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PREVIEW | UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor – Full card and predictions

THE UFC’s first pay-per-view event of 2021 sees its biggest draw return to the octagon atop a stacked main card to be hosted at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.

Fighters littered up and down the card will be keen to latch onto the attention garnered though the highly-anticipated main event, with plenty of statements to be made on the famed Fight Island.

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Just over a year removed from his spectacular showing at UFC 246, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor steps into the octagon for a second time against Dustin Poirier, but much has changed since their first meeting in 2014.

Both have gone on to claim UFC gold in the lightweight division but will be out to impress current title holder, Khabib Nurmagomedov and potentially earn rematches against the undefeated Dagestani champion.

They won’t be the only 155-pounders eager to claim their contendership status, with the co-main event pitting vicious New Zealand striker Dan Hooker against UFC newcomer Michael Chandler.

Hooker’s last bout saw him edged by Poirier in a five-round war, while Chandler has held brass in Bellator’s lightweight division and now makes the long-awaited move to MMA’s leading promotion.

Another title eliminator of sorts takes place as women’s flyweight contenders Jessica Eye and Joanne Calderwood lock horns, with both eager to climb back into the top five and claim challenger status.

Another women’s bout slots into the main card as Brazilian prospects Marina Rodriguez and Amanda Ribas do battle, both on hot streaks and holding the potential to rise steeply with an impressive outing.

A potential banger between two men with some of the best monikers going around rounds out the main card action, as Matt ‘The Steamrolla’ Frevola meets Ottman ‘Bulldozer’ Azaitar. The undefeated Azaitar has shown plenty during his short time in the UFC, but comes up against a tough Long Island favourite in this bout.

FULL CARD AND PREDICTIONS:

FOTN: Hooker vs. Chandler
POTN: McGregor, Ribas, Azaitar
Prelim banger: Arman Tsarukyan vs. Nasrat Haqparast

MAIN CARD

Lightweight | Dustin Poirier [2] vs. Conor McGregor [4]
Prediction: McGregor by T/KO

Lightweight | Dan Hooker [6] vs. Michael Chandler
Prediction: Chandler by decision

W. Flyweight | Jessica Eye [6] vs. Joanne Calderwood [7]
Prediction: Eye by decision

Lightweight | Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar
Prediction: Azaitar by T/KO

W. Strawweight | Marina Rodriguez [8] vs. Amanda Ribas [10]
Prediction: Ribas by submission

PRELIMINARY CARD

Lightweight | Arman Tsarukyan vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Prediction: Tsarukyan by decision

Middleweight | Brad Tavares [14] vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
Prediction: Tavares by T/KO

W. Bantamweight | Julianna Peña [7] vs. Sara McMann [9]
Prediction: McMann by decision

Light Heavyweight | Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Marcin Prachnio
Prediction: Rountree Jr. by T/KO

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD

Middleweight | Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov
Prediction: Muradov by T/KO

Catchweight (150lbs) | Nik Lentz vs. Movsar Evloev
Prediction: Evloev by decision

Flyweight | Amir Albazi [15] vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
Prediction: Albazi by submission

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RESULTS | UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal – Aussie Volk ends the Blessed era

IF you forgot how tense the atmosphere during just one UFC title fight is, allow us to remind you of the feeling with three in one night. That was exactly what was delivered at UFC 251, as Kamaru Usman and Alexander Volkanovski retained their titles, while Petr Yan joined the club at bantamweight with his late stoppage of Jose Aldo.

In a night which saw plenty of octagon time chewed up, all three title bouts entered the championship rounds, with a further six going the distance over 15 minutes. A TKO and submission stoppage buoyed the main card, but performance of the night honours went to two fighters from the undercard, who boasted the only KO’s of the event.

We recap all the main card action from the UFC’s first venture out to ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi, including our immediate reactions and own scorecards.

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FOTN: Andrade vs. Namajunas
POTN: Jiri Prochazka, Davey Grant

MAIN CARD

Kamaru Usman [C] def. Jorge Masvidal [3] | Decision (unanimous) 50-45, 50-45, 49-46

Reaction: Street Jesus endures a Nigerian Nightmare.

If you didn’t like it, I don’t care. Kamaru Usman‘s list of five round dominations now includes the name of one Jorge Masvidal, who put in a valiant effort against the undisputed champ, but had little in the way of answers on just six days notice.

