ADESANYA V COSTA
After a few weeks off, we’re back with a preview for UFC 253 this weekend.
The five-fight main card is one not to be missed, with two title fights and a few close matchups.
The main event consists of the two biggest names in the middleweight division in Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa. Both with an undefeated record in the UFC, this fight has been way overdue, with the pair scheduled to fight formerly on September 19th. The Brazilian however, was unable to compete due to injury and is hopefully back to 100% fitness. If he is, then I can see him handing out a beating to the champion Adesanya. Despite Adesanya’s quickness, his ability to move slickly in and out of the pocket, I don’t feel he has the power to keep Costa at bay. At a 6/4 underdog too, I definitely feel that Costa has been underestimated in the build-up to this fight.
Dominick Reyes will surely produce a comfortable decision victory against Jan Blachowicz in the co-main event. The American looked very sharp in his last outing against Jon Jones and was unfortunate to not come away with the title on that night. The Polish heavyweight however will not lay down quietly, as he has the potential to land a few haymakers that would swing the fight in his favour. At 4/11 to win the fight outright, I think the backing of Reyes via decision is comfortable at great odds of 11/4.
Flyweights Kai Kara-France and Brandon Royval square off in what looks to be a real close fight between the two. Both fighters are coming off the back of wins, with Royval producing an emphatic submission win against Tim Elliott in his UFC debut. I think the American will build on his precious outing and come out on top against the New Zealander. At 2/1, Royval is worth putting in a double with Reyes.
Ketlen Vieira and Sijara Eubanks compete in the women’s bantamweight division. The latter will have competed in three fights during the pandemic, the first of those came in May, the second back in mid-September and now on Sunday morning. She’ll be looking for a trifecta of wins against the #6 opponent Vieira. Hopefully Eubanks shows no signs of tiredness and can provide the fans with an interesting fight. With that being said I think Vieira will prove to be too much of a competitor and triumph on the night. At 8/15 to win outright, the Brazilian is perhaps the for sure bet of the night.
The main card is kicked off by featherweights Hakeem Dawodu and Zubaira Tukhugov, with this one being another close one to call. The Canadian tips it for me after previously beating Tukhgov’s teammate Marat Magomedov, who is a superior wrestler than Tukhgov was made light work of by Dawodu. After also training with the SBG team in Ireland, Dawodu will be seeking revenge on behalf of the gym as Tukhugov’s known for being the guy that sucker punched Conor McGregor, so revenge is definitely on the cards. At evens, I predict that Dawodu will make it five wins in a row in the UFC.