At the time viewed as the long term of the Gentle Heavyweight division, Dominick Reyes appears to be like to snap a two-fight skid this Saturday (Might 1, 2021) when he normally takes on surging prospect Jiri Prochazka in UFC Vegas 25’s key occasion. The ESPN+/ESPN2 broadcasts also see Cub Swanson attempt to halt Giga Chikadze’s increasing momentum and Ion Cutelaba satisfies Dustin Jacoby in what seems to be like a certain firefight.
Many thanks to some late-see withdrawals, we’re down to just six “Prelims” undercard bouts, 3 of which have been dissected for your perusal below:
115 lbs.: Loma Lookboonmee vs. Sam Hughes
Following edging out Aleksandra Albu in her UFC debut, Loma Lookboonmee (5-2) took a action up in opposition to Angela Hill that proved far too a great deal, way too shortly, ensuing in her 2nd occupation decline. Undaunted, she acquired again on monitor 8 months later with a dominant functionality against former Invicta champ Jinh Yu Frey.
She is the shorter of the two by 4 inches and provides up 2.5 inches of access.
Sam Hughes (5-2) set alongside one another a best professional start (4-) to set up an LFA title struggle towards Vanessa Demopoulos, who hit a comeback submission in the championship rounds to close “Sampage’s” unbeaten operate. A buzzer-beater submission of Danielle Hindley set her again in the acquire column a few months later, but she failed to conquer Tecia Torres in her late-observe Octagon debut.
She has tapped a few qualified foes and knocked out one other.
Even though I do want to be cheeky and just say that Hughes is set to go -2 against 5’1” striking dynamos, I imagine y’all ought to have a little bit a lot more explanation than that. Hughes is a able boxer in her own appropriate, but she’s exceptionally one particular-note on the toes when compared to Lookboonmee, relying pretty much fully on jabs, crosses, and reduced kicks. Lookboonmee is adept enough to get inside of of Hughes’ extended strikes and get to do the job in the clinch, the place she ostensibly has Hughes poorly outgunned.
That explained, Hughes does determine to have a notable dimension advantage, and Lookboonmee will be considerably a lot easier to get a keep of than Torres. If she can bully Lookboonmee within and/or by some means continue to keep her at the end of her attain, she’s acquired a shot. Extra probably, while, Lookboonmee tears her up at position-blank for a broad determination.
Prediction: Lookboonmee by means of unanimous choice
145 lbs.: Felipe Colares vs. Luke Sanders
Even though an Octagon debut loss to Geraldo de Freitas knocked Felipe Colares (9-2) from the ranks of the unbeaten, “Cabocao” created his way onto the UFC scoreboard with a split decision above Domingo Pilarte. Despite a heroic exertion, he couldn’t retain the momentum going, dropping a final decision to Montel Jackson in a slugfest.
This will be his to start with overall look in 15 months, as COVID-19 scratched a planned Nov. 2020 clash with Gustavo Lopez.
Luke Sanders (13-4) entered the Octagon with the RFA belt and a 10- document, which he instantly enhanced by choking out Maximo Blanco in his debut. He’s just 2-4 because, most not long ago tapping to a Nate Maness rear-bare choke in Nov. 2020.
He initially stepped in for T.J. Laramie in opposition to Damon Jackson, but obtained this match up when the two Jackson and Colares’ authentic foe, Journey Newson, withdrew.
I actually do believe Sanders is better than his UFC report suggests three of individuals four losses came by using comeback stoppage in fights he was decisively winning. If he can just retain his head on straight for a complete fight, he’s obtained the expertise to operate roughshod over Colares, who acquired eaten alive by a further powerhouse southpaw in Jackson previous time out.
Sanders may not have Jackson’s downright unfair actual physical items, but his aggression figures to pay back related dividends, and Colares seemingly lacks the punching electric power that Andre Soukhamthath and Nate Maness employed to transform the tables. So prolonged as he retains Colares on the back foot, avoids obtaining his back again taken, and doesn’t have a further brain fart, he buries Colares in power punches for a 2nd-spherical complete.
Prediction: Sanders via next-round technological knockout
185 lbs.: Andreas Michailidis vs. K.B. Bhullar
Andreas Michailidis (12-4) introduced a 7-1 operate into the Octagon, wherever he stepped up on limited see to confront Modestas Bukauskas at Mild Heavyweight. Although the opening minutes were being competitive, Michailidis’ endeavor at a late takedown resulted in a complex knockout reduction mainly because of elbows.
He has gone the length just at the time as a qualified, knocking out six.
When the “Contender Series” bout for K.B. Bhullar (8-1) towards Bruno Oliveira fell by way of, he joined UFC correct to take on gifted Englishman Tom Breese. “The Bengal” proved not able to capitalize on the chance, falling to a rigid jab and subsequent floor-and-pound in 102 seconds.
He stands 4 inches taller than Michailidis and offers a a few-inch get to benefit.
It is harmless to say that neither guy notably amazed in his Octagon debut, but I’d nevertheless tab Bhullar as the much better Middleweight even with acquiring knocked out more rapidly. Michailidis just strikes me as a essentially flawed fighter, held back again by reduced-amount boxing and a continuously bad gasoline tank. Flawed as Bhullar is, significantly in phrases of his striking protection, he’s still bought the dimensions and cardio to outlast Michailidis.
Even though Michailidis could just knock Bhullar’s block off in the first handful of minutes, he’s orders of magnitude even worse than Breese. Bhullar survives an aggressive begin to polish the Greek off late.
Prediction: Bhullar by means of 3rd-round technological knockout
Three extra UFC Vegas 25 “Prelims” undercard bouts continue to be to preview and predict, such as a debuting Strawweight prospect coming off of two brutal knockout victories. Similar time tomorrow, Maniacs.
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