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UFC 212: Brawls in Brazil

(Last Event Record 5-0, Overall Record 27-23-1) 

Brazil is back, and ready to play host to a pay per view card this Saturday night June 3rd at 10pm. It’s a card filled with Brazilians, who will play host to a a bevy of opponents who will give the fans their money’s worth. A legend takes the octagon for possibly the last time, the next women’s straweight title matchup will be decided, and a unified featherweight champion will be crowned.

Let’s break it down…

Eric Silva (+110 underdog) vs Yancy Medeiros (-140 favorite) 

The main card gets kicked off by this fight which should be an exciting contest. Both guys are known for exciting fights, and Mederios has a great set of submission skills. He’s got multiple performance of the night bonuses because of it. Silva is a vet at 170, and Mederios’ first challenge at the weight. Silva has had fights against big names like Koscheck, Brown, and Magny so this will be an interesting test for both fighters.

Medeiros by Submission, Round 1

Paulo Borrachinha (-300 favorite) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (+230 underdog) 

I’m so glad I’m typing these names instead of saying them. Regardless this could be a candidate for knockout of the night. Borrachinha has 8 KO wins and can stop a fight at any time. Bamgbose has a slight reach advantage and while he doesn’t have a spotless record, he only wins by knockout, with all 6 of his wins happening by his lights out power. Borrachinha is the more composed striker, which may be the difference in this power vs power.

Borachinaha by KO, Round 1 

#11 Vitor Belfort (-160 favorite) vs Nate Marquardt (+130 underdog) 

Vitor may be past his prime but his bursts are the stuff of legend and can catch even the best fighters off guard. With this possibly being his retirement fight, and being infant of a friendly Brazilian crowd, expect Vitor to come out with that burst fast, as is customary. Nate Marquardt is a former King of Pancrese and brings his own legacy into the fight. A good wrestler and a powerful counterpuncher, his key to victory is surviving the first round.

Belfort by KO, Round 1 

#1 Claudia Gadelha (-350 favorite) vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz (+265 underdog)  

Gadelha and Kowalkiewicz are both angling for another shot at Joanna Jedrzejczyk and her straweight title. Kowalkiewicz hung in for 5 rounds, but so far it has been Gadelha who has pushed the champ to her limit, taking her to a controversial split decision. In the past conditioning has been an issue for Gadelha but since relocating to the US, the Brazilian has enjoyed better coaching and training, and has bragged about this being her easiest weight cut of all time. Kowalkiewicz is a technical striker, just like Joanna, except not as fluid and quick. Gadelha has power in her hands, sharp wrestling and devastating submissions. Its hard to see Gadelha losing but Karolina with her striking could land one on the chin and maybe end the fight.

(Gadelha by Submission, Round 3) 

C Jose Aldo (-150 favorite) vs IC Max Holloway (+120 underdog) 

Jose Aldo reclaimed the title he held onto for so long when he demolished Frankie Edgar for the belt at UFC 200. It was elevated from interim title to the main belt when Connor McGregor was stripped of the title for not defending it. Max Holloway then fought Anthony Pettis at UFC 206, which was supposed to be a co-main event, which turned into the main event after Rumble and DC had to move their fight, and they slapped an interim title on the winner. Now Holloway is on a 10 fight win streak. He hasn’t lost since 2013 (to McGregor by decision), and is more than deserving of a title shot. He’s got a height advantage over Aldo and a solid kick boxing background. If he keeps Aldo on the outside it could be a long night. Aldo however has destructive leg kicks, and wicked hands. He’s been in wars before and the only blemish on his record and chin is the McGregor fight. He also has the edge in submissions, but Holloway is no slouch on the ground either. It’s almost a toss up, but its hard to not go with the hot hand.

Holloway by Decision 

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