Usman simply did what was required to win against a dangerous, experienced, and hungry opponent, grinding out the five rounds with a wealth of clinch control and chain wrestling to blanket Gamebred’s offence.

While Usman seldom concedes rounds, he may well have done so in this fight as Masvidal came out aggressively, throwing quick boxing combinations and showing no fear for his opponent’s wrestling credentials with a bunch of body kicks.

The frenetic pace was only momentarily slowed by Usman as he caught a kick early and later leant on Masvidal against the fence, but the Cuban-American had made his intentions very clear in Round 1.

That was where Masvidal’s momentum stopped, as Usman got to work in wearing on his opponent’s ability to defend takedowns, adjusting his advances and staying active in the clinch with knees, foot stomps, body shots, and shoulder strikes.

Two accidental head clashes saw Masvidal cut open on his forehead and eye, but in living up to his moniker, the former street fighter waded through the pressure with a psychopathic smile.

While his expression wouldn’t give as much away, Masvidal seemed to be slowing as Usman continued to go to work. His takedown entries were beautifully timed and while Masvidal was often able to power his way out of initial trouble, he could not withstand the second, third, and fourth attempts.

It became clear that Usman would be successful in enforcing his will once again, moving right back into the clinch for Round 4, and later laying on some heavy ground-and-pound to finish the fight.

Masvidal looked dangerous on the break and in space throughout, but had most weapons in his arsenal thwarted by an irresistible adversary.

We had it: 49-46 Usman – a straightforward one, Masvidal takes the first but it was all Usman from there, on.

What’s next: There are few challengers who look like matching Usman at the moment. Nonetheless, Gilbert Burns and Leon Edwards have earned their shots, while Colby Covington remains a worthy opponent for either man down the line.


Alexander Volkanovski [C] def. Max Holloway [1] | Decision (split) 48-47, 47-48, 48-47

Reaction: Vintage Max, but Volk belongs.

Not even a vintage Max Holloway performance could help the Blessed Express steamroll Alexander Volkanovski in their featherweight championship rematch, with the Australian retaining his title in a razor thin split decision nod.

Round 3 proved a pivot point for scoring, with Holloway winning out ever so slightly in significant strikes, but Volkanovski getting the points according to two judges.

The result spawned shades of the two-fight Holloway-Aldo rivalry, which saw the incoming champion forced to prove his initial victory was no fluke against one of the all-time greats.

Volkanovski did exactly as his predecessor had, ensuring Australia would still lay claim to a UFC champion despite facing heavy adversity.

The Hawaiian looked focussed and sharp from the off, utilising a more narrow stance and throwing his own leg kicks in response to those of Volkanovski. If you didn’t already know, Volkanovski used to be a 700-pound rugby player, but was again the clearly smaller man in terms of height, which Holloway used to his advantage in landing sweet uppercuts.

It seemed as if the Blessed Express was well en route to reclaiming the featherweight crown, with typically sharp striking seeing him drop the Australian twice across two decisive opening rounds – once with a head kick, and later with that aforementioned uppercut.

After the flip-of-a-coin third round, Volkanovski began to up the volume and get into range to inflict his desired style of fight. As was the case in the pair’s first meeting, Volkanovski’s leg kicks were beginning to take toll, and he added another element to the bout with grappling exchanges.

While Holloway managed to get back to his feet on almost every occasion, Volkanovski’s point scoring and octagon control saw him turn the tide in his favour.

The fight was poised at either 2-2, or 3-1 to Holloway depending on how you scored it, so Volkanovski was always going to be the aggressor in Round 5.

It proved a vital factor, as the remaining champion continued to up his output and land a big takedown late to clearly take out the final period.

Some thought the takedowns counted for too much, and that Holloway’s two knockdowns should have meant a hell of a lot more, but this fight was far from a robbery.

We had it: 48-47 Volkanovski – Round 3 was the key pivot point, we had Volkanovski edging it, and the final two periods. Holloway took 1 and 2 decisively.

What’s next: There are some killers at 145-pounds awaiting Volkanovski. Let’s see which of the top three (Zabit Magomedsharipov, Brian Ortega, and Chan Sung Jung) puts their hand up highest.


