Fight Of The Night: Deiveson Figueiredo (21-2-1) vs Brandon Moreno (20-6-2)
One of the best rivalries in mixed martial arts will most likely reach a conclusion tonight, with interim and former champion Brandon Moreno facing the man sitting atop the throne, Deiveson Figueiredo, in the first quadrilogy in UFC history. The current standing between both men is 1-1-1, with all three fights being wildly entertaining, including two historic five round battles. Figueiredo and Moreno essentially know each other as well as they do themselves, spending over an hour together in the Octagon. Fans around the world are truly split on who will take the crown once and for all, with debates on their fights that went to a decision still lasting to this day. While nobody may certainly know what man will be flyweight champion by the end of tonight, it’s a guarantee that we’ll be entertained. Don’t be surprised to see each man take home an extra 50K dollars.
Performance Of The Night: Jailton Almeida (17-2)
I have praised Jailton Almeida before, and I will gladly do it again. Almeida is a feared newcomer to the UFC, who was the consensus pick for Rookie of the Year in 2022, having to float between light heavyweight and heavyweight to even find a fight. Tonight, he faces the 15th ranked Shamil Abdurakhimov in his first matchup against an opponent with a number next to his name, and I expect nothing else than what I’ve already seen. Almeida is coming in as a -1115 favorite, and I can’t even say I’m slightly shocked. He can dominate you everywhere the fight goes, and I know he’ll put on a show for his home country of Brazil tonight. 50G’s in the bank tonight for “Malhadinho.”
Underdog Of The Night: Mounir Lazzez (11-2)
“The Sniper” Mounir Lazzez is my underdog pick of the night. So far in the UFC, the Tunisian Lazzez has shown off his well-rounded approach to the fight game, taking down opponents like Abdul Razak Alhassan four times, and out striking others like Ange Loosa 141-88. Lazzez’s height and reach allow him to stay out of the pocket and defend himself very well, while also being able to tag the other fighter effectively. Currently sitting at 7.4 SLpM, Lazzez is a problem for anyone. His opponent, Gabriel Bonfim, (who’s making his debut tonight) thrives on the ground, while also bringing a solid boxing background. Unfortunately for him, it’s hard to take down a guy like Lazzez and certainly not a smart option to stand with him. Lock “The Sniper” in as a smart underdog pick tonight.