X-Factor! Check out our main card predictions for UFC Vegas 54

X-Factor! Check out our main card predictions for UFC Vegas 54
X-Factor! Check out our main card predictions for UFC Vegas 54
X-Factor! Check out our main card predictions for UFC Vegas 54

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will return to Las Vegas, Nevada, and its Apex facility this weekend for UFC Vegas 54. Everyone studying should know the pattern at this point: the last weekend has turned into a massive pay-per-view (PPV) event with high stakes, so it’s time to dial it back with the same old Apex fare. As is customary, the main event of Jan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic is the most straightforward battle with immediate divisional consequences, but there are a few special motion warring parties who guarantee to delight on Saturday night.

Let’s take a look at some of the most crucial donnybrooks:

On Saturday, May 14, 2022, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a major Light Heavyweight contenders’ battle with a purpose, with former champion and current No. 1-ranked Jan Blachowicz taking on surging No. 3-seeded Aleksandar Rakic. Ryan Spann, the No. 13-ranked Light Heavyweight, faces deadly striker Ion Cutelaba in the co-main event of UFC Vegas fifty-four.

Bantamweight: Davey Grant vs. Louis Smolka

Grant’s best victory? Smolka for Jonathan Martinez? Nguyen Ben

Grant has now lost two games in a row, while Smolka came up short with time remaining.

Grant’s wild swings on X-Factor open up a lot of possibilities.

How do those two go together? Expect punches to be broken and fights to terminate in an early knockout?

Grant was reincarnated sometime around the start of COVID-19. Grant, who was previously a grappler who only fought every couple of years, has been far more active since his 2020 comeback, and he now relies almost entirely on powerful swings to seek the knockout.

Smolka becomes a Flyweight contender at one time. After a losing streak, he was released, but after re-entering the sport as a Bantamweight, he’s established himself as more of a motion fighter than a name threat. In any case, he tries to keep up with the fights by throwing punches-in-bunches at the same time and occasionally jumping on the neck.

This appears to be a disaster for the Hawaiian. Grant is bigger, hits harder, and is unlikely to be intimidated by Smolka’s prolonged assault, nor is he likely to lose the wrestling match. Smolka might be able to bring Grant down with hobby alone, but if “Dangerous” can absorb Marlon Vera’s violent output without slowing down too much, that appears unlikely.

Grant was reincarnated sometime around the start of COVID-19. Grant, who was previously a grappler who only fought every couple of years, has been far more active since his 2020 comeback, and he now relies almost entirely on powerful swings to seek the knockout.

Smolka becomes a Flyweight contender at one time. After a losing streak, he was released, but after re-entering the sport as a Bantamweight, he’s established himself as more of a motion fighter than a name threat. In any case, he tries to keep up with the fights by throwing punches-in-bunches at the same time and occasionally jumping on the neck.

This appears to be a disaster for the Hawaiian. Grant is bigger, hits harder, and is unlikely to be intimidated by Smolka’s prolonged assault, nor is he likely to lose the wrestling match. Smolka might be able to bring Grant down with hobby alone, but if “Dangerous” can absorb Marlon Vera’s violent output without slowing down too much, that appears unlikely.

Smolka throwing himself into the flames and getting roasted is a long shot.

Women’s Flyweight: Katlyn Chookagian vs. Amanda Ribas

Chookagian’s best victory? Ribas for Jennifer Maia? Dern, Mackenzie

Chookagian has won three consecutive bouts, while Ribas has won her last two.

X-Factor: A former Bantamweight takes on a former Strawweight.

This is a sneakily good women’s Flyweight fight.

Chookagian, at 125 pounds, is the most accomplished lady aside from the champion. Despite the fact that no one is clamoring for a Shevchenko rematch, Chookagian has proven herself to be a formidable opponent for the general public in the division because of her rangy kickboxing.

Ribas is a truly well-rounded competitor. Ribas, a black belt in Judo and Jiu-jitsu, also has some technical skills, albeit she gets cracks more frequently than she would like. Nonetheless, at 115 or 155 pounds, the 28-year-old prodigy is a force to be reckoned with.

This is difficult because each lady has clean blessings. Chookagian is the bigger girl in the weight class, with a kickboxing edge. Importantly, Chookagian is also a natural at doing just enough to win decisions, an underappreciated skill in a field where finishes are rare.

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