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UFC on ESPN 16: Holm vs. Aldana predictions

The UFC is back in Fight Island Saturday night as female bantamweights Holly Holm and Irene Aldana meet in the main event of UFC on ESPN 16.

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

MAIN CARD (10:30PM ET/7:30PM PT)

KYLER PHILLIPS (7-1-0) VS. CAMERON ELSE (10-4-0)

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Andrews: Phillips is welcoming Else to the octagon. Else has a spotless finishing record, but I think Phillips uses his UFC experience to grind out a decision.

Andrews Prediction: Kyler Phillips via UD

DEQUAN TOWNSEND (21-11-0) VS. DUSKO TODOROVIC (9-0-0)

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Andrews: Townsend is welcoming Todorovic to the octagon from the DWCS.  Townsend has lost his last three fights and it feels like the UFC is trying to toss Todorovic a bone. Despite his octagon inexperience, I think he latches on to it.

Andrews Prediction: Dusko Todorovic via TKO

#1 GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE (9-4-0) VS. #4 JULIANNA PENA (9-3-0)

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Andrews: A good fight on paper. I like the power of De Randamie which Pena will need to deal with. But can Pena get the fight to the ground? I think De Randamie’s striking will be too much.

Andrews Prediction: Germaine De Randamie via TKO

YORGAN DE CASTRO VS. CARLOS FELIPE

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Andrews: Both of these guys are trying to return to the win column. Close fight on paper. I think the experience of fighting Greg Hardy will help De Castro get the finish.

Andrews Prediction: Yorgan de Castro via TKO.

MAIN EVENT

#2 HOLLY HOLM (13-5-0) VS. #6 IRENE ALDANA (12-5-0)

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Andrews: Holm is still formidable at 38 years old, but this should be Aldana’s opportunity to seize the moment and showcase the new guard and leapfrog into the title shot conversation.

Andrews Prediction: Irene Aldana via UD

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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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