Sao Paulo, Brazil hosts the latest UFC fight night card as Lyoto Machida returns to the cage after a two year layoff to face the dangerous Derek Brunson while Damien Maia takes on the always game Colby Covington.
The main card starts at 10pm eastern on Fox Sports 1, while the prelims are at 8pm over on Fox Sports 2. The early prelims are at 7pm on Fight Pass.
Now let’s get down to business.
Lyoto Machida is a legend of MMA, but he is nearing his 40th birthday and hasn’t fought in 2 years. Derek Brunson ($8,400), however, is young and hungry and is the far superior athlete at this point in their careers. His swarming offensive style is something that Machida might have dealt with easily at one point in time, but 2017 is not that time. Brunson swarms the Dragon and puts him away before the championship rounds.
Pedro Munhoz ($7,500) was widely seen as a future champion when he first entered the UFC. To many, however, he seems to have plateaued, but even if he has, it’s still a pretty high plateau. His opponent, Rob Font, has been making significant strides and is the betting favorite in this fight, but at a $7,500 price tag and with all of that talent, Munhoz is a great value pick.
Thiago Santos ($7,900) has finished 6 of his 7 UFC fights, and yet his price tag this weekend doesn’t even crack $8K. Is Jack Hermansson dangerous? Of course he is. But he doesn’t have the skill or power to seriously challenge Santos.
Yes John Lineker ($9,400) is the most expensive fighter on the card, but that is for good reason. He finishes fights in the first round and this matchup is arguable the most lopsided on the entire fight card.
The fight that I am probably most excited about is Niko Price ($7,700) vs. Vincente Luque. Both fighters are tough as nails and throw absolute bombs, so this fight could easily be a 15 minute long slugfest. Or it could end in 90 seconds… Give me Price here though, simply based on that value…. price. *shades on* oh yeah…
The main problem for Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos ($9,000) so far in his career has been keeping the fight on the feet where he can show off his mean striking skills. Fortunately for him his opponent this weekend, Max Griffin, is not one to attempt a takedown. dos Santos gets to put on a striking exhibition in the octagon in front of his countrymen.