Belal Muhammad is about to experience some important Teja look.
“Remember the name” Five and a half years ago, in the hands of Vicente Luque, the man he would meet again at the main event of UFC Vegas 51 on Saturday, only once in his life. Then, in the always-crowded welterweight division, both fighters began to make a name for themselves; Now, they are the legitimate competitors in spitting the distance of a title shot.
The two have had 20 wins together since the first fight, but they are both still looking for a signature win that will make them an undeniable title challenge. Even if they leave out the marquee names like Tyrone Woodley, Stephen Thompson and Damien Mia, a decisive victory in tonight’s rematch will require a fighter to prove that they deserve top consideration.
At the very least, fans will be drawn to the match between the two rivals grinding in the old fashioned way, and if Muhammad avenges his loss, we can look back on this as the second phase of the stressful trilogy.
In other key card action, middleweight rival series signer Kayo Borelho and Katsy Omarkatjeev made their UFC debut, while Miguel Bezza battled with Andre Fialho in the Welderweight strikers’ bout with Mera Bueno Tsvangirai. He is 0 in the UFC when he fights Featherweight Prospect DJ Lormi, and welcomes veteran weightlifter Ange Lusa to the UFC.
What: UFC Vegas51
Where: UFC APEX in Las Vegas
When: Saturday, April 16. The eight-fight preliminary card starts at 5:30 pm ET on ESPN +, followed by the six-fight primary card at 8:30 pm ET on ESPN +.
(Numbers in parentheses indicate standing inside MMA Fight World Rankings)
Vicente Luque (5) vs. Belal Muhammad (6)
After crushing the numbers with the help of the obscenely expensive MMA Fighting MMA Mathematical Calculator, this choice should be very easy: Stephen Thompson won the Vicente look + Belal Muhammad won Stephen Thompson = Belal Muhammad won the Vicente look.
Well, maybe it’s not that easy. “Wonderboy” is a matchup dream for a lot of welterweights and the look is no exception. He hit several tough shots, but Thomson was unable to push back enough long intervals to combine a successful performance. There are not many fighters like Thomson, so it is not particularly useful to compare between Luke and Muhammad’s respective shows against him (again, mathematics turns out to be useless).
It would not be very useful to look back at Luke-Muhammad 1, though as they both grew up in a linear path they were not like different fighters in terms of possible tactics. They are the best versions of themselves. If so, it is not good for Muhammad.
“Remember the name” is about a stressful game, and he’s the best at it, but Luke has an enemy for him who wants to come forward and reduce the distance and throw big punches at any cost. Speed was not an issue for Muhammad. Firepower is.
It is possible to go five rounds and tilt the action in favor of Muhammad because it gives him more time to recover from the weather and the early Luke storm. I do not believe he will match the damage that Luke can inflict no matter how long the fight lasts.
Luke won the first fight in 90 seconds, which I did not expect to happen this time. Muhammad pushes Luke in, until Luke drowns him in a commotion and ends up on the ground with submission.
Caio Borralho Vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev
Considering my recent fight against billing fights as a “co-major event”, it feels like an attack because they are the second last on the card.
Sincerely, Cayo Boralho vs. There is nothing about Katzi Omargadjiv, it deserves to be called a major event. This is a big fight. It was the final fight of the night. God willing, we can even watch their outings on TV. But this is not a major event and we do not have to pretend that UFC and ESPN say so.
Having us here is a great opportunity for two talented fighters to immediately announce themselves that they will be signing the impact of the rival series. At Boralho, you have a fun stand-up fighter with strong downgrade protection; At Omargadzhiev, we have the next man on the endless conveyor belt of powerful Russian crawlers.
First of all, I have to support Omar Katzeev because I think Porolho can not stay away from his back for 15 minutes. Omargadzhiev is comfortable on his feet, not only setting his downgrades, but also using combinations to score. When it comes time to bring down Boralho, you can bet he will do it with cool performance.
Borrelho is not a duck sitting when confronted by a wrestler, as the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has both a thick tag down defense and a black belt. Omargadzhiev must work to cut that guard. However, even if he can’t, make sure he stays patient in the upper position and spray on the ground and pound when the opportunity arises. He will wrestle to make a decision or submit to the late Boralho.
Miguel Vs. Andre Fialho
Matchmakers, I see what you did here.
On a card without Star Power, sometimes you just have to throw stuff on the wall, and as long as it sticks, fans are lucky that this matchup ended up on the board. Miguel Baeza Vs. Diego Lima was a great match, but once Lima made the surprising decision to retire, Andre Fialho stepped inside and opened the door to create some confusion.
Baeza is one of the best offensive welders in the UFC. He can be very technical in the beginning and has no problem fighting late. This raises some questions about his safety, which is appropriate for Fialho. The former PFL fighter wants to stand and trade, especially if his opponent has a respectable strike descent.
So, take a penny lead in round 1 and look for scraps in rounds 2 and 3. Fialho has tough punching power, but I still wanted to take the penny skid here.
After some exciting, touching moments the penny won a decision.
Mayra Bueno Silva Vs. Wuyanan
Myra Funo Silva and Wu Yanan are the mainstay of the show-stealing scrap. It can be ugly, but when you have two aggressive fighters who need to win a key card space, you know that you are going to get the maximum effort.
Woo has a lot to like in the game, and she shows how competitive she can be against experienced competition. But, the UFC life of the 25-year-old is very fast, and you understand that Silva is just another name that fits in that story. “Shidara” is constantly on the offensive with her Muay Thai and submission skills, and I want to get Wu better here in the beat-burst match. I like Woo’s speed, but Silva hits hard and stays on the edge of the ground.
Submitted by Silva.
TJ Larry vs. Pat Sabatini
In the battle of the wrestlers, give me the best cropping game of Pat Sabatini, rather than the unused ability of DJ Laramie.
Laramie’s creation of that classic fire hydrant means that he’s going to be a length disadvantage against most featherweights but he has a load on the ground for anyone he can put on their backs. He has got some raw power in his foot, but there is still a work going on. Sabatini would like to start crawling exchanges and wear Lormey with the clich வேல work against the fence before going for removal.
There will be some entertaining clashes and fights, but I like Sabatini to get the most out of these exchanges. He’s not only going to sit on the top level, he’s going to beat Lormey by attacking him with ground attacks and submissions.
Mounir Lazzez Vs. Angel Lusa
Since Mounir Lazzez and Ange Loosa bring amazing striking styles to the octagon, we open a potential bunker here. According to Lazzez, technique and precision are the name of the game and when he is locked up he is as handsome as anyone in the Welderweight division on the legs. For debutant Lusa, there was no better way for him to make a first appearance than to give Lasas a second straight knockout loss.
Lusa uses a lot of fines and dummies to set up his combinations, and he has shown blistering hand speed in his recent fights, yet the results avoid him. He also attends downgrades, showing that although his wrestling skills are not exactly in Division-I, he can use raw power to complete a shot.
Going with the little-known Lusa here is tempting, but he becomes predictable by his approach, which is what you want to be the last when you fight with Lasas. “The Sniper” feasts on a match that gets stuck in a rhythm, and I see him take Lusa alone for three rounds. It was a tough journey for Luca to take on this fight in a few days.
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