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02.10.2024 | 2:13 PM ET

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UFC 302
Bout   Info
Islam Makhachev   vs.   Dustin Poirier   Confirmed   5 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Sean Strickland   vs.   Paulo Costa   Confirmed   5 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Kevin Holland   vs.   Michał Oleksiejczuk   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Jailton Almeida   vs.   Alexandr Romanov   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Randy Brown   vs.   Elizeu Zaleski   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Roman Kopylov   vs.   César Almeida   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Grant Dawson   vs.   Joe Solecki   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Phil Rowe   vs.   Jake Matthews   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Niko Price   vs.   Alex Morono   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Mickey Gall   vs.   Bassil Hafez   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Joselyne Edwards   vs.   Ailin Perez   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
André Lima   vs.   Mitch Raposo   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page

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05.15.2024 | 10:39 AM ET

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Holland vs. Oleksiejczuk
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05.15.2024 | 1:49 PM ET

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Sean Strickland said costa is ducking the fight and hasn’t signed the contract yet 
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05.15.2024 | 2:23 PM ET

Ayy

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Costa better sign if he wants to remain in the UFC.

Dana knows this card is explosive diarrhea without the Strickland v. Costa fight 💩
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05.15.2024 | 2:27 PM ET

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from what ive heard costa might be injured but I haven't seen anything confirming it yet. 2 fights in a year seems like too much for costa lol. I hope they cut him at this point, all he is good for is selling wolf tickets 
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05.15.2024 | 4:51 PM ET

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I’ll honestly put a lot of the  blame on the UFC if Costa hasn’t sign the contract yet, Costa already did this stunt last year canceling the Whittaker fight, UFC should of learn their lesson and made Costa sign a contract by now. It not even like that hard to do. But I also think Costa isn’t a position to be a diva as being difficult while also being 1-3 in his last 4 is a very valid reason to be cut 

Hope Costa vs Strickland is still on, it the only fight on this card I would pay to watch, 

* Edited at 05.15.2024, 5:14 PM ET *

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05.15.2024 | 5:04 PM ET

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Costa asked for a fight in June multiple times on his Twitter after the Whittaker fight. If he pulls out of this one, it’s 100% on him 
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05.15.2024 | 5:22 PM ET

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I just don’t think it hard to get fighters to sign contracts, it’s a billion dollar company, The UFC shouldn’t be in this position in the first place. Especially with a co-main of a PPV.

* Edited at 05.15.2024, 5:24 PM ET *

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05.15.2024 | 7:16 PM ET

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How much do yall wanna bet this is going to turn into Strickland vs. Allen 2?
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05.15.2024 | 8:20 PM ET

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That would be funny Sean will win every round and Brendo will miraculously get another win for not dying.
Sean is such a weird guy him *****ing about getting robbed esp when true is very funny.

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05.15.2024 | 8:45 PM ET

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@foppa420 
that'd be cool, Allen’s stand up has improved so now I think the fight will be better
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05.15.2024 | 8:57 PM ET

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I was trying to tell people that thought Costa was gonna fight on 301 in Brazil that there was literally no way. This guy hasn't fought twice in a calendar year in forever. This fight happening was always a longshot and the fact Paulo hasn't signed the contract yet when the fight is 2 weeks out means it's all but certainly not happening.

Brenden Allen is really the only option and this card is already so bad so it can't lose Strickland. It might be just a 3 rounder since Allen just fought 5 rounds but they need Strickland on this card at all costs. 
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05.17.2024 | 4:54 PM ET

Pasta claims that he signed the contract.
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05.18.2024 | 12:09 AM ET

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Tumendemberel vs. Lima
André Lima, DEC
So, obviously the Minecraft Enchantment Table is the fun pick here. However, his only fight that is on UFC Fight Pass was a split decision against a guy who was 9-4, and is now 9-6. Lima looked good against Mike Tyson so I'll go with him.

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05.18.2024 | 7:59 AM ET

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Makhachev vs. Poirier
Islam Makhachev, SUB, R2
Vibe that DP hurts him in the first

Strickland vs. Costa
Sean Strickland, DEC
48-47

Almeida vs. Romanov
Jailton Almeida, DEC
Boring

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05.18.2024 | 10:09 PM ET

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Very excited to see Bassil back.. dude gave JDM a surprisingly stiff test! Also Kopylov vs Almedia is ten out of ten match making. 👌
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05.18.2024 | 10:11 PM ET

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Makhachev vs. Poirier
Dustin Poirier, SUB, R2
**** it #GillySeason. otherwise I have Islam Rd2 KO, he says he's preparing something special and I think he found a way to set up a nasty KO since Dustin's defense is the same every fight and there are holes many have already exploited. The wrestling threat will be so great that Dustin won't even think about the stand up threat imo

