UFC Fight Night 106 main card predictions
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 106
The action in the UFC never ends, and this weekend is no different as the UFC heads back to a heavy-hearted mma country in Brazil. The main card is stacked from top to bottom with six bouts, and there’s bad blood waiting to be spilt in the octagon literally from the get go.
Tim Means Vs Alex Olveira (Welterweight bout)
It wasn’t that long ago on a cold December night at UFC 207 when these two went to war. Well the war really happened afterwards with a lot of jawing going back and forth, as these two fought for a little under four minutes before the fight was stopped, and ruled a no contest. The two engaged in an entertaining brawl from the get go, before “The Cowboy” Olveira found himself against the cage with his right knee on the mat, and his left hovered over the mat, with both of his hands guarding his face. That’s when the end started as “The dirty bird” Tim Means began landing some vicious knees to Olveira’s skull and the fight ended not long after with some confusion of course. The fight was called off due to “illegal knees” by Means, but Means went on to say afterwards that he felt his knees delivered were perfectly legal, being that Olveira wasn’t a defenseless fighter and was trying to protect his face, and even tried to stand back up. Days after the fight things got personal not only between both fighters, but between both teams and coaches. So now heading into the rematch I see no difference here. “The Cowboy” is definitely going to have the home crowd on his side, but I see Tim Means picking up where he left off last time, and that is demolishing Olveira.
*Prediction* Means by tko in the 2nd rd.
Bethe Correia vs Marion Reneau (Women’s Bantamweight bout)
As if the first fight couldn’t have started off with a big enough bang, this second bout of the night gets even tighter. These two have been wanting to rip each other’s heads off for quite some time now as Reneau who’s coming off some impressive victories with her latest being at UFC Fight Night 99 last November as she put away Milana Dudieva. Bethe Correia on the other hand is a former title challenger, and presents herself as a wall for Reneau. Here’s how this fight is going to play out. It’s going to start off as a straight up dog-fight. Reneau has even acknowledged it saying Correia loves be aggressive and comes forward a lot, which I think if the fight stays standing up Correia well eventually tire out Reneau. However Reneau plans to take this fight to the ground, with Reneau earning some of her victories with vicious submissions, and the best way for her to continue her winning ways and to shake up the women’s division would be through shocking the Brazilian fans, and ending this fight on the ground.
*Prediction* Reneau by triangle choke in the 4th rd.
Ray Borg vs Jussier Formiga (Flyweight bout)
This is an important fight in the Flyweight division. Both of these guys are stellar, polished fighters and each look to gain momentum in their respected division. Formiga is one of the divisions top guys at the moment has made a career of timing takedowns, and jumping onto guys backs. He loves going for the submissions and has improved on his kickboxing lately, and is current the only Top 5 ranked-fighter who has not stepped into the octagon with “Might Mouse”. Ray Borg on the other hand is quick on his feet as well, and has excellent boxing skills when it comes to boxing, foot movement, and weaving his head. Both of these men love to stand, but neither one is aggressive when it comes to putting pressure, as both of these fighter like to wait for the perfect opportunity to strike their foe. I think whoever is the more aggressive one here wins the fight. When it comes to the ground game both men are quite equal, but whoever can control the ground game the most well come up victorious. Ray Borg is only 23 looking to make some noise in this division, but Formiga is a season vet looking for a title shot.
*Prediction* Formiga by submission in the 4th round.
Edson Barboz Vs Beneil Dariush (Lightweight bout)
Barboza has been around for a good minute and his last two victories came against some of the top guys in the world. Recently at UFC 197 Barboza defeated Anthony Pettis by unanimous decision, and before that he won the same way against Gilbert Melendez. One thing that would boost everybody’s confidence when prediction this fight is if Barboza would’ve finished at least one of those off by submission, or KO. Dariush on the other hand is coming off back-to-back victories with his most recent victory coming from KO over James Vick. What makes this fight intriguing is that both of these men both rank inside the top 10, and the winner here unquestionably would make their case for a title shot. I expect this to be an all out war, but I think Barboza knows his time is coming up, and I think he plays it safer, but well undoubtedly
*prediction* Barboza by tko in the 3rd rd.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua Vs Gian Villante (Light heavyweight bout)
On the c0-main event of the evening home town favorite “Shogun” steps into the octagon with young gun Gian Villante. Shogun is the seasoned vet here, and the place crowd should be on fire from the get go, I expect Villante to try to block out the crowd noise by quickly attempting to for some takedowns, but I think this fight is over quickly in the early rounds, and Shogun should have another impressive showing.
*prediction* Shogun by tko in the 2nd rd.
Vitor Belfort vs Kelvin Gastelum (Middleweight bout)
Finally in the main event we see legendary Gracie black belt Vitor Belfort take on Kelvin Gastelum who’s been on a streak as of late. The aging Belfort will loudly be welcomed by the Brazilian fans, as this could possibly be his last fight, or one of his last fights. That is if Belfort can come up victorious. The 39-year old has lost three of his last four bouts, but if anybody can say anything positive about that, is that his opponents are nowhere near the competition that Gastelum has faced. Kelvin had trouble making weight in the welterweight division, but has looked a lot better, and fearless in the middleweight division with his last two victories coming over Johnny Hendricks and Tim Kennedy. While Gastelum hasn’t faced the stiff competition Belfort has faced, the fact of the matter is that Belfort is past his prime, and most would argue that he shouldn’t even be fighting in the octagon anymore. Belfort has no problem when it comes to striking, submissions, and grappling techniques, but the same goes for Gastelum and unfortunately for Belfort, the 25-year old edges him out in every category and looks to quiet the fiery crown by adding a signature win on his resume over the legendary Brazilian.
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