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01.15.2021 | 7:44 PM ET

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UFC Fight Night
  • Saturday 04.17.2021 at 07:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: ESPN
  • Name: UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Gastelum
  • Also Known As: UFC Vegas 24
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Endeavor
  • Venue: UFC APEX
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Brendan Fitzgerald, Michael Bisping, Dominick Cruz
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Michael Bisping
  • TV Ratings: 953,000 avg. viewers (1.1M peak, 879k ESPN prelims)
  • MMA Bouts: 10
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Bout   Info
Robert Whittaker   defeats   Kelvin Gastelum   via Decision, Unanimous   5 Rounds, 25:00 Total Bout Page
Andrei Arlovski   defeats   Chase Sherman   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Jacob Malkoun   defeats   Abdul Razak Alhassan   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Tracy Cortez   defeats   Justine Kish   via Decision, Split   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Luis Pena   defeats   Alex Munoz   via Decision, Split   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Alexander Romanov   defeats   Juan Espino   via Decision, Technical Split Decision   3 Rounds, 11:05 Total Bout Page
Jessica Penne   defeats   Lupita Godinez   via Decision, Split   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Gerald Meerschaert   defeats   Bartosz Fabiński   via Submission, Power Guillotine Choke   2:00 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Austin Hubbard   defeats   Dakota Bush   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Tony Gravely   defeats   Anthony Birchak   via KO/TKO, Left Hook and Hammerfist   1:31 Round 2 of 3, 6:31 Total Bout Page

Responses Page 13

Billamahoney
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04.17.2021 | 11:01 AM ET

Predictions: 1 of 3 Winners, 0 Perfect, 50 Points   |   Tied for 3700th

Why do the give them guy that’s nowhere near ufc level to Abdul Razak Alhassan?
They give the jokes to a complete ******* & give all the killers to good guys like Sam Alvey?
*** is wrong with the ufc?
So they really want Abdul still in the ufc when he ****s again?
saucysidekick
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04.17.2021 | 11:17 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 3 of 6 Winners, 2 Perfect, 200 Points   |   Tied for 3476th

Klose vs. Stephens
Jeremy Stephens, TKO, R2
bullied

Arlovski vs. Sherman
Andrei Arlovski, DEC
mismatch

Razak Alhassan vs. Malkoun
Jacob Malkoun, TKO, R1
170 to 185 lb jump is hard. also coming back too soon from KO. there's gotta be a reason they keep giving malkoun main event slots... right?

Penne vs. Godinez
Lupita Godinez, TKO, R1
next up: Jessica Penne's onlyfans featuring Paige VanZant

Meerschaert vs. Fabiński
Bartosz Fabiński, DEC
fabinski wrassles him then we start questioning if Chimaev is actually that good (he is)

Hubbard vs. Bush
Austin Hubbard, DEC
i think solecki is legit. i don't think bush is legit

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04.17.2021 | 11:32 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 5 of 10 Winners, 3 Perfect, 325 Points   |   Tied for 2884th

Hubbard vs. Bush
Austin Hubbard, DEC
This one's actually quite competitive. I got it give it to Hubbard though, he fought better opponents, and looked pretty good against Madsen.

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04.17.2021 | 11:51 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 6 of 10 Winners, 4 Perfect, 440 Points   |   Tied for 1664th

Whittaker vs. Gastelum
Robert Whittaker, DEC
expecting whittaker's movement to be too quick for kelvin to land clean.

Klose vs. Stephens
Drakkar Klose, DEC
jeremy can only coast on the emmett win for so long, he's gonna need an emphatic statement here if he wants to stay relevant. i'll say klose's pressure and volume get the job done.

Arlovski vs. Sherman
Chase Sherman, DEC
if sherman comes with volume, he can win, otherwise arlovski will take another tepid decision.

Razak Alhassan vs. Malkoun
Abdul Razak Alhassan, TKO, R1
feels like they're trying to throw razak a bone here.

