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This is an excellent fight and good test for both, as they climb up the Bantamweight ranks. Song Yadong, who is only twenty three years old, has done a magnificent job. With six wins inside the octagon, three of which come via finish, Yadong isn’t your average prospect. Having started fighting at sixteen years old, Yadong has already accumulated twenty three fights. Yadong is primarily a striker, who has power and does a good job of throwing volume. In eight UFC fights, only once has Yadong been outstruck. Then there is Julio Arce, who boasts excellent takedown defense and striking. Having defeated Dan Ige, who is currently 9th in the rankings, Arce is more than capable of making some noise in the Bantamweight division.
As for a prediction, I have Yadong. While I expect this fight to be close, I believe Yadong is the better striker of the two. However, if Arce can get off a heavy leg attack, which he is capable of doing, things could get dicey. Ultimately I believe the volume and slightly better precision of Yadong is going to eke him out at least two rounds over Arce. So with that said, I predict that Yadong wins via decision.