Holly Holm vs Irene Aldana
After a win over Raquel Pennington at UFC 246 in January, Holm is coming into this fight as sharp as ever. She may be a step slower than she was 5 years ago, but still very strong with her performance . It’s also evident that she has maintained her durability throughout her long career as well.
Having only ever lost to current or former UFC champions, Holm is going to be comfortable in a matchup against Aldana. Her striking is superior, and her newfound knack for forcing the clinch and grappling will serve her well in this fight should she decide to take that road.
Aldana is a rangy bantamweight that use’s her length very well. She possesses some of the nicest boxing you’ll see in the women’s divisions and tends to keep a high guard. She is very consistent defensively, which will come in handy against a striker like Holm.
Not to mention plenty experienced as well, Alanda is entering her 18th professional fight and riding the momentum of a picture-perfect knock out over Ketlen Vieira last December. After the biggest win of her career, Alanda is moving onto the main event in the highest profile fight of her career, right at a time when she is on the cusp of hitting her peak.
At The End of the Day
As great as Alanda’s striking is, Holm’s skills are better. But the best striker doesn’t always win the striking contest in MMA, and Aldana keeps composed while under attack, so she will be able to deal well with Holm.
Alanda does have decent striking defense, but at the same time she has some habits that she got away with in against past competition, that she will not get away with against someone of Holm’s caliber. Holm’s grappling skills have developed over the years and it seems like she like’s to engage in the clinch a lot more these days. Being the bigger and stronger fighter, Holm has the ability to lock up Alanda and wear her down and beat her up along the fence.
Alanda has fought 5 rounds in the past, and her fluid boxing coupled with active footwork is going to allow her to avoid a lot of trouble and take Holm the distance. But the decision win has Holly Holm’s name all over it.
Dave’s pick: Holly Holm to win
Randamie vs Pena
Germaine De Randamie
The Dutch Kickboxer De Randamie is one of the accomplished kickboxers in women’s MMA. Her MMA record doesn’t look the best on paper, but her only two UFC losses came at the hands of UFC Bantamweight and Featherweight champion, Amanda Nunes.
Pena hasn’t been an active fighter over the past few years, her last fight was a win over Nicco Montano that took place over a year ago. Prior to the fight against Montano, her last fight against Valentina Shevchenko was over a year and a half before the Montano fight. Pena looks good against the mid-tier talent of the women’s division, but amongst the elite level skilled woman, the scrappy style she has is conducive to getting into trouble.
At the End of the Day
De Randamie is the bigger stronger woman, has a lifetime of striking fundamentals ingrained in her game. De Randamie is not a point fighter, she does damage, and most women she fights don’t deal well being on the receiving end of anything that’s being thrown by GDR.
Pena has the grappling advantage, it would bode well for her to bring the fight there. Which she most certainly can do, but the question is whether or not she can hold GDR down and keep her there. In between the moments the fight is standing and when it’s on the mat, Pena won’t be able to avoid absorbing a big punch or a big knee that will spell the beginning of the end.
Daves’s Pick: Germain DeRandamie to win
Yorgan De Castro vs Carlos Felipe
Yorgan De Castro
Yorgan De Castro is the heavy favorite to win this fight for good reason. Aside from having innate aggression, he may have the fastest hands in the heavyweight division. Although he is a smaller heavyweight standing just 6 feet even, he is A very dangerous outing for anyone who wants to stand and box. He also has a history of doing significant damage to the legs with his thudding inside and outside low leg kicks.
Carlos Felipe is as confident as any fighter you’ll see, also being on the smaller size in terms of being a heavyweight, he poses a danger to all with his prodding forward and throwing big power shot ways. In the heavyweight division, anyone with considered a power puncher is a live dog, and Felipe is a good bet under the current odds.
At the end of the day
Felipe is very powerful, but he is not very fast. He also likes to do a lot of in-cage taunting which would probably be ill-advised against someone like De Castro. De Castro is frighteningly quick with his boxing and likes to go for the kill early, the hand speed advantage and effective kicks will slow down Felipe one more speed and make him a big, slow-moving target that is susceptible to getting caught.
Dave’s Pick: Yorgan De Castro to win
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