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In a stacked Bantamweight division, it’s important to build winning streaks and stand out. A single loss, significantly sets you back. Douglas Silva de Andrade has yet to find his footing in the UFC, but his most recent fight, was a step in the right direction. Needing only 124 seconds, de Andrade landed a left hook that put down his opponent Gaetano Pirrello. The victory was the Brazilian’s twenty-sixth as a professional and first since 2019. Meanwhile, Sergey Morozov comes into this fight off his first UFC victory. While his debut went sour, the second time around, Morozov was able to implement his game on Khalid Taha. Relentless with his takedowns, Morozov was able to land six and nearly nine minutes of cage control.

As for a prediction, I have de Andrade winning by the slightest of margins. I expect Morozov to consistently shoot for takedowns throughout the fight, but de Andrade has shown to have good takedown defense. Only Petr Yan and Zubaira Tukhugov were able to take down the Brazilian three times. Other than that, he has been taken down a combined five times in his other seven fights. Physically strong and packing a punch, I believe de Andrade will shut down the majority of Morozov’s takedowns and land the more impactful blows on the feet. Ultimately winning the fight via decision.

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