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X-Factor! Some UFC Vegas 47 main card predictions

This weekend (Saturday, February 5, 2022), the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will return to the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC Vegas 47. Have you been feeling the effects of the relative drought in the UFC a month after 2022? ? Well, don’t worry, because this weekend’s event kicks off a streak of 14 weeks of consecutive cards. Saturday night’s card definitely leans more towards action than big names or title implications, but that’s become something of a UFC Apex trademark and oftentimes these smaller fight nights provide great entertainment.

Before Sean Strickland and Jack Hermansson square off in the main event, four Three matchups of action fighters and prospects are set to move on to the main card. Let’s take a closer look at these donnybrooks:

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) continues its series of shows inside the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, February 5, 2022, with a pivotal middleweight bout that will see the No. 6 ranked Jack Hermanson looks to snap No. 7 seed’s winning streak Sean Strickland. In the co-main event of UFC Vegas 47, 185-pound finalists Punahele Soriano Y Nick Maximoff lock horns.

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welterweight: Shavkat Rakhmonov against carlston harris

Best win for Rakhmonov? alex oliveira For Harris? michel pereira
Current streak: Rakhmonov is undefeated at 14-0 (two inside the Octagon), while Harris has also won two consecutive UFC fights to extend his current win streak to five.
X Factor: Can Harris land takedowns?
How do these two match up?: This is an incredible welterweight matchup between highly skilled unranked fighters.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: An undefeated Combat Sambo specialist from Eastern Europe seems to be a big problem for his division. The former M-1 champion has finished off every one of his opponents before the final bell, and damn if the 6’1” welterweight doesn’t look like he should have more hype behind him.

Pounding, wrestling, submissions: “Nomad” sounds a lot like the real deal.

Fortunately, Harris is not a face lift. A specialist in the higher positions with strong hands and skillful submissions, the Brazilian took the long road to the Octagon, accumulating plenty of experience against high-level competition. Harris, an 11-year-old pro at 34, is trying to make the most of a relatively small window, but has done well so far.

Harris is a quality fighter, but at the moment, it seems pretty impossible to match Rakhmonov until he shows some kind of weakness. He’s been pretty perfect in both of his UFC wins, and he’s been up against tough, experienced fighters. He is a very skilled finisher who looks like a title threat. nowthough he still has to prove himself before such opportunities arise.

Hopefully Harris’ skill and experience are enough to really challenge Rakhmonov, but I wouldn’t even count on that.

Prediction: Rakhmonov by knockout

Update: Alvey was left without an opponent after Hawes suffered an injury and was forced to retire (details here).

Middleweight: sam alvey against phil hawes

The best victory for Alvey? Rashad Evans For Hawes? Nassourdine Imavov
Current streak: Sam Alvey DIDN’T WIN THROUGH SEVEN FIGHTS, while Hawes came up short last time.
X Factor: Hawes Durability
How do these two match up?: I am really surprised that, once again, I have to officially predict that Alvey will lose another fight. Every time I was sure it would be the last, yet here we are again.

Alvey still has some positives left in his game. He is better middleweight than light heavyweight. His signature punch, the opposite right hook, still lands with a thud. His takedown defense is solid enough.

However, if that punch doesn’t land, Alvey doesn’t throw much, and the result is often hard work.

Despite a huge gap in experience, Hawes is only two years younger than Alvey. He is much more athletic, however, a very powerful striker with a great fighting base to fall back on. Unfortunately, he tends to get hurt every time he’s touched, which is concerning against an accomplished knockout artist.

The recipe for an Alvey control hook knockout is there, but I won’t pick it. The man has lost all these fights for one reason: he does very little to attack his opponents. Hawes may be hurtful enough, but he has many paths to victory. He may just be able to overwhelm Alvey with raw power, but if he needs a safer option, simply jamming Alvey into the fence has been shown to be a very viable option.

Hawes clearly should win this fight, one way or another.

Prediction: Hawes by decision

Middleweight: Battle of Bryan against Tresean Gore

The best victory for the battle? Gilberto Urbina For Gore? Also Gilbert Urbina (but in TUF)
Current streak: Battle won his UFC and TUF debut to cap a five-fight win streak, while Gore is 3-0 as a pro.
X Factor: Gore has less experience and debuts in the UFC
How do these two match up?: This was the original match for the the last fighter (TUF) 29 Finale, but Gore injured his knee and was replaced by Urbina.

Battle is a solid fighter. He has finished most of his wins via submission, crushing his enemies with takedowns before jumping on the neck. Gore, on the other hand, looks like the more physical talent. He is quite quick on his feet, throwing fluid kicks from a distance and going for powerful shots when his opponents try to close the distance.

This looks like a classic striker vs. wrestler matchup. Against the faster man and a former light heavyweight, Battle is likely to fight for takedowns from him early on. However, if he can weather the storm, it’s possible he could turn the tide later in the fight and get the top spot.

However, that is a difficult question. Gore punches with more composure than his record suggests, and he seems capable of maintaining that pace for three rounds. Also, if Battle really tries to make him ugly and takes big risks, he might find himself with a huge shot.

Prediction: Gore by decision

Featherweight: Julian Erosa against steven peterson

Best victory for Erosa? Sean Woodson For Peterson? chase hooper
Current streak: Erosa won her last match, while Peterson has won two in a row
X Factor: Erosa really seems to be finding her groove right now.
How do these two match up?: Is a more rudimentary matchup possible at 145 pounds?

After quickly disappearing in two tries on the UFC roster, Erosa has carved out a position for himself on his third try. He has won three of his last four, beating some very talented featherweights in the process. Erosa is the classic combination of original and unconventional kickboxer with skilled jiu-jitsu, which means that he is very much an opportunist who remains dangerous even when the momentum is against him.

Peterson, meanwhile, is a hard-nosed grinder. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt often doesn’t have the fighting skills necessary to completely dominate his enemies on the mat, but he’s all too willing to take a shot to land one, and he’ll keep pushing until he’s able to. turn the tide

Peterson can get a couple of takedowns, but I don’t see him holding Erosa for long. “Juicy J” has been out there with top-tier wrestlers for a long time, so a fairly easy wrestling attack shouldn’t be strange to him. Chances are, most of this competition will take place on the feet, where Erosa has a sizable advantage…as long as he doesn’t get hit with an overhand.

All in all, ranged combinations and kicks should keep Erosa in control.

Prediction: Erosa by decision

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