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The curtain jerker comes in the Bantamweight division, as Heili “The Mongolian Knight” Alateng takes on Kevin “Crash” Croom. Making his first appearance in 2022, Alateng will seek his first victory since 2019. Having fought to a draw in his most recent fight, Alateng has now gone 2-1-1 in his four UFC fights. Meanwhile, Croom will look to halt a two-fight losing streak and technically, win his first UFC fight. Having seen a victory over Roosevelt Roberts overturned due to Marijuana, Croom is winless and potentially on the cutting block should he drop three straight.
As for a prediction, I have Croom winning. While I expect this fight to be close, I believe that Croom offers the necessary activity in this particular fight. Alateng has often shown to be well rounded, yet hesitant to throw his hands. In fact, in four UFC fights, Alateng has landed a high of 47 significant strikes. One to wrestle too, Alateng has landed seven takedowns. However, given Croom’s grappling and submission abilities, It would be unlikely to see Alateng look to get this to the mat. On the feet, Croom may not be the best, but he offers aggression and activity. Something in which I favor and I believe the judges will in this fight. So with that said, I predict that Croom will win via decision.