Sabina Mazo (7-1) Vs JJ Aldrich (8-3) (WFLY)
Sabina Mazo is 1-1 since joining the UFC. She dropped her first fight to Maryna Moroz by decision, but won her most recent fight against fellow TUF veteran fighter, Shana Dobson. Shana is a kickboxer with a little bit of ground game to mix it up. JJ Aldrich is quietly one of the better fighters in that shallow, 125 women’s division. She has won 4 out of her last 5 fights, only losing to the rising contender, Maycee Barber. This fight isn’t going to be a boring one. I expect both of these girls to go after it. JJ Alrdich likes to make the fight a brawl and Mazo isn’t one to turn down a good ole’ fashion brawl. Aldrich is the more experienced fighter and is a brown belt in BJJ. I got her winning, as long as she doesn’t get caught by one of Mazo’s headaches.
Ode Osbourne (8-2) Vs Brian Kelleher (19-10) (BW)
Ode Osbourne facing Brian Kelleher is the epitome of a veteran vs rookie battle. Brian Kelleher is 3 and 3 in his UFC tenure. He is coming off of back to back losses against John Lineker and Montel Jackson, who is also Ode Osbourne’s teammate. Ode Osbourne is a Contender Series alumni. He finished his opponent Armando Villareal off his back in the first round. Osbourne has finished a fight in the first round 6 times in his professional career. With Kelleher coming off these two losses and not beating anyone that impressive, and Jackson being Osbourne’s teammate, I gotta go with “The Jamaican Sensation” to get his hand raised.
Tim Elliot (15-9-1) Vs Askar Askarov (10-0-1) (MFly)
Askar Askarov honestly is my sure lock of the night. Askarov is coming off a slobber knocker against the wild Brandon Moreno, where ultimately the fight was ruled a draw. Tim Elliot is coming off a first round submission loss against Deiveson Figueiroa at UFC Tampa. That was Elliot’s first fight in two years and he didn’t look great at all. Elliot is going to get submitted or TKO’d. Askarov is just the better fighter all around.
Aleksa Camur (5-0) Vs Justin Ledet (9-2) (LHW)
Look at that, another showcase fight. This time, you got Aleksa Camur making his debut after coming off of a knee finish against fellow prospect Fabio Merchant on the Contender Series. He will be taking on UFC veteran, Justin Ledet. I’m sure you all recall Justin Ledet’s last fight against Johnny Walker. How did that go again? Ledet was barely hanging on by a thread. I give him little chance to win and the only reason I do is because Camur has only 5 fights, and that’s very green. Some people just got it though, let’s see if Aleksa Camur is special!
Nasrat Haqparast (11-2) Vs Drew Dober (21-9) (LW)
These next 3 fights should be on the main card, but hey, I don’t make the fight lineups. First one we’re going to focus on is a pivotal lightweight match up. Nasrat Haqparast is a surging prospect. He’s won 3 out of his last 4 fights. His last loss was in 2017 against Marcin Held, which is surprising because we all know how bad Marcin Held is. Nasrat has cleaned up his striking tremendously and it shows. His last opponent Joaquim Silva was sent to the shadow realm with a devastating hook. Standing across Nasrat is Drew Dober, a very tough veteran who is coming off his own brutal knock out against Polo Reyes. Dober is coming off a finish yes, but Polo Reyes has the absolute worst chin in the lightweight division. Dober has a puncher’s chance, but I think Nasrat is the faster, technical, and mentally tougher fighter. Nasrat gets the decision win in one of the funnest fights of the night.
Andre Fili (20-6) Vs Sodiq Yusuff (10-1) (FW)
Andre Fili and Sodiq Yusuff are about to meet in the middle of the ring and go blow for blow. This fight is sneaky good, I expect it to play out like Colby and Kamaru honestly. Fili has power and can definitely generate more output, but Sodiq has dynamite in his hands. Eventually he will catch Andre Fili and put him down. Andre Fili got dropped by Myles Jury not even two fights ago. I mean c’mon.
