X-Issue! Try some UFC Vegas 57 fundamental card predictions

This weekend (Sat., June 25, 2022), Final Combating Championship (UFC) will return to UFC Apex and Las Vegas, Nevada, for UFC Vegas 57. The highest two fights of the evening are true high quality, a collision of Light-weight darkish horses in Mateusz Gambrot vs. Arman Tsarukyan alongside Welterweight’s prime gate keeper, Neil Magny, locking horns with ultra-hot prospect, Shavkat Rakhmonov. Earlier than these boots, nevertheless, there are some high quality up-and-comers look to take one other step up the ladder.

Let’s take a better have a look at these fundamental card match ups:

Heavyweight Josh Parisian vs. Alan Baudot

Greatest Win for Parisian? Roque Martinez For Baudot? Yuto Nakajima
Present Streak: Parisian misplaced his final bout, whereas Baudot is winless in three journeys to the Octagon
X-Issue: That is low-level Heavyweight MMA
How these two match up: This must be on the “Prelims,” however UFC Apex appears to demand no less than one crappy Heavyweight bout per fundamental card.

Parisian is a flashy striker who undoubtedly has large energy in his fingers. Sadly, his wrestling hasn’t precisely held up on the UFC degree, Parisian struggling to indicate off the extra harmful elements of his recreation. Baudot, in the meantime, has some good technical and rangy Muay Thai, however he is additionally struggled with getting caught on backside and battered.

Fortunately, neither of those strikers appears all that more likely to maintain the opposite down.

Parisian is an enormous ole’ Heavyweight at 6’4” and 265 kilos, and with 10 knockout wins to his credit score, he may undoubtedly finish this one early. Nevertheless, I truly was mildly impressed with what Baudot dropped at the desk on his toes final day trip vs. Parker Porter. He seemed genuinely slick and was touchdown some tough photographs — a technical notch above most random undercard Heavyweights.

Towards a extra simple striker, I anticipate that technical edge to make the distinction.

Prediction: Baudot by way of determination

Light-weight: Thiago Moises vs. Christos Giagos

Greatest Win for Moises? Bobby Inexperienced For Giagos? Damir Hadzovic
Present Streak: Moises has misplaced two in a row, and Giagos misplaced final day trip
X-Issue: Can Giagos cease the shot?
How these two match up: It is a high quality scrap between expert 155 pounders.

Moises broke into the rankings briefly on the energy of his jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai. Sadly, he could not fairly deal with the Sambo prowess of Islam Makhachev (can anybody?) nor the scale and energy of Joel Alvarez, and people to defeats ejected him from that place close to the highest of the division.

Giagos hasn’t fairly been in a position to string collectively a win streak daring sufficient to hold him up the ladder, however he is confirmed himself a worthy member of the roster. A talented wrestler with artful boxing and footwork, Giagos is a moderately robust out for many Lightweights, even when he is not an awesome athlete.

The chances are excessive this can be a aggressive, back-and-forth combat, as each males have particular benefits. Moises is the higher Muay Thai fighter, however Giagos places collectively mixtures extra successfully. The Brazilian is the slicker submission fighter, however Giagos simply is likely to be the higher wrestler …

Since I do not anticipate Giagos to have the ability to maintain down his opponent for lengthy durations of time, the deciding issue comes again to athleticism for me. Moises is a number of years youthful and appears to be the faster man. If the 2 are going tit-for-tat, Moises is more likely to pull forward late.

Prediction: Moises by way of determination

Bantamweight: Nate Manes vs. Umar Nurmagomedov

Greatest Win for Manness? Tony Gravely For Nurmagomedov? Sergey Morozov
Present Streak: Manness has gained three in a row to start out his UFC profession, whereas Nurmagomedov is 14-0 with two wins contained in the Octagon
X-Issue: Manes units a extremely excessive tempo
How these two match up: Bantamweight at all times offers the scraps.

Maness has been all motion all through three UFC fights. His toughness and talent to push a tough tempo proved the deciding think about his latest bout versus Gravely, taking heavy injury earlier than overwhelming his opponent within the second. Russia’s Nurmagomedov is — shock! — a wonderful wrestler with a smothering prime recreation. He is completed his final three opponents by way of rear bare choke, which ought to offer you a sign of his general combat model.

I actually respect Manness’ guts and strategy to combating. Sadly, it should be laborious to pressure a tempo from backside place. Nurmagomedov is rattling good at shutting down motion and locking in place, which largely eliminates the benefit of a deep fuel tank. It is extremely troublesome to exhaust an opponent once you’re caught on backside, and it would not look like Manness has the wrestling to disclaim the preliminary photographs.

Nurmagomedov continues his undefeated run with one other strangulation.

Prediction: Nurmagomedov by way of submission

Welterweight: Chris Curtis vs. Rodolfo Vieira

Greatest Win for Curtis? Brendan Allen For Vieira? Dustin Stoltzfus
Present Streak: Curtis has gained two UFC boots in a row, whereas Vieira rebounded final day trip
X-Issue: Vieira’s fuel tank is to not be trusted
How these two match up: That is the evening’s purest striker vs. grappler match up.

“The Motion Man” fought many glorious opponents for prime promotions previous to his UFC debut. Happily, all that have has served him properly, because the counter puncher has actually thrived since lastly becoming a member of the roster. He is comfy within the cage and lots highly effective, and he appears to have discovered his residence at 185 kilos.

Vieira, in the meantime, is an unimaginable grappler. He is legitimately the most effective jiu-jitsu guys on the planet, however he is nonetheless present process combined martial arts (MMA) rising pains. Nonetheless, his final combat was a promising improvement, because the Brazilian confirmed some improved boxing and three rounds value of cardio.

Curtis goes to want a completely unimaginable efficiency to win this combat. Vieira is the far bigger and stronger man, and Curtis has at all times struggled with opponents decided to take him down. In brief, Vieira goes to get him down early, and when that occurs, Vieira sometimes dominates.

Curtis’ path to victory is to outlive lengthy stretches in depressing positions, ultimately get again up, after which capitalize upon his opponent’s fatigue… if Vieira’s fuel tank certainly stays a legal responsibility. The scenario must align completely, and the percentages of an earlier submission simply appear extra probably.

Although, bear in mind, I have been unsuitable about Curtis’ final two outcomes as properly.

Prediction: Vieira by way of submission

Keep in mind that MMAmania.com will ship LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow protection of the whole UFC Vegas 57 combat card proper right herebeginning with the ESPN2/ESPN+ “Prelims” matches, that are scheduled to start at 7 pm ET, then the remaining fundamental card steadiness (on ESPN/ESPN+) at 10 pm ET.

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