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411’s MMA Roundtable Preview – UFC Fight Night 114

August 5, 2017 | Posted by Dan Plunkett
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WELCOME:
Sergio Pettis takes on Brandon Moreno in the main event of UFC Fight Night! In the co-main event, Alexa Grasso battles Randa Markos. At welterweight, Alan Jouban squares off with Niko Price. In featherweight action, Martin Bravo fights Humberto Bandenay. Plus, Rashad Evans takes on Sam Alvey, Alejandro Perez vs. Andre Soukhamthath, and more!

THE STAFF:

  • He’ll lock you in the guillotine, Robert Winfree!

  • Your host for this roundtable, Dan Plunkett!

    Preliminary Card
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    Lightweight Bout: Alvaro Herrera vs. Jordan Rinaldi
    Flyweight Bout: Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez

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    Bantamweight Bout: Jose Alberto Quinonez vs. Diego Rivas
    Bantamweight Bout: Henry Briones vs. Rani Yahya
    Flyweight Bout: Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval
    Middleweight Bout: Brad Scott vs. Jack Hermansson


    THE MAIN CARD:
    Bantamweight Bout: Alejandro Perez vs. Andre Soukhamthath

    Robert Winfree: Andre Soukhamthath, Decision
    Dan Plunkett: Perez, Decision


    Middleweight Bout: Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans

    Robert Winfree: Sam Alvey, TKO, Round 2
    Dan Plunkett: Alvey, Decision


    Featherweight Bout: Martin Bravo vs. Humberto Bandenay

    Robert Winfree: I joked when I first saw this fight on the main card that it felt like a random TUF Latin America final that’s on the main card just because it’s a TUF finale card, and it turns out Martin Bravo won TUF Latin America’s third season. I’m sure I covered that card but have no memory of Bravo as a fighter, and Bandenay is making his promotional debut. I’ll lean towards Bravo but have really no reason outside of his having fought in the UFC before and the UFC’s general history of giving TUF winners a slightly easier first couple of fights.

    Winner: Martin Bravo, Decision

    Dan Plunkett: Bravo is unbeaten in his career, while Bandenay has won his last five fights. I suppose I’ll go with Bravo.

    Winner: Bravo, Decision


    Welterweight Bout: Alan Jouban vs. Niko Price

    Robert Winfree: Both of these guys are solid fighters, Jouban more of a striker while Price favors gritty fights. Jouban recently went on a career best run before getting stopped by Gunnar Nelson. Jouban is a solid enough technical striker but he struggles when pressured, and I think Price will be able to pressure him until he makes a critical error either leading to his chin being exposed or getting taken down and beat up from there.

    Winner: Niko Price, Decision

    Dan Plunkett: Price entered the UFC strong with a win over Brandon Thatch, and then he stopped Alex Morono in February. I think Jouban will win the fight on the feet, and he solid enough on the ground.

    Winner: Jouban, Decision


    Catch-weight Bout (119 lbs.): Randa Markos vs. Alexa Grasso

    Robert Winfree: I really hope Alexa Grasso fixed some of her issues that were exposed by Felice Herrig. Herrig won that fight primarily through aggression as she wasn’t the better striker but constantly forced Grasso into fighting off of the back foot and into a reactive posture. Markos is generally a little better than Herrig, also likes ugly fights and has a better grappling game. If Grasso hasn’t worked hard to shore up those weaknesses we’re basically going to get a repeat of the Herrig fight.

    Winner: Randa Markos, Decision

    Dan Plunkett: Grasso disappointed in her last bout and missed weight for this one. She is better on the feet than Markos, but I think Markos will pressure Grasso and bring the fight to the ground, where her success should improve greatly.

    Winner: Markos, Decision


    Flyweight Bout: Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno

    Robert Winfree: There’s a lot good about Sergio Pettis, he’s very flexible and has solid striking fundamentals, he also switches between phases of MMA quite well and has started taking advantage of in between spaces. Unfortunately we’ve yet to see him take on a high energy scrambler and wrestler like Moreno. Moreno has incredible scrambles and the ability to grab your neck with insane speed. Pettis will have to keep this fight at distance and technical, the closer and uglier it gets the more it favors Moreno and I’ve not seen Pettis show the ability to handle the style that Moreno is going to bring here.

    Winner: Brandon Moreno, Submission, Round 2

    Dan Plunkett: Pettis is improving, but I think he’s going to have a really tough time with Moreno’s grappling.

    Winner: Moreno, Submission, Round 3


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