Dateline Arizona, fight fans we’re back with an extremely stacked PPV filled with the best matchups possible this weekend. This card features 2 rematch title fights, we saw both of them ending in controversy, and this week we’re here to settle the scores. This card also features the first-ever 5 round non-title and non-headlining fight. This is a historic card, and we can’t wait to see how these amazing fights play out, Let’s dive right in!
Leon Edwards vs Nate Diaz
This is historically a very significant fight in the UFC as it marks the first non-title and non-headlining 5 round fight in the UFC. This fight could revolutionize a change in the UFC and give birth to more such non-title 5 round co-main events between top contenders. This fight is being looked at as a potential no.1 contender fight in the Welterweight division as rank 3 Leon “Rocky” Edwards will look to take on the legend himself, Nate Diaz.
Leon Edwards has one of the longest active win streaks in the UFC, gathering 8 straight wins since 2016. He was set to have a title eliminator bout with Tyron Woodley but due to the pandemic, Leon could not fight for 2 years. Fight fans started doubting if Leon still had it in him or was he rusty due to lack of Octagon time. Leon got himself booked for a bout with rank 13 Belal Muhammed and as he looked to take over the fight, it was stopped due to an accidental eye poke.
After having Covid-19, getting his fights rescheduled multiple times, and being involved in an unlucky no contest, Leon has finally gotten the stage he deserves. Leon is a classic British boxer who prides himself on his textbook boxing combinations and strong 70% Takedown defense. Leon will look to make a statement against Nate and callout for the much awaited title fight.
Nate Diaz is one of the biggest names in combat sports, he’s famous for his street trash-talking and brawler fighting style. Nate is an icon of the sport and his journey to success began when he caused an upset to win The Ultimate Fighter season 5. Nate has been one of the most interesting fighters on the roster as he’s been involved in 8 fight of the nights in his 14 yearlong UFC career.
Nate announced himself as a global star when he cashed in as a 5.0 underdog and became the first man to beat Conor Mcgregor in the UFC. Nate is a 2nd-degree black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, but he primarily relies on his ability to capitalize his reach and brawl with his opponents.
This fight is really exciting as we will get to see a technical boxer with strong takedown defense take on a brawler with submission skills. Both men have good cardio, and this fight will remain action-packed if it goes the distance.
This is a tricky fight for both men as Leon has everything to lose, he has been inching for the opportunity and he has it now to prove why he deserves that title shot. Leon will look to use his boxing and cover the distance by clinching with Nate. While, Nate will look to use his jabs and unorthodox Stockton slaps, eventually leaning on his grappling to get over the line. Leon is the superior striker here and we believe if this fight stays on the feet, then he will get his hand raised.
Ultimately, we believe this fight will be an interesting 5 round war and we are leaning towards the favorite here in Leon who will look to make a point this weekend. But we have got an amazing promotion for our fight fans who think Nate can get it done, you can get a refund if Nate loses via decision.
Prediction – Leon Edwards by Decision
Industry Odds- 2.25 (Odds are Subject to Change, Watch out when odds go live on Stake.com).
Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno
We’ve got ourselves one of the most anticipated rematches in the co-main event of this evening, a thrilling matchup for the UFC Flyweight Championship. This matchup was one of the fights of the year in 2020 and after being controversially judged a majority draw, fight fans can’t wait for this rematch. The reigning champion Deiveson “Deus Da Guerra” Figueiredo will take on the no.1 contender Brandon “The Assassin Baby” Moreno.
Deiveson Figueiredo is one of the most exciting and dangerous champions on the UFC roster. Deiveson lives true to his fight name which means God of War, as he is prepared to go to war each time he steps into the UFC Octagon. In his short 4 fight UFC career, he got the wins needed to finally challenge for the vacant belt in 2020.
Deiveson beat UFC maestro Joseph Benavidez twice, once via knockout and once via submission. Following this, he defended his title against top contender Alex Perez and submitted him in round 1. This lethal run for Deiveson gave him the confidence to turn around after a month to take on Brandon Moreno to cap off a successful 2020 with 4 wins.
Little did we know that we would have ourselves a fight of the year ending in a majority draw. Deiveson is dangerous wherever the fight goes, he has heavy hands to knock anyone out and dangerous BJJ skills to submit the best fighters. Boasting an 85% finish rate with 9 knockouts and 8 submissions, the God of War looks to end the war via a dominant finish this weekend.
