We have more UFC action this Saturday night live from Mexico City. The card is not the most stacked of Fight Nights, but there are a few intriguing matchups, not the least of which is a possible flyweight title eliminator pitting Sergio Pettis against Brandon Moreno.
Main card starts at 10pm eastern on Fox Sports 1, while the prelims are at 8pm also on FS1. Early prelims at 7pm over on Fight Pass.
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Now let’s get down to business.
The main event of the evening brings us Sergio Pettis ($7,700) against Brandon Moreno. While Moreno has been on quite the streak, Pettis has fought the much stiffer competition throughout his career. Pettis is also the more skilled striker of the two, and should be able to keep this fight away from the ground, Moreno’s world. And for less than $8K, he’s hard to pass up.
Alexa Grasso ($8,300) is still a top prospect, despite her loss to Felice Herring her last time on the cage. She possesses some of the best striking in her division, and is a phenomenal athlete. Her opponent, Randa Markos, has been incredibly inconsistent throughout her UFC tenure. I’m taking the Mexican girl in Mexico to dictate the pace of this fight and impose her will on the feet.
Alan Jouban ($8,700) has a reputation for barn burners, but over his last several fights has also shown a much more technical approach. Luckily that technical approach hasn’t taken much away from his DFS points, and his fight on Saturday with the aggressive Niko Price should deliver those points in bunches.
Sam Alvey ($8,400) gets the pleasure of taking on Rashad Evans. Evans has been on the decline for awhile now, and Alvey’s newfound aggressiveness will serve him well against the former light heavyweight champ. Look for “Smile’N” Sam to land a left and put Evans on his back.
Rani Yaha ($8,900) is boring. Everyone knows it. But he’s also effective, and one of the better grapplers in the UFC. Additionally, his opponent, Briones, has also never set the world on fire, and has nowhere near the BJJ chops that Yaha has. This fight seems fairly straight forward to me – Yaha gets Briones to the ground and locks in a submission.
Diego Rivas ($8,00) hasn’t fought much recently due to a battle with cancer, but he has legitimate raw talent. Add in the fact that he is now training at Kings MMA, and I am expecting good things from the 25 year old. His opponent, Jose Quinonez, has shown some improvement from fight to fight, but Rivas has that “blue chip” feel.