Another week in the UFC where we are giving you some free info and advice, as well as providing five free plays that we like from this fight card. Before we get into this upcoming week, let’s take a look at how we did last week at UFC Fight Night 109. We went 3-1 last week with our only loss simply getting caught in the 3rd round after dominating the first 2 rounds. We could have went 4-0 but we went 3-1. Cashed 2 underdogs and 1 favorite, while losing Marcin Held as a -280 favorite.
This week, UFC 212 comes to us from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday night. The main event is a UFC Featherweight Title Unification bout between the current champ José Aldo and the interim champ Max Holloway. The co-main event for UFC 212 features two of the top straw weights in the UFC, as Claudia Gadelha will take on Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
(Champion) Jose Aldo vs. (Interim Champion) Max Holloway
Jose Aldo is the UFC Featherweight Champion. He is 26-2 overall and is 8-1 in the UFC. Aldo is coming off a 5 round unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200. Prior to that fight, Aldo was KO’d in 0:13 of the first round against Conor McGregor.
Max Holloway is 17-3 overall and comes into this fight on a 10 fight win streak. He won the UFC Interim Featherweight Title over Anthony Pettis. Holloway hasn’t lost since 2013, when he lost back to back losses to Conor McGregor and Dennis Bermudez.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Claudia Gadelha is 14-2 overall and both of her losses come from Joanna Jedrzejczyk. She has fought elite level opposition and is coming off a 3 round unanimous decision over Cortney Casey.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz is coming into this fight off a 5 round unanimous decision loss against UFC Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 205. She is now 10-1 overall and 3-1 in the UFC. Kowalkiewicz has a tendency to stand right in front of her opponent, which causes to he take a large volume of strikes.
Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt
Vitor Belfort will be making his final trip to the octagon on Saturday night. Vitor is 25-13 in his career and 14-10 in the UFC. On paper, it appears that Belfort is 1-2-1 but the reality is he is 1-3 with 3 KO losses but due to a failed drug test, the fight was overturned and changed to a no contest. This is the final fight on the contract of Vitor and he has stated that it will be his final fight in the UFC…..that does NOT mean it will be his final fight, but means last time in the octagon.
Nate Marquardt was the handpicked opponent for the going away fight for Vitor Belfort. Marquardt is 35-17-2 overall and 13-10 in the UFC. Marquardt has lost 7 out of his last 10 fights and another loss here could mean walking papers for the middleweight. In his last fight, he lost a 3 round unanimous decision against “Smilin” Sam Alvey.
Paulo Henrique Costa vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
Paulo Henrique Costa made his UFC debut back at UFC Fight Night 106 in Brazil and won via 1st round KO of Garreth McLellan. He now gets a quick turnaround in his follow up fight against another stand up striker Oluwale Bamgbose.
Bamgbose is a unorthodox striker that is 6-2 overall and 1-2 in the UFC. Bamgbose’s only win in the UFC was against Daniel Sarafian, who has since been released from the UFC.
Yancy Medeiros vs. Erick Silva
Yancy Medeiros is 13-4 and is coming into this fight off a 2nd round submission win over Sean Spencer. Medeiros fought the first part of his career in the middleweight division, then switched to the lightweight division, and is now fighting his second fight at the welterweight division. All 4 of Medeiros losses have come in the lightweight division. This fight is slated for the welterweight division.
Erick Silva is 19-7 overall and is 7-6 in the UFC. Silva is coming into this fight off a 3 round submission win over UFC newcomer Luan Chagas, who was looking for his first win in the UFC.
Marlon Moraes vs. Raphael Assuncao
Marlon Moraes will be making his long anticipated UFC debut. Moraes is the former World Series of Fighting Bantamweight Champion and is 18-4-1 overall. He is on a 13 fight win streak and will be fighting in front of his friends and family in Brazil. Moraes practically walked through anyone that the WSOF put in front of him but he will get a drastic step up in competition when he squares off with Raphael Assuncao.
Raphael Assuncao is 24-5 overall and 8-2 in the UFC. Assuncao is coming into this fight off a split decision win over Aljamain Sterling. Prior to the Aljo fight, Assuncao lost a 3 round unanimous decision to former UFC Bantamweight Champ TJ Dillashaw. Assuncao will without a doubt be the toughest competition Moraes has ever faced. It should be noted that Assuncao is a Brazilian fighter and has NEVER lost on his home soil in Brazil!
