UFC Vegas 58 “Dos Anjos Vs Fiziev” + Weekly MMA News
UFC 276 PPV will definitively be remembered for a long time. Despite the tactical victory of Israel Adesanya over Jared Cannonier in a five-round snoozefest, many bouts deserved fans’ attention.
The epic brawl between Bryan Barbarena and Robbie Lawler inspired Dana White cause he awarded both fighters with an extra 50k. Barbarena KO’d Lawler at the end of the second with a violent barrage of fists on the fence.
The promotion also awarded Alex Pereira for a ferocious first-round left hook KO over Sean Strickland, Julija Stoliarenko for an impressive 42-second armbar finish over Jessica Rose-Clark, and Jalin Turner for a super-quick guillotine choke victory over Brad Riddell with 50,000 dollars.
𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐋𝐄𝐅𝐓 𝐇𝐎𝐎𝐊 𝐈𝐒 𝐋𝐄𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐋 😈
Alex Pereira (+100 ML) gets the win over Sean Strickland
Pereira KO/TKO in Round 1 ➡️ +410 pic.twitter.com/eIl4MvGbB6
— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) July 3, 2022
Julija Stoliarenko gets #UFC276 started with a gnarly armbar 😳
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) July 2, 2022
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) July 3, 2022
Yet, the greatest controversy on the card happened in the fight between Sean O’Malley and Pedro Munhoz, where the doctor didn’t let the Brazilian continue after the eye gauge in the second, so the bout ended in a no contest. This controversial call split the MMA community, cause some diehard UFC fans believe Pedro faked an eye poke. Munhoz also said that the contact of O’Malley’s tip of the finger with his eye caused a “scratch in the cornea”.
UFC Fight Night 208 is going to take place in UFC Apex Center, Las Vegas, Brazil. The greatest MMA promotion stays in the same city, but transitions from the stacked T-Mobile Arena to the UFC fundamental hall. It airs exclusively on ESPN/ESPN+ for the America-based population, while the rest of the world can enjoy the card on UFC on Fight Pass.
Image source: @UFCBrasil Twitter
The event is going to be headlined by the clash between the former UFC lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos and Muay Thai striking specialist Rafael Fiziev.
Dos Anjos’s top-notch grappling, power, and cardio should give him the advantage on the ground, but Fiziev’s Muay Thai and quickness are excellent, so he should have the stand-up advantage.
Prediction: the fight will not go the distance (+105), or dos Anjos wins (+180)
In the co-main event, the promising Brazilian prospect Caio Borralho will fight the dangerous Armenian striker Armen Petrosyan. The kickboxing phenom might have a hard time with Caio’s dangerous ground game, but we might enjoy violent exchanges.
Prediction: the fight will not go the distance (-195), or Petrosyan KO/TKO (+235)
Look at the UFC Vegas 58 full card here, and check this link please due to potential last-minute changes.
Main Card (ESPN/ESPN+, UFC On Fight Pass, 9 PM ET)
Lightweight: Rafael dos Anjos (31-13-0) vs. Rafael Fiziev (11-1-0)
Middleweight: Caio Borralho (11-1-0) vs. Armen Petrosyan (7-1-0)
Bantamweight: Said Nurmagomedov (15-2-0) vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade (28-4-0)
Middleweight: Jamie Pickett (13-7-0) vs. Denis Tiuliulin (10-6-0)
Heavyweight: Jared Vanderaa (12-8-0) vs. Chase Sherman (15-10-0)
Lightweight: Michael Johnson (20-17-0) vs. Jamie Mullarkey (14-5-0)
Preliminary Card (ESPN/ESPN+, UFC On Fight Pass, 6 PM ET)
Strawweight: Cynthia Calvillo (9-4-1) vs. Nina Nunes (10-7-0)
Bantamweight: Aiemann Zahabi (8-2-0) vs. Ricky Turcios (11-2-0)
Flyweight: Antonina Shevchenko (9-4-0) vs. Cortney Casey (10-9-0)
Middleweight: Cody Brundage (7-2-0) vs. Tresean Gore (3-1-0)
Light Heavyweight: Kennedy Nzechukwu (9-3-0) vs. Karl Roberson (9-5-0)
Bantamweight: Ronnie Lawrence (8-1-0) vs. Saidyokub Kakhramonov (9-2-0)
Here are my predictions for the upcoming card:
There aren’t many high-profile bouts this weekend but don’t judge the book by its cover, sit next to your TV on Saturday at 6 PM ET!
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