Heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou takes on interim champion Cyril Gane in what is expected to be one of the more anticipated heavyweight championship fights in UFC history. Flyweight champion Brandon Moreno will again take on Deiveson Figueiredo in the co-main event. Some fights have been changed recently, but overall, it’s a pretty good card. Let’s take a look at some fighters to target.
Roani Barcelos $9300 – This fight was supposed to take place back in January, but for me, nothing’s changed. Victor Henry is no easy out, that’s for sure, and while it’s his UFC debut, Henry is one of the more experienced fighters that have not fought in the UFC. With that being said, I think Raoni is a much better fighter wherever it goes. Barcelos is coming off a loss, and it was highly controversial. I like Barcelos to come out and here and put on a solid performance. He has multiple paths to victory here, and I see him scoring well. He’ll probably have a 75% ownership, and while I’d typically go a different route in that situation, I think he wins impressively and scores well doing so.
Tony Gravely $8900 – I’m not the biggest fan of Gravely’s style but guess what? It works, and it scores points. I usually am hesitant to put a guy making his UFC debut, but I will go against a guy making his UFC debut in many cases. I’ve seen some footage on Salmon Oliveira, including his recent stint on the contender series. Salmon has decent striking and submissions, but nothing that Gravely can’t handle. I think Gravely scores well with takedowns and control time and wins via decision. A stoppage would be excellent, but I think he can still achieve more than 100 fpts.
There are quite a few dogs I like on this card. First, I’ll start with the main event, Francis Ngannou, at $7800. First off, Ngannou shouldn’t be a dog; let’s just get that out of the way. Recency bias is a significant factor here, and since Ngannou defeated Stipe back in March of 2021, Gane fought twice and has won impressively. People have short memories because how can you forget the dominant performance Ngannou had against what many hailed the heavyweight GOAT (which I can’t stand nowadays, the GOAT conversation every single PPV). Anyways, I will say this Gane is the better striker, and he’s more technical; his footwork is impressive, he’s an excellent fighter. Francis is just an athletic freak, and we haven’t seen a combination of speed and power ever in the UFC. Gane may have his moments, but eventually, Francis finds his chin and ends it. Will I be all-in on Ngannou? No, I will have some Gane in a lineup or two, but I think Francis wins.
I like the dog there too. I can’t wait to see this version of Deiveson Figueiredo ($7700). Figueiredo changed it up and switched to Fight Ready, a team with solid results. Unfortunately, the last fight was an aberration. As a result, I think his title reign will be short.
Others to consider: Cody Stamann, Andre Fialho
Best of luck with your lineups, and enjoy the fights!