashley Yoder (7-4)
The featured prelim of the night is between UFC veteran Randa Markos and the young fighter Ashley Yoder. Personally I don’t know why this is the featured prelim. Yoder has struggled against some terrible fighters and could even be 1-4, she’s got gifted some decisions. Markos is a different tier fighter than Yoder. She’s very inconsistent, she basically loses and wins and loses and wins etc etc. Markos has faced the tougher competition and hasn’t lost two fights in a row ever in her career, and she’s coming off a decision loss to Claudia Ghadelha. I expect an easy decision victory for the Veteran.
Laureano Starpoli (9-1) Vs Muslim Salikhov (15-2)
This has the potential to be fight of the night. Especially on a lack luster card such as this one but, nonetheless Starpoli has won his first two UFC fights in a row by decision against Thiago Alves and Hector Aldana. Whereas Muslim Salikhov has won 2 by KO, and lost 1 by RNC. Truthfully, Salikhov should win this by KO and continue his welterweight title run. If Laureano Starpoli wants to get his 3rd win in a row, he needs to have a wrestle heavy attack. If Starpoli is willing to stand in the pocket with Salikhov, he’s going to sleep.
Ciryl Gane (4-0) Vs Don’Tale Mayes (7-2)
Ciryl Gane is coming off a submission finish in his UFC debut. He’s looking to remain undefeated as he takes on Don’Tale Mayes, the Contender Series veteran. Mayes lost his first fight against Allen Crowder but he didn’t let that get him down. Mayes won with 2 knockouts in a row his next 2 fights. Gane and Mayes are both power houses with a great finish rate. Unfortunately for Mayes, I see Gane avoiding the power shots and eventually taking him down and pounding him out, but with heavyweights you never know what to expect; there is too much power in the octagon!
Beneil Dariush (16-4-1) Vs Frank Camacho (22-7)
This is a battle of two UFC Veterans. Beneil Dariush has won 2 in a row after suffering 3 losses. Frank Camacho has won 2 out of his last 5 but his losses are to very tough competition in Geoff Neal, Drew Dober, and JingLiang Li. Camacho has the kill or be killed attitude when he fights and if Dariush tries and boxes with him he will go to sleep, especially since that chin is shot like it is now. Too bad for Camacho I see Beneil Dariush using a heavy ground attack and winning either by a boring decision or even a submission. If Frank Camacho can defend the takedown and keep the fight standing and at a distance he can win though!
Michael Johnson (19-14) Vs Stevie Ray (22-9)
The Co main event of the evening you got two UFC veterans again taking each other on. Honestly I barely want to break this down, Stevie Ray has virtually no chance of winning this fight. He doesn’t have any advantages anywhere in this fight. He’s coming off being brutally knocked out his last fight. Michael Johnson has been in there with the best of ‘em and he’s moving back up to 155. I got Michael Johnson by brutal KO, if I’m wrong he needs to retire.
Ben Askren (19-1) Vs Demian Maia (27-9)
This is a very very tough fight to predict and even breakdown. Both fighters have had less than 5 significant strikes there last 2 fights combined for god sakes! Askren is coming off the humiliating Jorge Masvidal KO. Maia is coming off a decision victory against Tony Martin. Demian Maia definitely has the stand up advantage but still I don’t think it’s enough to knock anyone out. I don’t know who wins, I’m gonna say Askren soley because he needs this win.
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