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UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders (Preview & Predictions)

Can the Dragon turn back the clock at UFC Belem?

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Top 5 / Top 10 01 Feb 2018, 00:43 IST
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Lyoto Machida looks to get back in the win column at UFC Belem
Lyoto Machida looks to get back in the win column at UFC Belem

Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida takes on dangerous prospect Eryk Anders in the main event of UFC Fight Night 125.

Additionally, former UFC Women’s Bantamweight title challenger drops down to Flyweight to take on Priscila Cachoeira. The card which takes place in Belem, Brazil also features several other intriguing matchups.

So, without further ado, here are the complete predictions and preview for UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders—

*Indian fans can watch UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders on Sunday, February 4th from 6:30 am onward Live & Exclusive on SONY SIX.*


#Main Card (FOX Sports 1)

#1 Lyoto Machida vs. Eryk Anders

Lyoto Machida suffered a brutal stoppage loss to Derek Brunson by way of strikes in his previous Octagon outing.

Machida seems to be well past his prime right now, and the biggest thing to have affected his game is his athletic ability. Gone are the days when ‘The Dragon’ used to slither into range like a swift serpent and land his fast hands to deliver devastating KOs on his foes.

Machida’s reflexes and overall speed have slowed down considerably, while Anders, on the other hand, is in his athletic prime. The former football player is a phenomenal athlete, and undefeated thus far.

Fans can expect Anders to use his speed and athleticism to blitz Machida early on, and given the Dragon’s slowed reflexes, he may miscalculate the former’s entry into range. Anders is likely to stun Machida on the feet, before finishing matters on the ground.

Prediction: Eryk Anders def. Lyoto Machida via TKO

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