UFC 283 Prelim Card
Bantamweights get us started as Salmon Oliveira takes on undefeated Daniel Marcos. It’s a close one, but Oliveira is expected to inflict Marcos’ first defeat.
Josiane Nunes takes on Zarah Fairn dos Santos in women's featherweight action. Nunes is heavily favored and should earn the victory.
Welterweight veterans Warlley Alves and Nicolas Dalby are set to collide. This contest can go either way, but oddsmakers are giving Alves the slightest of edges.
Ismael Bonfim meets Terrance McKinney in a lightweight tilt. McKinney is slightly favored to get the win.
Luan Lacerda takes on Cody Stamann in a bantamweight battle. The more experienced Stamann should come out on top in this one.
Shamil Abdurakhimov faces Jailton Almeida in a heavyweight collision. Almeida should win comfortably as he is the biggest favorite on the card by a long shot.
Gabriel Bonfim meets Mounir Lazzez in a welterweight bout. Bonfim is just about expected to remain undefeated and top Lazzez.
Thiago Moises battles Melquizael Costa in a lightweight encounter. This should be nothing other than a win for Moises.
Middleweights are also in action as Gregory Rodriguez faces Brunno Ferreira. Expect a win for Rodriguez and a first-ever MMA defeat for Ferreira.
MMA legend Mauricio Rua takes on Ihor Potieria in a light heavyweight contest in a home country bout. Unfortunately for “Shogun”, it looks extremely difficult for a win on home soil as Potieira should come out on top as he secures take-downs. But, perhaps a bit of a nostalgia choice from one of my all-time favorite fighters, I like one last barrage of punches from Shogun for a stoppage to set the Jeunesse Arena on fire in Rio de Janeiro.
UFC 283 Main Card
Craig (16-5-1) v Walker (19-7)
Light heavyweights open up the UFC 283 main card as Paul Craig battles Johnny Walker in a contest of contrasting styles. Craig, known for his jiu-jitsu, is looking to return to the win column following a unanimous decision defeat to Volkan Oezdemir in July. Prior to that, the Scot had won his last four outings. Walker, an explosive striker, meanwhile is looking to build a winning streak.
The Brazilian snapped a two-fight losing streak with a submission win over Ion Cutelaba in September. Walker has had a suspect chin as of late, so the grappler should give Walker the clear advantage as long as it stays on the feet. While Craig is crafty and has wins over main event title challenger Hill, Walker should get it done.
Murphy (16-5) v Andrade (23-9)
Former women’s flyweight title challengers Lauren Murphy and Jessica Andrade will be looking for a second crack at the title. Murphy bounced back from her defeat to current champion Valentina Shevchenko by outpointing Miesha Tate in July. Overall, Murphy has won six of her last seven outings.
Andrade, meanwhile, is returning to flyweight. Following her TKO defeat to Shevchenko, Andrade TKO'd Cynthia Calvillo before submitting Amanda Lemos in a strawweight contest. She should make it three wins in a row as she undeniably has the power advantage over Murphy and should be able to overwhelm her with strikes for the victory.
Burns (20-5) v Magny (27-10)
A potentially pivotal welterweight battle is on the cards as former title challenger Gilbert Burns takes on Neil Magny in a battle of two fighters that are always up for a fight. Burns is looking to return to the win column after suffering a thrilling and close decision defeat to Khamzat Chimaev in their epic battle last April. Prior to that, he outpointed Stephen Thompson and is 5-2 overall since moving up to welterweight. Magny, on the other hand, is looking to embark on another winning streak.
Following defeat to Shavkat Rakhmonov, the American returned to winning ways with a submission win over Daniel Rodriguez in November. Overall, Magny has won three of his last four outings. Despite having the size advantage however, Magny is a sizable underdog against Burns and it’s not too much of a surprise given that the latter is superior on the ground and has knockout power to add to it. Expect “Durinho” to come out on top and call for a high profile fight soon after.
Figueiredo (21-2-1) v Moreno (20-6-2)
Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno will meet for an unprecedented fourth time as they look to unify the flyweight titles once again. Figueiredo has faced Moreno in his last three outings, and managed to outpoint him in January last year to regain the flyweight title and earn a first victory in their series in a super close bout.
Moreno, meanwhile, was set to face Figueiredo a fourth time later on only to end up facing Kai Kara-France for the interim flyweight title in July. A TKO win earned Moreno UFC gold again and a chance to unify the belts against Figueiredo on the latter’s home turf. As all their fights have been, this should be another extremely close and back-and-forth encounter that could swing either way, especially given the results of their first three meetings. That said, Moreno is the slightest of favorites as per the oddsmakers and has already shown he is capable of finishing Figueiredo. We could be looking at Moreno becoming a two-time flyweight champion in the co-main event.
Teixeira (33-8) v Hill (11-1, 1NC)
The main event of the night features a highly-anticipated matchup between former champion Glover Teixeira and rising star Jamahal Hill, as they compete for the vacant light heavyweight title. The title was recently contested in a split decision draw between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev last month, leading UFC president Dana White to quickly schedule this fight to find a champion as Jiří Procházka stays sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Teixeira, at 43 years of age, is a seasoned veteran and has shown that he continues to perform at a high level and age like wine despite his title defeat to Jiri Prochazka last summer. Additionally, he will be fighting in front of his home fans, is extremely durable, and has a decided grappling advantage should the fight hit the ground.
On the other hand, the younger and hard-hitting Hill boasts three consecutive wins, including a TKO victory over former title challenger Thiago Santos. He may be the slight favorite according to the odd, but it will not be an easy fight for him by any means.
Teixeira is an extremely tough outing who cannot be counted out and has the experience of five-round, championship fights. It will be interesting to see how both fighters approach the matchup and whether Hill's youth and power or Teixeira's experience and grappling will come out on top. Glover always comes to fight, and this should be no different. I like a play on the Brazilian to grind out a decision win in front of his home country fans.
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Ryan O’Leary is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist and commentator. The Swedish-based writer is the founder and editor at MMAViking.com, which is the premier source for Nordic mixed martial arts news since 2008.