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UFC in Vegas 33 Main Event Prediction
Uriah Hall vs. Sean Strickland
UFC Middleweight Bout
Apex Centre in Las Vegas
This weekends main event of the evening will see #9 and #11 ranked middleweights battle it out to continue their winning streaks, respectively. Both Uriah Hall and Sean Strickland possess the striking offense that could well provide fans with a knockout of the night award.
Having spent the previous eight years on the UFC roster, Uriah Hall has suffered setbacks but is now riding a 4-fight win streak. Owning knockout power from all angles, it will be a delight to witness the Jamaican born kickboxer attempt to climb closer to a championship-worthy ranking.
Following a near life-ending motorcycle accident, Sean Strickland has returned to the UFC octagon and began to gain a stride in the middleweight division. Also riding a 4-fight winning streak, Strickland has defeated the competition with a composed and precise boxing output.
While Hall delivers his best work moving backwards, Strickland is more comfortable pressuring the opposition, which will leave us on the edge of our seats when the first-round bell rings.
The question is, who’s skill set will reign supreme? Hall is known as a slow starter, whereas Strickland is quite the opposite. The issue’s I find when breaking down Strickland is his inability to cover his chin, a beautiful set of boxing fundamentals is, unfortunately, exposing to counter strikes – something that Hall could quickly capitalise on.
Despite believing that Strickland will be winning this fight on output alone, it’s hard to guarantee he won’t get rocked, dropped, or knocked out with a 25-minute time limit. For this reason, I’m going to side with Uriah Hall finding the button at some stage of the fight.
UFC Vegas 33 Best Bet: Uriah Hall by KO/TKO at +333 with BetMGM [1u returns 3.33u profit]
UFC in Vegas 33 Main Card Prediction
Cheyanne Buys vs. Gloria de Paula
UFC Women’s Strawweight Bout
Based on her output and aggressive nature, I find it challenging to ignore Cheyanne Buys in this weekend’s women’s strawweight bout.
Gloria de Paula is the more technical striker of the two, with a less than desirable grappling skill set. She does prefer to strike, training out of Chute Box Diego Lima; this is no surprise. A background in Muay Thai assists Paula in striking at a distance, but her problems will arise when attempting to keep Buys at a range where she can comfortably land her strikes.
Cheyanne Buys was a promising prospect after an impressive Dana White Contender Series debut, but an authoritative ground game from Montserrat Ruiz cost her a debut loss.
Buys likes to box inside the pocket, an area of the stand-up battle I believe she can excel. She does tend to clinch on occasions, which I’d like to see her avoid and focus on delivering significant strikes
through her aggressive boxing style. With that said, I do anticipate Buys being the stronger grappler of the two, and after witnessing Paula having no answers for a grappling offense versus Jihn Yu Frey, this could be another path to victory for Buys.
A high output of strikes and a willingness to pressure forward in all rounds should give Cheyanne Buys enough respect to earn a nod from the judges’.
UFC Vegas 33 Best Bet: Miranda Maverick to win @ -165 with BetMGM [1650u returns 1u profit]