UFC 256 Predictions: Figueiredo, Ferguson Finish Strong

It’s fight day people! UFC 256 is finally here. The prelims will be starting at 7:30 p.m. ET, with the main card kicking off at 10:00 p.m. ET. Deiveson Figueiredo will defend his Flyweight Championship against Brandon Moreno just three weeks after his impressive first-round submission of Alex Perez at UFC 255. That’s right, Figueiredo is jumping back into the octagon just 21 days after defending his title for the first time. And his opponent, Moreno, also fought on the UFC 255 card, defeating Brandon Royval by TKO in the first round of their fight. This is an absolute banger of a main event!

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The co-main event will see Tony Ferguson take on Charles Oliveira in a lightweight scrap that is sure to entertain. Ferguson last fought against Justin Gaethje back at UFC 249 in May of 2020, losing by TKO in the fifth round. He was on a 12-fight win streak before running into Gaethje and suffered his first loss since 2012. Oliveira last fought against Kevin Lee in March of 2020, beating him by a guillotine in the third round. He is currently on a seven-fight win streak, all finishes, with six performance of the night bonuses during that time. With the Lightweight Championship currently vacated, the result of this fight could very well decide who competes next for the title in the near future.

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I went 5-3 last week, missing on Marvin Vettori, Gabriel Benítez, and Jake Collier. How will I fare this week? Without further ado, let’s get to the picks!

UFC 256 Predictions

Flyweight Championship
Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno
Winner:
Deiveson Figueiredo
Lightweight
Tony Ferguson vs Charles Oliveira
Winner:
Tony Ferguson
Strawweight
Mackenzie Dern vs Virna Jandiroba
Winner:
Mackenzie Dern
Middleweight
Kevin Holland vs Ronaldo Souza
Winner:
Kevin Holland
Heavyweight
Junior Dos Santos vs Ciryl Gane
Winner:
Ciryl Gane
Featherweight
Cub Swanson vs Daniel Pineda
Winner:
Daniel Pineda
Lightweight
Renato Moicano vs Rafael Fiziev
Winner:
Rafael Fiziev
Featherweight
Gavin Tucker vs Billy Quarantillo
Winner:
Billy Quarantillo
Strawweight
Tecia Torres vs Sam Hughes
Winner:
Tecia Torres
Featherweight
Chase Hooper vs Peter Barrett
Winner:
Chase Hooper
2020 UFC Record: 10-8
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Bonus Predictions

As always, these bonus predictions are just for fun. Now let’s get crazy!

  • Deiveson Figueiredo wins by KO in round three.
  • Tony Ferguson wins by unanimous decision.
  • Mackenzie Dern wins by RNC in round two.
  • Kevin Holland wins by TKO in round one.
  • Ciryl Gane wins by unanimous decision.
  • Billy Quarantillo wins by TKO in round one.
  • Chase Hooper wins by unanimous decision.

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ONE: Big Bang II Predictions – Naito, Holzken Win Big

ONE: Big Bang II is nearly here! On December 11th, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, ONE Championship is wrapping up their Big Bang series with a card that is sure to entertain. The card will start at 8:30 p.m. in Singapore, which is 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time in the US. This card is a pre-recorded event but is being shown for the first time. Catch it on the ONE Super App or visit the ONE website for details on specific markets.

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This card is headlined by a flyweight Muay Thai scrap between Taiki Naito and Jonathan Haggerty. These are two very good Muay Thai fighters with a lot of experience under their belt. The co-main event will see a lightweight kickboxing scrap go down between Nieky Holzken and Elliot Compton. This fight could decide who fights next for the ONE Lightweight Kickboxing Title.

Last week I went 5-2 on my ONE: Big Bang predictions. How will I do this week?