Petr Yan [3] def. Jose Aldo [6] | TKO (punches) 3:24 Rd 5

Reaction: Champion at 27? He might be there for a long time yet.

Petr Yan is the new, undisputed bantamweight champion after outlasting the legendary Jose Aldo across just over 23 minutes. The Russian boxing phenom simply got better as the fight wore on, eventually wilting his opponent in a brutal fight-ending sequence.

Aldo, the much more experienced man in terms of title fights looked sharp to begin with, matching the speed and power of Yan as the two stood toe-to-toe within boxing range.

The Brazilian’s trademark leg kicks and a slick jab proved his weapon of choice, while Yan’s right hand looked ominous across an evenly contested opening two rounds.

Some late ground-and-pound in Round 1 appeared to hurt Aldo, but he came out strongly after the fact to force the Russian into switching stances with those punishing kicks – one of which swept Yan off his feet.

After Round 3 returned another incredibly close period, the championship rounds were ironically where Yan began to take over.

The technical battle saw Aldo rip shots to the body and take no backwards steps, with either man responding to the other’s attacks instantly – racking up career bests for significant strikes landed.

But the pace is eventually what took toll on Aldo, as Yan continued to find his range with uppercuts, and inflict some hard ground-and-pound to send an ominous message heading into the final five minutes.

A big 1-2 stunned Aldo, with an advancing Yan sending him to the mat and hunting for the finish. Hard elbows and short, powerful punches looked to be breaking the Brazilian, who was in a terrible position and could only cover up.

In form reminiscent of Mario Yamasaki, the referee allowed Aldo to take a hell of an unnecessary beating as Yan poured on the unanswered shots, with the fight finally ended to hand the bantamweight boogeyman his deserved belt.

What’s next: Two words, Aljamain Sterling.


Rose Namajunas [2] def. Jessica Andrade [1] | Decision (split) 29-28, 28-29, 29-28

Reaction: THUG ROSE! ?THUG ROSE! ?THUG ROSE! ?

Thug Rose Namajunas exacted revenge on Jessica Andrade in what felt like a fourth title fight for the evening, edging out the Brazilian in yet another tight decision.

The former champion looked slick as the taller and longer woman, giving Andrade trouble with her intelligent distance management and footwork from the outset.

She had the credit in the bank across Rounds 1 and 2 on account of a greater volume of strikes and more effective offence, despite Andrade’s heavy hands threatening to again end the fight in a flash.

The Brazilian clearly took out Round 3, eventually catching up with Namajunas’ evasiveness to land cracking hooks and bloody up her nose. A hip toss late in the piece put Andrade on top as the American began to fade, but she hung in there for the win and even threw up some late submission attempts.

We had it: 29-28 Namajunas – a very close call, Namajunas pieced Andrade up on the feet to bank Rounds 1 and 2, but clearly gave up the third.

What’s next: For Rose, a title shot awaits.


Amanda Ribas [14 SW] def. Paige VanZant | Submission (armbar) 2:21 Rd 1

Reaction: So much for keeping away from the clinch. Ouft.

Amanda Ribas made quick work of Paige VanZant in their main card slot, submitting the fan favourite American within the first round.

The main story to come out of the result may unfortunately be VanZant’s lack of free agency leverage, having lost convincingly in what was the final fight on her UFC contract.

But the attention should be set firmly on Ribas, who put on a clinic in her one-off move up to flyweight to improve to 4-0 in the UFC, and 10-1 overall on the back of a five-fight win streak.

VanZant had made it clear she would look to stay away from Ribas’ clinch, but her attempts proved futile as the Brazilian popped some nice knees from that exact position, before landing a beautiful judo throw to bring the fight to the mat.

From there, she would step over as VanZant looked to slip out the back, snatching up an armbar and going bell-down to finish the job as the American tapped.

What’s next: Let’s get Ribas a top 10 opponent at strawweight, VanZant’s future is far less clear.

PRELIMINARY CARD

A mixed bag of preliminary card matchups saw two bouts finish early, and two go the distance as a couple of sleepers delivered on entertainment factor. UFC newcomer Jiri Prochazka headlined the finishes in his featured bout against former light heavyweight title challenger, Volkan Oezdemir, taking the seventh ranked fighter out in Round 2.

