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UFC Fight Night 125: Machida vs. Anders predictions

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The UFC is in Belem, Brazil tonight as hometown hero Lyoto Machida looks to rebound from a disappointing return to the octagon last October. “The Dragon” needs a win badly, having dropped his last three contests, albeit to top-notch opponents.

In his way is undefeated Eryk Anders, who called out Machida in his bid to middleweight glory.

Who will reign supreme?

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

#15 THIAGO SANTOS (16-5-0) VS. ANTHONY SMITH (28-12-0) 

UFC Fight Night 125

Andrews: Both of these guys have lost to Uriah Hall and come into the fight with three consecutive finishes. This should be a fun fight as both will look to finish the other. Santos has more UFC experience, and as long as he avoids the ground, will and the last connecting blow.

Andrews Prediction: Thiago Santos via TKO

DOUGLAS SILVA DE ANDRADE (24-2-0, 1NC) VS. MARLON VERA (10-4-1) 

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Andrews: De Andrade has the strength, but I think Vera has the smarts and experience to survive, take it to the ground and get the tap.

Andrews Prediction: Marlon Vera via submission

#14 TIM JOHNSON (11-4-0) VS. MARCELO GOLM (6-0-0)

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Andrews: Can Golm repeat his impressive UFC debut? Johnson will give him a tougher fight, but I think he can.

Andrews Prediction: Marcelo Golm via submission

MICHEL PRAZERES (22-2-0) VS. DESMOND GREEN (20-5-0)

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Andrews: Green is not a finisher, he usually grinds out fights while Prazares has about a 50 per cent stoppage rate. Have to go with the Brazilian to end this one.

Andrews Prediction: Michel Prazeres via TKO

VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO (14-3-0) VS. PRISCILA CACHOEIRA (8-0-0) 

UFC Fight Night 125

Andrews: Cachoeira has a nice backstory, but she’s debuting against a top former bantamweight title contender. Look for Shevchenko to try and end this one and send a message.

Andrews Prediction: Valentina Shevchenko via TKO

MAIN EVENT

#13 LYOTO MACHIDA (22-8-0) VS. ERYK ANDERS (10-0-0)

UFC Fight Night 125

Andrews: Which Lyoto Machida will show up? That is the question for The Dragon now in his older years. I’m going with the upset in Anders.

Andrews Prediction: Eryk Anders via TKO

Enjoy the fights!

@kenaiandrews

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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