By: Matt ALexander
Erick Silva vs Yancy Medeiros
These fighters have both had mixed results in their recent careers. Silva has an aggressive Muay Thai style, while Medeiros has sharp boxing. Both men have strong Jiujitsu, but Silva has fought at this weight more naturally than Medeiros. Still, Medeiros will be hard to finish and could steal rounds by counter-punching.
Medeiros by DEC
Paulo Borrachinha vs Oluwale Bambgbose
Both of these up and comers have had short careers marked by vicious knockouts. Bambgose has a laundry list of belts in various martial arts, but also has a 1-2 UFC record. Borrachinha is undefeated, but only 1-0 in the UFC. This bout is a good test for both men, but Borrachinha has to have the confidence advantage with his win streak and being on home turf.
Borrachinha by KO
Vitor Belfort vs Nate Marquardt
This is likely Belfort’s last hurrah, and the UFC has set him against another, ahem, “veteran”, in his own backyard. Both men are at the end of their careers, but both are capable of ended an opponent’s night early. If it goes out of round 1, look for a sloppy rest of the fight, but Vitor hopefully won’t go out on another beatdown loss.
Belfort by TKO
Gadelha vs Kowalkiewicz
These two fighters have unblemished records save for losses to the current strawweight champion, Joanna Violence. This is a three-round fight set in Brasil, both big advantages to the grappler Gadelha. Furthermore, her ability to control the distance should give her opponent enough trouble that she wins at least 2 of 3 rounds.
Gadelha by DEC
Aldo vs Holloway
This is the big one. Which champ will be the real champ (after Mcgregor) ? Holloway will bring the violence for five rounds, but can he withstand Aldo’s leg kicks and get around the Brazilian’s defensive footwork? Being in Brazil, Holloway will likely need a finish to get the belt, but he is certainly capable of that. This fight is as close to a pick ’em as they come, but feel free to bet against the odds if the line opens up.
Holloway by TKO