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The Featherweight division plays host to a showdown between Chas Skelly and Mark Striegl. Having been out for nearly two and half years, Skelly will attempt to shake off the rust and win his second straight fight. Something that could be difficult for some, but Skelly being a veteran of eleven fights inside the octagon, should be ready to rock. Meanwhile, Striegl will look to put his unsuccessful UFC debut in the past and claim his first UFC victory. With eighteen professional victories and fourteen coming via submission, Striegl is one to be on high alert when tangling on the mat with.
As for a prediction, I have Skelly winning. Despite the layoff, which is a bit of a red flag, stylistically this fight is in his wheelhouse. Not known for his striking, Skelly is an excellent grappler with a knack for finding submissions. While his gas tank may not be solid, he seems to always push through exhaustion. Something that I’ve noticed hits Striegl sooner than Skelly. Which could be problematic, especially considering I expect this fight to heavily feature grappling. The one area where Striegl could of taken advantage in this fight is his striking, but it’s not something he thrives with. So with all that said, I predict that Skelly wins via late submission.