March 2, 2023 Las Vegas, Nevada Jacob Dietrich
Officially back for Jon Jones Fight Week and can’t believe how well things are going. We crown our first heavyweight champion since Ngannou left the UFC, and one of the greatest female combat sports athletes of all time, Valentina Shevchenko, becomes the undisputed second Mexican champion. You can also see him defending his title against Alexa Grasso, who is aiming to become one. However, this article isn’t about them, it’s all about the three fights you need to see with this loaded card.
Derek Brunson and Dricus Du Plessis going head-to-head in a UFC 285 qualifier speaks to the depth of the card. It’s the same when he goes up against Dorikas du Plessis, who has the best win of his career when he defeated Darren Till in December. Branson is coming off a losing streak, but he did have a five-game winning streak before losing the title contender eliminator to Jared Canonnier in 2022. Branson has plenty of experience, and five rounds of combat experience is key. Three months ago, he edged when he entered the third round against Till. If Branson’s cardio is as good as he’s been in the past, I think this will put Branson back on the winning line and possibly the start of his final ride to the title. please. Saturday night will give even better results. Unfortunately, I think it will be a decision.
Prediction: Derek Brunson Decision (+400)
It’s a battle that the MMA community and casual fans will find out that Baby Shark is more than a hot girl doing MMA. But this is a must-see battle. If Ricci gets a win here, I believe she will get a shot against a fighter ranked in the strawweight division, Ricci has her second straight win and is the world’s I think it’s the type of card she deserves when her eyes turn to her GOAT, Jon Jones. Ricci is only 28 and the world should know her name soon. Her two wins came by decision and I believe this fight will go that way, but as she ended Penne for a dangerous submission her game. I wouldn’t be surprised either. Now is the time for this Brazilian player to make her name known to the world. Honestly, I’m rooting for her to make it and join her conversation as one of the best players in a very wide-open division.
Prediction: Tabitha Rich by Decision (-150)
Hello kids! do you like violence? Yeah, yeah, yeah! Great lyrics by Eminem. But let’s change them to: Most of the time, yes, yes. However, if you like Chimaev but don’t like antics, you’ll love Shavkat Rakhmonov. Shavkat and Chimaev are going to be a battle where two freight trains collide. I think I’m watching the growth of the star. If he learns English, he, like Khabib, will become one of the most marketable stars in the UFC. Sorry Jeff, Shavkat on Saturday he’s going to be 17-0 with 17 finishes.
Prediction: Shavkat Rakhmonov Inside Distance (-175)