The UFC is back in Las Vegas with its second consecutive heavyweight main event this time featuring No. 4 Jairzinho Rozenstruik and No. 7 Ciryl Gane.
The prelim fight between Alex Oliveira and Ramazan Kuramagomedov has been cancelled after Kuramgomedov became ill. Maxim Grishin missed weight for his bout with Dustin Jacoby but the bout will continue with a 30 per cent fine by the commission levied against Grishin’s fight purse.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.
MAIN CARD (8PM ET/5PM PT)
ALEX CACERES (17-12-0, 1NC) VS. KEVIN CROOM (21-12-0, 1NC)
Andrews: Croom had an impressive debut win overturned for cannabis. So this should be a good scrap. But unless Croom can land another impressive strike, Caceres should be able to use his experience to grind out a decision.
Andrews Prediction: Alex Caceres via UD
#11 ANGELA HILL (12-9-0) VS. ASHLEY YODER (8-6-0)
Andrews: This fight has reportedly been pulled due to a positive COVID-19 test from Yoder’s camp.
PEDRO MUNHOZ (18-5-0, 1NC) VS. JIMMIE RIVERA (23-4-0)
Andrews: The aggressiveness of Munhoz or the steady footwork of Rivera? I am going with Rivera to return to form here and grind out a decision.
Andrews Prediction: Jimmie Rivera via UD
MONTANA DE LA ROSA (11-6-0) VS. MAYRA BUENO SILVA (7-1-0)
Andrews: De La Rosa underperformed in her last fight and should be better here but can she keep the fight standing? I don’t think so and Silva will get the tap after taking some early damage.
Andrews Prediction: Mayra Bueno Silva via submission
#8 NIKITA KRYLOV (26-7-0) VS. #11 MAGOMED ANKALAEV (14-1-0)
Andrews: Ankalaev has not faced the competition Krylov has, yet I think he will do well here. But Krylov derailed Johnny Walker in his last bout and only the top of the division has gotten to him.
Andrews Prediction: Nikita Krylov via UD
#4 JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK (11-1-0) VS. #7 CIRYL GANE (7-0-0)
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Andrews: Rozenstruik can end the fight with one strike, but Gane’s striking is underrated, plus he has an amazing ground game, which is Jairzinho’s weakness.
Andrews Prediction: Ciryl Gane via submission