ONE: Big Bang II Predictions

Flyweight – Muay Thai
Taiki Naito vs Jonathan Haggerty
Winner:
Taiki Naito
Lightweight – Kickboxing
Nieky Holzken vs Elliot Compton
Winner:
Nieky Holzken
Featherweight – MMA
Tetsuya Yamada vs Jae Woong Kim
Winner:
Jae Woong Kim
Heavyweight – Kickboxing
Errol Zimmerman vs Rade Opacic
Winner:
Errol Zimmerman
Welterweight – MMA
Agilan Thani vs Tyler McGuire
Winner:
Tyler McGuire
Bantamweight – MMA
Ali Motamed vs Rui Chen
Winner:
Rui Chen
2020 ONE Championship Record: 5-2
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Bonus Predictions

As always, these bonus predictions are purely for fun. Now let’s get crazy!

  • Taiki Naito wins by KO in round two.
  • Nieky Holzken wins by unanimous decision.
  • Jae Woong Kim wins by TKO in round three.
  • Errol Zimmerman wins by TKO within 90 seconds of the opening bell.
  • Tyler McGuire wins by armbar in round one.
  • Rui Chen wins by unanimous decision.

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Bellator 254 Predictions: Macfarlane, Neal Stay Undefeated

Bellator 254 kicks off shortly! Fans are in for an exciting night of fights tonight at the Mohegan Sun Arena. You can catch the prelims over at the CBS Sports website starting at 8:00 p.m. ET. The main card will start at 10:00 p.m. ET and will be available to watch on the CBS Sports Network.

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This card features many exciting prospects, with nine of the fighters coming into the card with undefeated records. All five of the prelim fights will see an undefeated fighter attempting to keep that zero in the loss column. Grant Neal is looking to keep his impressive start going with his eyes set on a light heavyweight title fight in the near future. Magomed Magomedov and Matheus Mattos only have one loss each, and both fighters will be giving it their all to ensure that the one doesn’t turn into a two. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Juliana Velasquez clash for the Flyweight World Title, with neither fighter having suffered a defeat before.

Bellator 254 Predictions

Bellator Women’s Flyweight World Title
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs Juliana Velasquez
Winner:
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane
Bantamweight
Magomed Magomedov vs Matheus Mattos
Winner:
Magomed Magomedov
Heavyweight
Linton Vassell vs Ronny Markes
Winner:
Linton Vassell
Heavyweight
Davion Franklin vs Anthony Garrett
Winner:
Davion Franklin
Welterweight
Shamil Nikaev vs Kemran Lachinov
Winner:
Shamil Nikaev
Light Heavyweight
Grant Neal vs Maurice Jackson
Winner:
Grant Neal
Middleweight
Romero Cotton vs Justin Sumter
Winner:
Romero Cotton
Featherweight
Cody Law vs Kenny Champion
Winner:
Kenny Champion
Welterweight
Robson Gracie Jr. vs Billy Goff
Winner:
Robson Gracie Jr.
2020 Bellator Record: 0-0

Update: The Davion Franklin vs Anthony Garrett fight has been scrapped after Garrett was not cleared to compete. Romero Cotton vs Justin Sumter has been bumped up to the main card.

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Bonus Predictions

As always, these bonus predictions are purely for fun. Now let’s get crazy!

  • Ilima-Lei Macfarlane wins by RNC in the third round.
  • Magomed Magomedov wins by unanimous decision.
  • Grant Neal gets the KO in round one.
  • Kenny Champion gets the KO in round three.
  • Robson Gracie Jr. wins by guillotine in round one.

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UFC Vegas 16 Predictions: Hermansson, Hill Earn Huge Wins

Fight day is here! UFC Vegas 16 is going down tonight at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. This card will feature a very exciting match-up between Jack Hermansson and Marvin Vettori. Hermansson originally was set to face Kevin Holland, until Holland had a positive COVID test, forcing the UFC to switch things up. Vettori was set to face Jacare Souza at UFC 256 but stepped up on short notice to save the main event of UFC Vegas 16.

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The co-main event will see an always game Ovince Saint Preux take on an angry and motivated Jamahal Hill. The owner of four Von Flue Choke submission wins in the UFC, St Preux will be looking to add another finish to his already impressive resume. Hill is coming off of a ridiculous six-month suspension for a positive marijuana test that also resulted in his last win being overturned. Needless to say, UFC fans should be in for a great night of fights!

