The UFC brings us some action in Mexico City this weekend. Two rising Flyweight contenders will battle in the Main-Event to hope to get one step closer to a title shot against UFC Flyweight Champion Mighty Mouse.
For the month of July on Staff Picks, we went 15-5 (75%). For overall Unanimous Picks, we are currently 14-8 (64%). On this card, we could only find ourselves all agreeing on one matchup. Check out below to see who we believe will be victorious.
David (6-3): Pettis, Markos, Jouban, Bravo, Alvey, Perez
Kenneth (66-47): Moreno, Markos, Jouban, Bravo, Evans, Perez
Pau (63-50): Pettis, Markos, Jouban, Bravo, Alvey, Soukhamthath
Kieran (62-51): Moreno, Markos, Jouban, Bravo, Alvey, Perez
Jonathan (61-52): Moreno, Markos, Price, Bravo, Evans, Perez
Jake (60-53): Pettis, Grasso, Price, Bravo, Evans, Perez
Will (57-56): Moreno, Markos, Jouban, Bravo, Alvey, Perez
Sergio Pettis (3) vs. Brandon Moreno (5)
At UFC 211, Sergio Pettis was scheduled to fight former title challenger Henry Cejudo. The day before the event Cejudo pulled out of the fight. It was a shame because it was finally that big test that Sergio Pettis needed. For his troubles, it seems the UFC has gifted him a Main-Event fight against a top prospect. Before entering the UFC, Pettis was the former RFA Flyweight champion and is also the little brother to former UFC champion Anthony Pettis. There was quite a bit of hype around the younger Pettis. So far Sergio is currently 5-2 in the UFC and has won his last 3 all by Unanimous Decision. Brandon Moreno surprised many fans with his performances on The Ultimate Fighter. Since entering the UFC, Moreno has beaten 3 ranked opponents in a row.
Since this will be scheduled for 5 rounds and is also located in Mexico City, it will be interesting to see how the two Flyweights pace themselves. Pettis has surprised many with his takedown defense in past fights, but Moreno will be a much more unorthodox grappler. This seems to be Moreno’s moment to shine in front of his home country. After a few back and forth action packed rounds, Moreno takes Pettis’s back and sinks in a tight choke. The two Flyweights will likely take home Fight of the Night.
Brandon Moreno via: 3rd Round Submission
Randa Markos (6) vs. Alexa Grasso (2)
Many of us have gotten behind Markos after her performance against former champion Carla Esparza. Grasso entered the UFC with a perfect record, and even looked that way in her UFC debut. In Grasso’s most recent outing, Felice Herrig seemed to get the better of her in many of the exchanges. In the buildup to this fight, it seems that Randa has no problem playing the spoiler as she travels to enemy territory.
Randa surprised many with how much her grappling has improved. She was already a strong wrestler, but is also sneaky with her Jiu-Jitsu. If Grasso can keep the fight standing she has a chance to get the victory. Markos will constantly look for takedowns and will implement lots of damage while on top. Over 3 rounds Randa Markos does enough to get the nod.
Randa Markos via: Unanimous Decision
Alan Jouban (5) vs. Niko Price (3)
The UFC sure does love testing up and comers against the seasoned vet Alan Jouban. This will be Jouban’s 10th time making the walk to the octagon. Before being stopped by Gunnar Nelson in his last outing, Jouban was riding a 3-fight win streak. Niko Price is currently 1-0-1 inside the UFC and has a professional record of 10-0-1.
In Niko’s last fight, he found himself hurt badly early in the fight. If Jouban can rock Price, he will not let him off easily. Look for Jouban to land some devastating strikes early and add to the already impressive highlight reel.
Alan Jouban via: 3rd Round TKO
Martin Bravo (8) vs. Humberto Bandenay (0)
Out of the 6 fights on the main card, we were only able to all agree on Martin Bravo getting his hand raised. Bravo broke onto the scene when he won the Latin America Ultimate Fighter last November. Martin Bravo is currently 11-0 and has only gone the distance on 2 outings. Humberto will be making his UFC debut in Mexico and is riding a 5-fight win streak with them all coming by stoppage.
These two Featherweights have a high chance of stealing the show. Bravo hits hard and starts fast. That is a dangerous combination. Bravo will have the home crowd advantage and will be putting his undefeated record on the line. Both fighters will come to brawl, but it will be Bravo that will have the more powerful strikes. With a victory, Martin Bravo earns himself a crack at a Top 20 opponent.
Martin Bravo via: 2nd Round TKO
Sam Alvey (5) vs. Rashad Evans (3)
This may be Rashad’s last chance to prove himself inside of the UFC. Once a former champion with a decorated resume and highlight reel, now finds himself on a 3-fight losing streak with his last win coming in 2013. Sam Alvey was riding a bit of momentum before losing his last fight by Decision to Thales Leites where he was unable to prevent a large amount of leg kicks.
Everyone knows what Sam Alvey’s game plan is in every fight. Start off slow and hope to land a counter. Alvey’s slow starts have cost him in previous fights, and this may be something Rashad may try and capitalize on. Many us are leaning towards Smilin’ Sam Alvey, and it comes as no surprise. Rashad’s best days seem to be long gone. If Alvey can land on Rashad’s chin, he will put him out.
Sam Alvey via: 1st Round TKO
Alejandro Perez (6) vs. Andre Soukhamthath (2)
Perez and Soukhamthath are the opening fight on the Main Card. Alejandro Perez first got my attention after he beat Scott Jorgenson’s legs to a pulp. Perez entered the UFC through the first season of Latin Ultimate Fighter and ended up winning the whole season. Perez is currently 3-1-1 inside the UFC with his last fight resulting in a Draw. Soukhamthath entered the UFC riding a 3-fight win streak but lost a close Decision in his UFC debut. This will be his second fight inside of the UFC.
Although many of us are leaning towards Perez, I believe this fight will be much closer than that. Both possess abilities to end the fight standing or on the ground. Perez will likely land more throughout the fight to get the decision victory. 2 close decision losses in a row for Soukhamthath.
Alejandro Perez via: Unanimous Decision
Who do you believe will walk away victorious in the UFC’s trip to Mexico? Any early predictions for fight of the night? Let us know below in the comments section.
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