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UFC Vegas 41 predictions: ‘Costa vs Vettori’ late ‘Prelims’ undercard preview

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight shark tank delivers another hit this Saturday (October 23, 2021) when Paulo Costa faces Marvin Vettori in a showdown of true elites of the division. UFC Vegas 41 also features a lightweight fight between Ricky Glenn and grappling ace Grant Dawson, as well as Nick Negumereanu fighting with fellow light heavyweight wrestler Ike Villanueva.

Three There are four “preliminary” undercard matches left from UFC Vegas 41 to preview and predict (check out the first batch here) and no time to see them as the present …

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, October 23, 2021, with a highly anticipated match in the middleweight division, as the No. 2 ranked contender. Paulo Costa returns to action against the seeded No. 5 Marvin vettori. At the UFC Vegas 41 lightweight co-main event, Grant Dawson seems to remain undefeated in the UFC when he blocks the horns with Ricky glenn.

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185 pounds: Jun Yong Park vs. Gregory rodrigues

A seven-game winning streak, including a submission finale by future PFL tournament champion Ray Cooper III, led Jun Yong Park (13-4) to the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. Although he fell to “Contender Series” graduate Anthony Hernandez in his promotional debut, “La Tortuga de Hierro” has won three straight games, most recently defeating undefeated Tafon Nchukwi in May 2021.

It is five inches shorter than “Robocop” and gives two inches of reach.

Gregory Rodrigues (10-3) got off to a 1-2 pro start to win his next six fights, sparking an unsuccessful bet on the “Contender Series” against Jordan Williams. He rallied to win the LFA middleweight championship, then belatedly outscored Dusko Todorovic in his Octagon debut.

He has knocked out and subdued four professional enemies each.

Park’s nickname is not an empty joke; in fact, I’m not entirely sure that Rodrigues can finish him off on his feet despite the latter’s monstrous power. Fortunately, he doesn’t have to because, like most turtles, Park doesn’t like to have his back turned, and Rodrigues boasts of a wrestling and jiu-jitsu pedigree to ruin Park’s day from there. While Park is usually an adept at standing up, I don’t see him come out from underneath a better physique like “Robocop.”

Rodrigues has been injured and detained before, so it wouldn’t be too extravagant to see Park grab him. However, considering how dependent Park has been on his own fight, I like that Rodrigues stands firm and dominates in his wheelhouse.

Prediction: Rodrigues by unanimous decision

155 pounds: Mason Jones against David Onama

Although he didn’t walk away with the decision, former Cage Warriors two-division champion Mason Jones (10-1) earned much accolades for his “Fight of the Night” war with Mike Davis in his promotional debut. Then came Alan Patrick, whom Jones brutalized before an errant prick to the eye produced an anticlimactic “No Contest.”

He has knocked out four opponents and subdued two others.

David Onama (8-0), the latest Glory MMA standout to join the world’s largest fight promotion, made a name for himself under the banners of the KC Fighting Alliance and FAC. He’s already fought twice in 2021, stopping Mike Plazola and Brad Robison in less than three minutes combined.

Replaces Patrick with only four days notice.

I really like the look of Onama, who seems more than ready for the Octagon at 27 years old. He’s sharp, hits like a truck, has very solid grip instincts, and is remarkably experienced for such a short run. However, Jones is the wrong person to debut against. That’s because between his ridiculous durability and relentless aggression, “The Dragon” is ready to drag Onama into the deepest waters of his career.

That’s not to say that Onama doesn’t have a strong gas tank or the ability to fight adversity, just that he’s never had to deal with someone so relentless and dedicated to beating him up. It will keep him competitive from the start, but Jones’ high-level experience should turn the tide for a mid-round finale.

Prediction: Jones by second round TKO

115 pounds: Tabatha ricci vs. Maria Oliveira

Tabitha Ricci (5-1) went 3-0 under the LFA banner before stepping up on short notice to face Manon Fiorot in her UFC flyweight debut. Ricci proved incapable of taming “The Beast”, succumbing to blows midway through the second round.

“Baby Shark” is five inches shorter than Oliveira and gives seven inches of reach.

Maria Oliveira (12-4) reached the second round of the Rizin Atomweight tournament before clashing with eventual champion Kanna Asakura, snapping a nine-game winning streak in the process. Although she similarly fell short against Marina Rodríguez in the Contender Series, she went on to defeat her next two opponents on the Brazilian circuit.

His eight professional finals include seven by submission.

The bad news for Ricci is that he once again faces a much taller and longer opponent. The good news is that Oliveira is much easier to tie than Fiorot, is a much lesser fighter and lacks the stopping power of the Frenchwoman. As long as Ricci still has the confidence to go ahead and bring the fight to his preferred range, he shouldn’t have too much trouble tying up and dragging Oliveira to the mat, where he has an absolutely huge advantage.

Oliveira has visibly improved since her losses, which occurred before she was even 22, but her historic problems with pressure and an inability to fight her back present juicy goals for a fighter with Ricci’s credentials. In the end, Ricci dominates her on the ground for a quick finish.

Prediction: Ricci via submission in the first round

185 pounds: Jamie pickett vs. Laureano Staropoli

These two were supposed to fight earlier this month and I haven’t changed my mind, so here’s the previous article …

Undaunted by a pair of losses in the “Contender Series,” Jamie Pickett (11-6) returned to the show to demolish Jhonoven Pati and finally secure a contract with the UFC. He is still looking for his first victory in the Octagon, having fallen to fellow alumni Tafon Nchukwi and Jordan Wright in successive efforts.

“Nightwolf” will enjoy an inch of height and a whopping 10.5 inches of reach in “Pepi.”

Argentine Laureano Staropoli (9-4) made his way into the welterweight box with entertaining wins over Hector Aldana and Thiago Alves, only to come up short against division standouts Muslim Salikhov and Tim Means. A post-middleweight move did not pay immediate dividends, as he dropped a decision to Georgian bully Roman Dolidze earlier this summer.

He has scored five knockouts as a professional.

Even with his recent fights, I don’t think Staropoli is a bad fighter, just someone who was pushed too hard, too fast. While I’m still not convinced that middleweight is his ideal division, I do like his opportunities here; Pickett is notoriously vulnerable to aggressive forwards due to his poor cage awareness, making him a seemingly easy target for the Argentine. Not that Pickett’s reach is of much use to him, either, as he constantly struggles to keep smaller men at bay.

It’s not that I don’t like Pickett or that he can’t do some damage when the heat rises, but he’s too fundamentally flawed to beat even a standard slugger like “Pepi.” In the end, Staropoli knocks him down and dominates him from the inside for 15 minutes.

Prediction: Staropoli by unanimous decision

UFC Vegas 41 will host a great main event and some well-matched, if not particularly star-studded, fights that make for a solid event overall. Hope you join us, see you on Saturday, maniacs.

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Current UFC “preliminaries” prediction record for 2021: 145-73-2 (2 NC)

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