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Take a look at up on the Bloody Elbow crew’s picks and predictions for Saturday’s UFC Fight Island 5 card. The Bloody Elbow team has made its predictions for UFC Fight Island 5 and we are slash up on the first match betwen Marlon Moraes and Cory Sandhagen, a strive in opposition to that has main implications on the males’s bantamweight division. As for the co-main we are all backing Edson Barboza to beat tiring alternative Makwan Amirkhani.
Marlon Moraes vs. Cory Sandhagen
Mookie Alexander: I’m selfishly rooting for Sandhagen if fully because a Moraes salvage makes it very likely the UFC screws Aljamain Sterling over and denies him the title shot he’s rightfully deserved. The alternative piece is I essentially heart of attention on Sandhagen can salvage. Moraes’ cardio has crashed on him within the closing two fights and Sandhagen if nothing else is high-volume and matched JOHN LINEKER with body images of his own. Yes, Moraes is theoretically the extra expert fighter who can salvage by KO, sub, or club and sub, however I cease no longer believe his ability to delay over the direction of 5 rounds in opposition to Sandhagen. Cory Sandhagen by unanimous resolution.
Zane Simon: Even having fought John Lineker, Sandhagen has by no device faced a venomous counterpuncher savor Marlon Moraes sooner than. Someone that can presumably well clutch and save of abode superb, extremely efficient images at any time when Sandhagen steps into the pocket and lets his palms walk. Or, on the least nearly at any time when. And that’s the topic for Moraes. He’s by no device been the superb output fighter on this planet. And his strive in opposition to with Cejudo reasonably clearly showed why. When Cejudo became as soon as patient out at vary and giving him time, Moraes picked him apart with ease. When Cejudo bit down and made up our minds to ramp up the amount, Moraes hasty tired and wilted below the stress. Sandhagen is all volume and stress. And if that Lineker strive in opposition to proved anything else, it’s that he’s reasonably mettlesome about how he implements it. He may perhaps presumably well presumably gain caught higher and further tough than ever sooner than, however if he doesn’t – or although he can appropriate hunch it out – I rely on his volume will accomplish the variation. Cory Sandhagen by resolution.
Employees selecting Moraes: Stephie, DayneStaff selecting Sandhagen: Zane, Mookie
Edson Barboza vs. Makwan Amirkhani
Mookie Alexander: Amirkhani is a great submission specialist and a extraordinarily staunch wrestler however if he can’t gain Barboza down and succor him there then he’s screwed on the feet. Amirkhani may perhaps presumably well presumably be an eager striker with some energy however he’s no longer a noteworthy one. Barboza may perhaps presumably well also drill him with body images from delivery up to cease and that’ll be his undoing. Edson Barboza by TKO, spherical 2.
Zane Simon: While Amirkhani is a noteworthy wrestler and grappler, those issues like been a ways much less Barboza’s fixed area than stress and aggression. Barboza is largely a reasonably impossible takedown defender. And has generally fully been submitted when he’s been harm badly standing first. And I appropriate don’t heart of attention on any piece of Amirkhani’s striking game is interesting ample or fixed ample to carry out that occur. If Amirkhani goes to present Barboza any of the position he wants to gain his rhythm going, then I heart of attention on he’s going to search out himself getting chewed up reasonably quick. Edson Barboza by contrivance of TKO, spherical 2.
Employees selecting Barboza: Stephie, Dayne, Zane, MookieStaff selecting Amirkhani:
Ben Rothwell vs. Marcin Tybura
Mookie Alexander: Rooting for this strive in opposition to to cease within the first spherical, because if it doesn’t… Ben Rothwell by unanimous resolution.
Zane Simon: Tybura fully appears to clutch up wins when he has a transparent wrestling succor over his opponent. Give him somebody he can salvage down and he’ll establish a staunch grind on them. Give him somebody he has to stand and replace with and he gets predictable and tentative. I appropriate don’t heart of attention on he’s going to love a in reality easy time taking Rothwell down. And without that, Rothwell’s the busier, more difficult striker. Ben Rothwell by resolution.
Employees selecting Rothwell: Stephie, Dayne, Zane, MookieStaff selecting Tybura:
Markus Perez vs. Dricus du Plessis
Mookie Alexander: KSW by no device die! Dricus du Plessis by unanimous resolution.
Zane Simon: Perez is rather of a entice strive in opposition to within the UFC. He’s a extraordinarily staunch, technical grappler. Nonetheless one who infrequently ever ever appears to seem for any course to gain to his ground game. As a alternative, he’s comfy to trudge by contrivance of bouts with a combination of unstructured vary striking and ineffective clinch work. If du Plessis is clear ample to succor this strive in opposition to standing, he may perhaps presumably well also silent salvage it. If he decides he wants to salvage Perez down and check his expertise on the mat, he appropriate may perhaps presumably well presumably creep himself straight into a submission loss. I’ll bank on the aged, however appropriate barely. Dricus du Plessis by resolution.
Employees selecting Perez:Employees selecting du Plessis: Stephie, Dayne, Zane, Mookie
Tom Aspinall vs. Alan Baudot
Zane Simon: Baudot is a LHW going up to HW to face a bigger, more difficult puncher. And one who appears important extra comfy and fixed in his contemptible skill net net page. Sounds savor a tricky ask for Baudot, who has yet to in reality glean any success in opposition to decent competitors. Tom Aspinall by KO, spherical 1.
Employees selecting Aspinall: Stephie, Dayne, Zane, MookieStaff selecting Baudot:
Youssef Zalal vs. Ilia Topuria
Zane Simon: I savor the fundamentals of Topuria’s game. He appears savor a neatly schooled, unhealthy fighter. Nonetheless he’s additionally reasonably clearly been unprecedented to being the bodily pressure within the cage. And I’m no longer yet convinced his model has been constructed to salvage extra than one rounds if wished. Zalal may perhaps presumably well presumably no longer be a finisher, however he’s got a careful, fixed level scoring, high-volume vary striking game. And he’s been no longer easy as hell to cease so a ways in his profession. Quiz Topuria may perhaps presumably well presumably delivery up sizzling, however heart of attention on he’ll likely go in rounds 2 & 3. Youssef Zalal by resolution.
Employees selecting Zalal: Stephie, Dayne, Zane, MookieStaff selecting Topuria:
The relaxation of the card
Tom Breese vs. KB Bhullar
Employees selecting Breese: Zane, MookieStaff selecting Bhullar: Stephie, Dayne
Chris Daukaus vs. Rodrigo Nascimento
Employees selecting Daukaus:Employees selecting Nascimento: Stephie, Dayne, Zane, Mookie
Impa Kasanganay vs. Joaquin Buckley
Employees selecting Kasanganay: Stephie, Dayne, Zane, MookieStaff selecting Buckley:
Ali Al-Qaisi vs. Tony Kelley
Employees selecting Al-Qaisi:Employees selecting Kelley: Stephie, Dayne, Zane, Mookie
Giga Chikadze vs. Omar Morales
Employees selecting Chikadze: Dayne, Zane, MookieStaff selecting Morales: Stephie
Tracy Cortez vs. Stephanie Egger
Employees selecting Cortez: Stephie, Dayne, Zane, MookieStaff selecting Egger:
Bruno Silva vs. Tagir Ulanbekov
Employees selecting Silva:Employees selecting Ulanbekov: Stephie, Dayne, Zane, Mookie