UFC Vegas 10: Ladies Night
By: Clint MacLean (@DieHardMMA)
We have all seen the UFC be destroyed by COVID time after time, and Saturday’s UFC Vegas 10 is no different. Originally we were supposed to be treated to the possible title contender eliminator fight between Glover Texiera and the returning Thiago Santos. Now I love women’s MMA probably more than most, but I will fully admit that I am a little bit disappointed. Thiago gave Jon Jones a run for his money and was the first man to make him look human. On top of that, Thiago did it with both knees blown out. He has been gone for a long time, and I have been eagerly awaiting the return of Santos.
Now that we have aired that out, we can move on to appreciating what we DO have for this card. The UFC is headed back to Fight Island next week!
Thankfully they are leaving us on a great note this Saturday. We talk all the time about these smaller/lower level cards having some of the best fights, and this week will be no different. It looks like Dana has stacked a few extra fights on the card just in case we have a couple more COVID cancellations this week, so we should have a good solid long card after last week’s disappointing seven-fight event.
We start and end our event Saturday with the women!! Sabina Mazo is a huge flyweight and is 8-1 as a professional. She faces the hard-nosed Justin Kish, who may be a bit undersized, but makes up for it with sheer grit and determination. Kish is 7-2 and is a pretty good-sized dog who will look to prove she is being underestimated. Unfortunately for Kish, I don’t see Saturday going well for her, but I think we will start our night off with a bang!
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Alexandr Romanov has attempted to make his UFC debut three different times, and they have all been canceled due to COVID. In fact, I had a bet on him last week with a line we will never see again sadly. I feel robbed. Yes, I am salty about it. Saturday, they have found Roque Martinez, who is stepping up on short notice to try and get Romanov a fight finally. The only issue is that Romanov went from being -140 last week to -325 this week. I was looking forward to making some money on this man, but it looks like that isn’t going to happen.
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There are two sleeper fights on this card that are my front runners for fight of the night, and they are both on the main card. First, Roosevelt Roberts is taking on Matt Frevola in a prospect vs. prospect battle of grapplers. Both men are extremely well rounded and are proficient strikers to blend with their grappling chops. Roberts is a more technical boxer with the height and reach advantage. Frevola is more of a power wrestler who slams his opponents and corrales them with big power hooks. I have a lean-to Frevola in this spot, but it’s going to be close.
The featured prelim is Tyson Nam taking on Matt Schnell in a fight where I can ONLY look at betting an under. This is a fight between two high powered finishers who have serious questions surrounding them. Schell is super fast and has tight boxing with a slick ground game. Nam is a power puncher who has excellent timing and relies on landing the bomb. The way these two men fight is a match built for violence, and I expect somebody to go unconscious.
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We have a six-fight main card that is damn near as long as the whole of last week’s card. We are treated to legends like Bobby Green, Ed Herman, and Roxanne Modafferi scrapping on this card. Mixed in with those old school names are young guns like Billy Quarantillo, Kyle Nelson, Khama Worthy, and Ottman Azaitar. We should be treated to a buffet of eye candy with technical matchups as well as flashy finishes.
The night will wrap up with Michelle Waterson facing Angela Hill with both women making a final bid to mount a title run. This is a historic event as Hill will be the first-ever black woman to be featured in the main event of a UFC card. I expect her to come after a stand outperformance. Michelle Waterson has been knocking on the door of title contention for a long time, and it just continues to elude her. She is looking to make history herself by becoming the first-ever mom champion. This fight being bumped up to a 5 round main event as opposed to being a 3 round main event, I feel favors Waterson and her grappling advantage. We have seen Hill in spots where she can get tripped or taken down, and she can get stuck on her back. Waterson has sneaky trips and throws, and her ground game is incredibly underrated. I think at some point, Waterson finds the back of Hill and chokes her out.
Michelle Waterson and Angela Hill step in the octagon as they face-off in their strawweight bout 💪
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