The fight promised not to go the distance and Prochazka ensured it wouldn’t, producing a clinical fight-ending sequence. The Czech native went low to high with his kick and wobbled Oezdemir, before hunting him down towards the fence and landing a massive right hand on the end of a jab to put ‘No Time’ out.

The newcomer’s mannerisms may take some getting used to, and his lack of a guard may be questionable to some, but there is no doubting his finishing ability with 24 KO/TKO victories across his 27 career wins.

In a bout which was also pitted as a potential barn-burner, Muslim Salikhov earned a tight split decision nod over Elizeu dos Santos at welterweight. In what was an incredibly technical battle fought almost exclusively on the feet, the ‘King of Kung Fu’ got the better of ‘Capoeira’ with his sharp counters, spinning kicks, and power punches.

Both corners believed their man was up 2-0 heading into the third round, and you could have flipped a coin for the result of this one. dos Santos had arguably the bigger moments as two nasty right hands seemed to wobble Salikhov, and even landed more strikes overall, but failed to claim the points.

The first submission of the night belonged to exciting Finnish prospect Makwan Amirkhani, who slept Danny Henry with his patented anaconda choke in the first round. The now 16-4 fighter out of SBG Ireland was methodical in his approach, downloading all the reads he needed before closing in with a flying knee, securing a takedown, and moving into submission territory.

The first and only venture to the mat saw Amirkhani almost immediately lock in an arm-in guillotine, before transitioning to that slick anaconda choke to yield the tap from Scotland’s Henry. He was all-class after the fact too, helping raise his unconscious opponent’s legs to bring him back.

The preliminary card curtain jerker made for one of the more frustrating 15-minute viewing experiences one could ask for, but Leonardo Santos would have no qualms about it having earned a unanimous decision victory.
His opponent, Roman Bogatov, went very close to having the bout stopped via DQ with two illegal groin shots and a knee to his grounded adversary. While the second groin shot looked to actually land on Santos’ midsection, the flagrant knee to his head while grounded saw Bogatov deducted two points.

Marc Goddard scolded him like a child and was rightly unhappy, although the deduction would have done little to change the final result as all three judges saw Santos winning two rounds to one.

RESULTS:

Jiri Prochazka def. Volkan Oezdemir [7] | KO (punch) 0:49 Rd 2

Muslim Salikhov def. Elizeu dos Santos | Decision (split) 30-27, 28-29, 29-28

Makwan Amirkhani def. Danny Henry | Submission (anaconda choke) 3:15 Rd 1

Leonardo Santos def. Roman Bogatov | Decision (unanimous) 29-26, 29-26, 29-26

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD

Marcin Tybura def. Alexander Romanov | Decision (unanimous)

Raulian Paiva [14] def. Zhalgas Zhumagulov | Decision (unanimous)

Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo | Decision (unanimous)

Davey Grant def. Martin Day | KO (punch) 2:38 Rd 3

PREVIEW | UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal

FIGHT ISLAND sets the scene for one of the most highly anticipated UFC cards of 2020, with no less than three championship belts put on the line across an incredible main card. The rollercoaster inflicted by the ongoing pandemic has not surpassed the UFC, but ‘Gamebred’ Jorge Masvidal lived up to his moniker in stepping in to challenge Kamaru Usman for his welterweight title after number one contender, Gilbert Burns tested positive for Covid-19.

Alexander Volkanovski‘s maiden featherweight title defence was momentarily poised to headline the event until Masvidal intervened, but the Australian will nonetheless have plenty of eyes on him as he looks to defeat former champion, Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway for a second time. Rounding out the title fights, a new bantamweight king will also be crowned when Petr Yan and former 145-er Jose Aldo lock horns for the vacant title, despite the latter coming in off consecutive losses.

The higher ranked fighter across each of these bouts remains unbeaten in the UFC, with each having lost just once over their respective professional careers. But they all face seasoned veterans who have once held UFC gold in some capacity, although we’re not entirely sure Masvidal’s ‘BMF’ title counts.

Rounding out the main card are two matchups from the female divisions, carrying implications on the title and rankings pictures in their own right. Former strawweight champions Jessica Andrade and ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas are poised to complete their long-awaited rematch, ranked one and two at 115-pounds. At flyweight, Amanda Ribas will look to spoil Paige VanZant‘s comeback party, as they meet for what may be the latter’s last fight in the promotion.

