UFC Fight Night 36 takes place tomorrow night in Brazil and you can see our predictions for all the night’s bouts below.
Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi
This should turn out to be a cerebral stand-up battle rather than all-out scrap between two very talented strikers. Mousasi’s kickboxing ability shouldn’t be overlooked here. He’s patient, accurate, has a good defense and can counter well – which to a large degree sums up Machida too, though he does have a more unique approach in the way he utilizes distance and movement, carefully choosing the right moment to leap in and out of action.
I think this is going to be a close one and may well be headed to a decision. I do lean towards Machida though – partly due to his style being hard to deal with, but also considering the fact that Mousasi is coming off a significant layoff and hasn’t always lived up to his full potential in recent fights.
Lyoto Machida to win by decision.
Ronaldo Souza vs. Francis Carmont
Both ‘Jacare’ and Carmont are well placed in the UFC’s middleweight division at the moment so this is a big fight for them as they try to make a push into title contention.
This is a marked step up in competition for Carmont though and he might find it tough to play spoiler with positional control on the mat against the Brazilian who has world class BJJ and has also improved leaps and bounds in his striking too. Carmont’s been caught by submissions in the past, albeit early in his career, and I think ‘Jacare’ has the ability to make him tap here.
Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza to win by submission in Rd2.
Erick Silva vs. Takenori Sato
Silva’s not been able to get a consistent run of form going, but I still think he’s a highly talented fighter – if a little reckless at times.
The UFC are doing him somewhat of a favor here – Sato is someone Silva shouldn’t have too much trouble with and I think he’ll come out strongly and find a finish in the first round.
Erick Silva to win by TKO in Rd1
Viscardi Andrade vs. Nicholas Musoke
Both of these fighters made a strong start to their UFC career’s with first round stoppage wins over Bristole Marunde and Alessio Sakara respectively.
Not too much to choose between them here, but I like Andrade’s aggressive style, egged on by the passionate Brazilian crowd to propel him to a TKO victory.
Viscardi Andrade to win by TKO in Rd2.
Charles Oliveira vs. Andy Ogle
For my money Oliveira has followed a similar path to Erick Silva further up this card, possessing a lot of talent and a fun-to-watch all-action style, but not always getting the results going in his favor.
Ogle is a game fighter, but like Silva, I think the UFC has given Oliveira an opponent here that he should be able to take care of, and I like him to do so inside of two rounds, with both strikes and submissions being viable options for him.
Charles Oliviera to win by submission in Rd2.
Prelims: (Predicted winners in bold)
Cristiano Marcello vs. Joe Proctor
Ivan Jorge vs. Rodrigo Damm
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Jesse Ronson
Yuri Alcantara vs. Wilson Reis
Felipe Arantes vs. Maximo Blanco
Albert Tumenov vs. Ildemar Alcantara
Douglas Silva vs. Zubair Tahugov