Pena vs. Munoz
Alex Munoz, DEC
willing to take a dog here because pena rarely controls the fight like you'd expect someone with his range to do.

Cortez vs. Kish
Tracy Cortez, DEC
guess i'm expecting cortez to be the one throwing volume and pushing the pace.

Romanov vs. Espino
Alexander Romanov, TKO, R2
romanov figures to have the standing advantage and i'll say that's enough to neutralize juan's entries.

Penne vs. Godinez
Lupita Godinez, DEC
tough to have confidence in penne at this point even though her submission skills are legitimate, just because i'm skeptical she can get it down when she wants to.

Meerschaert vs. Fabiński
Gerald Meerschaert, SUB, R2
fabinski figures to put this fight right where gerald likes it

Hubbard vs. Bush
Austin Hubbard, DEC
anything but sold on hubbard, but late notice replacement with a weird nickname makes it a hard pick for me.

Gravely vs. Birchak
Tony Gravely, TKO, R2
unsure how much birchak has left

NgannouPunch
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04.17.2021 | 11:59 AM ET

@Billmahoney

Predictions: 4 of 10 Winners, 2 Perfect, 250 Points   |   Tied for 3325th

Dude..he didnt **** anyone. All charges were dropped. It was a crazy female that wanted attention.

Get your facts right and do some research before you talk wreckless and make yourself look like a fool.

So many morons on the internet...blows my mind.

* Edited at 04.17.2021, 12:00 PM ET *

Xconchris
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04.17.2021 | 12:00 PM ET

Predictions: 4 of 10 Winners, 3 Perfect, 290 Points   |   Tied for 3190th

@Bill, please dont ever post again. Everything you said was incredibly stupid and inaccurate. 

His last 2 fights were against Khaos Williams and Mounir Lazzez. Who are both good fighters. He lost both fights so hes not crushing cans.

Also, not everyone who is charged with **** or any crime is guilty. They didnt have any evidence and his name is cleared.

Sam Alvey has fought good and bad competition. You keep saying stuff that you have no idea what your talking about.

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NgannouPunch
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04.17.2021 | 12:05 PM ET

Predictions: 4 of 10 Winners, 2 Perfect, 250 Points   |   Tied for 3325th

For the first time in history...I agree with XconChris.

Well said man.
FistyMcKickerChoke
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04.17.2021 | 12:07 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 7 of 10 Winners, 6 Perfect, 550 Points   |   Tied for 328th

Whittaker vs. Gastelum
Robert Whittaker, DEC
Gastelum is gonna be swinging at air with those little T-rex arms while the boss Bobby Knucks jabs him a million times. Might be a late tko from accumulated damage but my guess is 50-45 across the board.

Klose vs. Stephens
Drakkar Klose, DEC
Do people think that Klose getting KOd by Dariush was him being "exposed" or something? Or that Stephens is suddenly going to have way more power with 10 pounds of added weight? I honestly don't understand these picks or these odds, I think Klose is going to win a clear decision, or he might go for a finish to prove a point after his first loss.

Arlovski vs. Sherman
Andrei Arlovski, DEC
Chase Sherman lost to Justin Ledet. I don't care how long ago, you can't live that down.

Razak Alhassan vs. Malkoun
Abdul Razak Alhassan, TKO, R1
They're really trying to give one to Abdul, and I think it will work out.

Cortez vs. Kish
Tracy Cortez, DEC
Justine "****" KIsh

Romanov vs. Espino
Alexander Romanov, SUB, R2
This is like a tractor pull, and I think Romanov has more horsepower

Penne vs. Godinez
Lupita Godinez, DEC
Can't pick someone who is 38 years old and hasn't fought in 4 years.

