The UFC visits Rochester, New York this weekend for UFC on ESPN+ 10: Dos Anjos vs. Lee. The entire card will stream Saturday night on ESPN+ Action begins with: Prelims 5:00PM/ET Main Card. 8:00PM/ET
UFC Rochester Main Card Predictions
Davi Ramos (-430)vs. Austin Hubbard (+345)
“The Tasmanian Devil” Davi Ramos (9-2-0) will be looking to extend his current three fight win streak against AustinHubbard (10-2-0), who makes his UFC debut. Training with the Elevation Fight Team in Denver, Colorado, Austin Hubbard has won six of his last seven competing on the Midwest and Mountain West regional fight scene to earn the opportunity to compete on the big stage. Last December, Hubbard finished Killys Mota via First Round TKO headlining LFA 56 at the Mystic Lake Casino/Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota. Since dropping a Decision to Sergio Moraes in his promotional debut at UFC Fortaleza in March 2017, Davi Ramos and reeled off three consecutive Submission wins over Chris Grutzenmacher, Nick Hein, and John Gunther. Hubbard will need to put on a heck of performance to pull off the upset over Ramos in his debut. I think Ramos will get his fourth consecutive win by Rear Naked Choke.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮: Ramos via First Round Submission
D’Bo’s Picks: Ramos via Decision
Charles Oliveira (-365) vs. Nik Lentz (+305)
Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira (26-8-2,1NC) made history in his last Octagon appearance, setting the all time UFC record for Submissions with 13. Now Oliveira aims to close to book in his trilogy with Nik “The Carny” Lentz (30-9-2,1NC). This weekend will be the fourth official scheduled bout between Lentz and Oliveira. Their first meeting way back in 2011 at UFC LIVE 4, ended with Nik Lentz being submitted in the Second Round. However, the fight would be later overturned and ruled a No Contest, due to an Illegal Knee thrown by Oliveira. The pair were scheduled to fight again at UFC Foxwoods in 2014, but Oliveira was forced to withdraw due to an illness just 24 hours before their bout. Lentz/Oliveira would reschedule to meet in Brazil in May 2015, with Oliveira winning via Third Round Submission (Guillotine). “Do Bronx” has submitted his last four opponents and has won five of his last six bouts. Lentz has won three of his last four, including back to back wins over Gray Maynard (TKO) and Scott Holtzman (Unanimous Decision). Nik The Carny Lentz is a great wrestler and has improved a lot on his striking. If the fight stays on the feet, I give Lentz an edge and a greater chance to get the win, despite Oliveira’s dominant submission run.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮: Lentz via Decision
D’Bo’s Picks: Oliveira via First Round Submission
Megan Anderson (-155) vs. Felicia Spencer (+135)
In a matchup of former Invicta Featherweight Champions, Megan Anderson (9-3-0) will look to continue building momentum as she faces UFC newcomer Felicia “Feenom” Spencer (6-0-0). Megan Anderson rebounded from losing to Holly Holm in her promotional debut, by landing a gruesome headkick on Cat Zingano, in which her big toe lacerated Zingano’s eyeball. Yikes. Holly Holm was able to expose Anderson’s difficulties on the mat and finding her way back to her feet, but you can’t question the ability for Anderson to use her length to overwhelm and inflict damage upon her opponents. The question is whether undefeated Felicia Spencer will be able to weather the storm from Anderson and use her black belt in Jiu-Jitsu to control and dictate the pace of the fight. Spencer has submitted three of her last four opponents all by Rear-Naked choke. With that being said, I think that if Anderson can keep Spencer off her back, Megan should be able to outclass Spencer on the feet leading to a TKO finish.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮: Anderson via First Round TKO
D’Bo’s Picks: Anderson via First Round TKO
#12 Antonio Carlos Junior (-185) vs. Ian Heinisch (+160)
Grappling and Submission specialist Antonio Carlos Zapata Junior (10-2-0,1NC) aka “Shoeface”, will be looking for a sixth straight win as he meets Ian “the Hurricane” Heinisch (12-1-0) in a battle of Middleweight prospects. A product of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, Ian Heinisch our on a strong showing in his official UFC debut, defeating Cesar Ferreira by Unanimous Decision at UFC Buenos Aires last November. Antonio Carlos Junior has been on a tear winning his last five fights (with four wins by Submission) dating back to September 2016. I was encouraged by Ian Heinisch’s ability in the clinch to dictate the pace against Ferreira and I think that if Heinisch can implement a similar game plan on Saturday, he may be able to end the win streak of Antonio Carlos Junior.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮: Heinisch via Second Round TKO
D’Bo’s Picks: Heinisch via Decision
Derrick Krantz (+700) vs. #15 Vicente Luque (-1200)
On just five days notice, Derrick “D-Rock” Krantz (22-10-0) steps in to replace Neil Magny to challenge the red hot “Silent Assasin” Vicente Luque (15-6-1)in his UFC debut. With seven stoppage wins in his last eight fights, Vicente Luque is currently the hottest fighter on the UFC roster. Since dropping a Decision to Leon Edwards in March 2017, Luque has submitted Niko Price and TKO/KO finishes of Chad Laprise, Jalin Turner and most recently in February, in an all out war with Bryan Barbarena (Third Round TKO) at UFC on ESPN 1 in Phoenix, Arizona. Luque is a dynamic duel threat with serious knockout power and a great submission game. Despite being on a three fight win streak, I think Luque will be too much for the local scrapper Derrick Krantz on just a weeks notice.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮: Luque via First Round Submission
D’Bo’s Picks: Luque via First Round KO
#3 Rafael Dos Anjos (-125) vs. #7 (LW) Kevin Lee (-105)
Former Lightweight contenders, Rafael Dos Anjos (28-11-0) and Kevin Lee (17-4-0) will battle at Welterweight, or perhaps 165 pounds, in the UFC Rochester Main Event. “The Motown Phenom” has been vocal in trying to force the hand of the UFC brass to institute a new 165 pound division, so much so, that Lee said he would be willing to weigh in at 165 for his bout with Dos Anjos, but as evidenced by this morning’s weigh-ins, Kevin Lee is a lot of chatter and weighed in at 170. The Motown Phenom is still trying to gather his footing and dropping two of his last three, following a five fight win streak at Lightweight. Rafael Dos Anjos made the move to Welterweight in 2017 winning his first three bouts at 170 against, Taric Saffiedine, Neil Magny, Robbie Lawler. Dos Anjos, however, has dropped his last two fights, having no answer for the dominant wrestling and grappling of Colby Covington and current Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman. While Usman and Covington are ranked among the Welterweight elite, Kevin Lee has to be excited by his prospects against Dos Anjos, the former UFC Lightweight Champion. While Lee is a strong wrestler, Lee has no wins over former UFC Champions or title contenders, so I have reservations on backing Lee in this spot. I’m going to take Dos Anjos, who always is prepared and ready to fight to surprise Lee with his power, toughness, and even his own Jiu-Jitsu game on the mat.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction 🔮: Dos Anjos via Second Round KO
D’Bo’s Picks: Lee via Second Round Submission
Next week the UFC returns to the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden 🇸🇪 for UFC on ESPN+ 11: Gustafson vs. Smith. Share your thoughts and picks with us in the Comments section below and enjoy the fights!! 👊🏻🔌