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We have an intriguing fight in the Women’s Flyweight division, as JJ Aldrich takes on Gillian “The Savage” Robertson. Coming into this fight with two-straight wins, Aldrich is closing in on cracking the division’s top fifteen. Having fought at Strawweight and Flyweight, Aldrich quietly has accumulated six victories inside the octagon. Meanwhile, Robertson most recently halted a two-fight skid against Priscila Cachoeira. A fight in which Robertson ended via submission. Her seventh in ten victories.

As for a prediction, I have Robertson winning. While I totally anticipate this fight to be close, perhaps decided by split decision, I believe that Robertson’s scrappiness and grappling is going to get her the victory. Obviously, Aldrich holds an advantage on the feet. She is the more technical, high output striker, who has made a living off beating foes on the feet. However, Robertson is scrappy. She likes to pressure and throw awkward strikes in an attempt to get opponents closer to the cage. An area where Robertson will shoot in for a takedown. Relentless in pursuit, Robertson has completed nine takedowns over her last five fights. In that span as well, Roberts has controlled fighters for roughly 28 minutes. Given Aldrich has a 68% takedown defense and hasn’t faced anyone who was takedown oriented, I see Robertson having some moments of success. Enough such that she sways the judges, winning via decision.

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