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MMA Crossfire – UFC Fight Night 51 – Bigfoot vs Arlovski predictions

Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski was once a prodigy in the heavyweight division.

But that was a long time ago.

He’s back in the UFC after a long road, but disappointed many, including UFC president Dana White with his controversial win over Brendan Schaub.

He knows he’s on thin ice and needs an impressive win over #4 Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, a fighter who was improved vastly since their 2010 encounter.

Bigfoot beat Arlovski in 2010. Can The Pit Bull return the favour Saturday with his job likely on the line?

Will Floyd Mayweather Jr. watch them before his big fight?

Welcome back to The Crossfire.

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MMA Crossfire Experts Cassie Wiseman and Kenai Andrews share their thoughts on the main event matchups.

Cassie Wiseman
MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman. She is a martial artist with over six years of study. Training primarily in South Korea, the proud Canadian from Roberts Arm, Newfoundland has black belts in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and proficient in Muay Thai kickboxing. Image courtesy Steve Bartlett

UFC Fight Night 51

#10 JESSICA “BATE ESTACA” ANDRADE (11-3-0) VS LARISSA PACHECO (10-0-0)

UFC Fight Night 51
Opponents Jessica Andrade of Brazil and Larissa Pacheco of Brazil face off. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: On this paper this is pretty even matchup. Both are good on the ground and have good striking. Andrade has the experience factor. But, I’m going with the upset here. Larissa Pacheo for the TKO.

Andrews Prediction: Larissa Pacheco via TKO.

Wiseman:

Wiseman Prediction:

LURI “MURAJO” ALCANTARA (30-5-0, 1 NC) VS RUSSELL DOANE (14-3-0)

UFC Fight Night 51
Opponents Iuri Alcantara of Brazil and Russell Doane face off. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: I give the edge to Alcantara in another even-matched fight. He’s been in the UFC longer, fighting tough competition such as Urijah Faber. His experience in the octagon should neutralize Doane’s striking proficiency.

Andrews Prediction: Luri “Murajo” Alcantara via unanimous decision.

Wiseman:

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SANTIAGO “GENTE BOA” PONZINIBBIO (19-2-0) VS WENDELL OLIVERIA (24-7-0)

UFC Fight Night 51
Opponents Santiago Ponzinibbio of Argentina and Wendell Oliveira of Brazil face off. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: Both of these fighters are making their UFC debuts., though Santiago did appear on TUF Brazil. Ponzinbbio like to use wrestling more, and Olivieira likes to strike and use Muay Thai. Olivieira has face better competition, so I’m going with his experience factor to TKO Olivieira before he can use the takedown.

Andrews Prediction: Wendell Oliveira via TKO.

Wiseman:

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LEONARDO SANTOS (12-4-1) VS EFRAIN “HECO EN MEXICO” ESCUDERO (19-5-0)

UFC Fight Night 51
Opponents Leonardo Santos of Brazil and Efrain Escudero of Mexico face off. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: Despite being TUF 8 winner, this is Escudero’s third UFC stint. His inconsistency is concerning to me, but right now he’s won four out of his last five. He does own a good win over Joe Lauzon.  Santos is a TUF Brazil 2 winner with a win and a majority draw so far. I’m going with his consistency, despite the fact he takes more shots than he lands statistically.

Andrews Prediction: Leonardo Santos via TKO.

Wiseman:

Wiseman Prediction:

GLEISON TIBAU (38-10-0) VS PIOTR HALLMANN (15-2-0)

UFC Fight Night 51
Opponents Gleison Tibau of Brazil and Piotr Hallmann of Poland face off. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: Tibau is a powerful wrestler with knockout power, but his gas tank is limited. Hallman has finished all of his wins but one, and will overcome Tibau’s hometown advantage to grind out another late  finish.

Andrews Prediction: Piotr Hallman via submission.

Wiseman:

Wiseman Prediction:

MAIN EVENT

#4 ANTONIO “BIGFOOT” SILVA (18-5-0, 1 NC) VS #14 ANDREI “THE PIT BULL” ARLOVSKI (22-10-0, 1 NC)

UFC Fight Night 51
Opponents Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva of Brazil and Andrei Arlovski of Belarus. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: Silva comes in as the heavier and younger fighter with the advantage in almost every area except possibly speed, knockout power and handspeed. He has a convincing 2010 win over a younger Arlovski in Strikeforce and he’s improved since their last encounter. Finally, he has the hometown advantage.

Arlovski won controversially against Brendan Schaub and will need to perform like the Pit Bull of old. His job is likely on the line Saturday. I have to go with Bigfoot here.

Andrews Prediction:Antonio “Bigfoot” Silvia via TKO.

Wiseman:

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KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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