UFC Fight Night 167 is taking place this weekend and there are plenty of fights you can bet on. As we have already covered the Main Card events, we’re now going to talk about the UFC Fight Night 167 Prelims.
Tim Means vs Daniel Rodriguez (Welterweight)
Daniel Rodriguez makes his UFC debut this weekend against a real veteran of this sport, Tim Means. The 35-year old has started his journey back in 2013. The experience might be on the side of Means but his pro MMA record isn’t too impressive. With 29 wins, 11 losses, and 1 draw, he’s not considered the cream of the crop of the UFC. Daniel Rodrigues, on the other hand, is expected to make an impact on the competition, in which he’s coming with a 10-1 professional record.
Prediction: Daniel Rodriguez
John Dodson vs Nathaniel Wood (Bantamweight)
Nathaniel Wood has a 100% winning score in the UFC after three fights. His opponent this weekend is John Dodson who’s been in the UFC since 2013. However, Dodson hasn’t been in a good form lately, with two previous defeats. Both of those losses were decided by points, suggesting that we might see the fight going the distance this time as well. Still, Wood should be able to get a win here.
Prediction: Nathaniel Wood
Jim Miller vs Scott Holtzman (Lightweight)
Jim Miller is the record holder for most wins in the Lightweight division of the UFC. At the age of 36, he’s one of the legends of the sport. Still, according to MMA betting sites, he’s not the favorite against Scott Holtzman. The odds are dropping on Holtzman, but Miller must not be underestimated. He’s a well-round fighter with plenty of experience in the Octagon, who should be able to get a win here.
Prediction: Jim Miller
Devin Clark vs Dequan Townsend (Light Heavyweight)
Devin Clark is a big favorite against Dequan Townsend and there’s a reason for that. Clark has been in the UFC since 2016, competing in several weight divisions. He did lose to Spann in his previous UFC fight, but that defeat is only making him more motivated to bounce back with a win. It would be a huge surprise if he failed to beat Townsend on Saturday evening.
Prediction: Devin Clark
Casey Kenney vs Merab Dvalishvili (Bantamweight)
This is going to be the fifth time Merab Dvalishvili is taking part in the UFC Fight Night. He lost his first two bouts, but has won two fights since. Although those two wins weren’t too impressive (both won by decision), he is still a big favorite against Casey Kenney.
Prediction: Merab Dvalishvili
Macy Chiasson vs Shanna Young (Women’s Bantamweight)
Oddsmakers believe there’s no way Shanna Young can beat Macy Chiasson. The reason is that for Young, this is going to be the first-ever bout in the UFC. She got a call-up after Chiasson’s initial opponent Nicco Montano got injured.
Prediction: Macy Chiasson
Mark De La Rosa vs Raulian Paiva (Flyweight)
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Mark De La Rosa has fought five fights under the helm of the UFC, but he’s been far from impressive. The American fighter has lost three times already and the chance is he’s going to record another defeat. He’s taking on Paiva, a young lion from Brazil whose UFC career has been disastrous so far.
He’s lost both of his fights in this promotion, but that means that he’s super-motivated to get a win. Comparing the abilities of the two fighters, the Brazilian looks capable of getting his first UFC victory this weekend.
Prediction: Raulian Paiva