The UFC’s tireless schedule steamrolls on to the 21st week in a row, as the UFC on ESPN 19 offers a senior middleweight main event.
With the headline of Jack Hermansson and the late replacement Marvin Vettori, the rest of Saturday’s cards are filled with talent under the radar that could create big waves in their respective weight classes in a year or two.
Jack Hermansson (21-5) vs. Marvin Vettori (15-3-1)
While Marvin Vettori seems to have real potential in the middleweight division, I think the stylistic match-up and short-lived nature of this fight will not make him any favors.
On his feet, Vettori’s Southpaw position could give Hermansson problems, as the Swedish fighter has encountered problems when faced with those who can operate in the opposite position (Ferreira & Cannonier).
Hermansson, however, is not sloppy in his striking, both in power and output, but when it comes to fighting, I think this is where the competition will be won.
Hermansson is a far greater threat of submission than Vettori, is more primed for a 25-minute match and can play Vettori’s matches out when he fends off a talented catcher.
Select: Jack Hermansson
Ovince Saint Preux (25-14) vs. Jamahal Hill (8-0)
OSP is routinely inconsistent and has lost weight for this fight, but his losses still come only against those set at 205 lbs.
Hill in his honor offers plenty of output on his feet and it can overwhelm Saint Preux, who are more than happy to take their foot off the gas.
Like the main event, however, a fighter is the more dangerous when it comes to fighting, and OSP could just clear Hills’ path to victory by taking the fight to the mat.
It’s hard to call because of OSP’s various performances, but I feel like OSP to get a submission win instead of taking it to the judges.
Choice: Ovince Saint Preux
Montana de la Rosa (11-6) vs. Taila Santos (16-1)
This should be a fun scrap.
Santos may be the better athlete of the two, but De La Rosa is a willing scrambler and is down to get on his feet.
Once again, de la Rosa has several contributions on her record, but Santos has shown she is more than capable of fighting.
I think this will be a three-round back and forth competition, but Santos’ last appearance against Molly McCann showed what she can produce at her best and I think we will see more of the same.
Select: Taila Santos
Roman Dolidze (7-0) vs. John Allan (13-5, 1 NC)
Dolidze is undoubtedly a great finisher at 205 lbs, but has lacked any real game plan in his fights outside of landing a battle-changing moment.
Allan, meanwhile, has been absent due to a suspension since 2019, but has shown pressure and output as a consistent theme in his performances.
I think if this goes the distance, Allan should raise his hand, but I do not think Dolidze’s explosive stylings have hit their ceiling yet.
Select: Roman Dolidze
Nate Landwehr (14-3) vs. Movsar Evloev (13-0)
This is a great opening match.
Landwehr is aggressive and will try to drag Evloev into a fragile fight where his striking output will give him an advantage.
Evloev, however, is a technical, cerebral fighter, and I think he is waiting for his openings instead of forcing them out of an urgent Landwehr.
Select: Movsar Evloev
(Last predictions: 3/6, total: 129/191, 68% success rate)
(Success rate: 2016: 61%, ’17: 60%, ’18: 58%, 19 ′: 57%)