We break down every fight on the stacked main card, give our predictions for each, and outline a potential sleeper hidden on the prelims.

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MAIN CARD

Welterweight | Kamaru Usman [C] vs. Jorge Masvidal [3]

The rise to superstardom has been meteoric for one, ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal, and a title fight triumph on six day’s notice against one of the most fearsome current champions would cap off his incredible, 18-year journey. This man came up fighting in Kimbo Slice‘s backyard and looked certain to take up journeyman status as the UFC’s welterweight gatekeeper, but that all changed in March, 2019.

Since baptising Darren Till in enemy territory and delivering a post-fight three piece to Leon Edwards backstage, the legend of Masvidal has grown immensely. A five-second knockout (the fastest ever) of Ben Askren might have also helped to build his legend, which was only cemented as he secured the ‘BMF’ belt in his infamous meeting with Nate Diaz, last year.

While the straightforward matchup for Usman after accounting for Colby Covington seemed to be Masvidal, the Cuban-American was jumped by Brazilian contender, Burns for the opportunity as he struggled to meet eye-to-eye with the UFC during contract negotiations. But Masvidal is surely now receiving all he is worth for the chance to hand Usman his first loss in the promotion, among the beautiful backdrop of Yas Island.

It is hardly rare that much of the talk coming into a title fight revolves around the challenger, but the current champ should have no qualms about the current narrative. Yes, Masvidal has nothing to lose either way and will be forever respected for his feats, and the late change of opponent is highly disruptive, not to mention Masvidal’s terrific takedown defence, but… wait, is anyone else thinking Masvidal might clinch this?

In all seriousness, Usman has looked near-unbeatable both in his run to UFC gold and during his short title reign, and will look to once again dominate the next name put up in lights to take him out. The champion has phenomenal cardio and smothering grappling, which he uses to wear on his opponents while pouring on punishing ground-and-pound.

There is not doubt that the longer this fight goes, the more chance Usman is of taking it out, especially given the late call-up and long haul flight Masvidal has embarked on. Usman does not quit, nor let up, and that could be a problem for the challenger past Round 3.

Masvidal does have that aforementioned takedown defence, going at a resistance rate of 77 per cent. The best chance for him to win will be via an early-ish KO or TKO, and the fact that every round starts on the feet plays into his hands. If Masvidal can remain on the feet for long enough or suck Usman into a striking battle, he has all the experience and power to take him out. He will have to remain wary of Usman’s power though, and the champ’s chin has proven to hold up well.

This fight should be an absolute corker and rightly fronts the event as a whole. It was the fight that made the most sense regardless of any outside circumstances, and boy are we glad that it’s actually happening.

Featherweight | Alexander Volkanovski [C] vs. Max Holloway [1]

A sense of deja vu may sweep over UFC fans should Volkanovski successfully complete his featherweight changing of the guard, but his co-main event adversary is a difficult one to put away. There are shades of the two-fight Holloway-Aldo rivalry in this matchup, as the incoming champion is being made to prove his initial salute was no fluke by taking out one of the division’s greats for a second time.

Volkanovski has gone on record saying that he believes ‘Blessed’ is salty about the result of their first bout, and bookies would have noticed a bizarre rise in the Australian’s stocks on the betting market after his Hawaiian opponent suggested he had been training with his coaches via video call for the upcoming bout.

Mind games and quirks aside, Holloway has a hell of a job on his hands to turn around the loss he suffered against Volkanovski in December, 2019, even if he thinks he won last time out. The new champion, who executed a brilliant gameplan to clinch the title, is hungry to keep his crown for a long time, and take over from where the former great champions left off.

Holloway will have to check the leg kicks which will inevitably come his way in order to properly execute his high-volume striking style, with movement a key part of that kind of game. On the other hand, Volkanovski will again face the incredible durability and high pace Holloway brings to the table, with his own movement and grappling prowess important factors.

But it seems Volkanovski wants to utilise his striking accuracy and heavy hands to finish Holloway and leave no doubt about his status at the top of the division, but the Hawaiian has only ever been finished once – via submission. The stakes are high and anticipation, even higher for this fight, with Australia’s sole remaining UFC champion backed by his nation once again.