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Eric Spicely
Antonio Carlos Junior is 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the UFC. Junior is coming into this fight off back to back wins over Marvin Vettori and Leonardo Guimaraes. Junior is a fighter that has fought in heavyweight, light heavyweight and middleweight. He is a world champion BJJ Black Belt and a former TUF Brazil Season 3 winner as a heavyweight!
Eric Spicely is 10-1 in his career and is 2-1 in the UFC. He was a competitor on TUF Season 23 and ended up losing to the winner, Andrew Sanchez. Spicely is coming in off back to back submission victories but he is at a drastic disadvantage in the grappling game against Spicely.
Johnny Eduardo vs. Matthew Lopez
Johnny Eduardo is 28-10 overall and 3-2 in the UFC. Eduardo has got a majority of his wins via submission but he also has a tendency to get sloppy and his record shows it as he has been submitted 8 times!
Matthew Lopez is 9-1 in his career and is 1-1 in the UFC. He is a 4 time state wrestling champion and has shown his grappling skills in both of his fights in the UFC. Lopez has faced a lower level of competition and will be traveling to Eduardo’s hometown of Brazil for this fight.Iuri Alcantara vs. Brian Kelleher
Iuri Alcantara is 34-7 in his career and 9-4 in the UFC. He is coming into this fight off a 2 fight win streak, both of which he received UFC Performance of the Night $50,000 bonuses. Alcantara has never been finished in the octagon and loses in the UFC come against the likes of Jimmie Rivera, Urijah Faber, Frankie Saenz and Hacran Dias.
Brian Kelleher will be making his UFC debut Saturday night. Kelleher is 16-7 overall in his career and is on a 6 fight win streak. Kelleher’s last loss was against former TUF Season 12 competitor and the loss before that was against TUF Season 15 competitor Jeff Smith. Kelleher is a durable competitor that has also fought Jimmie Rivera on the regional circuit.
Viviane Pereira vs. Jamie Moyle
Viviane Pereira is 12-0 overall and 1-0 in the UFC. She made her UFC debut back at UFC 206 against Valerie Letourneau and defeated the UFC vet by 3 round split decision.
Jamie Moyle was a TUF season 23 competitor and made her UFC debut against Kailin Curran. Moyle defeated Curran in a 3 round unanimous decision at The Ultimate Fighter Season 24 Finale. Moyle has a win in the regional level at Invicta FC 11 over JJ Aldrich, who is now in the UFC. All of Moyle’s professional fights came either in the UFC or Invicta FC. She is now 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the UFC. As an amateur, Moyle was 5-2 with a loss to UFC vet Tecia Torres.
Luan Chagas vs. Jim Wallhead
Luan Chagas made his UFC debut back in May 2016 and went to a draw with Sergio Moraes. He followed that up with getting submitted in the 3rd round by Erick Silva. He will be looking for his first win in the UFC. Chagas is 14-2-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the UFC.
Jim Wallhead made his UFC debut back in September 2016 and lost a 3 round split decision that many people felt he won. Wallhead was on a 4 fight win streak prior to making his debut. Wallhead has fights outside against very tough opposition including Dennis Siver, Igor Araujo. Che Mills, Rick Hawn, Frank Trigg, Lyman Good and Danny Roberts. Wallhead is now 29-10 overall and 0-1 in the UFC.
Marco Antonio Beltran vs. Deiveson Alcantra Figueiredo
Marco Antonio Beltran is 8-4 and 3-1 in the UFC. Beltran was competitor on the Ultimate Fighter Latin America season one. Beltran was on a three fight win streak heading into his last fight at UFC fight night 98 against Joe Soto. Beltran got caught in the first round in a leg lock and was forced to submit.
Deiveson Alcantra Figueiredo will make his UFC debut at UFC 212. Figueiredo is coming into this fight on a fight win streak and is undefeated at 11-0. He will be fighting in front of his hometown crowd in Brazil. For the most part, Figueiredo has fought on the regional circuit in Brazil for his entire career, against a lower level of opposition.
Paulo Costa over Oluwale Bamgbose via 2nd round KO
Antonio Carlos Junior over Eric Spicely via 1st round submission
Iuri Alcantara over Brian Kelleher via 2nd round submission
Nate Marquardt over Vitor Belfort via 3rd round TKO
Max Holloway over Jose Aldo via unanimous decision