The Bloody Elbow team has actually made its picks for UFC VEGAS 20, and most of us are picking Ciryl Gane in his highly prepared for heavyweight tilt with fellow striker Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Ciryl Gane
Mookie Alexander: Gane is more likely to win rounds and have the more reliable minute-to-minute offense. Rozenstruik is the heavier hitter who can clean anyone out with one big shot. To me the Overeem battle is quite explanatory of Rozenstruik against another proficient striker. He was clearly losing and was also removed two times– an avenue Gane might consider in this match– before splitting Alistair’s lip in half. Gane’s outstanding kicking game and his jabs actually could produce all sorts of issues for Rozenstruik, and on the flipside Jair truly sits down on his shots and when he has somebody hurt he’s a spectacular finisher. I dislike picking heavyweight battles since typically the one with more power will win however I’m backing Gane to avoid the danger and get the W. Ciryl Gane by TKO, round 3
Zane Simon: As professionals, this feels like a relatively basic fight. Ciryl Gane by means of TKO, round 4.
Personnel selecting Rozenstruik: Dayne
Staff selecting Gane: Mookie, Zane, Stephie
Nikita Krylov vs. Magomed Ankalaev
Mookie Alexander: Finest opportunity for Krylov outside of his own power is to put Ankalaev on his back and I don’t actually see how he does that. Ankalaev is way too physical for him and strikes like a truck. We’ve just seen Krylov get come by strikes because legendarily bad battle vs. Soa Palelei, however I don’t believe he’ll have the ability to manage Magomed’s striking. Magomed Ankalaev by KO, round 1
Zane Simon: For a karateka with a hectic, kick heavy striking style, it appears odd to state that Nikita Krylov’s finest path to success in the majority of his battles goes through his wrestling game. Those are the truths. And when he’s not the much better wrestler in the cage, he just does not tend to get the win. And I really do not see him out-wrestling Ankalaev, who is a genuine physical force in clinches and scrambles on the mat. Beyond that, he’s the cleaner puncher with more power and a consistent counter video game. Seems like a problem for Krylov. Magomed Ankalaev by KO, round 2.
Personnel choosing Krylov:
Personnel picking Ankalaev: Mookie, Dayne, Zane, Stephie
Montana De La Rosa vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
Mookie Alexander: There’s something about De La Rosa’s video game that I can’t really get behind and I can’t even pinpoint it. I anticipate a great deal of scrambles and grappling and I believe Silva might just have the ability to catch Montana with something. Typically you need to be a quite top-level opponent (or predestined to become one) to beat Montana so this would be a legitimate win for Silva if he can pull it off. Mayra Bueno Silva by consentaneous decision.
Zane Simon: A surprisingly challenging battle to call. Both women have decent ground video games, with De La Rosa being a much better scrambler and wrestler and Silva looking like the more unsafe grappler. However both females are entirely efficient in losing fights on the ground. For De La Rosa, it’s if she gets beat to dominant positions, and for Silva it’s if her opponent is just willing to stay conservative and positionally safe. Standing, De La Rosa delivers the a lot more consistent output and technical style, however Silva throws with more confidence, power, and raw aggressiveness. If Silva weren’t so ready to quit excellent positions to go for dangerous subs, I might quickly see her taking this based on having the more harmful design. However, I think there’s a great chance she offers De La Rosa great deals of leading control and that De La Rosa minds herself there and gets the win. Montana De La Rosa by decision.
Personnel choosing De La Rosa: Dayne, Zane, Stephie
Staff choosing Silva: Mookie
Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera
Mookie Alexander: First battle was extremely close. If Munhoz begins well in round 1 I believe he wins, however he’s so hittable at a time when Rivera’s power is the strongest that although I think Munhoz is the more well-rounded if not outright better fighter, he’ll always have difficulty against the Riveras of the world. Munhoz would be well recommended to go after Rivera’s legs early and frequently, whereas Rivera stays a danger as far as choosing his areas to attack and landing effective blows. It’s a genuine toss-up and I believe we might get a repeat outcome. Both guys have their moments and might even injure each other, however 2 judges provide it to Jimmie. Jimmie Rivera by split decision.
Zane Simon: An actually chancy rematch for Rivera to take. Jimmie Rivera by decision.
Personnel picking Munhoz: Dayne
Staff picking Rivera: Mookie, Zane, Stephie
Angela Hill vs. Ashley Yoder
Mookie Alexander: There’s absolutely nothing that’s taken place given that their first battle that makes me believe Yoder has a better opportunity to win this time around. Angela Hill by consentaneous decision.
Zane Simon: If Hill lets a challenger as footslow as Yoder close her down and take her to the mat, then she actually has some baked in problems that no quantity of training and experience will repair. This is entirely her fight to win and it feels like only some actually huge errors on her part will change that. Angela Hill by decision.
Personnel selecting Hill: Mookie, Dayne, Zane, Stephie
Personnel picking Yoder:
Alex Caceres vs. Kevin Croom
Mookie Alexander: Caceres is due for some outrageous “get overly aggressive, give up the back and get choked out” type of loss.
Zane Simon: This feels a lot like the Steven Peterson combat to me for Caceres. An opponent who puts a lot of stock in ruthless aggression, and relies on connecting opponents up and requiring bouts to the flooring a lot, even though they’re not an excellent wrestler. Caceres is the kind of fighter who, provided an opponent with a depth of skill in any one location will always tend to enable precisely the sort of fight he can’t win to take place. I just don’t think Croom has the ability in any one location to actually take Caceres apart. And in those cases, he’s shown himself totally efficient in simply out-slicking a wild, aggressive fighter for 3 rounds to a win. Alex Caceres by decision.
Personnel picking Caceres: Mookie, Dayne, Zane, Stephie
Personnel choosing Croom:
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Alex Hernandez vs. Thiago Moises
Staff choosing Hernandez: Mookie, Dayne, Zane
Personnel choosing Moises:
Alexis Davis vs. Sabina Mazo
Personnel selecting Davis:
Personnel choosing Mazo: Mookie, Dayne, Zane
Vince Cachero vs. Ronnie Lawrence
Staff selecting Cachero: Mookie
Staff choosing Lawrence: Dayne, Zane
Dustin Jacoby vs. Maxim Grishin
Personnel selecting Jacoby: Mookie, Dayne, Zane
Staff picking Grishin:
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