UFC Fight Night Utica – Bantamweight contenders fight for a title shot

Marlon Moraes is an Exciting World Series of Fighting transport who has taken the UFC Bantamweight Division by the balls. Jimmie Rivera is a UFC Bantamweight Contender who has won twenty fights straight, which pretty much no one can do this day and age in MMA. I’m wicked excited to watch all the fights on Friday in beautiful…Utica, New York… -_-?

Light Heavyweight: Sam Alvey (-140) Vs. Gian Villante (+120)

Gian Villante coming in as an underdog against a natural Middleweight Surprises me. Villante is a top 15 Light Heavyweight, but only really gets in trouble when he faces anyone in the top 10-12 of the division. Sam Alvey is a very active fighter, taking fights against anyone and everyone all around the world. The guy took a fight against an unknown Russian in Gdansk, Poland… and no, I did not Sneeze. When he made the walk to the octagon last, it was at Light Heavyweight and I believe that Alvey is thinking that LHW is a good reboot to his UFC Career as he won Via Knockout. Still, I believe that Villante will take the fight over Alvey via Decision, Villante is just too big and his Wrestling is just too good. Gian Villante Def. Sam Alvey

(The fight between Julio Arce and Daniel Teymur is a good one, but the one on the prelims that includes Nik Lentz and David Teymur, Daniel’s Brother)

Lightweight: David Teymur (-265) Vs. Nik Lentz (+225)

David Teymur is an impressive Lightweight Prospect and has been able to derail the hype trains of a few prospects, including Drakkar Klose and Lando Vannata, but this is his first fight with a noted veteran. Nik Lentz last fought Will Brooks back in November, and he was able to take out the former Bellator Champion via Guillotine Choke, and he is 3-1 in his four recent walks to the octagon at Lightweight. Teymur is a (-265) favorite, so if you’re trying to make money on a small bet, pick Nik Lentz. I feel like this fight should be a pick’em and I’m very surprised it is as lop-sided as it is. I am picking David Teymur, but I believe that Lentz will be able to make it very competitive. David Teymur Def. Nik Lentz

Welterweight: Jake Ellenberger (-190) Vs. Ben Saunders (+165)

This fight is crucial for both fighters, Ellenberger and Saunders have both lost multiple fights in a row. Ellenberger was Starched last year by Mike Perry, while Saunders took a massive beating from Alan Jouban earlier this year. Overall, I think that this fight’s winner will be based around simply who want’s it more. Jake Ellenberger has been training like an animal based on what I’ve been seeing on social media so I’m going to say that he takes the victory and stays in the UFC. Jake Ellenberger Def. Ben Saunders

Heavyweight: Daniel Spitz (+220) Vs. Walt Harris (-260)

Daniel Spitz is a solid heavyweight prospect who took out Anthony Hamilton in his last visit to the Octagon, the Sikjitsu prospect now looks to move to 2-1 in the UFC when he takes on Alabama Golden Gloves Boxing Champion Walt Harris. Walt Harris has lost two straight but one was against former champion Fabricio Werdum and the other was via Disqualification. Before those two losses, he won two straight against Chase Sherman and Cyril Asker, those two are not low-level heavyweights, therefore I believe that Harris will get another UFC victory on Friday. Walt Harris Def. Daniel Spitz

Lightweight: Gregor Gillespie (-465) Vs. Vinc Pichel (+365)

This fight, similarly to his last one, seems like it is a showcase fight for Gregor Gillespie. His last showcase fight was against Jordan Rinaldi and I gave Rinaldi no chance to win, however, I do not feel the same about this fight. Vinc Pichel is 11-1 with his only loss coming back in 2012 and has had four straight victories. Gregor Gillespie is 11-0 in his professional career including 4-0 in the UFC with three of those victories coming via finish. The former division 1 All American uses his Wrestling prowess to overtake his opponents and then finds different, convoluted ways to get the finish. I believe that similarly to the Teymur/Lentz fight, this should be a pick’em on the betting line. I’m taking Gillespie to defend New York Soil but I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being a Fight of the Night contender. Gregor Gillespie Def. Vinc Pichel 

Bantamweight: Marlon Moraes (-108) Vs. Jimmie Rivera (-112)

Since 2009, Jimmie Rivera has not lost a professional fight. Since 2012, Marlon Moraes has had only one loss and it came via Split Decision in his UFC Debut against Raphael Assuncao. I can understand why this fight is pretty much a pick’em. Marlon Moraes trains out of the Mark Henry/Ricardo Almeida System in New Jersey with worldbeaters such as Eddie Alvarez, Edson Barboza, and Frankie Edgar. Everyone who he surrounds himself with says that Moraes is the real deal and will be at least challenging for a title within two years. Jimmie Rivera trains out of New York City as Tiger Schulmann MMA’s prodigy pupil. Likewise, the people he surrounds himself with believe that he should be the champion within two years. This fight is a very tough one for me to Judge, these two are the future of the Bantamweight Division. I’m hesitantly going to give the decision to Jimmie Rivera, I believe that his Karate/Wrestling style will be tough for the Moraes camp to mirror and without the proper training, he won’t be able to make the noise in the early rounds. I would not be surprised if I see this fight happen again a few years from now with one of them as the champion. Given, they’d need to defeat TJ Dillashaw, which I personally believe is impossible right now. Jimmie Rivera Def. Marlon Moraes

Other Selections

Featherweight: If David Teymur Wins earlier in the night, Daniel Teymur will also win

Women’s Flyweight: Lauren Murphy (+147) Def. Sijara Eubanks (-172)

Welterweight: Belal Muhammad (-400) Def. Chance Rencountre (+330)

Welterweight: Gleison Tibau (+250) Def. Desmond Green (-300)

Women’s Strawweight: Jodie Esquibel (+105) Def. Jessica Aguilar (-125)

Bantamweight: Nathaniel Wood (-285) Def. Johnny Eduardo (+245)

Flyweight: Jose Torres (-180) Def. Jarred Brooks (+155)

(Two Exciting Prospects open up the Fight Pass Prelims… Nathaniel Wood is the Former Cage Warriors Champion and Jose Torres is a worldbeater and the former Titan FC Champion)

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