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We have a scrap in the Lightweight division, as Jai “The Black Country Banger” Herbert takes on Ilia “El Matador” Topuria. The third time was the charm for Herbert, as he halted a two-fight skid with an impressive knockout victory over Khama Worthy. Perhaps staving off a pink-slip from the UFC, Herbert is presented with a big opportunity against a top opponent. Meanwhile, Topuria has been simply amazing since stepping foot in the octagon. A perfect 11-0, with three wins in the UFC, Topuria has asserted his dominance on the Featherweight division. However, due to weight cut issues, Topuria is moving up to Lightweight.
As for a prediction, I have Topuria winning. Despite moving up in weight, this is a very favorable first fight in a new division. Not because Herbert isn’t worthy or good, but because the Brit lacks the necessary wrestling and grappling to fend off Topuria. Who thus far, has looked flawless in the wrestling and grappling department. Even on the feet, which isn’t Topuria’s strong suit, he not only does a good job at avoiding being hit, but slipping shots and landing with accuracy. While I can see Topuria entertaining striking, it won’t be for long. The way Moicano handled Herbert, is exactly how I see this fight playing out. So with that said, I predict that Topuria wins via submission.