UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders will air on February 3, 2018, in Belem, Brazil.
#14 LYOTO “THE DRAGON” MACHIDA (22-8-0) vs ERYK “YA BOI” ANDERS (10-0-0)
This is a five-round main event in the middleweight division. Machida brings Muay Thai, karate, Sumo, and jiu-jitsu giving him knockout power and grappling control. He is also a former light heavyweight champion. Anders brings boxing, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling giving him knockout power and grappling control leading him to remain undefeated. With Machida’s Muay Thai and karate, he looks to break Anders in his fight to climb the rankings ladder. However, Anders has proven his boxing is no joke and will be using it to crush down on Machida. Also, Machida has shown great signs of becoming weaker in his past few fights. Unless the Machida from before shows up, Anders looks to show just how great his boxing is. My prediction: Anders wins via TKO in Round 2.
#8 JOHN “THE MAGICIAN” DODSON (20-9-0) vs #10 PEDRO “THE YOUNG PUNISHER” MUNHOZ (15-2-0, 1 NC)
This is a three-round co-main event in the bantamweight division. Dodson brings boxing, kickboxing, Gaidojutsu, and wrestling giving him knockout power with grappling control and cardio. Munhoz brings boxing and jiu-jitsu giving him knockout power and grappling control. Dodson looks to take this fight from his boxing and wrestling, but Munhoz can box as well. He even has jiu-jitsu, which is more well-rounded than Dodson’s wrestling. Dodson’s speed and defense have even shown a decline in performance where Munhoz continues to get better. Though Dodson could still surprise us, it’s most likely his prime days are behind him. My prediction: Munhoz wins via submission in Round 3.
#1 (WBM) VALENTINA “THE BULLET” SHEVCHENKO (14-3-0) vs PRISCILA “PEDRITA” CACHOEIRA (8-0-0)
This is a three-round fight in the women’s flyweight division. Shevchenko brings boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, judo, and taekwondo giving her efficient knockout power with grappling and well-paced cardio. Cachoeira brings striking and jiu-jitsu giving her knockout power with grappling leading her to a perfect record. Shevchenko’s Muay Thai and kickboxing have been her greatest weapons and she will be using them against Cachoeira. Cachoeira has jiu-jitsu to use, but Shevchenko has learned grappling to become more well-rounded. Not to mention Shevchenko has much more experience under her belt where Cachoeira has not faced any real threats before. My prediction: Shevchenko wins via knockout in Round 1.
MICHEL “TRACTOR” PRAZERES (22-2-0) vs DESMOND “THE PREDATOR” GREEN (20-5-0)
This is a three-round fight in the lightweight division. Prazeres brings striking and jiu-jitsu giving him striking power with grappling control and cardio. Green brings striking and wrestling giving him knockout power with grappling control and cardio. Both have striking, but this is going to be jiu-jitsu versus wrestling. With that in mind, the outcome will be based on who can pace themselves better. In that case, Prazeres will be the one to accomplish that. Green has good wrestling, but not great and that is why he will not be able to slip by Prazeres. My prediction: Prazeres wins via split decision.
#15 TIMOTHY JOHNSON (11-4-0) vs MARCELO GOLM (6-0-0)
This is a three-round fight in the heavyweight division. Johnson brings boxing and wrestling giving him knockout power and grappling control. Golm brings boxing, Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling giving him knockout power and grappling control. Yes, heavy hitters going at it and the one who hits hardest is Golm. Johnson has boxing experience, but Golm has both boxing and Muay Thai. In that case, Golm will pressure Johnson until he no longer can defend himself. It will be then when Golm finds the finishing blow and places himself in the rankings. My prediction: Golm wins via knockout in Round 1.
THIAGO “DE LIMA MARRETA” SANTOS (16-5-0) vs ANTHONY “LIONHEART” SMITH (28-12-0)
This is a three-round fight in the middleweight division. Santos brings Muay Thai, capoeira and jiu-jitsu giving him knockout power and grappling control. Smith brings striking and jiu-jitsu giving him knockout power and grappling control. Both have striking power, but Smith’s striking cannot match the Muay Thai of Santos. Smith has striking of his own, but no real actual striking skill. Yes, he has more victories, but Santos is much better paced and aggressive. Even his jiu-jitsu is not up to the level of Santos. Unless he finds a power jab or uses ground-and-pound this fight really is going to end badly. My prediction: Santos wins via TKO in Round 3.