Rafael dos Anjos returns to the division he after dominated this Saturday evening (Nov. 14, 2020), headlining UFC Vegas 14, which when again will take spot inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, from late-see replacement Paul Felder. The ESPN+-streamed primary card will also see Abdul Razak Alhassan slug it out with Khaos Williams and a trio of Middleweight bouts that element some extremely promising abilities.
Three UFC Vegas 14 “Prelims” undercard bouts stay to be examined (examine out the 1st batch here). Stick to me under and we’ll resolve that …
115 lbs.: Kay Hansen vs. Cory McKenna
The 21-12 months-previous Kay Hansen (7-3) enjoyed mixed good results under the Invicta banner, but managed to earn her previous two bouts in the advertising prior to leaping ship to UFC. Her June debut pitted her in opposition to previous Atomweight champ Jinh Yu Frey, whom Hansen submitted in the third spherical to assert “Effectiveness of the Evening.”
She’ll have a 4.5-inch access advantage in excess of “The Hobbit.”
McKenna (5-1) went undefeated (7-) as an novice before becoming a member of Cage Warriors, wherever she scored 3 finishes in four victories. Her endeavours led to an August “Contender Series” bout, wherein she out-grappled Vanessa Demopoulos in a deal-winning exertion.
She’s knocked out two experienced opponents and submitted 1 other.
I truly, definitely like this matchmaking. Both equally women look properly outfitted to exploit the other’s weaknesses. In specific, Hansen has poor hanging and a tendency to conclusion up in lousy positions, but is an overpowering wrestler. In the meantime, McKenna’s wrestling is mostly unproven, but she’s a slick striker with superb opportunistic submissions. This appears to be like like a perfect understanding possibility for two really promising youthful gals.
Hansen’s takedowns search like the deciding aspect. Which is since she’s a potent adequate top rated command professional to shut down McKenna’s grappling attack as extended as she performs it intelligent and doesn’t try out nearly anything extravagant. McKenna’s continue to possible to set her in submission hazard at the very least the moment, but hope Hansen’s control time to carry her to an entertaining decision.
Prediction: Hansen through unanimous selection
115 lbs.: Ashley Yoder vs. Miranda Granger
Ashley Yoder (7-6) — who won her 1st bout on The Supreme Fighter (TUF) 23 prior to falling to Kate Jackson — snapped a a few-combat losing streak with consecutive conclusions in excess of Amanda Cooper and Syuri Kondo. “The Spider Monkey” has since misplaced two straight, dropping competitive choices to Randa Markos and Livinha Souza.
All four of her skilled submission wins have arrive by armbar.
A 41-2nd guillotine choke of Heloisa Azevedo earned Miranda Granger (7-1) the CFFC Strawweight title, her sixth consecutive complete, and a place in the Octagon, exactly where she defeated Hannah Goldy in her promotional debut. She couldn’t do the exact to Amanda Lemos, nonetheless, tapping to a rear bare choke 4 months later.
She’ll enjoy a 1.5-inch achieve edge.
Yoder’s Octagon document doesn’t properly replicate her talents she gave Markos, Souza, MacKenzie Dern and Angela Hill anything they could cope with in defeat, and I’ve acquired her beating Granger. “Danger’s” current decline to Lemos confirmed that she’s vulnerable to potent grapplers, and Yoder is extra than competent and relentless adequate to exploit that shortcoming in equivalent trend.
That claimed, Yoder isn’t the most potent offensive wrestler in the entire world, so Granger could acquire this if she maintains array and picks her off. However, I favor Yoder to wrangle her to the mat for possibly a submission complete or at ease final decision.
Prediction: Yoder through to start with-round submission
170 lbs.: Alex Morono vs. Rhys McKee
Alex Morono (17-6) place a 1-2 skid behind him to acquire three straight, among the them a “Struggle of the Night” determination over Music Kenan and a very first-spherical technical knockout of Zak Ottow. The streak cemented him as a large most loved against Khaos Williams in February, only for “The Excellent White” to go through a 27-next knockout loss.
He presents up three inches of top and half a foot of get to to Rhys McKee (10-3-1).
“Skeletor” avenged a knockout reduction to Tim Barnett to assert the BAMMA Lightweight title in 2018, and however he lost the belt to Terry Brazier in his 1st protection, he bounced back again with three consecutive finishes. He then experienced the misfortune of debuting against Khamzat Chimaev, who smashed him into submission halfway as a result of the first round.
Every of his 10 wins has arrive within the length, 7 of them by variety of knockout.
Except McKee has put on some a lot-essential mass and in fact figured out how to use his preposterous arrive at, he’s in for a terrible time. Morono, although nobody’s thought of a placing technician, packs ample warmth in those people wild swings to harm the defensively inept “Skeletor” and could discover good results with his ground sport as effectively. McKee’s superior offensive boxing is not enough to conquer the disparity in strength and halting ability.
I’m just not convinced McKee can make his sport operate versus capable Welterweights. Without having the firepower to budge Morono, count on him to expend 15 minutes or significantly less on the wrong finish of a slugfest.
Prediction: Morono by using unanimous decision
UFC Vegas 14 … at minimum the fights seem to be lots violent? See you Saturday, Maniacs.
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