Marlon Moraes (@1.8) vs Jose Aldo (@2.0)

Our Prediction:

Marlon Moraes will win

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Now, he gets to fight a legend of the sport in Aldo. Aldo last fought in July in which he defeated Jeremy Stephens. Jose Aldo will return to the Octagon to take on streaking top contender, Renato Moicano. Meanwhile, Moicano was supposed to fight at UFC 231 but after his opponent pulled out, he was the backup fighter for the title fight.

Mookie Alexander: Im actually leaning towards the minor upset here. However, when he doesnt get the finish/the fight isnt going his way, he historically just drifts out of fights and leaves himself open to getting finished himself. Teymur is a really good striker who cuts good angles and has shown vastly improved takedown defense. He has underrated Muay Thai striking and an increasingly strong offensive wrestling game. Oliveira is certainly at his most dangerous in the opening round. David Teymur by unanimous decision. He might not be a prolific finisher, per se, but I actually like his chances here for as long as he can keep the fight standing.

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Not only is he adept at out-thinking his opponents, that long, lean frame bodes well for wrapping up limbs during a ground scramble, much like Charles Oliveira. That said, he doesnt get enough credit for his striking, which may be because he doesnt have any wins by knockout in 15 trips to the cage. Cardio has never been an issue and I dont expect this fight to be the exception. Carneiro, 29, is touted as one of the premiere grapplers of the featherweight division and for good reason.

Taila Santos has won the vast majority of her 15 fights by stoppage, which is also notable when finishes in the lighter weight classes arent quite as frequent as they are in the heavier ones. If it was the latter, then that added mystique of perhaps being a fighter that strikes fear in the hearts of her fellow competitors, on top of an undefeated record, definitely makes Santos a fighter to keep your eye on as the womens flyweight division continues to grow and develop. Its also noteworthy that Santos apparently had five canceled bouts leading up to her appearance on Dana Whites Tuesday Night Contender Series last summer. Could that just be a case of extreme bad luck? Or perhaps a case of her scheduled opponents not being keen on stepping into the cage with her?

After his split decision loss to Assuncao at UFC 212, Moraes has racked up three impressive wins. He decisioned John Dodson in November 2017 and then knocked out Aljamain Sterling and Jimmie Rivera in a combined 100 seconds. Like his opponent, Marlon Moraes lost his UFC debut and he lost it to the man he is facing again on Saturday night. Moraes was the staple at the former WSOF, winning the inaugural bantamweight title and defending the belt five times before coming over to the UFC.

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Dillashaw. Assuncao has won his last four bouts and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Rob Font at UFC 226 in July 2018. The 36 year old Assuncao has a record of 27-5 with 4 knockouts and 10 submissions. Since then, hes won 11 out of his last 12 bouts with his only loss during that period coming at the hands of current bantamweight champion T.J. Raphael Assuncao suffered a first-round knockout to Erik Koch in his promotional debut at UFC 128 in 2011.

Moraes meanwhile is a very active fighter with a dynamic offensive game. But while he isnt exciting, he is very effective and efficient in what he does. He constantly moves, switches stances and looks for creative angles with where to throw his strikes. He is defensive minded and would rather counter rather than force the issue. His strikes are mostly leg kicks and thats what he used to knock Jimmie Rivera out in his last bout. Assuncao has a style that fans dont pay to see.

Yet, despite the difficult opponent, Moraes still did well, even in defeat. Moraes had a tough welcome to the UFC when he was matched up against top contender Raphael Assuncao. He could very well be the Edson Barbosa of the bantamweight division. The Brazilian also has a good ground game, but its not seen often due to his amazing striking and solid takedown defense. Moraes is an explosive and technical striker.

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Moraes is actually one of the bigger names on this card despite fighting on the FS1 portion thanks to his prior reign as the bantamweight (135-pound champion) for the third-tier World Series ofFighting promotion.

Lyman Good by unanimous decision. Good is a powerful striker whose takedown defense may very well not hold up against someone whos still a high-level offensive wrestler like Maia, but this is a as long as he doesnt get submitted, he wins type of situation. I feel like Good can set a pace here that will exhaust Maia and force him into more desperate shots, and Lyman will recover from a slow start to get the W. Mookie Alexander: Ordinarily Id pick Maia, especially since Good has not yet shown himself to be anywhere near the elite of the welterweight division, but it does feel like Maia is taking a fair bit more damage in his losses than in years past. Woodley dropped him, Usman dropped him, and Covington beat him up in the later rounds.

Whether its Moraes avenging his lone UFC loss or Assuncao fending him off again, tomorrows winner is all but guaranteed a bantamweight title shot in the near future. Since then both Brazilians have been on a tear, with Moraes looking particularly ferocious having finished his last two opponents by knockout in a combined one minute and 40 seconds. Representing in the here and now are headlining bantamweight contenders Raphael Assuncao and Marlon Moraes. This will be a rematch of their June 2017 encounter that Assuncao narrowly won by split decision.