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UFC 274: Oliveira vs. Gaethje predictions

UFC 274 is in a state of shock right now and everybody is weighing in on it.

Lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, who thought he was on weight, missed it by half a pound and is ineligible to win the title, leaving challenger Justin Gaethje a grand opportunity.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC 274 FIGHT PASS PRELIMS (5:30PM  ET/2:30 PM PT)

JOURNEY NEWSON (9-3-0) VS. FERNANDO GARCIA (10-1-0)

Andrews: Newson needs a win badly. He has the UFC experience but I think Garcia, who is coming from the DWCS, will get the win.

Andrews Prediction: Fernando Garcia via UD

ARIANE CARNELOSSI (14-2-0) VS. LUPITA GODINEZ (7-2-0)

Andrews: A good match on paper. I like the striking of Carnelossi to overcome Godinez for the finish.

Andrews Prediction: Ariane Carnelossi via TKO

KLEYDSON RODRIGUES (7-1-0) VS. C.J. VERGARA (9-3-1)

Andrews: On paper, Vergara has the experience advantage, but I think Rodrigues has the game to frustrate him.

Andrews Prediction: Kleydson Rodrigues via UD

TRACY CORTEZ (9-1-0) VS. MELISSA GATTO (8-0-2)

Andrews: Cortez has good striking but Gatto is also a ground threat. I think she has a chance to get the tap or control the fight on the ground for the decision.

Andrews Prediction: Melissa Gatto via submission

ANDRE FIALHO (15-4-0) VS. CAMERON VANCAMP (15-5-1)

Andrews: VanCamp is making his debut. I am looking for Andre to take advantage and look for the knockout.

Andrews Prediction: Andre Fialho via TKO

BLAGOY IVANOV (18-4-0) VS. MARCOS ROGERIO DE LIMA (19-7-1)

Andrews: If Ivanov can avoid the big shot, I can see him getting the decision. But I do think de Lima catches him.

Andrews Prediction: Marcos Rogerio de Lima via TKO

BRANDON ROYVAL (13-6-0) VS. MATT SCHNELL (15-5-0)

Andrews: Close match on paper. Both like the ground but Royval has fought better opponents. He prevails in this close one.

Andrews Prediction: Brandon Royval via UD

MACY CHIASSON (7-2-0) VS. NORMA DUMONT (7-1-0)

Andrews: Dumont missed weight, but I think dh still wins.

Andrews Prediction: Norma Dumont via TKO

FRANCISCO TRINALDO (27-8-0) VS. DANNY ROBERTS (18-5-0)

Andrews: Roberts is almost 10 years younger but is facing a strong wrestler. He needs to  hurt Trinaldo and keep it standing. Have to give it to Trinaldo.

Andrews Prediction: Francisco Trinaldo via UD

RANDY BROWN (14-4-0) VS. KALINN WILLIAMS (13-2-0)

Andrews: Brown will be careful and try to avoid the power of Williams. Get the decision and get out of there.

Andrews Prediction:Randy Brown via UD

DONALD CERRONE (36-16-0) VS. JOE LAUZON (28-15-0)

Andrews: One for old times sake. Let’s if Cerrone can back up his words and become Cowboy one more time.

Andrews Prediction: Donald Cerrone via UD

MAURICO RUA (27-12-1) VS. OVINCE ST. PREUX (25-16-0)

Andrews: Can OSP return to form? if he can, he as a good shot, but I think he gives Rua a chance to steal it.

Andrews Prediction: Shogun Rua via TKO

#5 MICHAEL CHANDLER (22-7-0) VS. #7 TONY FERGUSON (25-6-0)

Andrews: Chandler turns back “El Cucuy,” who hasn’t looked good I fight in a long time.

Andrews Prediction: Michael Chandler via TKO

(C) ROSE NAMAJUNAS (11-4-0) VS. CARLA ESPARZA (18-6-0)

Andrews: Esparza beat Namajunas way back at TUF 20 to become the first champion. Rose has grown a lot since then but Carla givers another scare but this time, Rose gets it.

Andrews Prediction: Rose Namajunas via TKO

MAIN EVENT

CHARLES OLIVEIRA (32-8-0, 1NC) VS. #1 JUSTIN GAETHJE (23-3-0)

Andrews: The scale controversy should motivate Oliveira to win as I was initially going with Gaethje.

Andrews Prediction: Charles Oliveira via submission

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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