Rundown of UFC on FS1: (#9)Belfort vs (#10)Gastelum

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 By the bWoMMA Department

 The UFC returns to Brazil for what should be a great card featuring a plethora of great match-ups but more importantly, it should be a night of great fights. The main event features MMA legend and pioneer Vitor Belfort taking on Kelvin Gastelum in a fight that could very well be a changing of the guard. In the co-main event, you’ve got two heavy hitters in a fight that features another MMA legend and pioneer, Shogun Rua as he takes on Gian Villante in what could very well be the fight of the night when it’s all said and done. Also, on the card is Edson Barboza as he continues the quest for a shot at UFC gold when he takes on the always dangerous Beneil Dariush.

In the flyweight division, you’ve got a showdown between two of the world’s when Jussier Formiga takes on Ray Borg in a fight that should propel the winner from one win away at a shot against current champion Demetrious Johnson. The women will also look to make their own noise in Brazil as Brazil’s own Bethe Correia takes on Marion Reneau in a battle between two ranked fighters in the women’s bantamweight division. Other notable fights on the card: Oliveira-Means, Lee-Trinaldo, Moraes-Ramos, Soto-Yahya, Burkman-Prazeres, Jason-Kennedy. It should be a great night of fights Saturday in one of the truly great MMA countries.

UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims

Garreth “Soldierboy” McLellan vs Paulo Borrachinha

Richard “richie b” Bowman: McLellan via unanimous decision

Masked Man: Borrachinha via unanimous decision

Rony Jason vs Jeremy “JBC” Kennedy

Richard “richie b” Bowman: Jason via 2nd round submission

Masked Man: Jason via 2nd round submission

UFC on FS1 Prelims

Michel “Tractor” Prazeres vs Joshua “The People’s Warrior” Burkman

Richard “richie b” Bowman: Prazeres via unanimous decision

Masked Man: Prazeres via split decision

(#14)Rani Yahya vs Joe Soto

Richard “richie b” Bowman: Soto via 3rd round TKO

Masked Man: Yahya via 1st round submission

Sergio “The Panther” Moraes vs Davi Ramos

Richard “richie b” Bowman: Moraes via unanimous decision

Masked Man: Moraes via 2nd round TKO

(#11)Francisco “Massaranduba” Trinaldo vs Kevin “The Motown Phenom” Lee

Richard “richie b” Bowman: Motown via 3rd round TKO

Masked Man: Lee via unanimous decision

UFC on FS1 Main Card

Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira vs Tim “The Dirty Bird” Means

Richard “richie b” Bowman: Brazilian Cowboy via majority decision

Masked Man: Oliveira via unanimous decision

(#9)Bethe “Pitbull” Correia vs (#13)Marion “The Belizean Bruiser” Reneau

Richard “richie b” Bowman: Reneau via split decision

Masked Man: Reneau via split decision

(#3)Jussier Formiga vs (#8)Ray “The Tazmexican Devil” Borg

Richard “richie b” Bowman: Borg via unanimous decision

Masked Man: Formiga via 1st round TKO

(#5)Edson “Junior” Barboza vs (#9)Beneil Dariush

Richard “richie b” Bowman: Barboza via 1st round TKO

Masked Man: Barboza via 3rd round TKO by way of leg kicks

(#6)Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs (#12)Gian Villante

Richard “richie b” Bowman: Shogun via 3rd round TKO

Masked Man: Villante via unanimous decision

UFC on FS1 Main Event

(#9)Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort vs (#10)Kelvin Gastelum

Richard “richie b” Bowman: Gastelum via 2nd round TKO

Analysis: It seems like Vitor Belfort’s best chance at winning this fight will be within the first few minutes, however, Gastelum should be able to weather the early storm and take out the aging Phenom. Look for Belfort to clip Gastelum early but for Gastelum to bounce back and make easy work of the Phenom resulting in a 2nd round TKO victory.

Masked Man: Gastelum via 2nd round TKO

Analysis: Belfort is still main eventing cards. That in itself is phenomenal for the phenom. However, he hasn’t been winning many of these main events that he is headlining and I see this one being no different. He still has elite hand speed but it seems if he doesn’t get you out quickly then he falters. I see Gastelum being able to keep Belfort at bay with his jabs and wrestling ability. Gastelum will be able to control the fight causing Belfort to succumb to his pressure. Gastellum ground and pounds his way to the victory. I do see a caveat being his size in the middleweight division but not in this fight.

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