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05.18.2024 | 10:28 PM ET

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This is a pretty average PPV card. Not impressed 
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05.18.2024 | 11:31 PM ET

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Makhachev vs. Poirier
Islam Makhachev, SUB, R3
Such an oddly thrown together card. Not great for a ppv. Hard to say porier doesn't deserve a title shot because of his resume & he was able to step up when other options weren't since makachev just had to be on this card for some reason. I would literally cry from joy if porier wins and rides off into the sunset but sadly makachev is too well rounded and I think he finishes porier by dropping him with a headkick and getting a RNC & porier probably retires 😢. Confidence 7/10

Strickland vs. Costa
Sean Strickland, DEC
Costa coming off a loss yet the ufc gives him a higher ranked guy his next fight, hilarious. I wouldnt mind costas chances in a 3 round fight but I don't see him finishing strickland and I think Strickland can walk Costa down and outpoint him in a close fight. Confidence 6/10

Almeida vs. Romanov
Jailton Almeida, TKO, R2
Almeida was ragdolling blaydes then stayed on a single leg for too long while getting elbowed in the head. I think Almeida is the better grappler in a grapple heavy fight & also has better cardio &, isn't a fatty fatty confidence 6.5/10

Brown vs. Zaleski
Elizeu Zaleski, TKO, R2
I think zaleski is good enough to expose chinny randy brown. Confidence 4.5/10

Holland vs. Oleksiejczuk
Kevin Holland, SUB, R2
Michal is just a basic boxer. If Holland takes this fight serious he should win. Confidence 5.5/10

Gall vs. Hafez
Bassil Hafez, DEC
Hard to get a read on Hafez. He made it close against JDM yet also got the **** beat out of him. I liked his performance on short notice and I think Gall is a bum. Plus Hafez is on the sauce. Confidence 6/10

Dawson vs. Solecki
Grant Dawson, DEC
Both are chinny grapplers. Dawson is the better grappler. Confidence ,6/10

Rowe vs. Matthews
Jake Matthews, DEC
Matthews has been in the ufc for almost 10 years yet he hasnt really improved much. Rowe has good boxing & cardio and is the much bigger guy but I think Matthews is a bit more well rounded. Confidence 3.5/10

Kopylov vs. Almeida
Roman Kopylov, DEC
Should be a fun kickboxing fight. I think Almeida is the better grappler between the two but I don't see either grappling & I think kopylov is the better striker in a standup fight. Don't sleep on Almeida tho. Confidence 5/10

Price vs. Morono
Alex Morono, SUB, R2
Both are ****/washed/bums morono is a little less of a **** washed bum. Confidence 5/10

Tumendemberel vs. Lima
André Lima, DEC
Lima the more well rounded guy who's fought and beaten better competition. Also the dude with the long ass name is stepping up on short notice. Confidence 5.5/10

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05.19.2024 | 12:47 AM ET

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Makhachev vs. Poirier
Islam Makhachev, TKO, R4
#1 pfp proves himself against an actual LW. I think Islam is underrated asf on the feet and will eventually wear down Poirier enough to secure takedowns and eventually ground and pound him out

Strickland vs. Costa
Sean Strickland, DEC
I really like Paulo but I can't see a path to victory here. He lacks the crazy power or wrestling needed to finish Sean and he's not going to win a purely volume battle with him.

Almeida vs. Romanov
Jailton Almeida, SUB, R2
Easy money. Jailton may be a ****e lay-and-prayer against true top 10 guys but Romanov is not it. He survives the round 1 storm and then finds an RNC against a gassed Romanov

Brown vs. Zaleski
Elizeu Zaleski, TKO, R2
Capoeira's recent wins are much more impressive, and he looks to be aging great. Brown has a pretty suspect chin and if Zaleski is able to make this a clean fight he can eventually find the killshot

Gall vs. Hafez
Bassil Hafez, DEC
Habibi by wrestle****. 30-27, looking forward to seeing how he does after that JDM performance

Rowe vs. Matthews
Phil Rowe, DEC
Boring 29-28 in the clinch

Kopylov vs. Almeida
César Almeida, TKO, R3
Kopylovsexuals are tripping ngl. This guy has fought absolutely terrible competition, never shoots takedowns, and he's fighting a world-class kickboxer. Almeida either by volume or finding a ground and pound finish.

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05.19.2024 | 8:24 AM ET

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Brown vs. Zaleski
Elizeu Zaleski, TKO
Randy Brown has a suspect chin. Capoeira will land.

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