Daniel Kelly is currently riding a four-win streak in the UFC and has put together a 6-1 record since joining the organisation. Kelly, 39-years-old, represented Australia in the Olympics four times for judo. He’s seemingly always the underdog when entering the octagon and this time is no different against heavy-hitting Derek Brunson.
I’m a believer of Daniel Kelly and I feel that he could compete with most in the #8-#15 range of the rankings, but this matchup against Derek Brunson is a tough one for him. Kelly showed against Sam Alvey that he is vulnerable to big strikers and went down very early in the first round.
Brunson employed a more calculated approach against Anderson Silva that we had seen in the past and was able to land some big shots during the fight.
I think Brunson has what it takes to put an end to Daniel Kelly’s streak and finish him by KO/TKO in the first round.
Let’s run with our prediction and play Derek Brunson to win in Round One at Ladbrokes, with odds of 14/53.80+2802.802.80-0.36 .
Ross Pearson vs. Daniel Hooker
The experienced Ross Pearson will be tested by Daniel Hooker who will be buoyed by his home fans in New Zealand at UFC Fight Night 110.
Daniel Hooker has what it takes to move Ross Pearson’s losing streak to four in New Zealand. Pearson struggled against the height and range of Jorge Masvidal last year and Daniel Hooker’s reach is his biggest weapon. Even against Jason Knight, Hooker was able to land his shots by choosing to stick and move in the early stages of the fight.
Considering Pearson’s durability and Hooker point-fighting approach, I’ll be backing Hooker to win this won via decision.
I’ll be betting exactly in line with the prediction; Daniel Hooker to win by decision.
Luis Henrique da Silva vs. Ion Cutelaba
This battle between two heavy-hitting light heavyweight prospects was supposed to take place back at UFC Fight Night 106 before a Cutelaba injury delayed the fight.
Now, it’s “Frankenstein” (da Silva) vs. “The Hulk” (Cutelaba) in New Zealand and it’s going to be epic.
Luis Henrique da Silva has shown weaknesses in his prior two outings, but most especially is that he fatigues pretty quickly as a result of his all-out assault. Da Silva is especially good in the clinch and has a pretty heavy top-game when he manages to get there, too.
Cutelaba is an absolute bomber. He throws punches with vicious intent and not many can remain standing after taking shots from the 23-year-old from Moldova. Cutelaba is at his best when he cuts the cage, instead of following his opponent, and throwing sequences of combinations.
I’ve got Cutelaba tagging da Silva in this one and putting him flat on the canvas.
Again, I recommend sticking with the prediction here and playing Cutelaba to win by KO/TKO.
Tim Elliott vs. Ben Nguyen
Tim Elliott steps in to replace Joseph Benavidez, who suffered an ACL injury, in a matchup against promising flyweight, Ben Nguyen.
Is there a bigger breakout fighter than Tim Elliott over the course of the last twelve months? Elliott won The Ultimate Fighter Season 24 and earned his shot at DeMetrious Johnson before pushing him to the limits for five rounds. Elliott even won the first round against one of the greatest fighters in the history of the organisation. He quickly started working his way back to another shot at the champion with a win over Louis Smolka at UFC on FOX 24.
Ben Nguyen is coming off a very impressive, well-rounded performance against Geane Herrara back at UFC Fight Night 101 in November. Nguyen displayed advanced footwork, combined with seamless stance switching, and looked very comfortable inside the octagon. It was a much needed win for Ben Nguyen, who was on the end of a brutal beatdown from Louis Smolka just prior.
Although Nguyen looked uber-impressive in his last outing and showed that he has what it takes to eventually become a potential contender with those near the top of the division, I don’t think he has what it takes to hang there right now.
Tim Elliott is top-class and would give the truly elite a run for their money on any given day, due to his naturally awkward fighting style combined with persistence and determination.
Tim Elliott is too slippery for Ben Nguyen and will be levels above when it hits the ground, as well, if we are to judge from their respective outings against capable submission grappler Louis Smolka.
I’m predicting that Tim Elliott gets a stoppage here and moves himself further up the rankings.
Tim Elliot by KO/TKO is paying big-time odds, I recommend placing your money there this weekend.
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Mizuto Hirota
Two fighters who made impressive UFC debuts will go toe-to-toe in a showcase battle to open up the main card of UFC Fight Night 110.
Alexander Volkanovski is an Australian fighter with an impressive eleven fight win streak. All but one of these eleven fights ended in a stoppage victory, with six coming in the first round. Volkanovski made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 101 back in November 2016 and defeated Yusuke Kasuya via second-round KO/TKO.
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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