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UFC Fight Night – Rozenstruik vs. Gane Preview

Two relatively new UFC heavyweights go head-to-head in this fight night which sees an explosive Jairzinho Rozenstruik take on Ciryl Gane. A win for either of these sets up a bout with a top contender in the division and possibly the winner of last weeks main even, Derek Lewis. The co-main event sees a bout between two light heavyweight prospects aiming to break into the top 5 and have a run at the title. Some very explosive fighters are appearing on this main card and I expect some big finishes especially in the co-main and main event with an entertaining fight night to lead us into UFC 259 next Saturday.

Alex Caceres vs. Kevin Croom: The main card begins with a featherweight bout between the veteran Caceres and newcomer Croom. Caceres comes into this fight on a three-fight win streak, including a win against promising newcomer Chase Hooper which he was a heavy underdog for. He will need to carry on this form against Croom who comes into this contest on the back of a 31-second knockout in his UFC debut back in September. This fight looks like it will go the distance as this is how both men have the majority of their wins. I think this fight will largely depend on who has the higher endurance and who will still be there in the final round which I think will be Caceres largely due to his experience in the UFC and his ability to grind out wins.

My prediction: Caceres by DEC

Angela Hill vs. Ashley Yoder: A big clash of styles is up for show in this women’s strawweight fight. Hill much prefers to stand and fight with her opponents whereas Yoder will want to take Hill down and go for a submission with 50% of her wins having come from this. Hill is at a 4-inch height disadvantage and 5-inch reach disadvantage meaning she will need to time her attacks right and get in close to throw punches and make sure she backs away in order to avoid the takedown. Yoder will want to turn this into a grappling match and null Hill’s power by keep her close, against the fence and taking her down. Yoder’s last 8 fights have gone all the way showing that she has the ability to last for 15 minutes, having also never been submitted or knocked out I expect this one to go all the way as well.

My prediction: Yoder by DEC

Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera: Two ranked bantamweights are up next in a bout that has ‘Fight of the Night’ potential. Both of these fighters will be looking for another run in the top 5 of the division after suffering defeats against top contenders in the division in their previous few fights. I expect this to be a very striking heavy fight as both fighters land on average over 4 significant strikes per minute. Munhoz absorbs a high amount of strikes per minute but having never been knocked out he shows how durable he is and is willing to take punches in order to land heavy shots of his own. I think Munhoz will have too much for Rivera and will end his 2-fight losing streak here.

My prediction: Munhoz by SUB

Montana De La Rosa vs. Mayra Buena Silva: A very even matchup between two high level submission experts. These fighters have a combined 13 wins by submission which points towards a bout that will be heavily contested on the floor. However, when fighters are evenly matched in their ground game the contest can become primarily a kickboxing affair with neither wanting to be submitted and show having weaker Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This has the makings to be a very exciting fight and a difficult one to call.

My prediction: De La Rosa by DEC

Nikita Kyrlov vs. Magomed Ankalaev: Two ranked light heavyweights will be looking to get a top 5 opponent in the division next with a win in the co-main event. Both men hold impressive records coming into this bout with a combined 8 losses in 48 fights. This fight is very unlikely to go the distance due to their finishing specialties. Kyrlov mixes up his finishes with 10 knockouts and 15 submission wins showing he is very capable wherever the fight takes place whereas Ankalaev has 9 wins by knockout and no submission wins. Ankalaev will need to show his takedown defence and keep this game standing up. I believe this is going to be a very entertaining fight that will not go the distance.

My prediction: Anaklaev by KO

Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Ciryl Gane: A heavyweight bout features for the second main event in a row. I expect this will be a very explosive fight with Rozenstruik looking to land a heavy shot early and get a knockout which he has done with two previous wins coming inside 30 seconds. Rozenstruik has shown that he isn’t just a fast starter, in his fight with Overeem, who was winning the contest on points, Rozenstruik managed to get the knockout win with only 4 seconds remaining meaning his power is not going to fade throughout the fight. Gane is going to have to be careful in every moment of the fight not to get caught, with a few submission wins to his name it is possible he will use his wrestling skills to take this fight to the floor. I do not think this fight will go the distance and could be over very quickly. I think Rozenstruik’s power and experience will show in this fight.

My prediction: Rozenstruik by KO

Written by Luke Penny


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