We’re back with another stacked PPV filled with amazing matchups. The card features some tough yet evenly matched fights and we might have multiple fight of the night contenders at the end of this night. We’ve got a packed crowd at the Toyota Center in Houston, coming to witness the successor of Khabib Nurmagomedov. This card is packed with some insane matchups, let’s dive right in!
Shane Burgos vs Edson Barboza
This fight is one of the craziest draws of this card, an absolute war set to take place in the featherweight division. Both of these men at different paths of their careers and are set to leave everything inside the Octagon to prove that they deserve a shot at that Featherweight belt. We’ve got rank 9 Shane “Hurricane” Burgos taking on the veteran rank 13 Edson “Junior” Barboza.
Burgos was signed in 2016 by the UFC as an 8-0 undefeated star with a 100% finishing rate. He has lived up to the hype being involved in 3 fight of the nights since his arrival and he has proven his skill by finishing top fighters in the UFC.
Burgos possesses feisty power in his hands, he still stands as the first man to knock out UFC’s tough talent Makhwan Amirkhani. Burgos has a wild fighting style, and he always ensures a great entertaining night for fight fans.
Burgos is a black belt in Tiger Schulmann’s MMA which is a form of martial arts which includes high-level grappling and kickboxing. Burgos is very well-rounded and has shown this time and again in the Octagon. He steps in this weekend again to enforce his skills against the veteran In Barboza.
Edson Jr Barboza is one of the UFC’s house names, fighting in the UFC Octagon for over 10 years Barboza has put his name on the global fight map. Barboza is often described as the hardest kicker in the UFC as he is known to stop his opponents with his lethal liver kicks.
Barboza has cemented his legacy having fought all the top names in the UFC in Tony Ferguson, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Anthony Pettis. Barboza brags an elite striking game at the back of his black belt in Muay-Thai and Taekwondo.
After a decade of fighting at lightweight, Barboza transitioned to Featherweight last year. Having a 1-1 start at featherweight, with his loss coming via split decision to a tough Dan Ige, Barboza is hungry to add wins to his column.
This is the closest fight on this card based on the odds, and we agree this is a tough fight for both men. This matchup has fight of the night written all over it, both these men famous for being involved in wars previously. They both have a reputation for giving the fans a great show and we expect nothing less this weekend. We think this fight is going to be a 15-minute slugfest where both men batter each other and one of them scrapes a tough decision victory.
Both these men are good wherever this fight goes, but fight fans can majorly expect a fan-favorite striking fight. Burgos will look to use his reach advantage and strike Barboza from the outside and use his uppercuts in a clinch situation. Whereas we can expect Barboza to use his leg and liver kicks to cover distance and stop the movement of Burgos.
The winner is not guaranteed but a great fight is almost guaranteed when fight fans tune in this weekend. We are leaning towards the veteran here in Barboza and we believe he will do enough to get his hand raised.
Prediction – Edson Barboza by Decision – Stake Odds- 3.65* (Odds are Subject to Change)
Tony Ferguson vs Beneil Dariush
We’ve got ourselves another banger in the co-main event of this evening, a consequential matchup in the lightweight division to determine the next bogeyman. This is a perfect recipe for a great fight involving two tough men who don’t understand the concept of giving up. We’ve got the current bogeyman of the division rank 5 Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson taking on the tough Iranian rank 9 Beneil Dariush.
Tony Ferguson is infamously called the bogeyman because of his unorthodox and intriguing fighting style. With Tony, fight fans always expect the unexpected as he throws strikes most unusually. Tony Ferguson has ammunitions such as spinning elbows, imanari rolls, and brabo chokes.
Tony was expected to be the man who would end Khabib’s unbeaten streak because of his ability to inflict damage while having his back on the ground. Tony had one of the most impressive runs in the UFC when he went on a 12-fight win streak having multiple performances of the night and fight of the night accolades to vouch for his ferocious fighting style.
Tony has had a couple of recent losses to the best talent on the roster in Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliviera. Tony has always proven his toughness by coming back stronger than ever and he will look to make a statement this weekend.
