It’s the second to last event of 2020, and this card is something else. The main event will feature Flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo taking on number one contender Brandon Moreno in what could be one of the best fights of 2020. The co-main features two top 10 lightweights as Tony Ferguson takes on Charles Oliveira. It’s a stacked card, and hopefully, the card stays intact. Last week there were some fighters I was targeting, but their fights were scrapped. It didn’t end well, but what can you do? Let’s take a look at some fighters to target.
Cyril Gane at $9200 will be in most of my lineups. Junior Dos Santos is way past his prime and has accumulated too much damage throughout his career. He was a guy that used to be able to absorb punishment. Gane is getting JDS at the perfect time and should finish this fight early. His power and athleticism will be too much for the former UFC champion. I may put Chase Hooper in a lineup, but honestly, I’m not too confident in him as his striking and tall-man defense have to be considered. Hooper should catch a sub, but he shouldn’t be this big of a favorite; it’s sub or bust with the youngster.
The winner of this fight will be in the winning lineup, and both guys have legit paths. I will be split here with a slight lean to Moreno. The main factor is that Moreno is exceptionally durable, and we have never seen Figureido go past three rounds. Not only that, but Figureido cuts a lot of weight, and he walks around at 150-155 lbs. That’s two-weight cuts in 21 days…. that will take its toll. If Deiveson wins, it’s early, but if it goes past 3, Moreno wins. This is a great matchup, and the fact that both of these guys are on a 3-week turnaround makes this all the more interesting.
Billy Quarantillo at $8500 is an excellent price for a guy that’s averaged 106 fpts in his 3 UFC wins. I think Quarantillo is better than Gavin Tucker in every aspect of the fight here, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see a finish in round 2.
Charles Oliveira is my favorite dog of the week, and while I think he’s a popular underdog, I think he’s catching Tony Ferguson at the right time. Oliveira’s overall game has improved significantly, and while he’s won 7 fights in a row, each of those wins has been via TKO or submission. His striking has evolved while his ground game is elite. Tony has been at the top of the food chain in the lightweight division for quite some time. Back in May, Ferguson had his 12-fight win streak snapped at the hands of Justin Gaethje. Ferguson was dominated and absorbed so many strikes, and I think that fight took its toll on him. Ferguson is 36, and while he’s always been known to have outstanding cardio, he is human. I think Do Bronx wins via 3rd round stoppage.
Best of luck with your lineups, and enjoy the fights!