After last weekends spectacular UFC event, we are treated to another main card which is packed with exciting fights. The promising bantamweight debut for Frankie Edgar awaits, as he takes on Pedro Munhoz in the main event.
The American makes the trip down in weight, in what many have believed that his condition is far more suited to this division and is looking to bounce back from his loss to Chan Sung Jung. For those of us who are admirers of Edgar, we know that he has a versatile way of fighting, with a high-quality ground game to go along with his fast striking. The Brazilian on the other hand, will most likely look to keep the fight at a distance and potentially nick a decision victory. Munhoz is also seeking a victory, after losing to title contender Aljamain Sterling via decision in his last outing. Edgar is a surprising 2/1 outsider, who I would back considering the unknown that will come with the weight he holds. Especially if he takes this fight to the ground, I don’t see how Edgar could not come out on top if he controls the pace of the fight, in the early stages.
Heavyweights Ovince St. Preux and Alonzo Menifield collide in what will be a fight that will end early that is for sure. As mentioned in previous predictions, we know that St. Preux can finish fights in a variety of methods, but he faces a tough opponent in Menifield. The latter’s only defeat came in his most recent outing, where he was on the wrong end of the judge’s scorecards against Devin Clark. With that said, 8 of Menifield’s 9 wins have come via TKO/KO, where I’m sure he will end this fight in similar fashion. At 4/5, a double of Frankie and Alonzo is worthy of a lump sum being staked.
A close matchup comes in the form of Mike Rodriguez and Marcin Prachnio, the odds are well in favour for Rodriguez but Polish fighter Prachino has some heavy hands that can cause damage. The light heavyweights both come off the back of losses, but with form out the window during the pandemic, anything can happen in the octagon, especially with light heavyweights going at it. Prachino has failed however to get into the win column during his stint in the UFC, which will perhaps provide motivation in itself, to be turned into a winning formula. With Prachino backed at 2/1, I think he is worth the punt.
Daniel Rodriguez and Takashi Sato square off in a lightweight bout, that looks to be just as close as the previous fight mentioned. Both fighters have similar jiu-jitsu styles, with the American however looking the more comfortable on the ground. I think he will come out on top in this fight, purely because he was last in action back in May, unlike Sato who was last in action back in January. The Japanese fighter has a commanding 11 finishes from 16 victories, which could prove to be a slight advantage in controlling the temp of the fight on the feet.
At 8/15, Rodriguez is perhaps a bet that you will avoid, due to the uncertainty of how he will perform come Sunday morning.
The first fight of the main card comes from Shana Dobson and Mariya Agapova. Since her win on The Ultimate Fighter 26 finale, the American has failed to win in the UFC on three different occasions and her task to find victory this weekend is not easy. Her counterpart from Kazakhstan looked impressive in her UFC debut, with a first-round win over Hannah Cifers. At 1/16, it is clear how dominant Agapova could be in the women’s flyweight division.