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UFC Fight Night 117: St. Preux vs Okami predictions

The UFC is in Saitama, Japan for Fight Night. Despite No. 6 Ovince St. Preux’s original opponent, Mauricio “Shogun” Rue’s absence, Yushin “Thunder” Okami has stepped in on short notice to provide an exciting main event.

There was also the scary weigh-in incident with Mizuto Hirota, who was deemed medically unfit to compete after looking disoriented on the scale. That means Charles Rosa will not fight. It is assumed he will receive his show money since he did make weight.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

MAIN CARD (10PM ET/7PM PT)

#5 JUSSIER FORMIGA (19-5-0) VS. ULKA SASAKI (20-4-2)

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Andrews: This is a tough one to call but I’m going with Sasaki who has the home court advantage to take this to the ground and submit Formiga in a mild upset.

Andrews Prediction: Ulka Sasaki via submission

TERUTO ISHIHARA (10-4-2) VS. ROLANDO DY (8-5-1, 1NC)

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Andrews: Ishihara is more experience and has fought better competition. Thats it.

Andrews Prediction: Teruto Ishihara via TKO

GOKHAN SAKI (0-1-0) VS HENRIQUE DA SILVA (12-3-0)

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Andrews: If Da Silva doesn’t win this, I would seriously consider cutting him.

Andrews Prediction: Henrique Da Silva via TKO

TAKANORI GOMI (35-13-0, 1NC) VS. DONG HYUN KIM (14-8-3)

Andrews: Does Gomi have one more performance left in him? Because it’s in Japan, I think he does. This is the upset of the night.

Andrews Prediction: Takanori Gomi via TKO

#1 CLAUDIA GADELHA (15-2-0) VS #4 JESSICA ANDRADE (16-6-0)

Andrews: Both have fought the champion and Gadelha has done better. They doesn’t mean that Claudia wipes the floor with Andrade, but I expect her  to use her experience to grind this one out.

Andrews Prediction: Claudia Gadelha via UD

MAIN EVENT

#6 OVINCE ST. PREUX (20-10-0) VS YUSHIN OKAMI (32-8-0)

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Andrews: OSP, if he shows up and has prepared, will stop Okami who is taking the fight on short notice. The only question is by choke or TKO.

Andrews Prediction: Ovince St. Preux via TKO

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KenaiAndrews
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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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