Preview and predictions for UFC Fight Night 119: Sao Paulo
Niko Price(10-0, 1 NC) vs Vicente Luque(11-6-1)
Both Niko Price and Vicente Luque have well established themselves as two of the Welterweight divisions brightest prospects. Luque once appeared to be on the fringe of being cut after losing his UFC debut when he came off of season 21 of The Ultimate Fighter. He has since developed and polished his skills tremendously and is still growing as a fighter.
For Niko Price, it's been somewhat of the same(minus any trouble earning victories). He's finished all three of his UFC opponents so far and has only gone to a decision once in his entire 11 fight career.
Each man can do it all and for that reason, this is the hardest fight for me to pick and it should very well be a candidate for fight of the night by event's end. But I think i'll have to ride with Price's momentum.
Prediction: Price — Unanimous Decision
Antonio Carlos Junior(8-2) vs Jack Marshman(22-6)
Antonio Carlos Junior, or better known as "Shoeface", is one of the best grapplers in the world and is a multi-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion. Jack Marshman has been one of the premier names in regional British MMA since he began his career. He has started out 2-1 in the UFC with his lone loss showing his incredible toughness against Thiago Santos.
Shoeface's strength and grappling alone favour him in this matchup. He has powerful punches too and he was actually once upon a time a Heavyweight — which is where he won his season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.
Marshman's best hope will be to keep things standing... but that's obviously easier said than done.
Prediction: Carlos Junior — RD2 Sub
Hacran Dias(23-5-1) vs Jared Gordon(13-1)
Prediction: Gordon — Unanimous Decision
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos(17-5) vs Max Griffin(13-3)
Prediction: Zaleski dos Santos — Unanimous Decision
Fight Pass Prelims(on UFC Fight Pass at 7pmET/4pmPT)
Jared Brooks(13-0) vs Deiveson Alcantara(12-0)
Prediction: Brooks — Unanimous Decision
Christian Columbo(8-2-1) vs Marcelo Golm(5-0)
Prediction: Golm — Unanimous Decision
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