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UFC on ABC 3: Ortega vs. Rodriguez predictions

UFC on ABC 3 is now official with all fighters making weight but in particular, main event lightweights Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez.

Remember, we have an early start on Saturday with the prelims starting at 11:00 a.m. ET and the main card at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card, but first, a word from Dana White.

 

MAIN CARD (2PM ET/11AM PT ON ABC, ESPN+)

LAUREN MURPHY (15-5-0) VS. MIESHA TATE (19-8-0)

Andrews: Tough one to call. Murphy did not look good against Shevchenko, but won five in a row before that one. She’s 38 now, older than Miesha at 35, who has  split her last two comeback fights. I’m going to go with Murphy, who has fought the tougher competition recently.

Andrews Prediction: Lauren Murphy via UD

SHANE BURGOS (14-3-0) VS. CHARLES JOURDAIN (13-4-1)’

Andrews: This should be a good scrap. Burgos needs to get the knockout to win, but Jourdain has been on fire recently both striking and on the ground.

Andrews Prediction: Charles Jourdain via submission

#8 MATT SCHNELL (15-6-0, 1NC) VS. #12 SU MUDAERJI (16-4-0)

Andrews: Schnell needs a win and Su is a good up-and-comer. I’m going to take Schnell’s motivation to win here.

Andrews Prediction: Matt Schnell via UD

JINGLIANG LI (18-7-0) VS. MUSLIM SALIKHOV (18-2-0)

Andrews: Li is a good fighter but despite facing Khamzat, he also lost to Neil Magny. Muslim is 38 years old but still very good at grappling so I expect him to grind out the win.

Andrews Prediction: Muslim Salikhov via UD

#10 MICHELLE WATERSON (18-9-0) VS. #11 AMANDA LEMOS (11-2-1)

Andrews: Waterson is still competitive at 35, but needs a win and is in tough against a fighter determined to atone for her last fight in Lemos. Amanda gets the win.

Andrews Prediction: Amanda Lemos via UD

MAIN EVENT

#2 BRIAN ORTEGA (15-2-0, 1NC) VS. #3 YAIR RODRIGUEZ (13-3-0, 1NC)

Andrews: Ortega needs an impressive win to leapfrog back into a title shot. Yair is good but can he stay standing against a guy who can also strike and almost finished the champion. Going with T-City.

Andrews Prediction: Brian Ortega via submission

Enjoy the fights.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrews
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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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