Meerschaert vs. Fabiński
Gerald Meerschaert, SUB, R1
Fabinski tucks his head under the armpit too much, gonna get guillotined

Hubbard vs. Bush
Dakota Bush, SUB, R2
I was going to pick Hubbard because he has been fighting smothering wrestlers and submission artists in the UFC for two years now and he's getting pretty good at it. But I can't pick against Hairy Bush!!

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Tap867
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04.17.2021 | 12:16 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 5 of 10 Winners, 3 Perfect, 325 Points   |   Tied for 2884th

Meerschaert vs. Fabiński
Bartosz Fabiński, DEC
.....Eh. I'll take Fabrinski. Wouldn't be surprised if he taps to something else. Lol

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NgannouPunch
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04.17.2021 | 12:23 PM ET

Predictions: 4 of 10 Winners, 2 Perfect, 250 Points   |   Tied for 3325th

I dont see Fabinski getting subbed again. Muniz was a 3rd degree black belt and Bartosz was getting out of everything until the armbar. 

Meanwhile Meerschart has been getting subs on GASSED out opponents...Deron Win is small af and gassed....Trevin Giles was also super gassed. Fabinski by takedowns and position.

Gerald got 1 shotted by Khazmat and I think his soul has been taken.
Tieoken
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04.17.2021 | 12:54 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 6 of 10 Winners, 4 Perfect, 415 Points   |   Tied for 1948th

Razak Alhassan vs. Malkoun
Abdul Razak Alhassan, TKO, R2
I felt like this fight was one that a lot of people wrote off just because of Malkoun's octagon debut. Usually, fights like this are a good chance to find value in the underdogs so I did a good amount of tape study on Malkoun and Alhasson. Alhassan I've done tape on multiple times and he's been a big prospect for me up until his lay off. I picked Mounir to beat him because I think he took his cardio and his diet regiment for granted after the layoff (for a sexual assault charge which adds a serious emotional weight to his time off) and I believed that he wouldn't be able to finish a durable and motivated Lazzez. Then there was that glass-chin seeming incident against Khaos. I do believe that Alhassan suffered from that weight cut and might be better off up at 185, but that is too big of an anomaly. However, Malkoun is an undersized 185er and hits not very hard. Malkoun's tape is pretty fun to watch, he has a very educated lead hand and uses good footwork on the outside. But, I consistently saw him freeze when he get's back up to the paint. He looks very good going forward, nothing special in the UFC per say but good enough to belong. However when he has to use lateral footwork to escape he freezes, drops his hands and bails. If Alhassan has any of his punchers instinct left he will catch Malkoun off of one of those exits. Malkoun could win this fight off of a jab, lead hook, and front leg snap kicks provided that Alhassan is too shell shocked to pressure him. But I saw nothing in Malkoun's tape to justify picking him as a dog, he had decent performances agaisnt very bad opposition and then got merked by the first person to pressure him in Phil Hawes. He's probably a good training partner for Rob, but when the lights are on he gets cold feet.

* Edited at 04.17.2021, 12:56 PM ET *

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FistyMcKickerChoke
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04.17.2021 | 1:05 PM ET

Predictions: 7 of 10 Winners, 6 Perfect, 550 Points   |   Tied for 328th

@ngannoupunch you could be right, but fabinski could gas out too

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Tieoken
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04.17.2021 | 1:09 PM ET

Predictions: 6 of 10 Winners, 4 Perfect, 415 Points   |   Tied for 1948th

One thing I overlooked. It's ramadan and so Razak might be a bit off because of the fasting combined with a weight cut. He technically isn't allowed to drink water until the sun goes down. Which let me tell you what, after a weight cut at like 11AM, not being able to drink until 7PM would have me straight suicidal. But behind closed doors who knows if he didn't rehydrate.

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04.17.2021 | 1:11 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 7 of 10 Winners, 5 Perfect, 500 Points   |   Tied for 770th

Klose vs. Stephens
Jeremy Stephens, TKO, R2
Wowww. A literal 50/50. Don't see that very often.

