UFC Vegas 24 predictions – MMA Fighting – MMA Root

So now, for two weeks in a row, we have fight nights led by middleweight rivals, and yet for some reason it doesn’t seem that any of the four contestants are guaranteed a title fight, no matter what happens.

Marvin Vettori fought for a decision win over Kevin Holland last week, and this Saturday Robert Whittaker and Calvin Gastelum are set to present their case to challenge champion Israel Adesanya when they face off in the main event of UFC Vegas 24. Injured Darren is next in line. Till, who could be the favorite considering Vettori, Whittaker and Gastelum have already fought Adesanya. In addition, Adesanya has mentioned Till as the preferred contender in the past.

Whittaker recently took down Till, and if he can impressively take Gastelum out, that should be enough to put him in pole position, but no one really knows what the matchmakers are thinking. And if Gastelum can upset Whittaker, will he earn a rematch for the championship or be confused in the rankings with his friend and training partner Vettori? One gets the feeling that we will have to wait a while to get the answer, even after this field of four has resolved itself.

In another pivotal card action, Jeremy Stevens returns to the lightweight division for the first time in over eight years when he takes on Drakkar Klose in a co-main event, former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski comes into play as an immediate replacement for Chase’s fight. Sherman, middleweights Abdul Razak Alhassan and Jacob Malkun hope to recover from quick knockout losses, while Luis Pena meets Alex Muñoz in a lightweight duel.

What kind: Ufc vegas 24

Where: UFC APEX in Las Vegas

When: Saturday, April 17th. The entire event airs on ESPN and ESPN +, starting with a six-fight preliminary map at 7:00 pm ET and then a five-fight main map at 10:00 pm ET.

Robert Whittaker vs. Calvin Gastelum

Calvin Gastelum is a headache for anyone at 185 pounds and on his best day I can see him beat just about anyone in the division. He pushed Israel Adesanya to the limit, and it would be foolish to assume that he cannot do the same with Robert Whittaker. But until proven otherwise, The Reaper is the second-best middleweight in the world.

For Gastelum to take the crown, his blows must be sharper than ever. He’s a great boxer with great hand speed and cardio for a few days, but I will always commend Whittaker’s versatility. The former champion has a gift for dealing damage from a wide variety of angles, and when he cooks, few can match him. I give Whittaker the advantage in the standing position by a sufficient margin.

When it comes to wrestling, Gastelum has failed to establish himself in this area as a middleweight. He is regularly undersized by his opponents, although this is not such a big problem for Whittaker, another converted welterweight. Whittaker has improved as a wrestler every year, so we’ll see how his takedown defense is put to the test on Saturday.

I predict this one stays on its feet for the most part, which fits Whittaker’s scenario nine times out of 10. Whittaker’s own decision.

To choose: Whittaker

Jeremy Stevens vs. Drakkar Klose

This is a great match for Jeremy Stevens’ return to lightweight. Drakkar Klose is not a massive 155 athlete, so while he will have a scrum lead, it won’t be as clear as if Stevens faced a bigger opponent in that weight class.

This gives Stevens a good chance to maintain his position, which he has excelled at over the years. No, dice hasn’t influenced Stephen in his recent performances, and he has technical limitations that a new generation of fighters have taken advantage of. He is what he is at the moment. But he is the one who hits very hard.

Klose’s team will do the reconnaissance, so it’s just a matter of execution on the night of the battle. Head movement, kicks, clinching are the keys to Klose not being featured in Stevens’ main cinematic. Aside from his recent defeat to Beneil Dariush, he showed the strong chin he would need to withstand the first volley from Stevens.

How much does Stevens have left in the tank and how long does it take for him to land the bomb on Klose? Will the current downturn push him towards a vintage performance, or will he struggle to get out of the gate? I think he still has good performances ahead of him, but I believe that Klose will be the best fighter this weekend and he will win the judges’ decision.

To choose: Klose

Andrey Arlovsky vs. Chase Sherman

Chase Sherman is by no means the best player, but he is a confident striker and will respect Andrei Arlovski without showing any respect. Many fighters have made the mistake of letting Arlovski dictate the pace, despite the fact that almost six years have passed since his last knockout. This is not a typo.

True, Arlovsky does not need to finish off Sherman to win here. He has recent wins over Tanner Bozer, Philip Lins and Ben Rothwell, all of the fighters I would probably prefer over Sherman. But there is something about Sherman’s aggressive style that I love. He loves risk and I believe that if he decides to go against Arlovski, it will pay off.

Arlovski is in great shape at 42, so Sherman won’t beat him in the athletics department. I’m just wondering how much of his ability to pull the trigger decreases with each release. Sherman should invite Arlovski to have a fight with him and get the finish line, because if he does, he will find him in the first or second round.

To choose: Sherman

Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Jacob Malkoon

I’m not sure who Jacob Malkoon crossed over to face a pair of powerful and explosive hitters in his first two UFC fights, but here we are. Malkoon only lasted 18 seconds against Phil Howes in his UFC debut six months ago, and now he has to deal with the raging fury of Abdul Razak Alhassan.

Based on what we know about Malkun, he has dabbled in all kinds of martial arts, from grappling to boxing to MMA. We didn’t get to see any of this in his UFC debut because he was just blown away by Hawes. Perhaps he can combine his skills together to neutralize Alhassan, or even surprise everyone with his quick punch completion, given that Alhassan is emerging from a 30 second knockout defeat.

Even considering the possibility that Malkoon might be a rough diamond, I’m still trying to figure out why, after what happened last time, he came to the attention of another knockout artist.

Alhassan by knockout in the first round. Let’s just move on.

To choose: Alhassan

Luis Pena vs. Alex Muñoz

Alex Muñoz is a classic jack of all trades, not a master at anything. He showcased his boxing and wrestling in a respectable, albeit unimpressive, UFC debut defeat to Nasrat Hakparast. That could be a trap for Pena, who is theoretically being given a fight after his first submission loss of his career last June.

Long and lanky Pena will have to be careful not to give his neck to Muñoz, but otherwise he shouldn’t shy away from fighting his shorter opponent. If anything, it will be important for Pena not to sit back and wait for Muñoz to come to him, as he is still working to make the most of his physical abilities. An all-round adversary like Muñoz can expose Pena if he’s not careful.

A 10 month hiatus may be exactly what the doctor ordered Penay, and I expect him to rejuvenate in his first fight in 2021. I thought trying to lose up to 145 pounds a couple of years ago was a mistake and that sort of thing. it only distracted him from improving in areas where it was most important. Now that he’s back to 155 pounds again, it’s time to win.

I choose Pena to make a statement here, ending Muñoz in the first round submission after injuring his leg.

To choose: Foam

Preliminary activities

Tracy Cortez def. Justine Kish

Alexander Romanov def. Juan Espino

Lupita Godines def. Jessica Penne

Gerald Meerschart def. Bartosz Fabinski

Austin Hubbard, def. Dakota Bush

Tony Gravely, def. Anthony Birchak

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