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UFC Vegas 41: Costa vs. Vettori predictions

The UFC is back at the Apex Saturday with UFC Vegas 41 featuring a redefined light heavyweight main event between Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori.

The main event was originally a middleweight contest, but Costa came in heavy, which treated to cancel the fight but Vettori agreed to a 195 pound catchweight, and then a 205 light heavyweight battle.

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

MAIN CARD (4PM ET/1PM PT)

NICOLAE NEGUMEREAU (10-1-0) VS. ISAAC VILLANEUVA (18-12-0)

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Andrews: Both guys need a win. Villaneuva is the bigger but much older fighter. Nicolae is not as experienced but if he can survive the first round could end up outlasting Villaneuva. I think that’s the story.

Andrews Prediction: Nicolae Negumereau via UD

DWIGHT GRANT (11-3-0) VS. FRANCISCO TRINALDO (26-8-0)

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Andrews: Trinaldo is 43 and is fighting on short notice. He debuted way back in 2012 and is still very capable. Grant has to put Trinaldo away early or he’s in for some grappling and takedowns. I think Trinaldo steals this one.

Andrews Prediction: Francisco Trinaldo via UD

ALEX CACERES (18-12-0, 1NC) VS. SEUNG WOO CHOI (10-3-0)

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Andrews: Both fighters are in a groove coming into the fight. I think Caceres has the experience to pull it out.

Andrews Prediction: Alex Caceres via UD

JESSICA-ROSE CLARK (10-6-0, 1NC) VS. JOSELYNE EDWARDS (10-3-0)

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Andrews: Clark should be able to overcome Edwards.

Andrews Prediction: Jessica-Rose Clark via UD

GRANT DAWSON (17-1-0) VS. RICK GLENN (22-6-1)

Andrews:ย Dawson likes to get the submission while Glenn likes to strike. Eventually, Dawson will get the tap.

Andrews Prediction: Grant Dawson via submission

MAIN EVENT

#2 PAULO COSTA (13-1-0) VS. #5 MARVIN VETTORI (17-5-0)

Andrews: Costa will have the weight advantage but since he is primarily a striker he won’t have a lot of advantage on the ground. Vettori will be determined to wear Costa out with his grappling.

Andrews Prediction: Marvin Vettori 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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