Veronica Macedo (6-3-1) vs Bea Malecki (1-0)
Starting off the night of fights we got a women’s bout taking place in the bantamweight division. Veronica Macedo hasn’t fought in this division since her debut against Ashlee Evans Smith in 2016 where she eventually dropped a unanimous decision loss. Bea Malecki is coming off her official UFC debut. The reason I say official is because she was on the TUF season where she also lost by unanimous decision. Veronica Macedo is a BJJ specialist coming off a first round submission her last time out against Poliyana Viana. Bea Malecki is more of a striker, but she is coming off a submission of Duda Santana in her UFC debut. Bea is going to have a 10 inch reach advantage this fight. This is a really hard fight to call I have no idea who’s going to win Bea Malecki trains out of FortisMMA, so i’m going to have to choose her. I wouldn’t be surprised if Macedo won though, she’s does have the more experience.
Bruno Silva (10-4-2) vs David Dvorak (17-3)
This is another tough fight a lot of these brazilian cards are always a tough call for some reason. Bruno Silva is coming off a submission loss against Khalid Taha. He’s now moving down to the flyweight division and is going to take on flyweight newcomer David Dvorak. He hasn’t lost since 2012 he but hasn’t really faced anyone like Bruno Silva though. David Dvorak has a chance to test Bruno Silvas chin but I expect Dvorak to get wrestled over and over again. If he can survive the take down’s he could possibly touch that chin and put him out. That is a tall task though I expect Bruno Silva to walk away with a close decision victory. David Dvorak is KO or bust for me.
Mayra Bueno Silva (6-0) vs Maryna Moroz (9-3)
Another women’s bout that is very tough to call. A lot of experts or whatever you want to call these people got Moroz winning this because she faced the tougher competition in her career against Angela Hill and Carla Esparza. Personally I like Mayra Bueno Silva we haven’t seen her since 2018 where she won by arm-bar against Gilian Roberson in the very first round. What makes this fight so hard to call is Silva has only had one fight since being in the UFC she has however gotten another submission victory on the Contender Series Brazil. I have Mayra Bueno Silva winning by submission but if she cant get Moroz down she will most likely get picked apart on the feet because that’s where Moroz has the advantage.
Rani Yahya (26-10) vs Enrique Barzola (16-5-1)
This fight is pretty clear cut to me Rani Yahya is coming off a 13 month lay off and a decision loss against Ricky Simon. He will now be facing former featherweight Enrique Barzola. Rani will look to get the submission victory the only this is Barzola has insane wrestling smart fight IQ and hits hard at featherweight, so I can only imagine how the power transfers over to the smaller division. Barzola might snap this decision streak and finish Rani Yahya inside the distance by TKO.
Elizeu Dos Santos (21-6) vs Alexey Kunchenko (20-1)
Zaleski Dos Santos was riding a 7 fight win streak before dropping his last fight where he was knocked out by Jingliang Li in China. Who knows what shit Li was on over there. He is looking to get back in the win column against a very tough fighter in Alexey Kunchenko a former M-1 Welterweight champion before making the call to the UFC. Alexey is coming off a decision loss to Gilbert Burns who was a last minute late replacement. Kunchenko has all the tools to be something serious he just really lacks output. While Zaleski is in there looking to finish the fight at all times and has more ways to do it. I expect Dos Santos to get this win here somehow someway and give Kunchenko his first back to back L’s ever.
Amanda Ribas (8-1) vs Randa Markos (10-7-1)
This is another clear cut winner for me Randa Markos is a sub .500 UFC fighter and has had some impressive wins, some ugly wins, and some losses. Her last fight out she was suppose to win convincingly she did not though. She struggled mightily against Ashley Yoder who is light years below Amanda Ribas when it comes to skill level. Markos has yet to get a win streak since she’s been in the UFC and I do not expect her to start now. Ribas has a 100% take down defense, better striking, and is going to be the longer, and more active fighter. It will be close for a little but Ribas will pull away and get the decision victory.
Jussier Formiga (23-6) vs Brandon Moreno (16-5-1)
This fight is going to go one of two ways 1. Formiga is going to hang on to Moreno for dear life hoping to not have to take damage or 2. Brandon Moreno is going to fend off the take downs and stop Formiga’s boring ass game plan and get the finish. I think Moreno is a smart fighter and knows Formiga is going to try to take him down and take his back. I think Moreno is really trying to prove to the UFC brass he is meant to be here and will eventually challenge for the flyweight title fight after my boy fig knocks out Joey B again.
Francisco Trinaldo (24-7) vs John Makdessi (17-6)
A lot of bettors are putting their money on Makdessi in this fight. Me personally I do not agree here. Yes, John Makdessi has the more output in all of his fights but he isn’t going to come in here and hurt Trinaldo. I think Trinaldo has to land one flush left hand and it will stun him and than he will hold off makdessi from throwing that much strikes. Makdessi is not the better fighter here people are only on him because he’s the underdog. I’m going with Trinaldo I just can’t trust Makdessi. I could be wrong though a lot of people are leaning the other way.
Johnny Walker (17-4) vs Nikita Krylov (26-7)
These next 4 fights are going to be BANGERS maybe depending on the Maia Burns fight. This fight here is for sure going to be balls to the walls insanity. Johnny Walker was this insane hype-train he had it all going for him until he met who would have guessed it fucking Corey Anderson of all people. Corey Anderson came in there and made light work of the young prospect finishing him in the first round. He is now going to face a even harder hitter in Nikita Kyrlov, who is coming off a split decision loss to Glover Texeira. After the Anderson loss Walker made the necessary steps and went to Tristar to train with GSP & Firas Zahabi. Honestly, I can’t trust someone who got knocked out by Corey Anderson i just cant. If you believe the hype is still real in Johnny Walker then hey be my guess just know Krylov has not been knocked out since 2012 when he was fighting at heavyweight. I got Krylov by knock out over hand right.
Renato Moicano (13-3-1) vs Damir Hadzovic (13-5)
Renato Moicano is moving up to lightweight after suffering back to back stoppage losses. He will be facing Damir Hadzovic who is literally the most average fighter. I have no idea why Moicano is even fighting this guy. he’s better than him in every way imaginable. He can take him down at will Damir struggles mightily against take downs he has been taking down 18 times since being in the UFC. Moicano is a way better striker landing almost 300+ strikes against Calvin Kattar, Jeremy Stephens, and Bryan Ortega. Moicano is going to win this whenever he wants too.
Demian Maia (28-9) vs Gilbert Burns (17-3)
Can Burns put away the veteran Demian Maia? I think he wins but I definitely don’t see him getting the finish. Maia hasn’t been finished since 2009. I honestly don’t know how this fight plays out. If Maia tries to take Burns down he’s not going to be able too unless Burns just let’s him take him down and that would just be plain stupid. If it plays out on the feet Maia is going to be in for a rough fight. I fully expect Gilbert Burns to beat Demian Maia but I truly don’t know how.
Kevin Lee (18-5) vs Charles Oliveira (28-8)
Kevin Lee will most likely get the W here but we have seen him lose to Al Iaquinta twice lol. I’m just playing Charles Oliveira is on this nice win-streak the only thing is his best win is Jim Miller since he’s been on this streak. Kevin Lee has faced the far tougher competition and fought at Welterweight so come fight night he’s going to be the bigger fighter. As much as I want Charles Oliveira to win I can’t pick him here. He’s most likely going to lose just like he did against Paul Felder in the later rounds. Kevin Lee is going to use his wrestling and overpower him and take him down and most likely get the TKO stoppage.