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I went 5-5 last week, getting the main and co-main event correct. How will I fare this week? Without further ado, let’s get to the picks!

UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Clark Predictions

Middleweight
Jack Hermansson vs Marvin Vettori
Winner:
Jack Hermansson
Light Heavyweight
Ovince Saint Preux vs Jamahal Hill
Winner:
Jamahal Hill
Lightweight
Gabriel Benítez vs Justin Jaynes
Winner:
Justin Jaynes
Light Heavyweight
Roman Dolidze vs John Allan
Winner:
Roman Dolidze
Bantamweight
Louis Smolka vs Jose Alberto Quiñonez
Winner:
Louis Smolka
Lightweight
Matt Wiman vs Jordan Leavitt
Winner:
Jordan Leavitt
Featherweight
Damon Jackson vs Ilia Topuria
Winner:
Ilia Topuria
Heavyweight
Gian Villante vs Jake Collier
Winner:
Gian Villante
2020 UFC Record: 5-5

Update: Taila Santos vs Montana De La Rosa, Movsar Evloev vs Nate Landwehr, and Jimmy Flick vs Cody Durden have all been pulled from the card the day of the event.

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Bonus Predictions

As always, these bonus predictions are just for fun. Now let’s get crazy!

  • Jack Hermansson gets the TKO win in round 3.
  • Jamahal Hill goes the distance with OVP and gets the win.
  • Justin Jaynes knocks out Gabriel Benítez.
  • Jordan Leavitt gets the win by RNC.

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Drop your predictions in the comments below and track your record along with me!

LFA 96 Predictions

Legacy Fighting Alliance has another banger of an event for MMA fans tonight! LFA 96 will be coming to you live from the Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas. Things will be kicking off at 9:00 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass.

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This card will feature a highly-anticipated title fight for the vacant LFA Welterweight Championship between Maycon Mendonça and Batsumberel Dagvadorj. The co-main will see Anthony Romero vs Zach Juusola. Romero just won on Dana White’s Contender Series in August but did not get a contract. Juusola, who is filling in for Alex Trinidad on short notice, last fought for BKFC, defeating Fred Pierce. Without further ado, let’s get to the picks!

ONE: Big Bang Predictions

Vacant LFA Welterweight Championship
Maycon Mendonça vs Batsumberel Dagvadorj
Winner:
Batsumberel Dagvadorj
Catchweight – 160 pounds
Anthony Romero vs Zach Juusola
Winner:
Anthony Romero
Bantamweight
Mo Miller vs Regivaldo Carvalho
Winner:
Mo Miller
Welterweight
Mark Martin vs Matthew Colquhoun
Winner:
Mark Martin
Catchweight – 128 pounds
Lisa Mauldin vs Mitzi Merry
Winner:
Mitzi Merry
Lightweight
Slava Borshchev vs William Starks
Winner:
William Starks
Middleweight
Joseph Holmes vs Ryan Leininger
Winner:
Ryan Leininger
2020 LFA Record: 0-0
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Bonus Predictions

As always, these bonus predictions are purely for fun. Now let’s get crazy!

  • Batsumberel Dagvadorj gets a big KO win.
  • Anthony Romero wins by submission.
  • Mo Miller gets a TKO win.
  • Mark Martin wins by unanimous decision.
  • Mitzi Merry wins by unanimous decision.
  • William Starks wins by KO.
  • Ryan Leininger opens the night up with a win by submission.

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ONE: Big Bang Predictions

ONE: Big Bang is nearly here! On December 4th, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, ONE Championship is kicking off three straight weekends of events with a card that is sure to be a banger. The card will start at 8:30 p.m. in Singapore, which is 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Catch it on the ONE Super App or visit the ONE website for details on specific markets.

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The main event will feature a fight for the ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing Championship between Roman Kryklia and Murat Aygun. The co-main event will be a featherweight MMA scrap between Koyomi Matsushima and Garry Tonon that features two high-level mixed martial artists. Without further ado, let’s get to the picks!

