THE UFC IS BACK IN BRAZIL THIS WEEKEND FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT SÃO PAULO: SANTOS VS. ANDERS.
Despite the headliner being hit by the injury bug, Fight Night São Paulo has a loaded fourteen fight card that is sure to deliver. Action starts with:
UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims 6:30PM/ET
Fox Sports 2 Prelims 8:30PM/ET
Fox Sports 1 Main Card 10:30PM/ET
UFC SÃO PAULO MAIN CARD PREDICTIONS
#13 Randa Markos (-115) vs. Marina Rodriguez (+105)
“The Quiet Storm” Randa Markos (8-6-0) will play the role of gatekeeper as she greets newcomer Marina Rodriguez (9-0-0) into the UFC. With a concentration in Muay Thai, Marina Rodriguez is a talented grappler and striker. A pro since 2015, Rodriguez has five wins by knockout and four first round stoppages. Will she be the next contender in the Women’s Strawweight division? With a record of 4-5 inside the Octagon, Randa Markos has alternated wins and losses since competing in the Ultimate Fighter, but has never won or lost in consecutive bouts. Following a unanimous decision loss in her last bout to Nina Ansaroff in July at UFC Calgary, the pressure will be on Markos to avoid her first losing streak in the UFC and to stay relevant in the division.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction : Rodriguez via First Round KO
D’Bo’s Picks: Markos via Decision
Renan Barao (-130) vs. Andre Ewell (+100)
“The Baron” Renan Barao (36-6-0,1 NC) will also have the opportunity to play the role as gatekeeper as he takes on “Mr. Highlight” Andre Ewell (13-4-0), who makes his Octagon debut. With a 3-0 record in 2018, Ewell has been on a nomadic journey this year— bouncing from the King of the Cage, CES MMA, and LFA promotions—before signing with the UFC. Ewell has finishes his last six wins and is currently on a four fight win streak. Mr Highlight has eight First Round stoppages, with five wins coming in :54 seconds or less. The former King of the Bantamweight division, Renan Barao, has fallen on tough times as of late. Barao has lost four of his last five, and is 2-5 since losing his belt to TJ Dillashaw in 2014. Facing Barao in front of his home crowd is a tough task, but I believe Ewell will be up for the challenge.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction : Ewell via First Round KO
D’Bo’s Picks: Barao via Second Round KO
#15 Sam Alvey (-300) vs. Antonio Rogerio Noguiera (+230)
Smile’N Sam Alvey (33-10-0,1NC) will look to improve to 3-0 since moving up to Light Heavyweight when he squares off against Brazilian MMA legend, “Lil Nog” aka Antonio Rogerio Noguiera (22-8-0). A winner in three of his last four, Smile’N Sam was able to come away with a split decision win over Gian Villante in his last bout at UFC Utica in June. “Lil Nog” returns to the Octagon following a near two year layoff. Noguiera has dropped three of his last four fights, most recently losing via Third Round KO/TKO vs. Ryan Bader at UFC São Paulo in November 2016. After such an extensive layoff, it is tough to gauge whether Noguiera, 42, has anything left in the tank. “Lil Nog” will most certainly be a UFC Hall of Fame inductee, but he will have to dig deep if he wants to come out with a win over Alvey.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction : Alvey via First Round KO
D’Bo’s Picks: Noguiera via Second Round KO
#14 Alex Oliveira (-400) vs. Carlo Pedersoli (+300)
In the Co-Main event, Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira (18-4-1, 2 NC) faces Carlo “Semento” Pedersoli (11-1-0) in a Welterweight matchup that may be a Fight of the Night contender. Pedersoli was able to squeak out a split decision win over veteran Bradley Scott in his promotional debut at UFC Liverpool in May. Semento has five First Round stoppages and is currently on an eight fight win streak. Always the entertainer, Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira has received performance bonuses in his last three fights, with the most recent bonus coming in April for his Second Round Submission of Carlos Condit at UFC Glendale. Over his last seven bouts, Oliveira is 5-1, with one No Contest. Oliveira and Pedersoli are both capable of finishing on the feet or on the ground, which should create some great scrambles and exchanges. I am going to go out on a limb and take Pedersoli to pull off the upset.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction : Pedersoli via Decision
D’Bo’s Picks: Oliveira via First Round Submission
Eryk Anders (+115) vs. Thiago Santos (-145)
Only three weeks after his walkoff knockout of Tim Williams in Lincoln, Nebraska, “Ya Boi” Eryk Anders (11-1-0) steps up on six days notice to face Thiago “Marretta” Santos (18-6-0) in the UFC São Paulo Main Event. Thiago Santos was originally scheduled to face Jimi Manuwa, but Posterboy suffered a significant hamstring tear after arriving in Brazil for fight week. “Ya Boi” Eryk Anders has stepped up and will be fighting in his second Main Event in Brazil, although he is moving up to Light Heavyweight for this bout. After suffering his first professional loss via split decision to Lyoto Machida at UFC Belem in February, Anders bounced back in August at UFC Lincoln with his last-second highlight reel headkick of Tim Williams to improve his UFC record to 3-1. Last month, Thiago Santos was able to earn a unanimous decision win over a very game opponent in newcomer Kevin Holland at UFC 227. Santos has won four of his last five, and is always a threat to finish his opponent. This fight is kind of a coin flip. Santos will have the home field advantage, but Anders is the wild card, as the former Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker will have an extra twenty pounds of punching power for this bout, as Anders moves up from Middleweight. I’m going with “Ya Boi” by knockout.
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction : Anders via First Round KO
D’Bo’s Picks: Santos via Second Round KO
The UFC is back in two weeks with the return of the ‘Notorious’ Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. Share your thoughts and picks with us in the Comments section below, and enjoy the fights!