The UFC Apex Centre hosts the weekly UFC card which is headlined by two Heavyweight kickboxing goliaths in Jairzinho Rozenstruik and the undefeated Cyril Gane. In the co-main, Magomed Ankalaev looks to continue his Light Heavyweight rise as he faces off against the ever-dangerous Nikita Krylov. All that and more on this week’s edition of UFC Fight Night. I preview my top three fights on the card below.
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Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs.Cyril Gane
Jairzinho Rozenstruik has put together an impressive professional MMA record of 11-1. Before we get into it, I want to state that the one loss which was to Francis Ngannou is no more than trivial. Ngannou charged forward off the start and threw every bit of strength he had into some wild strikes. One landed and that was it. That really didn’t show how he can take a shot or outwork a striker, nor does it mean he can’t. However, I don’t see him being able to beat Cyril Gane who has a full arsenal of weapons and has the kickboxing pedigree to probably win a straight kickboxing match with Rozenstruik. Since that is the area Rozenstruik excels in that doesn’t bode well for ‘Bigi Boy’. C
yril Gane has showcased an array of high-level strikes in his four UFC bouts to date as well as some underrated grappling to go with it.Although both men are coming off wins against Junior dos Santos, the way Gane picked him apart showed the incredible all-round striker that he is. Although he is such a high-level kickboxer, it is his boxing and grappling that I expect him to utilise in this fight. While Rozenstruik has never been finished on the mat, his grappling looks to be basic at best and largely relies on his strength. Gane really should be winning this fight and threatening the top of the Heavyweight division from here on. Expect Gane to win this and be in a title fight in the next couple of years.
Angela Hill vs Ashley Yoder
Angela Hill has had me as a fan ever since she lost to Jessica Andrade in 2017. Although she came off second best she did not stop fighting until the final bell and gave Andrade some real trouble on the feet, something very few in the women’s Strawweight division have ever managed to do. Hill is currently on a two-fight losing streak but both were split decision losses that arguably should have gone the other way.
Her opponent Ashley Yoder is a decent enough striker who mixes in takedowns well but doesn’t have any real advantage in this match up. These two first met in the TUF 25 Finale back in 2017 where Hill won by decision. Yoder still has the same problems with polished strikers that she always has had and has also been out grappled by Randa Markos and Livia Renata Souza. Hill is by far better on the feet than Yoder and is far from outgunned on the ground. Angela Hill should be comfortably winning this.
Alexander Hernandez vs Thiago Moises
Alexander Hernandez was touted to be the next big thing after beating Beniel Dariush and Olivier Aubin-Mercier in his first two Octagon hit outs. However, since then he lost to both Cerrone and Dober in dominant fashion and for mine what was once hyped as a potential threat to the top five in the division is now one that I can’t see ever having a number next to his name.
Thiago Moises on the other hand is a demolition machine and I am baffled as to why he is the clear underdog in this match up. If he takes the centre of the Octagon and dictates this fight, he will most likely knock out or submit his opponent. He is faster and stronger than Hernandez and has superior grappling. Moises looks incredible value on the undercard.