Suriname’s most damaging export satisfies France’s most recent foray into Heavyweight greatness this Saturday (Feb. 27, 2021) when Jairzinho Rozenstruik makes an attempt to make his scenario for a title shot at the expenditure of unbeaten prospect, Ciryl Gane. In addition, blue chip Mild Heavyweight prospect Magomed Ankalaev satisfies Ukrainian finisher Nikita Krylov and Jimmie Rivera finally settles the rating with aged rival Pedro Munhoz.
Two more UFC Vegas 20 “Prelims” undercard bouts stay to preview and forecast (verify out the first batch here), and I’m pretty certain you haven’t received everything greater to do on a Tuesday night time than adhere to alongside with our breakdowns. Hit it!
155 lbs.: Alexander Hernandez vs. Thiago Moises
Alexander Hernandez’s (12-3) brutal UFC debut knockout of Beneil Dariush and subsequent decision above Olivier Aubin-Mercier set him on the quick track to Light-weight contender position, only for knockout losses to Donald Cerrone and Drew Dober and a remarkably questionable conclusion win versus Francisco Trinaldo to go away him preventing for his Octagon everyday living. He came up big when it counted in Oct. 2020, nevertheless, battering Chris Gruetzemacher in 106 seconds to gain “Efficiency of the Night.”
Though equally men are the same peak, he’ll have a slight 1.5-inch achieve gain.
Thiago Moises (14-4) — a previous RFA winner and LFA title challenger — punched his ticket to the Octagon in 2018 with a to start with-round knockout on “Contender Series: Brazil.” Although he dropped two of his first a few UFC appearances, he enters the cage this weekend having beaten Michael Johnson and Bobby Eco-friendly in succession.
His 9 specialist finishes involve 6 by submission.
This fight will come down pretty much fully to Hernandez’s technique. Lethal as Moises can be, he’s markedly significantly less hazardous off the back foot. In truth, if Hernandez comes out looking to be the manager — as he did in his initial two Octagon appearances and the Gruetzemacher knockout — he’s acquired the abilities to bully the Brazilian all over the ring and neutralize his most productive weapons. If he tries to stick-and-move his way to victory like he did versus Trinaldo and Dober, Moises will overwhelm him in brief get.
Even with his concerns, I’m choosing Hernandez to sprawl-and-brawl his way to victory. That previous beatdown gain must give him the self esteem needed to ramp up his aggression and avert Moises from taking demand. In the close, “The Great” will make it two straight with ability punches and perhaps a takedown or two.
Prediction: Hernandez by means of unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Alonzo Menifield vs. William Knight
Alonzo Menifield (9-2) needed just 8 seconds to end Dashawn Boatwright on “Contender Series” and earn himself a UFC agreement on his second consider. Even though he started off his UFC job sturdy with brutal knockouts of Vinicius Moreira and Paul Craig — the latter of which acquired him a “General performance of the Night time” bonus — he subsequently came up small in upset losses to Devin Clark and Ovince St. Preux.
None of his nine victories have lasted for a longer time than 5:32.
William Knight’s (9-1) upset knockout of Herdem Alacabek in 2019 acquired him a developmental deal, and although he dropped to Tafon Nchukwi two fights later, an remarkable end of Cody Brundage in his return to “Contender Series” led to a UFC debut just a few months later. There, he made use of efficient top rated control to conquer fellow collection alum Aleksa Camur by unanimous decision in his first qualified excursion to the judges.
He provides up two inches of peak and a few inches of get to to Menifield.
There is a proper way and a erroneous way to battle Knight, and to my everlasting disappointment, every person would seem useless-established on heading about it the mistaken way. He’s really rather restricted on the toes and not a lot of an offensive wrestler, but opponents insist on trying to initiate the grappling with him, permitting him to reverse and unleash his truly terrifying floor-and-pound. All you have to do to conquer this man is overlook how jacked he is, prevent the leg kicks, and conquer him up with punches the way Nchukwi did.
On paper, Menifield has the tools to do all that — the way he blew up two takedown-targeted fighters in Moreira and Craig need to give him a great deal of self-assurance. At the similar time, he struggled poorly to offer with the fairly fragile Clark’s clinch aggression and appeared utterly flummoxed by Ovince St. Preux’s size, so he may not have the wherewithal to really hold Knight off of him and combat sensible. I say Knight wears him down in opposition to the fence prior to sprucing him off late.
Prediction: Knight by way of third-round complex knockout
170 lbs.: Alex Oliveira vs. Ramazan Kuramagomedov
Alex Oliveira (22-9-1) halted a a few-fight getting rid of streak with consecutive conclusions above Max Griffin and Peter Sobotta, upping his Octagon report to 11-6 in the approach. “Cowboy” then acquired the contact to welcome M-1 champ Shavkat Rakhmonov to the Octagon, only to drop victim to the Kazakh’s guillotine late in the initial round.
Twelve of his 17 finishes have arrive by kind of knockout.
Irrespective of relocating up in bodyweight for his “Contender Series” bout towards Jordan Williams, Ramazan Kuramagomedov (8-) entered as a enormous favorite, but only managed to eke out a narrow break up selection that unsuccessful to gain him a deal. He has given that won two straight, which include a submission of Trevor Ollison underneath the Cage Fury banner in Sept. 2020.
He replaces Randy Brown on just 5 days’ see.
When Kuramagomedov controls the speed, he’s a delight to enjoy, mixing his adaptable electrical power kicks with sharp mixture punching. When he can’t come across his convenience zone — like what happened against Williams — his protection can drop aside. The issue, then, is irrespective of whether Oliveira can use his physicality and raw power to prevent Kuramagomedov from receiving a appropriate stream heading.
I’ve flip-flopped a pair times, but I feel Kuramagomedov will get the nod. A significant component of Williams’ results was his implacability and willingness to remedy quantity with volume. Oliveira, by contrast, is a reasonably minimal-output fighter who generally relies on racking up top rated regulate to conserve electricity. That’s not likely to do the job against a more powerful wrestler and more adaptable striker. Like Nicolas Dalby and some others ahead of him, Kuramagomedov survives the early blitz to steadily get apart “Cowboy” down the stretch.
Prediction: Kuramagomedov via unanimous final decision
UFC Vegas 20’s key- and co-most important events both of those determine to be fireworks, and there are some firefights to be located earlier in the night as perfectly. See you Saturday, Maniacs.
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