UFC Fight Night: Uriah Hall vs Sean Strickland is premiering Saturday, July 31st, 2021. This event is set for six Main Card Fights and seven Undercard. UFC Vegas 33 recently lost their Co-Main Event between Shamil Abdurakhimov and Chris Daukaus due to a positive COVID-19 test in the Abdurakhimov Camp. They also lost Alvey vs Kopylov due to date complications. Other than that, all bouts are scheduled as normal. Here’s everything you need to know about the matchups set for UFC Vegas 33!
DATE: Saturday, July 31st, 2021
LOCATION: UFC Apex, Las Vegas, NV
TIME: 03;00 PM PST
HOW TO WATCH: ESPN, ESPN+
ODDS: DraftKings Sportsbook
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1. Womens Bantamweight Bout: Nicco Montano (-200) vs Wu Yanan (+160)
Analysis: Former Flyweight Champion Nicco Montano will take on a rising star in Yanan. Allegations about avoiding title defense fights have tarnished her reputation, but Montano seeks to clear her name with a victory on Saturday. Obviously Montano is a great fighter, posting a professional MMA record of 4-3; but it’s been over 2 years since she last fought. While her counterpart Wu “Mulan” Yanan has been the more active fighter recently. Mulan is an amazing competitor and there is almost a 10-year age difference between the two. Obviously experience and size play a significant role here; So it’ll be exciting to see what happens. Both fighters possess the skillset to win this matchup.
Prediction: Unanimous Decision (W) Nicco Montano
2. Featherweight Bout: Melsik Baghdasaryan (-150) vs Collin Anglin (+122)
Analysis: Both are making their UFC Debut on Saturday. Odds are very clolse in a highly anticipated matchup in which Baghdasaryan has a slight advantage. After reviewing their film both fighters are very well rounded, specializing in striking; so Saturday will be a slugfest. I don’t think this will make it past the 2nd round
Prediction: TKO (W) Collin Anglin
3. Lightweight Bout: Rafa Garcia (-280) vs Chris Gruetzemacher (+220)
Analysis: Rafa Garcia is heavily favored in this matchup. Gruetzemacher, coming off a bad loss, is trying to seek a win against one of the hottest fighters in the Lightweight division. Garcia is the better striker and overall fighter and it’s going to take a massive meltdown for Gruetzemacher to win the fight.
Prediction: Submission (W) Rafa Garcia
4. Featherweight Bout: Kai Kamaka (-128) vs Danny Chavez (+104)
Analysis: Kai Kamaka is coming off a very close split decision loss that left a bad taste in his mouth. Determined to prove everyone wrong, he took this fight against Danny Chavez on short notice due to Dooho Choi’s injury. He’s currently the favorite to win, but not by much. Kamaka says he’s using his most recent loss as fuel to win this fight.
Prediction: Unanimous Decision (W) Kai Kamaka
5. Women’s Straweight Bout: Ashley Yoder (-135) vs Jinh Yu Frey (+115)
Analysis: Frey is 1-2 coming off a win, while Yoder is 3-6 and coming off a loss. Both are very technical fighters not known for their knockout ability, so I expect this fight to go the distance. After reviewing the film breakdown, Yoder seems to be the more competent fighter but Frey is extremely scrappy. I pick Yoder to edge out this win.
Prediction: Split Decision (W) Ashley Yoder
6. Bantamweight Bout: Ronnie Lawrence (-150) vs Trevin Jones (+122)
Analysis: After winning Dana White’s Contender Series in 2020, Ronnie Lawrence has been given a UFC Contract. Each fighter is coming off a win at their most recent fight, so both are extremely confident in their abilities coming into this matchup. Ronnie Lawrence is an extremely talented fighter, and has a better looking record at 7-1 vs Jones’ 13-6-0 (1 NC) but all that means nothing if he doesn’t bring his A game against Trevin Jones. Lawrence is the favorite but I wouldn’t call it a safe bet. I think experience will give Jones the edge this match.
