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The Verdict Community is torn on who they think will win with 53% predicting a Gane win and 47% predicting NGannou to retain his title. In his 8+ year professional career, NGannou has never won a fight by decision. Of the 29% that predict this fight to go to a decision, only 2% predict NGannou to win by decision. Cyril Gane is equipped with a gas tank that can go 25 minutes and we saw that in his wins against Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Alexander Volkov. Whereas Gane needed 25 minutes to defeat Rozenstruik, Francis NGannou needed only 20 seconds to defeat Rozenstruik. NGannou is a sprinter while Gane is a marathon runner. The community feels that NGannou’s best chance is to win the fight early, with 35% predicting a knockout in the first two rounds. After the 2nd round, only 10% predict an NGannou stoppage while 22% predict a Gane stoppage.
Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo will compete in the 3rd chapter of the greatest rivalry in Flyweight history this Saturday. Going into their first fight which resulted in a draw, only 15% predicted Moreno would defeat Figueiredo. That number grew to 34% heading into the 2nd fight. After Brandon Moreno submitted Figueiredo in the rematch, the community’s confidence grew in him and we can see that in the numbers. Now 70% of the Verdict community is predicting that Brandon Moreno will defeat Figueiredo in the 3rd fight. From 15% to 70%, Brandon Moreno earned with each fight. Don’t count out Figueiredo yet, as he appears to be in the best shape of his career.
You know that things are about to get crazy any time that Michel Pereira fights. This fight came together on 10 days notice as Pereira was originally supposed to fight Muslim Sakhilov last week at UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Chikadze. Sakhilov withdrew from the fight leading the UFC to sign Andre Fialho to fight Pereira. The numbers lean heavily on Pereira’s side with 83% of the Verdict community predicting him to defeat Fialho. That could be because most of the community is unaware of Fialho, being that this is his UFC debut. Fialho is on a 4 fight winning streak where he’s finished every opponent by knockout including former UFC veteran James Vick. This could be an opportunity to earn big XP on a sleeper.
Anytime there’s a Nurmagoemdeov competing in the UFC, you’ve got to pay attention. Said Nurmagomedov is the cousin of Khabib and will return to action for the first time since his 51 second knockout win against Mark Striegl in October of 2020. Nurmagomedov is highly favored against Stamann with 81% of the Verdict Community predicting him to win.
This fight was added to Verdict on Friday night after a series of cancellations on the card. This fight will mark the UFC debut of Morales who defeated Nikolay Veretennikov on Dana White’s Contender Series this past September. Morales is undefeated at 12-0 with an 83% finishing streak. He’s currently a slight underdog on Verdict and that can be attributed to him being new to the Verdict Community. His opponent Trevin Giles is coming off of a knockout loss.
This fight is the featured prelim and the final fight before the UFC 270 main card kicks off. Like Giles vs. Morales, this fight was also added to Verdict on Friday night after a series of cancellations. Barcelos lost his first fight in 7+ years this past June and is looking to rebound against Henry who’s making his UFC debut. 79% of the Verdict Community are predicting Barcelos to win.