Maycee Barber (8-0) Vs Roxanne Modaferri (23-16) (WFLY)
This prelim card is full of so many Hype Trains. I think all these trains roll on though, especially Maycee Barber. She is just too good and too smart. She has so much awareness and self confidence, she ooze’s success. Roxanne Modaferri is cool and nice, but is she really good? Roxanne isn’t going to try to stand with Maycee Barber, she is going to immediately look for a takedown and try to lay on her for three rounds. That isn’t going to work. Ben Askren is training Barber religiously on wrestling defense and tendencies. Maycee will defend some takedowns and Roxanne won’t know what to do. She’ll eventually fold to the pressure and Mayce will continue her goal to be the youngest champion since Jon Jones and challenge someone in the top 5 next. It’s #TheFutureEra you’re either with her or against her it seems.
Anthony Pettis (22-9) Vs Diego Ferreira (16-2) (LW)
FortisMMA is going to start landing some big name fights, Diego Ferreira being the first one. CDF is going to be taking on Anthony “Showtime” Pettis to kick off the main card. CDF is currently on a 5 fight win streak and his last loss was against Dustin Porier in 2015. He’s coming off of a great performance against respected Maribek Taisumov at UFC AbuDhabi. He was able to deal with extreme conditions and lay a ridiculous pace on the countrymen resulting in a unanimous decision. Anthony Pettis had an interesting 2019 campaign. He knocked out Stephen Thompson with a perfect superman punch. Because of the impressive finish seen around the world, he was able to get a Nate Diaz fight where he eventually dropped a unanimous decision. If we know anything about Anthony Pettis, it’s that he can’t handle pressure. What is Diego Ferreira you ask? A pressure fighter with crisp boxing and even a well balanced ground game. You really can’t ever count out Anthony Pettis, but here, I just think Diego Ferreira and FortisMMA will have the perfect game plan and continue their winning ways into 2020.
Claudia Gadelha (17-4) Vs Alexa Grasso (11-3) (SW)
Well this is a very important straw weight fight. I’m surprised UFC gave Alexa Grasso this fight after dropping her last fight to the veteran Carla Esparza. Nevertheless, here we are. Grasso has some very impressive striking, she just lacks take down defense. Claudia Gadelha is the overall better fighter and she’s going to prove it fight night when she wrestles Grasso down and gets the TKO finish or a unanimous decision victory.
Alexey Oleinik (57-13-1) Vs Maurice Greene (8-3) (LHW)
Congrats UFC, this is the weirdest fight ever to be on a Conor McGregor headlined event. Maurice Greene is coming off a knockout loss against Sergey Pavlovich recently, at UFC Singapore. Alexey Oleinik really only has one path to victory; we all know it’s that Ezekiel Choke. Maurice Greene is in position to win, these two are going to trade until there is only one standing. I’m not sure who is going to win, so I’m going to say sub or bust for Alexey Oleinik.
Holly Holm (12-5) Vs Raquel Pennington (10-7) (BW)
Here we go again, Holly Holm drawing a co-main event or main event. This rematch is as pointless as can be. Holly Holm is going to cruise to an easy decision victory. I don’t think Racquel Pennington has improved. I guess you can say that she has though, Pennington is coming off a split decision victory against Irene Aldana. Since the Holly Holm fight, she has defeated Jessica Andrade, Bethe Correia, Elizabeth Phillips, and Meisha Tate. Not the most impressive streak to say the least. Holly Holm is coming off yet another title fight loss, granted it was against Amanda Nunes. Holm should use her range and pick her apart for the decision win.
Conor McGregor (21-4) Vs Donald Cerrone (36-13) (LW)
Let me start off by saying I respect Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and everything he has done for this sport. That being said, he isn’t going to be able to take that left hand. The fact that he’s willing to stand toe to toe with Conor McGregor is so gangster and I applaud him for that. I expect him to go in there and maybe survive an early onslaught, but I highly doubt it. Cerrone can’t take pressure and Conor is going to bring the fight to him. If Cerrone wants to win, he has to remain calm, bob and weave, and hope not to get caught by anything. Other than that, he has to try to implement his wrestling and even that is inferior to Conor’s. These two are going to put on an amazing show Saturday night and I can’t wait.