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UFC Fight Night 88: Almeida vs Garbrandt predictions

The hotel altercation is behind Cody Garbrandt (8-0-0), Thomas Almeida (21-0-0) and their camps and now its time for them to handle their business in the cage in the main event of UFC Fight Night 88.

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Almeida comes into the fight with a significant 5-inch reach advantage.

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In case you missed the weigh-ins:

JOSHUA BURKMAN (29-12-0, 1NC) VS PAUL FELDER (11-2-0)

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Opponents Joshua Burkman and Paul Felder face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: Felder put it together in his last fight and I can’t see Burkman penetrating his Muay Thai  strikes other than the takedown. But Felder will be prepared and force Burkman to play the striking game in his favour.

Andrews Prediction: Paul Felder via unanimous decision

JORGE MASVIDAL (29-10-0) VS LORENZ LARKIN (16-5-0, 1NC)

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Opponents Jorge Masvidal and Lorenz Larkin face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: Larkin is still smarting from his last fight and I look for him to turn it up and be more aggressive  than just leg kicks against the crafty Masvidal. I wouldn’t be shocked if Masvidal got the decision, but this fight is Larkin’s to lose and I think he’ll show up.

Andrews Prediction:

CHRIS CAMOZZI (23-10-0) VS VITOR MIRANDA (13-4-0)

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Opponents Chris Camozzi and Vitor Miranda of Brazil face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: Miranda looked good in his last fight and I think he will showcase his striking again against Camozzi who is good, but I don’t he can survive the footwork and power of Miranda.

Andrews Prediction: Vitor Miranda via TKO

#10 TAREC SAFFIEDINE (16-4-0) VS #11 RICK STORY (18-8-0)

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Opponents Tarec Saffiedine of Belgium and Rick Story face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: Rick Story has surprised me several times before and this time I’m going with him in the upset. He has the grappling and power to put Saffiedine on his back.

 Andrews Prediction:

RENAN BARAO (35-3-0, 1NC) VS #9 JEREMY STEPHENS (24-12-0)

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Opponents Renan Barao of Brazil and Jeremy Stephens face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: This is Barao’s first fight at featherweight since he lost the bantamweight title. He should have more energy and power, but now he faces another powerful guy in Stephens, who will be looking for the takedown. Still, I think Barao will catch Stephens before he can drag the fight to the ground.

Andrews Prediction: Renan Barao via unanimous decision

MAIN EVENT

#7 THOMAS ALMEIDA (21-0-0) VS CODY GARBRANDT (8-0-0)

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Opponents Thomas Almeida of Brazil and Cody Garbrandt face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: Both guys are exciting, but it’s Almeida who likes to take more chances. The Pickett fight was a prime example of that, but he needs to be carful with a guy like Garbrandt. No Love to me seems the more methodical one. If the opening is there, he’ll take it, but he  will try to wear down Almeida first before biting down. That style favours Garbrandt, but we don’t know about his chin and he has less experience. It’s also five rounds, a lot of time for Almeida to land a finish. Tough one, but I am going with No Love in the upset.

Andrews Prediction: Cody Garbrandt via submission.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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