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UFC 269: Oliveira vs. Poirier predictions

Can "Do Bronx" fend off "The Diamond?"

UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira comes into his UFC 269 title defence against Dustin Poirier a big underdog and he is embracing it.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC 269 FIGHT PASS PRELIMS (6PM ET/3PM PT)

GILLIAN ROBERTSON (9-6-0) VS. PRISCILA CACHOEIRA (10-3-0)

Andrews: Can Robertson get the fight to the ground? Priscila has an interesting back story, but she missed weight. But I think she keeps the fight standing and gets the win.

Andrews Prediction: Pricilla Cachoeira via TKO

RANDY COSTA (6-2-0) VS TONY KELLEY (7-2-0)

Andrews: Costa got caught in his last fight. I think he returns to form here.

Andrews Prediction: Randy Costa via TKO

RYAN HALL (8-2-0) VS. DARRICK MINER (26-12-0)

Andrews: Hall had some ring rust in his last fight. He better get it together tonight or else Miner will be finer at his expense.

Andrews Prediction: Ryan Hall via UD

MIRANDA MAVERICK (9-3-0) VS. ERIN BLANCHFIELD (7-1-0)

Andrews: Two up-and comers, tough one to call. Slight edge should go to Maverick as she has more experience and she should be motivated to atone for her last fight.

Andrews Prediction: Miranda Maverick via UD

ANDRE MUNIZ (21-4-0) VS. ERYK ANDERS (14-5-0, 1NC)

Andrews: Anders is coming in on short notice so the advantage has to go to Muniz.

Andrews Prediction: Andre Muniz via UD

UFC 269 PRELIMS (8PM ET/5PM PT)

JORDAN WRIGHT (12-1-0) VS. BRUNO SILVA (21-6-0)

Andrews: Silva is a powerhouse who finishes but can get tapped on the fight. Wright has the game to do that if he can avoid getting caught.

Andrews Prediction: Jordan Wright via submission

AUGUSTO SAKAI (15-3-1) VS. TAI TUIVASA (12-3-0)

Andrews: “Bam Bam” comes through after some early trouble.

Andrews Prediction: Tai Tuivasa via TKO

#9 PEDRO MUNHOZ (19-6-0) VS. #10 DOMINICK CRUZ (23-3-0)

Andrews: It’s time to see what Cruz can do against someone like Munhoz. Cruz still has good footwork and will be pesky unless Munhoz can catch him. Have to go with Cruz as Munhoz could not catch Aldo.

Andrews Prediction: Dominick Cruz via UD

JOSH EMMETT (16-2-0) VS. DAN IGE (15-4-0)

Andrews: Ige is unspectacular but steady. Emmett has some power and is on the rise right now.

Andrews Prediction: Josh Emmett via UD

MAIN CARD (10PM ET/7PM PT)

SEAN O’MALLEY (14-1-0) VS. RAULIAN PAIVA (21-3-0)

Andrews: It’s time again for O’Malley to shine.

Andrews Prediction: Sean O’Malley via TKO

#6 KAI KARA FRANCE (22-9-0) VS. #7 CODY GARBRANDT (12-4-0)

Andrews: Cody has lost four of his last five. It continues against France.

Andrews Prediction: Kai Kara-France via UD

#12 GEOFF NEAL (13-4-0) VS. #14 SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO (28-4-0)

Andrews: Neal looked bad in his last two fights. And Ponzinibbio has no time to feel sorry.

Andrews Prediction: Santiago Ponzinibbio via TKO

(C) AMANDA NUNES (21-4-0) VS. #14 JULIANNA PENA (10-4-0)

Andrews: The talking has been interesting but now it’s time to Amanda to take care of business. Amanda needs to be prepared and not let the fight go to the ground. If she can do that, this fight should be over fairly quickly.

Andrews Prediction: Amanda Nunes via TKO

MAIN EVENT

(C) CHARLES OLIVEIRA (31-8-0) VS. #1 DUSTIN POIRIER (26-8-0)

Andrews: Can Oliveira survive on the feet long enough to work on the ground? Poirier has the striking edge and is pretty good on the ground too. I think he overcome a gritty effort from “Do Bronx.”

Andrews Prediction: Dustin Poirier via UD

Enjoy the fights!

@kenaiandrews

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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