By: Christopher Carpenter
The second fight night of the month was originally set to be headlined by Glover Teixeira and Thiago Santos, but due to Glover testing positive, the main event is now between Angela Hill and Michelle Waterson. The card has still held up as a solid event and I’m excited for it, so here are my predictions.
Sabina Mazo vs Justine Kish
My Pick: Sabina Mazo
Bryan Barberena vs Anthony Ivy
My Pick: Bryan Barberena
Brok Weaver vs Frank Camacho
Starting with the third prelim of the night is a bout between two Frank Camacho and Brok Weaver. Both of these fighters are coming off of recent losses, where they were both finished; however, these men are still solid fighters with a variety of skills. Camacho has fought some of the best lightweights and welterweights in the world including, Drew Dober, Beneil Dariush, and Geoff Neal. Brok Weaver is two fights into his UFC tenure, and he has competed against solid fighters such as Roosevelt Roberts. Each fighter has a strong skillset, both with solid striking and a viable ground game. Camacho is a powerful striker as 16 of his 22 wins have come by way of knockout. While Weaevr is not a KO specialist, he has strong cardio throughout his career and has 8 decision victories in his career. Camacho is a fighter whose looked over often, but he has lost 5 of his last 7 and for that reason I think that Weaver has the advantage in this fight.
My Pick: Brok Weaver by decision
Alan Patrick vs Bobby Green
The next fight of the night is between two UFC veterans, Alan Patrick and Bobby Green. Green and Patrick have both been in the UFC since 2013, so this really is a classic matchup. Patrick has been inactive for the past two years as his last fight was a loss at UFC 229. Green on the other hand has stayed active during the pandemic and beat two other veterans Clay Guida and Lando Vannata. Green has showed that even though he’s gotten older his striking volume is still a threat. In Patrick’s UFC performance’s he has showed his apt grappling and striking skills. I think Green’s has the advantage for staying active recently and I believe he is also the better striker.
My pick: Bobby Green via Decision
Matt Frevola vs Roosevelt Roberts
The fifth fight of the night will be a lightweight bout between contender series alumnus, Matt Frevola and Bobby Green. Roosevelt Roberts, like the previously mentioned Bobby Green, has stayed active in the pandemic, and while he is coming off of a loss, has definitely improved recently. His opponent, Matt Frevola, has yet to fight in 2020 this year, but a win this weekend would put him on a three-fight winning streak. Both of these men have a strong grappling game so it will be exciting to see the grappling exchanges in this fight. Frevola and Roberts are also skilled strikers as each have an average of over three significant strikes landed per minute. Considering how Roberts has looked in his most recent fights and the fact that he has remained active over the last year, I believe he has the slight advantage in this fight despite Matt Frevola being a very solid fighter.
My pick: Roberts by decision
Julia Avila vs Sijara Eubanks
Next up, is a women’s bantamweight bout between the “Raging Panda” Julia Avilla and former TUF contender Sijara Eubanks. Both of these women are former Invicta fighters and have several wins in the UFC. Eubanks has been in the UFC for a few years now and hasn’t had the best record since then, but a win this week could turn things around for her. Avila is newer to the UFC but in her short time in the octagon she is 2-0 and already has a fight booked after this weekend. Avila has shown that she has a well put together striking game with knockout potential (4 KO’s on her record). The same can be said about Eubanks as she has 3 knockout victories in her professional career. Avila has looked very strong in her recent performances and I expect her to continue to do well this weekend.
My pick Avila by decision
Matt Schnell vs Tyson Nam
The final prelim of the night is a flyweight bout between Matt Schnell and Tyson Nam. Nam is coming off of a massive knockout victory in June where he showed that he is still a viable fighter at 36 years old. His opponent, Matt Schnell, has won four of his last five and while he hasn’t fought in 2020 yet, he’s still a threat. I expect this fight to be an entertaining one as the majority of both of these fighters’ victories have ended in a finish. Schnell is a grappler with nine submissions, while Nam is a striker with 11 knockouts. In my opinion, this fight depends on who has the dominant position, grappling for Schnell and striking for Nam. If Schnell can land a takedown, I think he has a slight advantage due to his grappling skills.
My Pick: Matt Schnell by submission