Brandon Moreno has proven to be a tough matchup for every fighter he has faced in his short 5-year UFC career. Brandon has had 2 draws with the toughest fighters in his division in undefeated Askar Askarov and the champion Deiveson Figueiredo.
Brandon is primarily a wrestler with a strong submission game proven 10 times in his MMA career. Brandon found success in weathering Deiveson’s storm and landing his jabs in their first meeting. He will look to implement a similar game plan this time around as he looks to become the first Mexican-born Undisputed UFC Champion.
The expectations of the fans are high after seeing how their first encounter played out and fight fans are hoping for another banger from these two men. Deiveson was allegedly in the hospital a few days before his previous fight, and he believes it affected his performance. Whereas Moreno believes he is the best Flyweight regardless of any circumstance and he wants to prove just that.
Deiveson was a bit impatient in the first fight and looked to knock Brandon’s head off from round 1. Contrarily Brandon showed composure and fought a patient fight which led to a near desirable result for him. The game plans are set, Deiveson will look to be more patient and pick his shots, and contrarily Brandon will look to mix in more wrestling this time around. Ultimately, we think the God of War will prevail here and this time he will be able to finish this chapter for real.
Prediction- Deiveson Figueiredo by Knockout
Stake Odds- 2.90 (Odds are Subject to Change)
Israel Adesanya vs Marvin Vettori
Main event time, this is the 2nd rematch on this card which will be fought for the Undisputed UFC Middleweight Championship. Following his first career loss after chasing a double championship, fight fans are intrigued to see Israel back at middleweight to defend his belt successfully for the 3rd time. This matchup is interesting as these two men had a closely contested match 3 years ago where Israel won via split decision. This weekend there will be no doubt as these men enter the Octagon to determine who is the best fighter. The reigning and defending champion Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya will take on the rank 3 Marvin “The Italian Dream” Vettori.
Following Conor Mcgregor, Israel Adesanya has been one of the biggest stars in the combat sports world. Adesanya has won the hearts of fight fans globally with his impressive fighting style and dynamic personality. He has a clean 9-0 record at Middleweight having won 4 title fights and defending his belt twice.
Israel has faced all kinds of adversity in his short UFC career from strong wrestlers, brawlers to power punchers. He has always proven that when it’s all said and done, he is one of the best fighters to step foot in the UFC Octagon.
Israel is primarily a kickboxer with a daunting 87% takedown defense which has proven to be effective in his 10 fight UFC career. Israel has one of the highest fight IQ in the UFC’s history and his fight resume speaks for his great legacy. Israel has left UFC legends like Anderson Silva, Robert Whittaker, and Yoel Romero in his tracks along his journey of being the best fighter in the world. Israel has 15 mind-blowing knockouts in his MMA career and he will look to add to that total this weekend.
Marvin Vettori is famous for giving King Israel his toughest fight in the Octagon taking him to a split decision. After Losing a close decision to Israel, Marvin was determined to rise to the top and he got together an impressive 5 fight win streak which has now won him a rematch for gold.
Marvin Vettori is primarily a wrestler who possesses dangerous submission threats once the fight hits the matt, and he backs it with his 9 submission career wins. Marvin has passed the test against strong contenders like Jack Hermansson and Kevin Holland to earn this much-awaited rematch. Marvin is looking to make history as he envisions being the first Undisputed Italian Champion in UFC history.
This fight is highly anticipated following their close initial encounter where Israel found success on the feet and Marvin looked threatening on the ground. Israel will look to keep his distance, feint Marvin and look to damage him from the outside. Contrarily, Marvin will look to close the gap and get Israel to the ground to threaten submissions.
Fight fans are doubting Israel following his unsuccessful stint to capture 2 belts where he lost due to being taken down. As Israel famously quotes “Y’all must have forgot”, Israel is one of the sharpest minds in the MMA universe and he has cardio for the ages. The fight being 5 rounds will favor Israel and Marvin will start fading after round 3 after being unsuccessful on his takedown attempts. We think if Israel can defend the early takedowns he can get a late tko finish, becoming the first man to finish the Italian Dream.
This is our most confident pick of the night; we are siding with our guy as we believe he is the superior fighter here and he will bounce back with style points. We are so sure that we are giving fight fans a free bet of up to 50$ where we will refund you if Israel loses, capitalize on this amazing promotion now. https://promotions.stake.com/adesanya-vettori-2/
Prediction- Israel Adesanya by Knockout
Stake Odds- 2.65 (Odds are Subject to Change)
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