UFC Fight Night 114 takes place on Saturday night in Mexico City and we’ve got our predictions for all the fights below.
Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno
Two young, talented flyweights get a chance to shine in the main event here, with a spot in the top 5 likely awaiting the winner.
Pettis is starting to find his groove in the Octagon over his past few fights, but while he’s a skilled all-rounder he’s not yet reached the heights of his older brother yet and doesn’t have his killer instinct or power.
On the other hand, Moreno is a natural finisher, though he needs to get the fight to the mat as it’s his submissions that are the real threat.
Pettis will be no pushover here, but Moreno is an extremely crafty grappler, who has already proven himself against a few ranked contenders, and I think with the Mexican support behind him he’ll do so again on Saturday night.
Brandon Moreno to win by submission in Rd3.
Alexa Grasso vs. Randa Markos
Grasso is a highly regarded prospect, but she lost her last fight and has now been put into another tough match-up with Markos.
Markos has had her ups and downs in the UFC so far, but she’s a gutsy fighter with solid wrestling and if the 23-year-old Grasso doesn’t bring her A-game then she could be staring down the barrel of back-to-back losses.
The fact that Grasso missed weight today by 3lbs sets alarm bells ringing, so while she’s undeniably talented, I’m going to take Markos to make it an uncomfortable evening for her.
Randa Markos to win by decision.
Alan Jouban vs. Niko Price
Price has impressed in his two UFC fights so far, but this is a solid test to see where he really stands in the division as Jouban is a talented striker who was on a three-fight winning streak prior to being submitted by Gunnar Nelson.
Jouban will be eager to get back to winning ways and I think he’ll get the better of Price on the feet to earn a victory on the scorecards.
Alan Jouban to win by decision.
Humberto Bandenay vs. Martin Bravo
TUF Latin America prospects square up here and I like Bravo to get the better of the striking battle here and deliver a TKO finish.
Martin Bravo to win by TKO in Rd2.
Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans
This is something of a do or die match-up for Evans, and a risky one given that Alvey has genuine knockout power in his hands.
Evans is undoubtedly the more well-rounded, talented, athletically gifted of the two, but he fights like he knows his chin is suspect and can be extremely reluctant to pull the trigger, instead opting to do a whole lot of nothing on the outside.
Evans best bet here would be to mix things up by utilizing his superior wrestling. If so this is a winnable fight here, but it’s a big gamble picking him as Alvey could flatline him, or just outland him if they just exchange strikes for three rounds.
Rashad Evans to win by decision.
Alejandro Perez vs. Andre Soukhamthath
There’s not too much to choose between these two, but though he brings something to the table offensively, Soukhamthath’s striking defense isn’t the best and I think Perez will land the better shots over the course of three rounds to win this one.
Alejandro Perez to win by decision.
Prelims: (Predicted winners in bold)
Jack Hermansson vs. Brad Scott
Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval
Henry Briones vs. Rani Yahya
Jose Quinonez vs. Diego Rivas
Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez
Alvaro Herrera vs. Jordan Rinaldi