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UFC Vegas 35: Barboza vs. Chikadze predictions

The UFC returns to the Apex in Las Vegas for a featherweight sizzler between Edson Barboza and Giga Chikadze tonight at UFC Vegas 35.

Quite a few bouts were pulled or replaced with substitute fighters but the main event is official as both fighters made weight. Only one fighter, replacement bantamweight fighter Mana Martinez, missed weight at four pounds over the limit. Martinez is replacing Maurio Bautista (COVID-19) on short notice and the opening bout against Guido Cannetti will continue at a catchweight of 140 pounds and a 30 per cent fine to the commission.

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

MAIN CARD (10PM ET/7PM PT) (ESPN+) 

MAKHMUD MURADOV (25-6-0) VS. GERALD MEERSCHAERT (32-14-0)

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Andrews: Muradov is more explosive and will catch Gerald somewhere in an opening. Gerald needs to fight a perfect fight for this style which means no openings, which is tough.

Andrews Prediction: Makhmud Muradov via TKO

ANDRE PETROSKI (5-1-0) VS. MICHAEL GILLMORE (6-3-0)

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Andrews: Not a lot of octagon experience in this matchup. Win or lose, every match of Petroski’s is a finish. Andre is also four years younger and I think he gets the slight nod here.

Andrews Prediction: Andre Petroski via TKO

#11 KEVIN LEE (18-6-0) VS. DANIEL RODRIGUEZ (15-2-0) 

Andrews: Tough bout to call as we don’t know this new returning Kevin Lee. He needs a win badly, but Rodriguez, who is fighting on short notice, is no tomato can. I am trusting Lee will be prepared and determined to take the first step towards greatness on Saturday.

Andrews Prediction: Kevin Lee via UD

RICKY TURCIOS (10-2-0) VS. BRADY HIESTAND (5-1-0)

Andrews: Two more fighters making their octagon debut. Turcios has more experience, but I like younger Brady’s submissions and TKOs.

Andrews Prediction: Brady Hiestand via TKO 

BRYAN BATTLE (5-1-0) VS. GILBERT URBINA (6-1-0)

Andrews: These are the TUF finalists. Physically these guys are similar and it’s tough to call, so I will go with Urbina to get the close decision.

Andrews Prediction: Gilbert Urbina via UD 

MAIN EVENT

#9 EDSON BARBOZA (22-9-0) VS. #10 GIGA CHIKADZE (13-2-0)

Andrews: Barboza is the veteran while Giga is the up-and-comer. I wouldn’t be surprised if Giga won but he tends to fade so the longer the fight goes is to Barboza’s advantage. And Barboza is tested, while Giga is trying to get there. Go with Edson to overcome some early trouble and finish with the decision.

Andrews Prediction: Edson Barboza 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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