UFC On ESPN: Makhachev vs. Moisés Main Events Preview:
UFC Fight Night is in store for another tremendous showing. The main card features a number of exciting fights to look forward too, including two lightweight fighters battling it out for contention in the division. Let’s take a look at the three most anticipated fights of the card over at the APEX Arena in Las Vegas and see where there’s some betting value. Who will be able to emerge victorious and compete for the title, and who will stumble on the big stage?
Islam Makhachev vs. Thiago Moisés
The fight between Islam Makhachev and Thiago Moises features two fights in the top 15 at the moment. Makhachev last fought back in UFC 259 in March, extending his winning streak with a submission victory over Drew Dober. Many have been labeling Makhachev as the next Khabib Nurmagomedov, and it is finally his time to shine. Though he has his work cut out for him with Moises in this fight. Moises just recently defeated Alexander Hernandez a few months ago to improve his record to 15-4 overall. This is the main event for a reason, as both fighters match up incredibly well against one another. They are two of the most well rounded and talented fighters that the UFC has to offer in the lightweight division, which should make for some fireworks.
Marion Reneau vs. Miesha Tate
Marion Reneau has decided to get back into the octagon for what is likely going to be the final fight of her career. It won’t be easy though, as she squared off with the former champion Miesha Tate. Tate has been away from fighting for close to five years now but returns here with the hopes of contending for the title once again. Reneau enters this matchup at 44 years old and has fluctuated up and down the rankings in her last couple of fights. Meanwhile, Tate dropped out of the UFC right just one fight after she won the bantamweight title, losing to Raquel Pennington by decision and choosing to retire. Will Reneau be able to end her career with a statement victory or will Tate prove that she means business in her return?
Rodolfo Vieira vs. Dustin Stoltzfus
Here lies two middleweights who are hoping to bounce back after their most recent fights. Rodolfo Vieira looked to end his fight against Anthony Hernandez early on, though he ran out of steam quickly and was submitted in the second round. On the other hand, Dustin Stoltzfus saw his ten-fight winning streak come to an end after losing to Kyle Daukaus back in November on a unanimous decision. With the middleweight division wide open right now, both Vieira and Stoltzfus could hope to gain some traction in the rankings with a win here. Probably the biggest question here will be the recovery of Stoltzfus, who was clearly struggling with the lingering impact of COVID-19 in his last fight. If both of these guys are coming in healthy and prepared, this could be one of the best fights of the night.