#2 Dennis Bermudez vs. Andre Fili
Dennis Bermudez could’ve very well been the UFC Featherweight Champion if it weren’t for his seemingly porous defensive striking.
While Bermudez has never been one to care about defense on the feet, when matched up against elite competition, the glaring weakness shows and results in Bermudez ending up staring at the lights. Regardless, Bermudez is the more well-rounded fighter in this matchup.
While Andre Fili isn’t the hardest puncher in the world, he could give Bermudez a brief scare in the early going. Fans can expect Bermudez to establish his rhythm from the latter half of Round 1 onwards, and out-point Fili en route to a clear-cut Decision victory.
Prediction: Dennis Bermudez def. Andre Fili via Decision
#3 Jordan Rinaldi vs. Gregor Gillespie
Jordan Rinaldi is a decent scrapper, and seems to be steadily improving his timing and distance management on the feet. While his grappling seems to be his primary weapon of choice, Gillespie is much of the same.
Rinaldi is likely to pump out his jab more frequently than he usually does against Gillespie, so as to throw off the latter’s rhythm and frenetic pace. With the grappling exchanges being even-steven, this fight is going to come down to who impresses more on the feet.
Rinaldi is likely to out-strike Gillespie over the course of 3 rounds. While the latter’s pace may help him impress the judges in Round 1, Rinaldi will most definitely use his crisper striking to take this fight across the judges’ scorecards.
Prediction: Jordan Rinaldi def. Gregor Gillespie via Decision
#4 Drew Dober vs. Frank Camacho
Drew Dober is an excellent fighter, with criminally underrated striking.
While Frank Camacho is no slouch on the feet, he does exhibit severe defensive lapses in his striking game. Dober is likely to come out cautious—bobbing and weaving to avoid Camacho’s wild hooks.
Dober enjoys a slight cardio advantage in this matchup, which will help him take control in the second half of the fight. Expect Dober to out-point Camacho with cleaner and more technical striking combinations. In the end, the judges are likely to score this fight in favor of Dober.
Prediction: Drew Dober def. Frank Camacho via DecisionPublished 27 Jan 2018, 00:02 IST