UFC 283: Brazil Preview/Predictions

UFC 283: Brazil Preview/Predictions

UFC 283: Brazil Preview/Predictions

The UFC is back in Rio. After a long few COVID-stricken years, the biggest MMA promotion in the world returns to one of the most decorated destinations the world has to offer.

After the unfortunate events of the last PPV (UFC 282) that saw the Light Heavyweight Title main-event between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev end in a very controversial draw, the UFC has decided to even more controversially bypass those two competitors (albeit unfairly in my opinion as I believe it was an entertaining fight even though UFC President Dana White did not think so) and give the next two guys up a shot at the vacant belt.

This event is fairly stacked with two title fights closing the card, as well as the finale of a legend, and some other fun fights that could dictate some title pictures. Here are my predictions for the main fights of UFC 283.

Main Event: Light Heavyweight Championship (Glover Teixeira v Jamahal Hill)

Nobody would have enjoyed the 282 draw more than former LHW champ and Brazilian native Glover Teixeira. The UFC veteran took a massive gamble not taking the fight at UFC 282 against Ankalaev, instead opting to give himself more time to prepare. Well, he now gets the opportunity of a lifetime by not only being back in the title picture very quickly, but he gets an opponent who he probably feels a lot more confident against in the young rising American prospect Jamahal ‘Sweet Dreams’ Hill. The young gun is on a tear with impressive wins over Thiago Santos, Johnny Walker and Jimmy Crute over his last three fights.

This matchup is very intriguing as it sees the savvy veteran Teixeira with the masterful ground game go up against the young powerful Hill who can knock the lights out of anybody in the division. As for my prediction, I think the first few rounds will be interesting to see if Teixeira can survive whilst Hill is fresh, but I see the Brazilian getting it done on the ground in the later rounds.

Prediction: Teixeira via 3rd round Submission.

Co-Main Event: Flyweight Championship (Deiveson Figueiredo v Brandon Moreno IV)

And here we are again. Usually these rivalries get a bit stale after two fights with one of the fighters tending to gain the edge over the other, but this one is still neck and neck, and honestly any of these two men could win against each other on any given night. I feel this will be the fight that will end the rivalry once and for all, but I think the MMA community would be more than happy to see these two battle it out once a year until they both retire, they are both just so evenly matched and fun to watch.

Figueiredo and Moreno have single-handedly revived the Flyweight division after the retirement of legend Henry Cejudo. Their first fight in 2020 was so evenly matched that it ended up in a draw. Their second bout saw Moreno fight the best fight of his career to date securing the submission win over the Brazilian. Then the third fight saw Figueiredo snatch his belt back in a masterful and tactical encounter that saw him win via decision.

Moreno fought his way back to the title picture with a great win over hardened Kiwi contender Kai-Kara France last year. After that fight Figueiredo faced Moreno in the Octagon where they announced their next fight would be in Brazil. This is a big gamble for either man, as a loss here could see them have to claw their way back to contention as the UFC probably wants some fresh meat in the division.

The crowd is going to be on the Brazilian’s side, but I just have a feeling that Moreno will get the job done in another classic.

Prediction: Moreno via Split Decision

Welterweight (Gilbert Burns v Neil Magny)

This fight sees two veterans of the sport colliding in what should be a very entertaining battle. Burns returns for the first time since his epic encounter with Khamzat Chimaev last year, and Magny is coming off an impressive submission win over rising Welterweight contender Daniel Rodriguez.

This is one of the toughest fights to predict, as Burns will likely go into the fight as the big favourite, but Magny has fought and beaten a lot of the best in the division, and he could easily pull off the upset. A win for either man should put them right in the title picture. I think it will be a back and forth fight, but I think Burns will be too strong in the end.

Prediction: Burns via Majority Decision

Women’s Flyweight (Lauren Murphy v Jessica Andrade)

Two of the best women in the division face off here, with the winner potentially getting another shot at the title with a win.

Both fighters corrected recent losses to the dominant champ Valentina Shevchenko, with Murphy carving out a decision win over legend Meisha Tate, and Andrade gaining two impressive wins over highly ranked opponents Cynthia Calvillo and Amanda Lemos.

This should be a fun fight while it lasts, but I just feel Andrade with the Brazilian crowd behind her will be too strong on the night.

Prediction: Andrade via 2nd round TKO

Light Heavyweight (Paul Craig v Johnny Walker)

Another classic submission vs striker matchup. These are two of my favourite fighters to watch as they are both masters of their respective crafts. Scotsman Paul Craig is arguably one of, if not the best submission artist I believe in the UFC. The tenacity he brings before every fight is always fun to watch, and I expect nothing less this weekend. He faces Brazilian knockout artist Johnny Walker who is trying to reclaim his throne as he was once touted as the next big thing in the division.

Similar to the previous two fights, the winner of this one could see themselves catapulted right into contention after the division is now wide open for the taking. Walker is coming off a very impressive submission win over Ion Cutelaba, and Craig has a recent win over this weekend's title challenger Jamahal Hill as well as former challenger Magomed Ankalaev.

For the result, I think Walker threatens that walk-off KO power early, but Craig ultimately gets him down and dominates.

Prediction: Craig by 1st round Submission

Light Heavyweight (Shogun Rua v Ihor Potieria)

The end of an era is about to happen as yet another UFC legend calls time on a Hall of Fame career. Former PRIDE and UFC Light Heavyweight champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua looks to end his illustrious career with a victory in front of his home crowd. The Brazilian legend is coming off a two fight skid to the likes of Ovince Saint Preux and Paul Craig, but the UFC has gone a different direction for his last fight, putting him up against Ukraine youngster Potieria who only has one UFC and one Contender Series fight on his record.

Potieria goes into this one the favourite, but I have a feeling Shogun finishes off his amazing career a winner.

Prediction: Rua via Split Decision

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