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UFC Vegas 23: Vettori vs. Holland predictions

Can Vettori overcome the Trail Blazer?

Marvin Vettori is far from angry now that his main event matchup with Kevin Holland tomorrow at UFC on ABC 2 is official.

Vettori was supposed to face Darren Till originally, but an injury forced Till out of the picture. Kevin Holland stepped up weeks after fighting Derek Brunson, saving the main event from being scrapped.

Vettori might be able to take Till’s No. 5 ranking with a big win, while Holland has a big opportunity to leapfrog if he can pull off the upset.

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



Andrews: This is a big test for Rodriguez. Perry has only won three of his last nine, but is usually a tough out. I thin Rodriguez will figure out a way to outsmart Mikey.

Andrews Prediction: Daniel Rodriguez via UD

#5 NINA NUNES (10-6-0) VS. #11 MACKENZIE DERN (10-1-0)

Andrews: Nunes has’t fought since 2019 and gave birth to her daughter in September 2020. Dern gave birth in June 2019 to her daughter. There has to be some rust in Nunes but should be able to avoid the ground game of Dern and use her striking to get the decision.

Andrews Prediction: Nina Nunes via UD 

SAM ALVEY (33-14-1, 1NC) VS. JUAN MARQUEZ (8-2-0)

Andrews: Alvey is always game but is winless in his last five bouts. Meanwhile, Marquez is a threat everywhere. If he can avoid the power of Alvey, he has an excellent chance to win.

Andrews Prediction: Juan Marquez via submission

#10 ARNOLD ALLEN (16-1-0) VS. #11 SODIQ YUSUFF (11-1-0)

Andrews: Great fight on paper. The striker vs. the fighter. Allen is so technical I understand why he is the favourite, but I am leaning on the power of Yusuff to pull off the upset.

Andrews Prediction: Sodiq Yusuff via TKO


#6 MARVIN VETTORI (16-4-1) VS. #10 KEVIN HOLLAND (21-6-0)

Andrews: Respect must be given to Holland who once again steps up on short notice. But he is once again giving up weight and size to Vettori and unless his cardio can keep the fight standing, the advantage is Vettori’s.

Andrews Prediction Marvin Vettori via UD


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

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