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We have an intriguing fight in the Welterweight division, as Preston “Pressure” Parsons takes on newcomer Evan “The Phenom” Elder. Coming off an unsuccessful UFC debut seven months ago, Parsons returns to the octagon looking to capture his first UFC victory. Prior to the loss, Parsons had won four straight and seven of his last eight. Meanwhile, Elder steps into his UFC debut on short notice. Undefeated and with five stoppages in seven fights, Elder will look to keep his 0 under the brightest lights.
As for a prediction, I’m siding with Parsons. Despite Elder being undefeated, his strength of schedule isn’t exactly a tell-tale sign. It’s to be expected though, as Elder is still relatively green with only seven professional fights. However, from the little tape I’ve seen, Elder seems to have a grasp everywhere. He’s just not a specialist in any one area yet. On the other hand, Parsons is very talented on the mat. In fact, he has won all nine of his fights via submission, including one against fellow UFC fighter Ignacio Bahamondes. Parson also didn’t look out of his element against Daniel Rodriguez on the feet, landing several big shots before succumbing to “D-Rod”. With all that said, I predict Parsons will win via submission.