Belfort enters this one on the back of a Kelvin Gastelum destruction in the main-event of UFC Fight Night 106. Despite this one being later overturned to a ‘no contest’ due to Gastelum failing a drug test for marijuana, I’m still going on the books to say Belfort is riding a three-loss streak.
While the fight itself probably won’t be too entertaining, it’s still an interesting one to break down. Both fighters haven’t looked good in recent fights, and it’s fitting that they are matched against each other.
Belfort enters this one with the least momentum, that’s for sure. Through his last three fights, Belfort’s strike tally sits at a dismal 22 strikes landed and 122 received. Belfort usually doesn’t require a high-volume of strikes to win, but he indeed needs to limit the damage that is inflicted on himself. This is especially the case against heavy-handed Nate Marquardt.
Borrachinha is a confident striker who loads up every single one of his punches. He also showed a high-level of fight intelligence in his UFC debut by trapping McLellan against the cage and encouraging a brawl.
Oluwale Bamgbose’s name is scary enough before even adding the nickname of ‘Holy War Angel’. All Bamgbose’s six victories have been first-round stoppages, meaning that both fighters sport a 100% first-round stoppage rate in victories, crazy!
Bamgbose’s debut in the UFC was a short-notice fight against Uriah Hall with just one week of preparation. It didn’t end well for Bamgbose, who was wrecked by Hall in just one round. The Nigerian has since enjoyed UFC success with a spectacular 60-second knockout victory of Daniel Sarafian. The last time we saw Bamgbose, though, was back in April 2016 in which he was close to securing a first-round knockout of Cezar Ferreira but ended up losing a decision to the Brazilian.
While there are similarities in their chosen method of victory, these two fighters enter the octagon with entirely different combat styles.
Bamgbose is unorthodox, awkward and incorporates plenty of movement and seamless stance-switching in his game.
Borrachinha moves forward and cuts the space in which an opponent can work with. He’ll be looking to try and trap Bamgbose with his back against the cage and start throwing bombs.
Instead of moving laterally when an opponent advances, Borrachinha moves backwards with his chin up. Bamgbose is an explosive fighter who can move forward rapidly and swarm opponents with strikes. This could cause significant trouble for Borrachinha.
However, Borrachinha should be able to overwhelm Bamgbose with forwards pressure and force him to cover up, much like all of his other opponents
Borrachinha by KO/TKO is the play here!
Yancy Medeiros vs. Erick Silva
Yancy Medeiros vs. Erick Silva is set to be featured on the main card of a pay-per-view and we can expect these two to throw down inside the cage at UFC 212.
Erick Silva has long been touted as a massive prospect for the UFC but has never quite put it together. His last outing against Luan Chagas was a good one, in which he picked Chagas apart with counter shots all night long and ripped the body of his opponent in the earlier rounds. The investment paid off and when Chagas started to tire in the third round, Silva climbed onto his back and won via choke.
While Medeiros looked great in his move up to welterweight, he’ll have difficult in this one due to the counter striking ability of Erick Silva.
Medeiros has a pretty lousy jab and while his strikes are long, he leaves plenty of opportunities for an opponent to land a well-timed strike. Silva is capable of digging kicks into the body or timing a counter-punch and is more than happy to wait for his opponent to make a mistake rather than insisting on initiating the combat.
Now, Silva may be the better man for the majority of the fight but Yancy Medeiros’s chin has held up pretty well lately and he may just be able to stay standing long enough to land a damaging shot on Silva.
I’ve got Silva winning this one by decision.
Erick Silva to win is currently 10/111.91-1100.91-1.100.91 and makes for a good selection.
I’ll be recommending increasing our returns with Silva to win by decision.
Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt Nate Marquardt to win by KO/TKO
Sunday 28th May, 14:00 GMT
Odds: 7/42.75+1751.751.75-0.57 – Bet365
Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose Paulo Borrachinha to win by KO/TKO
Sunday 28th May, 13:30 GMT
Odds: 4/91.44-2250.44-2.250.44 – Bet365
Yancy Medeiros vs. Erick Silva Erick Silva to win by Decision Sunday 28th May, 13:00 GMT
Odds: 5/16.00+5005.005.00-0.20 – BetVictor
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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