UFC Vegas 48 predictions, late ‘Prelims’ undercard preview | Walker vs. Hill
Two of the light heavyweight division’s most devastating strikers will meet this Saturday (February 19, 2022) when Johnny Walker and Jamahal Hill headline UFC Vegas 48 in an ad-hoc main event. The rest of the card, which will take place inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, features a middleweight battle between Kyle Daukaus and Jamie Pickett, plus Jim Miller in a crossover fight with Nikolas Motta and some hilarious heavyweight antics. they face Parker Porter and Alan. Baudot.
We’ve got three more UFC Vegas 48 “Prelims” bouts to peruse (see the first batch here). Let’s get to work…
145 pounds: Gabriel Benitez against david onama
Gabriel Benitez (22-10) — an original The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): Latin America alum: Broke a two-fight streak in 2020 by crushing Justin Jaynes with a bonus knee to the body. Next came Billy Quarantillo, who overwhelmed “Moggly” with pressure and ground control before hitting him late.
He gives three centimeters in height and reaches David Onama (8-1).
Glory MMA’s Onama went undefeated (10-0) as an amateur on his way to the professional ranks, where he racked up five finishes in under half a round. Just two weeks after a win at FAC, he stepped up on short notice to face Mason Jones in his UFC debut, which saw him go toe-to-toe with “The Dragon” en route to a competitive decision loss. .
All of his professional wins have come from within the distance, five of them by knockout.
I really want to see Benítez succeed; the man kicks like a mule and is capable of some horrific feats of violence. Unfortunately, that loss to “Billy Q” doesn’t give me much hope. Quarantillo was able to come in and land his looping punches too easily, and the fact that he managed to drop Benitez early raises real questions about “Moggly’s” ability to take damage.
Both are serious red flags against someone with Onama’s power. Benitez needs to keep the man taller and longer at the end of his kicks, which he doesn’t seem capable of doing if Onama commits to closing the distance. Prediction? Benitez’s kicks and Onama’s jab battle for dominance from a distance before a booming right from the latter ends things on the former.
Prediction: Onama by TKO in the first round
135 pounds: jessica rose clark against Stephanie Egger
Jessica-Rose Clark (11-6) opened her UFC career with back-to-back wins over Bec Rawlings and Paige VanZant, only to drop her next two to Jessica Eye and Pannie Kianzad. Since then, she has returned to form by stopping Sarah Alphar and eliminating Joselyne Edwards, the latter after a 13-month break.
Gives an inch in height and 3.5 inches in reach.
Stephanie Egger (6-2) rode a three-fight win streak in the Octagon, where she made her debut against rising fighter Tracy Cortez. Her second effort proved more fruitful, defeating Shanna Young in October 2021.
That win was his third via (technical) knockout and fifth overall inside the distance.
“Jessy Jess” has the right style to win this, though it could get hairy if he’s as monotonous as he was in the Edwards fight. Egger showed in the Cortez fight that she, despite her judo pedigree, is very vulnerable to being taken down in return, which plays right into Clark’s happy hands. If Clark gets too predictable, on the other hand, Egger is smart enough to cast her while she tries to work against the fence.
Between Clark’s experience and the fact that he’s never done, I like that he gets through the tough times and picks Egger off guard. He will have to keep his composure, but he hopes that his fight will win.
Prediction: Clark by unanimous decision
145 pounds: Chas Skelly against brand striegl
Chas Skelly (18-3) bounced back from a loss in his UFC debut to Mirsad Bektic by winning six of his next seven, including a 19-second anaconda choke on Maximo Blanco that earned him “Performance of the Night.” He is 1-1 (1 NC) since then, most recently beating Jordan Griffin in Vancouver.
Fight for the first time in more than 29 months.
Mark Striegl (18-3) followed up his brief stint in ONE with a championship run at URCC, capped off with a low blow-induced No Contest against UFC veteran Shunichi Shimizu. His Octagon debut was less than successful, as he suffered a 51-second knockout loss to Said Nurmagomedov in October 2020.
His 14 stoppage victories have all come via submission.
Even if Skelly hit a lower peak than I thought she would, she’s more than capable of winning this. He is ostensibly superior to Striegl in their mutual wheelhouse, wrestling, and his cardiovascular issues are offset by “Mugen’s” own. Without the pace or punches to wear Skelly down, Striegl is at the mercy of a more proven and effective ground artist.
Skelly’s firing is obviously a big concern, and it wouldn’t be terribly surprising to see his gas tank run out before Striegl’s. However, he will most likely crawl in a slow motion before wrapping up a choke.
Prediction: Skelly via second-round submission
Losing “The Battle of Rafaels” sucks, but there is some solid violence to be found here. See you on Saturday, Maniacs.
Current UFC “Prelims” Prediction Record for 2022: 17-8
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