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We have an exciting scrap in the Featherweight division, as Gabriel Benitez clashes with David Onama. Having lost three of his last four fights, Benitez will seek to find some consistency. A veteran of eleven fights in the UFC, Benitez carries vast experience in perhaps his most important fight of his career. Meanwhile, Onama returns to the octagon after an excellent debut that saw him come up just short. Having fought that debut on short notice, up a weight class and against the talented Mason Jones, there is an excitement of how Onama will look at his proper weight class and with a full training camp.
As for a prediction, I have Onama winning. Not only did I predict him to win in his UFC debut, but when watching tape prior to that fight, I saw a UFC ready fighter. Onama didn’t fail me either, as he showed off his excellent striking and heart in what was a back-and-forth fight. While many might think that just because he was taken down eight times against Jones, that his takedown defense or grappling may not be up to snuff. I however disagree. Jones had a weight and strength advantage, fighting at his more natural weight. Onama held his own for the most part, but couldn’t overcome it. In my honest opinion, Onama has good grappling to go along with his striking. So even if Benitez saw that fight as a blueprint, which I doubt given he’s a striker, than he’s going to be surprised. In the end, I’m super high on Onama. I believe he’s going to make short work of Benitez. A fighter whom is struggling and has been stopped in two of his last three losses. Make it three, as I predict Onama wins via knockout.