ONE: Big Bang Predictions

Featherweight – Kickboxing
Marat Grigorian vs Ivan Kondratev
Winner:
Marat Grigorian
Featherweight – MMA
Koyomi Matsushima vs Garry Tonon
Winner:
Garry Tonon
Light Heavyweight – Kickboxing
Anderson Silva vs Murat Aygun
Winner:
Murat Aygun
Featherweight – Kickboxing
Andy Souwer vs Zhang Chunyu
Winner:
Andy Souwer
Strawweight – MMA
Bokang Masunyane vs Rene Catalan
Winner:
Rene Catalan
Atomweight – MMA
Ritu Phogat vs Jomary Torres
Winner:
Ritu Phogat
Atomweight – MMA
Bi Nguyen vs Jihin Radzuan
Winner:
Bi Nguyen
2020 ONE Championship Record: 0-0

Updates: Roman Kryklia vs Murat Aygun fight postponed due to one of Kyrklia’s coaches testing positive. Murat Aygun will face Anderson Silva instead. A fight between Bi Nguyen and Jihin Radzuan was added to the card. A fight between Andy Souwer and Zhang Chunyu was added to the card.

Updated ONE: Big Bang card via ONE Championship.
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Bonus Predictions

As always, these bonus predictions are purely for fun. Now let’s get crazy!

  • Roman Kryklia wins within two minutes of the start of the fight.
  • Garry Tonon wins by RNC.
  • Marat Grigorian gets a big KO win over Ivan Kondratev.
  • Rene Catalan bounces back with a unanimous decision win.
  • Ritu Phogat starts the night off with a big TKO.

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Drop your ONE: Big Bang predictions in the comments below and track your record along with me!

UFC Vegas 15 Predictions: Smith, Baeza Win Big

UFC Vegas 15 is going down tonight! Anthony Smith vs Devin Clark will be headlining the event after the Curtis Blaydes vs Derrick Lewis fight was scrapped due to Blaydes testing positive. Barring any other last-minute cancelations, the card is set and we have an exciting night of action ahead of us!

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Starting with this card, I will be making my official predictions in article form and keeping track of how I do. Without further ado, let’s get to the picks!

UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Clark Predictions

Light Heavyweight
Anthony Smith (33-16) vs Devin Clark (12-4)
Winner:
Anthony Smith
Welterweight
Miguel Baeza (9-0) vs Takashi Sato (16-3)
Winner:
Miguel Baeza
Heavyweight
Josh Parisian (13-3) vs Parker Porter (10-6)
Winner:
Josh Parisian
Featherweight
Spike Carlyle (9-2) vs Bill Algeo (13-5)
Winner:
Spike Carlyle
Women’s Bantamweight
Ashlee Evans-Smith (6-4) vs Norma Dumont (4-1)
Winner:
Ashlee Evans-Smith
Featherweight
Jonathan Pearce (9-4) vs Kai Kamaka III (8-2)
Winner:
Kai Kamaka III
Bantamweight
Martin Day (8-4) vs Anderson Dos Santos (20-8)
Winner:
Anderson Dos Santos
Women’s Flyweight
Gina Mazany (6-4) vs Rachael Ostovich (4-5)
Winner:
Gina Mazany
Flyweight
Su Mudaerji (12-4) vs Malcolm Gordon (12-4)
Winner:
Malcolm Gordon
Catchweight
Luke Sanders (13-3) vs Nate Maness (12-1)
Winner:
Nate Maness
2020 UFC Record: 0-0
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Bonus Predictions

In addition to picking the winner of each fight, I will also be offering up some other predictions on what I think will go down. These bonus predictions will be purely for fun and the results of these predictions won’t be officially tracked. Now that the explanation is out of the way, let’s get crazy!

  • Anthony Smith wins by KO in the second round.
  • Miguel Baeza stays undefeated with a huge KO win over Takashi Sato.
  • Josh Parisian edges out Parker Porter by unanimous decision and gets his first UFC win.
  • Spike Carlyle gets back into the win column with a submission win over Bill Algeo.
  • Ashlee Evans-Smith earns a close decision win over Norma Dumont.
  • Kai Kamaka III defeats Jonathan Pearce by unanimous decision.

Drop your predictions in the comments below and track your record along with me!