Bantamweight | Petr Yan [3] vs. Jose Aldo [11]

The 135-pound title is set to finally find a home after the outgoing Henry Cejudo set it free earlier in the year, as Yan and Aldo square-off in Abu Dhabi. ‘Triple C’ has taken somewhat of an onus for Aldo’s consideration for this opportunity given he has lost consecutive bouts, but the Brazilian’s resume at 145-pounds as one of the all-time greats justifies his position alone.

Aldo’s most recent loss came in his bantamweight debut, but was a controversial split decision which he conceded to Marlon Moraes, helping him to remain in the conversation. On the other hand, there is no denying Yan’s credentials to this point, with the 14-1 Russian leaving a wake of destruction en route to his maiden UFC title shot.

Having most recently accounted for Urijah Faber in brutal fashion, Yan was a shoo-in to fight next for the strap regardless of who lined up on the other side of the cage. His ‘No Mercy’ moniker and style have brought pain to each opponent he has faced, often for each round of the fight. Yan possesses finishing power though, with his fast hands and severe power spelling danger for even the most durable adversaries.

Aldo is no stranger to finishing fights either, and is just as well-rounded as the Russian – if not, more so. His punishing leg kicks will be key to slowing Yan’s relentless pace, and it will be interesting to see whether the Brazilian can hold up once again under the heavy weight cut and inevitable Yas Island heat.

There are plenty of worthy contenders waiting in line at 135-pounds, so all eyes will be on this result. Yan’s reign could prove a long one if he gets up, while a victory for Aldo would see his legendary status only further cemented.

W. Strawweight | Jessica Andrade [1] vs. Rose Namajunas [2]

A second rematch for the night, and one of the most anticipated grudge matches for 2020 is finally set to take place in a deserving main card slot, with both Andrade and Namajunas returning to the octagon for the first time this year. Both women are coming in off devastating losses in title fights, with Andrade losing her crown to current queen, Zhang Weili, while Namajunas famously lost hers to Andrade via a slam KO.

In their May 2019 meeting, Namajunas looked exceptionally good across the first round and a half, before being emphatically thrown into the mat on her head in a freak moment which handed Andrade a maiden world championship. That kind of power, both in her hands and grappling make Andrade a dangerous opponent, but Namajunas has the smarts, movement, and skill to combat each threat.

The American looks to have regained her hunger and has already proven she can piece Andrade up on the feet, credit to her length and speed, but the fight could be ended at any moment at the hands of the Brazilian. It is a tough one to call, but will provide a terrific story of redemption either way for two former champions.

W. Flyweight | Amanda Ribas [14] vs. Paige VanZant

Another long-awaited, rescheduled women’s bout pits a Brazilian against her American opponent, as Ribas looks to continue her climb up the flyweight rankings. Once touted as a future title contender, VanZant’s career progress as slowed drastically in the face of recurring injuries and opportunities outside of fighting, and she has made no secret of the fact that this, the last fight on her UFC contract, may be the final time we see her in the octagon.

The American snapped a two-fight losing skid in January, 2019 and looked well on her way to regaining a number in the promotion, but has spent a heap of time out. On the other hand, Ribas has taken full advantage of her short time in the promotion, going 3-0 with three wins in just over a year. She is no stranger to halting a hype train either, having handed Mackenzie Dern her first professional loss.

VanZant has proven her toughness and ability to last under duress, but her time away may prove costly against the red-hot Brazilian. Ribas has the striking skills to match her opponent, and will also fancy herself in the grappling exchanges as a jiu jitsu and judo black belt.

PRELIMINARY CARD

Light Heavyweight | Volkan Oezdemir [7] vs. Jiri Prochazka

Welterweight | Elizeu dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov

Featherweight | Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry

Lightweight | Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD

Heavyweight | Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Romanov

Flyweight | Raulian Paiva [14] vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov

W/ Bantamweight | Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo

Bantamweight | Martin Day vs. Davey Grant

PREDICTIONS

FOTN: Volkanovski vs. Holloway
POTN: Yan, Namajunas, dos Santos
Sleeper: dos Santos vs. Salikhov

Main Card:
Usman
Volkanovski
Yan
Namajunas
Ribas

Prelims:
Oezdemir
dos Santos
Amirkhani
Bogatov

Early Prelims:
Romanov
Paiva
Rosa
Grant