Saturday night the UFC heads south of the border to bring us a card stacked promising young talent. Top prospects such as Sergio Pettis, Bradon Moreno, Alexa Grasso Humberto Bandenay and Martin Bravo will all look to move into contender status. It’s all live and free on FS1 tomorrow night! Let’s dive in and make some money, shall we?
Humberto Bandenay vs Martin Bravo:
These are two of the top prospects in the 145 lbs division, with the 22 year old Bandenay making his UFC debut. The Peruvian is taking on one of the most hyped up prospects Mexico has in the 23 year old Bravo. Bravo is 1-0 in the UFC with an impressive showing in his debut which saw him pound his opponent in a 2nd round stoppage. The odds lean heavily in the hometown Mexicans favor, but even though Bandenay hasn’t fought in the UFC yet, he’s faced significantly higher competition throughout his young career. Look for Bandenay to frustrate Bravo with his reach and overall size advantage to take a big time decision upset. Bandenay at +230.
Sam Alvey vs Rashad Evans:
Man this is tough to see. Rashad Evans, a future hall of famer who’s had an incredible career, fighting Sam fucking Alvey, on the main card of an FS1 card. Evans won TUF Season 2 as a heavyweight, and went on to win his first 8 UFC fights, taking out guys like Michael Bisping, DROPPING Chuck Liddell and Sean Salmon in highlights that’ll live until the end of time, and then flooring Forrest Griffin to claim the 205 belt. He lost his title, but still went on defeat Rampage Jackson, Phil Davis, Dan Henderson, Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen. Howeverm he hasn’t won since that Sonnen fight in 2013, and is 0-3 in the last 4 years. Alvey is younger, but has never been any good at fighting other than having some pop in his hands. I refuse to believe Evans has gotten to the point where he’ll lose to Sam Alvey. Evans at +110.
Alexa Grasso vs Randa Markos #9:
Man, Grasso has all the tools to one day be the toughest challenge Joanna Jedrzejczyk will ever face. But for now she’s a 23 year old coming off her first loss, and facing a brutal match-up in Markos. Markos is an in your face wrestler that’ll look to tire Grasso by pinning her against the cage and grind away. Grasso needs to create space and use the dynamite she has in her strikes to hurt Markos from a distance. At the end of the day I think Grasso’s skill set will be too much to handle, but the UFC is doing one of their top prospects no favors for some odd reason. Grasso at -165.
Sergio Pettis #6 vs Brandon Moreno #7:
Here we go, our main event between the top two prospects in the 125 lbs division, with the winner likely one win away from their first title shot. Pettis, 23, has shown high level striking during his 3 fight win streak and he has a clean ground game to go with it. The knock though, is he hasn’t finished anyone since 2013, with his 6 UFC wins coming by decision. Moreno, also 23, is 3-0 in the UFC with 3 ultra impressive names under his belt, Dustin Ortiz, Louis Smolka and Ryan Benoit. He’s also the only man that’s submitted Ortiz and Smolka in their 32 combined fights. There’s no underestimating the importance of this fight.. with Mighty Mouse possibly on his way out of the division after the Moraga fight, the winner here would more than likely fight for the vacant title against the Henry Cejudo vs Wilson Reis winner. Pettis claims he’s put his timid style to rest, and if he starts fighting like his brother (former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis) did when he was Sergio’s age, that means trouble for the whole division. This is close as they get, but I’m going to side with Pettis here. Pettis at +140.