This weekend (Sat., April 10, 2021), Final Combating Championship (UFC) will stay in UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, for UFC Vegas 23, the promotion’s second occasion that can air on ABC. For the second time in lower than one month, Kevin Holland headlines an occasion, this time as a short-notice alternative reverse Marvin Vettori. The thrill is significantly dampened for spherical two, however luckily, there are nonetheless some first rate motion bouts that ought to make for an entertaining night time of motion.
Let’s take a more in-depth have a look at some foremost card fights:
Middleweight: Kyle Daukaus vs. Aliaskhab Khizriev
Greatest Win for Daukaus? Dustin Stoltzfus For Khizriev? Rousimar Palhares
Present Streak: Daukaus scored his first UFC win final day trip, whereas Khizriev will make his debut at 13-0
X-Issue: UFC jitters
How these two match up: Don’t look now, however we’d simply have a hearth Middleweight contest on our palms!
Daukaus impressed in a shedding effort in his UFC debut, taking the extremely touted Brendan Allen to the restrict on short-notice. He subsequent righted the ship reverse Stoltzfus, showcasing a extremely well-rounded sport between his ripping left physique kicks, sturdy takedown chaining, and nasty again takes.
Not like loads of “Contender Collection” merchandise, Khizriev made his title previous to getting into UFC APEX. The previous Battle Nights World champion is an aggressive wrestler who focuses on floor putting, however he can undoubtedly swing an enormous hook with energy to assist arrange that takedown.
That is more likely to be a really aggressive battle. Khizriev seems to have a fairly excessive ceiling, as Russia’s “Black Wolf” has largely ran by means of his competitors. Nevertheless, a good quantity of his file quantities to can-crushing, and he appears a bit undersized at Middleweight.
Selecting towards undefeated Russians is seldom a recipe for fulfillment on this sport, however I’m doing it right here. Daukaus is a tough UFC debut for anybody, and he can battle anyplace and battle exhausting for 3 rounds. Even when he’s placed on his again early, he’s unlikely to crumble beneath his foe’s stress, and it’s going to be powerful to wrestle a bigger man for 3 rounds.
Prediction: Daukaus through choice
Middleweight: Sam Alvey vs. Julian Marquez
Greatest Win for Alvey? Nate Marquardt For Marquez? Darren Stewart
Present Streak: Alvey is on a five-fight winless streak — but by some means, continues to be getting foremost card fights? — whereas Marquez returned to the win column final day trip.
X-Issue: Alvey is returning to 185 kilos after an unsuccessful stint at Mild Heavyweight
How these two match up: That is more likely to be equal components ugly and enjoyable.
Alvey ranks extremely amongst my private least favourite fighters to observe checklist. Let’s break it down: within the professionals column, Alvey is extraordinarily troublesome to take down, and his counter proper hook is lethal. Sadly, Alvey refuses to do a lot else apart from await that hook to land, leading to some really painful staring matches through the years.
Marquez, alternatively, is a wild man. He costs after opponents and throws heavy punches-in-bunches, willingly exposing himself to massive punches and takedowns to land his personal offense.
There’s virtually a one hundred pc probability that Marquez runs immediately into Alvey’s proper hook. And he’ll most likely do it greater than as soon as. It’s in his nature, and that punch isn’t any joke — Alvey’s accrued an incredible 19 knockout wins largely due to that strike.
Fortuitously, “The Cuban Muscle Disaster” is a younger fighter in his prime, and he’s so far proven a really sturdy chin. Alvey is barely 4 years older, however he’s additionally 40 fights deeper into his profession, and he very a lot seems to be feeling that put on. Briefly, I’m not satisfied that Alvey can end when Marquez runs into his counter.
As a substitute, Marquez seemingly endures, forces his foe into exhaustion, and pulls away with the next work price over time.
Prediction: Marquez through knockout
Ladies’s Strawweight: Nina Ansaroff vs. Mackenzie Dern
Greatest Win for Ansaroff? Claudia Gadelha For Dern? Virna Jandiroba
Present Streak: Ansaroff misplaced her final bout in June 2019, whereas Dern has received three straight
X-Issue: Ansaroff is getting back from a protracted layoff and being pregnant
How these two match up: That is really a fairly nice match as much as see the place each ladies are at.
Is Ansaroff nonetheless a high contender? When she final competed, Ansaroff was within the title hunt, showcasing a complicated degree of kickboxing with severely stout takedown protection. Nevertheless, at 35 years previous following an almost two-year layoff, one has to surprise if she nonetheless has it. On the opposite facet of the spectrum, is Dern prepared to interrupt into the title combine? She’s come a good distance since her loss to Amanda Ribas, however the Brazilian jiu-jitsu grasp’s kickboxing continues to be a piece in progress, and her wrestling a bit unproven.
Doubtlessly over-the-hill vs. doubtlessly not there but — which lady proves herself prepared for the top-tier of the division in 2021?
As a common rule, it’s higher to facet with the younger up-and-comer, however Ansaroff’s fashion is admittedly good to diffuse Dern. She strikes her ft well and places collectively harmful combos. The gameplan she executed masterfully reverse Claudia Gadelha is the best technique to take out Dern, who might want to pull off one thing spectacular to throw Ansaroff off … assuming she’s nonetheless close to the highest of her sport.
Prediction: Ansaroff through choice
Welterweight: Mike Perry vs. Daniel Rodriguez
Greatest Win for Perry? Paul Felder For Rodriguez? Tim Means
Present Streak: Each males misplaced their final bout
X-Issue: Will Perry ever get his s—t collectively?
How these two match up: A knockout is probably going between these two sluggers.
I’m drained, expensive readers. For years, I’ve written about how naturally gifted Perry is as a fighter, a tremendously highly effective puncher with nice counter putting timing and an iron chin. Sadly, he continues to squander these items, and at this level, it’s powerful to inform if any of that capacity stays after years of poor weight-reduction plan and punches to the dome.
Rodriguez, in the meantime, discovered himself a bit flustered by Nicolas Dalby’s vary strikes and refusal to commerce final day trip. Previous to that loss, nonetheless, Rodriguez picked up a strong trio of wins on the energy of his heavy palms.
One 12 months in the past, I absolutely would have picked Perry to win this bout. He’s seemingly the higher wrestler by a good margin, and Perry’s jawline is iron. Nevertheless, he’s simply not reliable … in any respect. Perhaps Perry’s new camp will make all of the distinction, however at this level, it’s been a number of years since Perry knocked out anybody, and his cardio isn’t ok to grind Rodriguez to a choice win.
I hope Perry can placed on a very good efficiency, however I’m about hoping “Platinum” can pull it collectively. Whereas he’s been screwing round, Rodriguez has been successful powerful fights, and he’s going to noticeably check his foe’s chin no matter his focus.
Prediction: Rodriguez through choice
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