Beneil Dariush was due a big fight after ran through the UFC’s rank 12-15 talent during his recent 6-fight win streak. Dariush is as well-rounded as they come, he has 8 submissions and 5 knockouts in his win column which speaks highly of his skill as a mixed martial artist.
Dariush has had 3 performance of the night and 1 fight of the night in his last 5 visits in the Octagon, here is a man set to give it his best every time he steps in to fight. Dariush has a black belt in both BJJ and Muay-Thai proving that he is dangerous wherever this fight goes. Dariush is chasing UFC gold and a win over Tony will put him in a commanding top-5 position.
Considering the well-roundedness of both these men, it is tough to predict where this fight goes but we have a feeling that Dariush will have a grappling-heavy approach. Oliveira showed that elite level Jiu-jitsu is a great pathway to defeating Tony Ferguson and Dariush brags a strong BJJ game which will encourage him to choose that path. Contrarily Tony will look to use his wild striking which involves spinning elbows and switching stance to put off Dariush.
Is this the end of the Tony Ferguson era or does the bogeyman still have the fire in him to compete at the top level? We think Tony Ferguson as an underdog is a great play here, he is still the same 12 fight streak Tony despite his recent losses, and we think he will show off his skills this weekend to get a decision or a late TKO victory. Considering Dariush gets rocked quite often in his fights, we think a finish is possible here.
Prediction- Tony Ferguson by Knockout – Stake Odds- 6.20* (Odds are Subject to Change)
Charles Oliveira vs Michael Chandler
Main event time, this is one of the most anticipated fights of 2021 which will determine the successor of the goat Khabib Nurmagomedov. Fight fans have been excited to find out the next champion of the most stacked division the UFC has ever had. This fight is going to be crazy; we’ve got a battle between two finishers of different worlds facing off. We’ve got rank 3 Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira taking on rank 4 “Iron” Michael Chandler for the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Fight out of the red corner, Charles Oliveira has been around in the UFC for over a decade and he put in the work needed to finally deserve this title shot. Charles is a very high-level Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, his submissions skills are one of the most elite in the UFC. Charles holds the record for most wins by submission in the UFC across all divisions with 14 submissions in his arsenal.
Charles is on an 8-fight win streak which involved him tearing through the toughest contenders on the UFC roster. His most impressive win came against the bogeyman Tony Ferguson when he dominated him for 3 rounds winning 30-26 across all judge’s scorecards. Charles is a tough matchup for anyone in this division and he is out to grab that UFC belt this weekend.
Fighting out of the blue corner, Michael Chandler is the new guy on the UFC lightweight roster who has arrived to capture gold. Chandler is only one fight old in the UFC, but he has been competing in high-level mixed martial arts fights at rival promotions. Chandler has been the lightweight champion at Bellator MMA and has proven to be an elite-level fighter.
Chandler is primarily an NCAA wrestler who transitioned his fight game to become a boxer with heavy hands. Chandler knocked out a tough Dan Hooker in half a round which speaks highly of his power. Chandler has a 77% finish rate with 10 knockouts and 7 submissions in his career. Chandler has said it often that “I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time”. He believes he is at the peak of his fight career and his prime form will be enough to capture the UFC Lightweight title.
This is a war between two finishers, Charles being a deadly submission artist who can pull off submissions from any position and Chandler being a heavy hitter who can knockout anyone on the roster if he lands clean. We’re expecting a wild finish in this fight, but who is getting finished and who is getting the title? Fight fans will have to tune in this weekend to find out.
Charles Oliveira has improved his striking a lot but his pathway to victory is still reliant on taking Chandler down and submitting him. Whereas, Chandler will have the striking advantage with his heavy hands and he will look to put the pressure while finding the opportunity to land a clean shot to knock Charles out.
Chandler being an elite wrestler and the stronger man out of the two should be able to stop the takedowns. We think having championship experience in his resume, Michael Chandler will be able to find that punch to knock out Charles Oliveira. Fight fans can capitalize on our Double Winnings promotion by betting on Michael Chandler and if he finishes the fight, the fans get double winnings.
Prediction- Michael Chandler by Knockout – Stake Odds- 3.15* (Odds are Subject to Change)
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