This is a free fight night and it does actually have some fun matchups that should give us a great show. First of all, Dustin Poirier and Anthony Pettis should be an entertaining fight because both bring a strong and action-oriented striking style to the cage.
Dustin Poirier has been running pretty well of late and always presents a challenge to people moving their way up to a title fight. No longer content with being a gatekeeper, Poirier should bring the heat this weekend.
Anthony Pettis, meanwhile, brings an unorthodox game to his fights that is just as entertaining — if not more so. Pettis has not run as well in recent fights, but the former champion knows how to win and should never be overlooked.
Matt Brown and Diego Sanchez also showcase offensive, brawling styles that bring the fireworks. Putting these two face-to-face in the Octagon will likely create an action-packed fight. Longer-term fans of the sport will also get what may be one last chance to see a couple of legends back in action. Andrei Arlovski , former heavyweight champion and Nate Marquardt , former Strikeforce and Pancrase champion, will each face younger, hungrier fighters who are looking to establish themselves in the game with wins over big but fading names.
Both veterans enter their fights as underdogs, but hopefully they will put on a good show for us. As always, the purpose of these comparison tables is to see which MMA betting sites are offering the best prices for your Fight Night picks.
Dustin Poirier and Anthony Pettis are both looking to this main event fight to showcases their return to title contention. Both have struggled in the past for different reasons, but Dustin Poirier is definitely on the better run of the two in recent fights.
However, former champion Anthony Pettis has a unique style that is difficult to prepare for and is capable of causing problems for anyone in the division. Kevin Casey is always dangerous in the first round of a fight because of his knockout power and strong Jiu Jitsu, but this should be an easy matchup for Antonio if he can just make it out of the first round.
This makes him predictable and easy to outwork. If this fight stays standing I expect Antonio Carlos Junior to get the better of the striking exchanges by outlanding Casey by a considerable margin. Both these guys have a high level ground game by Antonio is more dynamic and his size and youth will give him a big physical advantage over Casey. Antonio Carlos Junior is very strong, very aggressive and skilled in all areas.
I expect him to win this fight by outworking Kevin Casey in any area that this matchup takes place. Andreas Stahl is very inactive having only competed 4 times in the last 5 years.
Ponzinibbio is a much more complete fighter and I feel that his well rounded skillset will give him a significant advantage in this matchup. We also have to take into consideration the fact that this fight is taking place in Las Vegas and the Vegas judges tend to score fights in favour of aggression and damage as opposed to takedowns and grappling control.
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