Who is Jailton Almeida? Well, he’s a nightmare…
Though having not faced the level of competition Jairzinho Rozenstruik has, a quick look at his record is enough to make anyone go ‘oh, my.’ Jairzinho is a pure striker who has never won via submission. Suffice to stay, this is one hell of a tough matchup for ‘Bigi Boy’.
Anthony Smith vs Johnny Walker. This is one interesting match up, and the bookies can’t quite make their minds up. Smith is hella’ durable, and ultimately the more complete MMA athlete, whilst Walker is perhaps the more quintessential ‘athlete’. One will try and eek out a decision, the other will look to not break a sweat.
Ian Garry vs Daniel Rodriguez. Garry is sitting politely at a junction between mid level and higher level fighters, Rodriguez is possibly his last bout at this current level. Rodriguez hasn’t been able to muster top form whilst Garry has been able to, much like Paddy Pimblett, punch and kick his way through decent opponents whilst taking a few hits along the way.
These are the main three but i’ll make picks for the others below
Almeida R2 Submission. He’s on a warpath and will aim to take Jairzinho down and end it. I don’t think he’ll chance it in R1 because he’ll have fresh hands to deal with, but R2 I feel he’ll gauge distance and end it.
Walker R1 TKO/KO. Contrary to how I want this to go, being a huge Smith fan, Walker will most likely connect in the first round and I think Smith will struggle to keep him away.
Ian Garry vs Daniel Rodriguez
Garry by decision. I think Rodriguez is a boxer who’ll struggle with Garry’s angles and consistency. I don’t see it being more than a slug fest but think Garry will do enough.
Carlos Ulberg vs Ihor Potieria
Ulberg TKO R1. Hands, speed, cardio.
Tim Means vs Alex Morono
Means by decision. This is my underdog bet. I think Means gets it done! I think he’s had a few tough battles but I think the older fighter is able to put it on Morono, this may well be a surprisingly great fight.