UFC Fortaleza Preview – Brazilian Vs. Brazilian X2

The UFC makes its sophomore debut on the ESPN network as the Octagon travels to Fortaleza, Brazil. The night is capped off with two Brazilian Vs. Brazilian bouts that have tremendous stakes in terms of possible title challengers.

Light Heavyweight: Justin Ledet (+166) Vs. Johnny Walker (-189)

Johnny Walker shot out of a cannon to start his UFC run as he knocked out Khalil Rountree with a vicious elbow inside the clinch. Now making his second walk, Walker is gonna look to dispatch the Texan Justin Ledet. Ledet is 3-1 inside the UFC octagon, however, his one loss was in an abysmal effort against Aleksander Rakic, where two judges called the fight 30-24, which is pretty similar to murder. I’m taking Johnny Walker to win via decision. Also, Johnny Walker… True Showman. Johnny Walker Def. Justin Ledet 

Lightweight: David Teymur (+107) Vs. Charles Oliveira (-120)

David Teymur gets his first true UFC Test as he takes on the UFC’s Leader in Submission Victories in Charles Oliveira. Since Oliveira moved back up to Lightweight, he has gone 4-1 with wins over Jim Miller, Christos Giagos, Will Brooks and Clay Guida. All four of those wins were by submission. David Teymur got a hot start in the UFC with two straight KO victories and then followed that up with three decision victories over higher quality opponents in Lando Vannata, Drakkar Klose and Nik Lentz. While those three aforementioned fighters are great pros, they are not Charles Oliveira. Charles Oliveira by Decision. Charles Oliveira Def. David Teymur

Welterweight: Demian Maia (-182) Vs. Lyman Good (+161)

Demian Maia has lost two straight against the two fighters that will compete for the UFC Welterweight Strap in March in Tyron Woodley and Kamaru Usman. Now, that is no black eye on the career of Demian Maia as he is still one of the greatest Welterweights on the planet and now gets a chance to put on a show against a quality prospect in Lyman Good. Lyman is 2-1 in the UFC with his one loss being to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos by Split Decision. Now, since that fight Zaleski dos Santos went on a tear through the Welterweight division, therefore making the split decision loss much more impressive than previously thought. Now, the difference between Kamaru Usman and Lyman Good is night and day, therefore, I will take Maia to jump on Good and submit him late in the fight. Demian Maia Def. Lyman Good

Featherweight: Jose Aldo (+123) Vs. Renato Moicano (-139)

Jose Aldo is an underdog once again as he takes on the Brazilian Prospect Renato Moicano. Aldo scored a huge win over Jeremy Stephens to reestablish himself after a 1-3 record in the three prior years, the win showed the world that the Max Holloway losses didn’t mean the end of his reign as the “King of Rio” and he will likely be able to further cement his Brazilian Legacy with a win over Moicano. Renato Moicano has won in his last 2 fights and only has one loss as a professional and that was to Brian Ortega in July of 2017. Even though Moicano’s record of 12-1 is impressive, I questioned the validity of his win over Jeremy Stephens, which when watching, reminded me of a Bull (Stephens) Vs. a Matador (Moicano) and the Matador won while doing pretty much nothing. Jose Aldo is arguably the best Brazilian Fighter in MMA History and I’m not picking against him in this bout against a fighter I’m not completely sold on yet. Jose Aldo Def. Renato Moicano

Bantamweight: Marlon Moraes (-152) Vs. Raphael Assuncao (+134) 2

Marlon Moraes is a very impressive Bantamweight and in my opinion, he should’ve already earned his title shot. I originally had my doubts about Moraes due to his Split Decision loss to Assuncao and his Split Decision victory over John Dodson. His knockout of the year contending victory over Aljamain Sterling had me warming up to him, but his KO win over Jimmie Rivera got me to the Subway Station to jump on the Hype Train. Raphael Assuncao is the only person Marlon Moraes has lost to since 2011 and is on a four-fight win streak with victories over Rob Font, Matthew Lopez, Moraes, and Aljamain Sterling. I think Assuncao is massively underrated as a fighter but I believe that Moraes is better and has the ability to finish the fight. Marlon Moraes Def. Raphael Assuncao

Other Selections:

Women’s Strawweight: Livina Souza (-208) Def. Sarah Frota (+183)

Middleweight: Anthony Hernandez (-149) Def. Markus Perez (+133)

Women’s Flyweight: Mara Romero Borella (+152) Def. Talia Santos (-172)

Welterweight: Max Griffin (-192) Def. Thiago Alves (+170)

Heavyweight: Junior Albini (-114) Def. Jair Rozenstruik (+101)

Featherweight: Felipe Colares (+104) Def. Geraldo De Freitas (-118)

Bantamweight: Ricardo Ramos (-133) Def. Said Nurmagomedov (+119)

Flyweight: Magomed Bibulatov (-370) Def. Rogerio Bontorin (+300)

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