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UFC Denver, Namajunas vs. Cortez Full Fight Night Predictions

By meerna Jul11,2024
UFC Denver, Namajunas vs. Cortez Full Fight Night Predictions

It’s UFC Denver fight week, and despite a number of cancellations, the card is still going strong. Fans will be pleased to see a lineup of fast-paced fights, most of which look like guaranteed finishes.

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MMAKO’s Mat Riddle gives his flash predictions for the event. (As written by the author)

Josh Fremd vs. Andre Petroski

Despite recent losses to rising middleweights, Andre Petroski still has solid grappling skills in his division and combines them well in the stand-up. Fremd, tall for the division, is quite clumsy in the stand-up and lands a lot of strikes that open up takedowns. Being a smaller man, Petroski will likely get into range and quickly take Fremd down. Here, he will either dictate the fight, submit Fremd, or wear himself out for a late finish on Fremd. (Selection: Petroski)

Montel Jackson vs. Da’Mon Blackshear

Again, Blackshear’s only losses have been close decisions to top bantamweights. I rate Blackshear highly, but his best work comes in the first round and he seems to tire a lot. I think Jackson’s reach and speed in the stand-up will benefit him, as Blackshear has a lazy guard and leaves his chin open on entrances. (Choice: Jackson)

Luana Santos vs. Mariya Agapova

I think this will be a sloppy fight. Santos looks better standing up and Agapova better on the ground, but Santos has the judo advantage. I’m not rooting for either fighter, but I’ll go with Santos. (Selection: Santos)

Jasmine Jasudavicius vs Fatima Kline

Judging by Kline’s regional record, I expect her to be dominant. Still, MMA is unpredictable, and Jasudavicius is no easy opponent. I’ll be cautious and pick Kline to win, but this is one of those “I’ll believe the hype when I see it” situations. (Selection: Kline)

Joshua Van vs. Charles Johnson

This is a high-level fight. I believe Van has the upper hand in the striking department due to his pace and bodywork, but Johnson is the underdog. Despite Johnson’s renewed urgency in the fights, he still only has decision wins over guys like Jake Hadley and Azat Maksum. If he can pace Van in this fight, he’ll be a problem, but he historically hasn’t, so I’m taking Van. (Selection: Van)

Cody Brundage vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan

On paper, this is a tough fight for Alhassan. Despite having so much of the first round, he’s a fairly reserved fighter – until he loads up on the power punches. Brundage is at his best on the ground, and I can definitely see him attacking Alhassan’s hips with one of those power moves. I think things pick up from there, because a tired Alhassan is half as dangerous. (Selection: Brundage)

Christian Rodriguez vs Julian Eros

Erosa is dangerous, so it’s not safe to pick either one. However, Rodriguez has solid fundamentals and sets a good enough pace that I could control Erosa in the cage or on the ground to make a comfortable decision. (Selection: Eros)

Gabriel Bonfim vs Ange Loosa

Bonfim’s aggression could pay off early against Loosa, who showed he can be bullied by bigger opponents against Brian Battle. Now Bonfim’s aggression is a disadvantage as he loses strength and power, but I believe he will take it in the first round. (Selection: Bonfim)

Drew Dober vs. Jean Silva

This fight comes down to two factors: he’s at altitude, and Jean Silva is moving up a weight class on short notice. Dober trains at altitude and is a native lightweight. Dober has the edge in stamina and fighting ability, but I’m not counting out Silva. (Selection: Good)

Santiago Ponzinibbio vs Muslim Salikhov

I expect Ponzinibbio to start putting pressure on him from the start and working Salikhov from a distance. Salikhov is now 40 years old and doesn’t have the urgency he had in his previous fights. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a slow decision for either of them. (Selection: Ponzinibbio)

Rose Namajunas vs. Tracy Cortez

Like Dober vs. Silva. Namajunas trains at altitude and Cortez takes the fight on short notice. Given Namajunas’ championship experience, she’s a safe bet. (Selection: Namajunas)

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