UFC Vegas 31: Makhachev vs Moises Predictions
Source: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
It's always nice to come back to earth after a Conor fight. For the past month or so, all the trash and all the nonsense involved in that fight really starts to get a bit heavy. Granted I always love me a McGregor led card, but it's getting harder and harder to root for the guy given the angle of trash talk he explores nowadays. However, this main between Makhachev and Moises is the exact opposite energy wise, so I'm looking forward to tonight's card.
Islam Makhachev vs Thiago Moises
The hype around Islam has been well-warranted. When maybe the greatest fighter who ever lived says it's your time, a mere mortal like myself tends to listen, and judging by the lack of opponents who seem to be willing to fight this man everyone else has taken notice too. With that said, this could lowkey be a great fight. Now, I don't expect Islam to lose, but Thiago Moises could provide some problems Islam has yet to face in the octagon.
It's a shame Makhachev isn't getting a big name for his headlining debut, but this is a great showcase fight for those who are still on the fence (for what reason they could be, I don't know). Thiago Moises should give him some resistance, but I feel Islam will be able to kick the door down in the Lightweight division will an excellent performance tonight. He's hungry, well trained, and is an absolute monster. Should be fun to watch.
Prediction: Islam Makhachev, Decision
Marion Reneau vs Miesha Tate
We haven't seen Tate inside the octagon since UFC 205, maybe the most historic night in MMA history. Unfortunately for her, things didn't go her way that night against a very game Raquel Pennington. She's been through a lot since we've last seen her, but she looks absolutely shredded and ready to go. The only problem is the rust. Will a five year layoff help or hurt her? I don't know to be honest, but Reneau hasn't exactly been on fire in her most recent stretch.
I think Tate will come in and look to do what's familiar to her. She'll get inside and grind out Reneau to either a submission stoppage or decisive decision win. Either way, I think Tate may look better now than she did in New York all those years ago.
Prediction: Miesha Tate, Decision
Mateusz Gamrot vs Jeremy Stephens
Stephens robbed us of a great fight between he and Klose. He was an idiot that day, but realistically it wasn't anything we hadn't seen before at a weigh-in. This time around he was all smiles facing off against Gamrot, and I imagine that's smart considering the man is on a quite the losing streak. However, much like when I chose him to defeat Klose, I can't say that those losses weren't justified.
Stephens has never REALLY been a contender. So considering his recent skid comes at the hands of guys at the top of the division is no surprise. In Gamrot, he'll have a guy who is a relatively decent matchup for him. Gamrot is the type of guy who loves to grind you out, but he also is a willing brawler at times as well. To me, this is going to be a fun fight with a lot of action, and I think that bodes well for Stephens.
Prediction: Jeremy Stephens, 2ND TKO
Dustin Stoltzfus vs Rodolfo Vieira
We all know what the deal here is. If Stoltzfus can survive the first two minutes of the first round he'll more than likely be able to make the fight his. However, Vieira is so dangerous in those opening sequences it's so hard to bet against him against a guy who doesn't have much of a pedigree. So I guess I'm going with the guy who has about as good of a gas tank as I do. Yay.
Prediction: Rodolfo Vieira, 1ST RD SUB
Gabriel Benitez vs Billy Quarantillo
Billy Quarantillo has a great gas tank and some pretty solid wrestling, but that's about it. Gavin Tucker showed us that if you can keep the fight standing and at a distance, BQ has trouble generating offence. Unfortunately for ole Billy boy, Benitez does that quite well. I think Benitez will be able to keep Quarantillo at bay, and start to climb the 145 ladder once again. I've been wrong a many of time before, but I'm feeling quite fruity with this pick.
Prediction: Gabriel Benitez, Decision
Rest of the Card
Rodriguez def Parsons
Ruiz def Lemos
Morozovs def Taha
Figueiredo def Gordon
Nascimento def Baudot
2021 Predictions Record: 99-65-2