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UFC Vegas 30: Gane vs. Volkov predictions

Both fighters need a big win

The UFC is back at the Apex where heavyweights Ciryl Gane and Alexander Volkov make their case to move up in the division.

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

MAIN CARD (4PM ET/1PM PT)

RENATO MOICANO (14-4-1) VS. JAI HERBERT (10-2-0)

UFC Vegas 30

Andrews: Moicano has struggled since almost toppling Brian Ortega. He obviously needs to get the fight to the ground while Herbert is a good striker. I am going to go with Herbert keeping things upright.

Andrews Prediction: Jai Herbert via TKO

TIM MEANS (31-12-1, 1NC) VS. NICOLAS DALBY (19-3-1, 2NC)

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Andrews:Β Means is 37 years old but still has good hands. Dalby is 36 so this one is close on paper. Means surprised me in his last two bouts so I think he will encounter some early trouble but find a way to smooth things out for the decision.

Andrews Prediction: Tim Means via UD

ANDRE FILI (21-8-0) VS. DANIEL PINEDA (27-14-0, 2NC)

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Andrews: Fili has lost two of his last two fights, but he is always competitive. I think he grinds another one out.

Andrews Prediction: Andre Fili via UD

RAONI BARCELOS (16-1-0) VS. TIMUR VALIEV (17-2-0, 1NC)

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Andrews: Both guys with good records. Barcelos has a win over Said Nurmahomedov so he has overcome the Dagestan style before. Close one but Barcelos gets the edge.

Andrews Prediction: Raoni Barcelos via UD

TANNER BOSER (19-8-1) VS. OVINCE ST. PREUX (25-15-0)

Andrews: Which OSP will show up? This is a great opportunity for Boser to catch OSP with a big shot. He just needs to stay off the ground and wear him down.

Andrews Prediction: Tanner Boser via TKO

MAIN EVENT

#3 CIRYL GANE (8-0-0) VS. #5 ALEXANDER VOLKOV (33-8-0)

Andrews:Β Gane is better on the ground but I’m expecting Volkov to be more aggressive and pressure Gane. Volkov is also not bad on the ground but should keep it on the feet.

Andrews Prediction: Alexander Volkov via UD

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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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