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The curtain jerker comes in the Welterweight division, as newcomer Dean “The Sniper” Barry takes on Mike “The Truth” Jackson. Coming into this fight on a three-fight win streak, Barry is set to show off his striking under the bright lights. Being relatively inexperienced, Barry will need to learn fast if he wants to survive in the UFC. Meanwhile, Jackson returns the octagon for the first time in nearly four years. Having seen a victory over CM Punk overturned, Jackson will seek his first professional victory.

Never did I believe in 2022, we’d see a fight in the UFC between a 4-1 debuting fighter who’s coming off a victory over a 6-30 fighter against a journalist/fighter who fought CM Punk and Mickey Gall and has no professional MMA victories. But here we are. While I’d like to think Jackson has a chance, it’s hard to believe a win over CM Punk and as an amateur ten years ago is something that bodes confidence. And while Barry is coming off a win over someone with a 6-30 record, he has three other victories, including one over someone who was 7-1. With a striking background, Barry should realistically have little issues in this fight. So with that said, I predict that Barry wins via TKO.

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