UFC Fight Night 215: Quick picks and prognostications

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MMA Junkie Analyst Dan Tom talks about the main fights of the UFC. Today we will look at the main map for UFC Fight Night 215.

UFC Fight Night 215 will take place on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The map airs on ESPN+.

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Results of the last event: 4-1

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Overall UFC Major Card Pick in 2022: 111-68-1.

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Welcome to MMAJunkie’s Quick Picks and Prognostications, where I’ll be giving a quick breakdown of the UFC’s main cards by fight day.

With that in mind, I hope these reviews are not brief or dismissive, as my goal here is to offer a quick selection and analysis in a digestible format. All specified coefficients are provided Typical bookmaker.

If you need more detailed analysis from me feel free to check out my weekly show. Protect Your Neck Podcast.

So, without further ado…

Jack Della Maddalena (-600) vs. Danny Roberts (+450)

Jack Della Maddalena vs. Danny Roberts

The start of the main card is a fun welterweight bout between [autotag]Jack Della Maddalena[/autotag] as well as [autotag]Danny Roberts[/autotag].

While I’m curious about how Della Maddalena’s style fits in with the dedicated southpaw, I can’t help but side with the Aussie at this point.

I’m a big fan of Roberts’ left-handed, kick-ass game, it’s just that he has a propensity for injury in exchanges that’s hard to ignore. For this reason, I will take Della Maddalena to find the expressive closing frame in the first frame.

Andre Fialho (-110) vs. Muslim Salikhov (-110)

Andre Fialho vs. Muslim Salikhov

Another solid welterweight offering is a battle between two strikers, [autotag]André Fialho[/autotag] as well as [autotag]Muslim Salikhov[/autotag].

While I’m glad Fiahlo is finally taking a little break from his busy schedule, I suspect it could be a tough stylistic test to get back into. Not only is Salikhov throwing the cross and hook counters that Fialho has traditionally bothered about, I also believe the Portuguese player is fighting competent kickers who know how to use their bodies.

With that in mind, I’ll take the 38-year-old Salikhov flyer to ignite the finish line in the first round with a spinning teammate to the body.

Chase Sherman (+180) – Waldo Cortez-Acosta (-230)

Chase Sherman vs. Waldo Cortez-Acosta

While this fight would no doubt have opened the dark part of the broadcast if we were still in the Joe Silva era, the current UFC matchmakers saw fit to fill Saturday’s main card with a last-minute heavyweight bout between [autotag]Chase Sherman[/autotag] as well as [autotag]Vado Cortes-Acosta[/autotag].

It’s hard to say what to expect given Cortez-Acosta is entering the game on short notice to replace Josh Parisian, who was scheduled to face Sherman two weeks earlier.

But between the Cortez-Acosta fight just three weeks ago and the fact that he got some awfully good scorecards in that fight (for breaking his leg, no less), I find myself almost reluctantly leaning towards more experienced underdog in this fight. place.

I’ll take Sherman to pick up where Jared Vanderaa left off with a TKO with kicks towards the end of the second round.

Kennedy Nzechukwu (-170) vs. Ion Cutelaba (+145)

Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Ion Cutelaba

The co-main event in Las Vegas will see the light heavyweights fight between [autotag]Kennedy Nzechukwu[/autotag] as well as [autotag]Ion Cutelaba[/autotag].

Even though some prejudiced part of me will cheer for Cutelaba because of our shared courts and coaches, I always try to be as professional and unbiased as possible in these matches. With that in mind, I can’t help but lean towards Nzechukwu as I break this fight.

Cutelaba can certainly win the wrestling exchanges and finish early in the fight, I’m just worried that the Moldavian fighter will either get stuck in the pit or get tired if he doesn’t manage to finish fast. For this reason, I suspect that Fortis MMA’s improved product-fighting process pays off in the eventual grueling decision win.

Derrick Lewis (+165) vs. Sergey Spivac (-200)

Derrick Lewis vs. Sergei Spivac

The ESPN+ main event will feature a heavyweight bout between [autotag]Derrick Lewis[/autotag] as well as [autotag]Sergey Spivak[/autotag].

As former UFC color commentator Brian Stann noted a few years ago, fighters trying to tackle Lewis usually get worse results than fighters who try to hit alongside him. And with the exception of one Daniel Cormier, this statement is largely true.

So, between that and the fact that Lewis is 3-0 inside The Apex, I can’t help but roll Lewis to fix the situation.

I expect Spivak to start a great fight early, but I think his willingness to fight will put him in some weak spots for a classic second-round knockout of Lewis.

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