Arlovski vs. Sherman
Andrei Arlovski, DEC
Haven't done this in awhile... Arlovski hasn't looked as bad and as questionable as he once did a few years ago... Minus the Aspinall escapade. And then considering, I think both Tanner Boser and Phillipe Lins would beat Sherman. Those are Andrei's two most recent wins. I know. I know. MMA math doesn't make sense.

Pena vs. Munoz
Alex Munoz, DEC
Bob Ross needs something big here, In my opinion. I'm not surprised ppl are leaning 74% for him, but he's gonna struggle in some areas with Munoz. And those areas are definitely enough for Munoz to win comfortably.

Cortez vs. Kish
Tracy Cortez, DEC
This fight has the chance to turn ****** reeal quick... Lol

Romanov vs. Espino
Alexander Romanov, SUB, R2
Outstanding matchup here. I've always been a fan of Espino. Very solid fighter, but goddammit he NEEDS to be more active. Especially with his clock running out. Tho, I consider him almost like a Yoel Romero or a Randy Couture. An ageless wonder. But Romanov. Sheeesh. They seem to be evenly matched, tho Romanov is the younger, maybe stronger and maybe faster guy. Just wonder how the Takedown D will be. If that fails, it's not a good sign for Romanov.

Penne vs. Godinez
Lupita Godinez, TKO, R2
Idk man... Penne has not fared very well with strikers. Joanna took her soul and she hasn't been the same since. Godinez, oh boy... She's gonna box her up. Penne's nose, smh... Sorry, not sorry.

Meerschaert vs. Fabiński
Gerald Meerschaert, SUB, R1
Seeing GM3 get smoked twice in a row within 1:30 total leaves me questioning how much tread is left on the tires after 45 fights, Considering he's only been finished 1x prior to those 2 (and by Thiago Santos, no shame in that.) But this matchup is "almost" tailor-made for GM3. Fabinski isn't a striker. He's not gonna KO him. And he's not gonna submit GM3, he's only gonna attempt 35 takedowns, which means he'll be putting himself in GM3's wheelhouse 35x. And surely GM3 would find 1 submission in those 35 chances. Also worth noting, I'm 5-3 picking GM3 fights... I NEVER ONCE PICKED GM3. First time for everything right?

Gravely vs. Birchak
Tony Gravely, DEC
Reeeally, really wanted that Gravely / Maness matchup.. Hopefully we get that one down the road.

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04.17.2021 | 1:13 PM ET

Predictions: 7 of 10 Winners, 5 Perfect, 500 Points   |   Tied for 770th

@Tieoken... No weight cut. It's 15lbs up at Middleweight

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NgannouPunch
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04.17.2021 | 1:35 PM ET

@tieoken

Predictions: 4 of 10 Winners, 2 Perfect, 250 Points   |   Tied for 3325th

He said in an interview something with being a traveler...he's allowed to possibly follow a normal schedule for now?

I'm not too familiar with the religion but he did say that he should be good to go.
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04.17.2021 | 1:45 PM ET

Predictions: 6 of 10 Winners, 4 Perfect, 425 Points   |   Tied for 1793rd





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Thewelshguy1998
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04.17.2021 | 1:46 PM ET

Predictions: 7 of 10 Winners, 2 Perfect, 400 Points   |   Tied for 2075th

Tracy Cortez v penne for the onlyfans belt 

* Edited at 04.17.2021, 1:49 PM ET *

Tieoken
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04.17.2021 | 1:47 PM ET

Predictions: 6 of 10 Winners, 4 Perfect, 415 Points   |   Tied for 1948th

Sure enough there is a rule about travel and breaking fast. You just have to make it up with a day of fasting outside of Ramadan. The more you know.

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BDiesel84
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04.17.2021 | 1:52 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 6 of 10 Winners, 3 Perfect, 390 Points   |   Tied for 2298th

Cortez vs. Kish
Tracy Cortez, DEC
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