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UFC on ESPN 4: dos Anjos vs. Edwards predictions

Huge opportunity for "Rocky"

The UFC is in San Antonio this weekend as No. 4 welterweight Rafael dos Anjos (29-11-0) takes on the young Englishman No. 12 Leon Edwards (17-3-0) in the main event.

The bout is an excellent opportunity for Edwards to leapfrog into the top 5 rankings.

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

MAIN CARD (9PM ET/6PM PT)

ANDREI ARLOVSKI (27-18-2) VS. BEN ROTHWELL (36-11-0)

Andrews: Arlovski at 40 is still active but has only gone (1-3-0, 1NC) since 2018. Rothwell is no spring chicken at 37 and is (0-2-0) since 2016. Have to go with “The Pitbull” to get the decision.

Andrews Prediction: Andrei Arlovski via UD

ALEXANDER HERNANDEZ (10-2-0) VS. FRANCISCO TRINALDO (23-6-0)

Andrews: I think Hernandez has learned from the Cerrone fight and will perform better. He needs to as though Trinaldo is now 40 and not as active as previously, he is still a dangerous opponent for him. Still, I think Hernandez will pull this one out.

Andrews Prediction: Alexander Hernandez via UD

JAMES VICK (13-3-0) VS. DAN HOOKER (17-8-0)

Andrews: Both guys are trying to rebound from tough losses. Vick’s chin has taken a beating, but so has Hooker’s gut. I will go with the hometown hero.

Andrews Prediction: James Vick via TKO

GREG HARDY (4-1-0) VS. JUAN ADAMS (5-1-0)

Andrews: It should be another Hardy knockout.

Andrews Prediction: Greg Hardy via TKO

ALEKSEI OLEINIK (57-12-1) VS. WALT HARRIS (12-7-1)

Andrews: Can Harris keep the clever Oleinik off him enough to use his strikes? Even at 42, Oleinik is still a dangerous opponent on the feet or the ground and I think he gets the fight to the ground and gets the tap.

Andrews Prediction: Aleksei Oleinik via TKO

MAIN EVENT

#4 RAFAEL DOS ANJOS (29-11-0) VS. #12 LEON EDWARDS (17-3-0)

Andrews:  dos Anjos has looked good lately and has the striking and grappling that can give Edwards problems. Edwards has a good striking  and grappling too, so who can enforce their game plan? I think the experience of RDA comes through.

Andrews Prediction: Rafael dos Anjos via UD

@kenaiandrews

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