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This is a fun fight between two contrasting fighters. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos is a dynamic striker, who isn’t afraid to brawl. Often pressuring opponents, dos Santos will often throw power shot combinations with the intent of finishing his opponent. More often than not, dos Santos has succeeded, as he’s won fourteen of his twenty two wins via knockout. Then there is Benoit Saint-Denis, a grappling specialist with excellent submission abilities. While his striking has been lacking, it’s been good enough to set up the grappling. 

As for a prediction, I have dos Santos winning. In twenty-nine fights, the Brazilian has only been submitted two times, with the last time coming sixteen fights ago. Having evolved, dos Santos has done a great job at not being kept down despite having questionable takedown defense. In my opinion, if Saint-Denis can’t find a way to finish dos Santos quickly, there is going to be too much time spent on the feet not to believe the Frenchman doesn’t get put down. So with that said, I predict that dos Santos takes Saint-Denis’ O, winning this fight via TKO.

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