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UFC on ESPN 28: Hall vs. Strickland predictions

The UFC is back at the Apex in Las Vegas this weekend as middleweights Uriah Hall and Sean Strickland throw down in the main event.

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

MAIN CARD (9PM ET/6PM PT)

BRYAN BARBERENA (15-7-0) VS. JASON WITT (18-7-0)

UFC on ESPN 28

Andrews: Barberena should be the favourite here but is he fully healthy? Witt lost his last bout in 16 seconds and should be better here. I’m going with Barberena to edge out a decision.

Andrews Prediction: Bryan Barberena via UD

NIKLAS STOLZE (12-4-0) JARED GOODEN (17-6-0)

UFC on ESPN 28

Andrews: Gooden has enjoyed healthy height and reach advantages in his last two bouts, yet lost both of them. I think Stolze has watched those bouts and will come up with a plan to get the decision.

Andrews Prediction: Niklas Stolze via UD

CHEYANNE BUYS (5-2-0) VS. GLORIA DE PAULA (5-3-0)

UFC on ESPN 28

Andrews: Both fighters are DWCS alums and on paper it’s a tossup. Buys edges out a decision.

Andrews: Cheyanne Buys via UD

KYUNG HO KANG (17-8-0, 1NC) VS. RANI YAHYA (27-10-1)

Editor’s Note: This fight has been cancelled because of Yahya testing positive for COVID-19

COLLIN ANGLIN (8-1-0) VS. MELSIK BAGHDASARYAN (5-1-0)

Andrews: This fight replaces the Kang vs. Yahya bout. Both of these guys are DWCS alums making their octagon debuts. Both guys look pretty good in the striking department, Melsik’s one loss was a submission. I think Anglin has the slight edge.

Andrews Prediction: Collin Anglin via UD

MAIN EVENT

#8 URIAH HALL (17-9-0) VS. #11 SEAN STRICKLAND (23-3-0)

Andrews: Which Uriah Hall will show up? And what will Hall do to deal with the pressure of Strickland? If Hall comes prepared, he should be able to keep Strickland at bay, otherwise Strickland will overwhelm him. Strickland is coming prepared for sure.

Andrews Prediction: Sean Strickland via UD

Enjoy the fights.

@kenaiandrews

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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