UFC 274 “Oliveira Vs Gaethje” + Weekly MMA Report

UFC Vegas 53 wasn’t a promising card. It was headlined by the 135-pound combat between Marlon Vera and Rob Font, where the Ecuadorian competitor knocked down the Puerto-Rican punching specialist many times in a technical, bloody, and battered 5-round affair en his route to a unanimous decision win. Both fighters were awarded the extra 50k for the Fight of the Night bonus.

The Performance of the Night bonuses went into the hands of the Brazilian competitors. Joanderson Brito promised a tough battle to Andre Fili, but it was a fake promise. Brito clobbered Fili with a lightning-fast 41-second KO in the first for the greatest upset of the card.

UFC 125-pound champ’s brother Francisco Figueiredo finished Daniel da Silva via slick kneebar after only 78 seconds.

There were no stars at UFC Vegas 53, but it will be an event to remember. You can learn many new transitions and counters if you re-watch it.

The next week brings the UFC 274 PPV (pay-per-view) event. The promotion travels to Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona. The show will take place on Saturday, May 7th, 2022. You can watch it on ESPN+, while the main card airs exclusively on ESPN+ PPV.

UFC 274 PPV event

Image source: @ufc Twitter

It is headlined by a fabulous lightweight title bout between a low kick specialist Justin Gaethje and chinny powerful submission expert Charles Oliveira. It seems Gaethje enjoys high-level leg exercises, as he’s known for some of the most dangerous leg kicks in the history of the promotion. Oliveira is more a cardio fighter with great toughness and awesome all-around skills. Unless Gaethje knocks him out cold early on, Oliveira should get this inside the distance.

 

Prediction: Oliveira to win (-165), or Oliveira inside the distance

The co-main event of the evening might turn into a very technical battle, as the dangerous kicker and Taekwondo black belt Rose Namajunas meets wrestling phenom Carla Esparza in a 115-pound title bout. Namajunas offers a better stand-up game, but Carla’s wrestling could be too much for her.

Prediction: Esparza to win (+165), or Esparza via decision (+200)

Another entertaining fight is Tony Ferguson vs Michael Chandler. Ferguson is known for pretty much unusual strength and conditioning exercise, warrior mentality, and fighting until the last-dying breath. But Chandler is just too strong, and he’s in his prime at the moment. Unfortunately, Tony doesn’t have big chance.

 

Prediction: Chandler to win (-400)

Here is the list of fights, but last-minute changes might happen, so please follow this link too. https://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/events/85253-ufc-274

Main Card (ESPN+ PPV, 10 PM ET, 3 AM UK time)

UFC Lightweight Championship Charles Oliveira (32-8-0) vs. Justin Gaethje (23-3-0)

UFC Strawweight Championship Rose Namajunas (11-4-0) vs. Carla Esparza (18-6-0)

Lightweight: Michael Chandler (22-7-0) vs. Tony Ferguson (25-6-0)

Light Heavyweight: Ovince St. Preux (25-16-0) vs. Maurício Rua (27-12-1)

Lightweight: Donald Cerrone (36-16-0) vs. Joe Lauzon (28-15-0)

Prelims (ESPN+, 6 PM ET, 11 PM UK time)

Welterweight: Randy Brown (14-4-0) vs. Khaos Williams (13-2-0)

Featherweight: Macy Chiasson (7-2-0) vs. Norma Dumont (7-1-0)

Flyweight: Brandon Royval (13-6-0) vs. Matt Schnell (15-6-0)

Heavyweight: Blagoy Ivanov (18-4-0) vs. Marcos Rogério de Lima (19-7-1)

Welterweight: Francisco Trinaldo (27-8-0) vs. Danny Roberts (18-5-0)

Flyweight: Tracy Cortez (9-1-0) vs. Melissa Gatto (8-0-2)

Kleydson Rodrigues (7-1-0) vs. C.J. Vergara (9-3-1)

Lupita Godinez (7-2-0) vs. Ariane Carnelossi (14-2-0)

Journey Newson (9-3-0) vs. Fernie Garcia (10-1-0)

Andre Fialho (15-4-0) vs. Cameron VanCamp (15-5-1)

 

Check my predictions for the whole UFC 274 card:

That’s not all, lads! Bellator 280 will take place in Paris, France, on Friday, May 6th, 2022, and it will air on Showtime.

bellator 280 bader vs kongo2

Image source: Bellator official website

The main event of the evening brings the clash of two legends in 265-pound title combat – the French kickboxer Cheick Kongo and the wrestling machine with a powerful leading left hook, Ryan “The Darth” Bader. This fight will hardly last for five rounds, as Bader is extremely strong thanks to spending hours in the gym, while Kongo’s counters might put to sleep even the best fighters of the division. Their first bout ended via no contest, so it’s time to settle the score.

Prediction: the fight will not go the distance, or Bader wins

In the co-main event, Alex Polizzi will try to defeat the former powerful UFC name, Yoel Romero. Romero is a very strong dude, but his cardio is pretty much poor, so Polizzi could force Yoel to miss and waste energy. Knockouts are possible too, but the bout will probably go to judges’ scorecards.

Prediction: the fight goes the distance

Here are my Bellator 280 main card predictions:

The upcoming week is gonna be fireworks, can’t wait for it!

 

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  1. […] expected, UFC 274 PPV was stacked with amazing fights. Aside from co-main Namajunas Vs Esparza snoozefest, all the bouts […]

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