Prediction: TKO (W) Trevin Jones
7. Welterweight Bout: Orion Coscoe (-200) vs Phillip Rowe (+170)
Analysis: Orion Coscoe is set to make his UFC Debut this Saturday while Phillip Rowe seeks redemption in his second UFC Fight. Coscoe boasts an amazing 7-0 pro MMA record to Rowe’s 7-3. What’s more important to note is that Rowe is coming off of three straight losses. Even though they were in grappling bouts. I think those losses will still hold some psychological weight. Coscoe is the slight favorite and I think it is well deserved.
Prediction: Unanimous Decision (W) Orion Coscoe
1. Welterweight Bout: Bryan Barberena (-265) vs Jason Witt (+215)
Analysis: Barberena is coming off a win in 2019. Set to fight in 2020, the bout was cancelled due to COVID-19. Now restrictions have lifted in Las Vegas, Barberena is back in the octagon looking to face a worthy opponent in Jason Witt. The “Vanilla Gorria” Jason Witt is trying to shake the cobwebs off in his fight this Saturday after getting knocked out in the first round of his last fight. One thing I can give Jason Witt, is he’s been the more active fighter recently so that does give him the slight advantage if Barberena has any ring rust.
Prediction: TKO (W) Bryan Barbarena
2. Flyweight Bout: Ryan Benoit (-134) vs Zarrukh Adashev (+110)
Analysis: This bout features 2 flyweight fighters seeking to snap a series of bad losses. Although Benoit is favored in this matchup, he’ll have his hands full against the younger fighter in Adashev. Just based on statistics alone, Benoit has more wins, more knockouts, and when reviewing film, Benoit looks like the more impressive fighter as well. Nobody has knocked out Benoit yet and I doubt Adashev will be the first one to change that.
Prediction: Unanimous Decision (W) Ryan Benoit
3. Welterweight Bout: Mounir Lazzez (-200) vs Niklas Stolze (+170)
Analysis: “The Sniper” is 10-2 and is ranked #48 best MMA Welterweight fighter in the world. His overall skillset will be too much to handle for the one dimensional Stolze. Lazzez will pick apart Stolze easily and win this one in the 2nd round even on short notice.
Prediction: TKO (W) Mounir Lazzez
4. Women’s Strawweight Bout: Cheyanne Buys (-195) vs Gloria De Paula (+165)
Analysis: These two women pitted against each other are fierce fighters. Both are very hungry for a win after suffering losses and both believe they’ll be getting that win from the other. Buys is the 46th-ranked Strawweight to Paula’s 57th-ranked. To be honest, there is only a slight disparity when it comes to these rankings. I give the edge to Buys in a close fight.
Prediction: Split Decision (W) Cheyanne Buys
5. Bantamweight Bout: Kyung Ho Kang (-140) vs Rani Yahya (+120)
Analysis: The battle of the submission artists. Both are so good at what they do, it’s so hard to pick the winner of this match. After reviewing the film Kang’s style definitely seemed more fluid, but what made me reconsider was Yahya’s pure aggression, Yahya is always applying pressure which may test Kang’s abilities to finish.
Prediction: Unanimous Decision (W) Kyung Ho Kang
6. Middleweight Bout: Sean Strickland (-210) vs Uriah Hall (+175)
Analysis: Uriah Hall is the more exciting fighter, flashier, and has one punch knockout power. But if anyone can stop him, it’s gonna be Sean Strickland. Strickland is an absolute savage recording 10 Knockouts in 23 wins. Strickland hasn’t lost a fight in three years and is trying to climb his way through the ranks of the Middleweight Division. Uriah Hall on the other hand is just one leg ahead of Strickland. Coming off an impressive four-fight win streak after defeating Bevon Lewis, Antonion Carlos Junior, Anderson Silva, and Chris Weidman, Uriah Hall has looked in peak condition. I think when it comes to power, they’re evenly matched, but Hall has the edge with his speed. For that reason, I think Hall will come out victorious.
Prediction: KO (W) Uriah Hall
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