Back to back for the UFC, as the organization heads to Brazil with Brazil’s own; Mauricio “Shogun” Rua takes on Ovince St. Preux. With the co main event bout between Ian McCall and John Lineker called off, Warrley Alves and Alan Jouban jump into the slot. With both main event fighters coming off a loss, each will be looking to get the career back on track and continue their climb up the light heavyweight ranks. One fight will be shown on UFC Fight Pass at 7:30 pm EST, the rest of the prelims will be shown on FOX Sports 2 at 8 pm EST, with the main card following on FOX Sports 1 at 10:30 pm EST.
#9 Mauricio Rua (22-9) vs. #10 Ovince St. Preux (16-6) Light Heavyweight Division – Ovince St. Preux tried to keep his last bout standing against Ryan Bader, and failed miserably. This time around he is going to want to take Shogun down at all costs in order to win this UFC middleweight fight. Shogun may not be the most technically sound light heavyweight, but could be one of the most intimidating in MMA history. Rua is dangerous at all times, and can impose his will with one punch, Ovince St. Preux must keep his distance and pick his shots for the take down. With the last-minute swap out, experience may play a huge factor in this one. Ovince St. Preux is getting better and gaining experience each time he steps in there, but many doubt he will be able to knock off a motivated Rua. Mauricio Rua via Technical Knockout.
Warlley Alves (8-0) vs. Alan Jouban (10-2) Welterweight Division – The UFC’s ‘Ultimate Fighter’ winner and the fashion model take over the co main event as Ian McCall versus John Lineker was dropped due to “Uncle Creepy” coming down with some sort of bug. This gives the stage to one of the most talented prospects to come out of Brazil the opportunity to showcase his ability to the world. Warlley Alves has been absolutely dominant through his undefeated career, and that should not change much come tonight. Jouban pushes a pace that is hard to match, and packs quite the punch himself; but Jouban’s wrestling is not up to par and may fall victim to Alves’ constant take down pressure. Jouban will give him a fight through the first round, but do not expect him to last long much after. Warrley Alves via Submission.
Claudio Silva (10-1) vs. Leon Edwards (8-1) Welterweight Division – If Leon’s take down defense is as good as it has been, he should have no issues getting through Silva. Silva’s striking is mediocre at best, and is more less used to set up his wrestling and Jiu Jitsu game. Leon Edwards is the better talent, overall better athlete, and his skills are far better in comparison. Not many words needed here, Leon Edwards should have his way with Claudio Silva. Leon Edwards via Technical Knockout.
Juliana Lima (6-2) vs. Nina Ansaroff (6-3) Strawweight Division – The prediction here is that, someway or how, Juliana Lima is going to will herself to a UFC victory. Nina Ansaroff is very dangerous standing, and for a strawweight she has the knockout ability very rarely seen in that women’s division. She is very susceptible to being out grappled though, and that is a point of emphasis in this fight that Lima may be stronger in. Lima will hold her own long enough in the striking department to keep Ansaroff off of her, and at some point will grind her out along the fence and win the decision. Juliana Lima via Unanimous Decision.
In other notable UFC fights on the card, Thomas Almeida will make his debut after dominating Legacy FC; as he hopes to make quick work of Tim Gorman. Also, Dhiego Lima gets back in the cage after suffering a loss at the hands of Eddie Gordon in the ‘TUF 19’ finale. For live coverage of the UFC, follow the Guardian Liberty Voice as the section brings up to date analysis through social media.
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