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We have an intriguing fight in the Women’s Flyweight division, as Gina “Danger” Mazany takes on Shanna “The Shanimal” Young. Coming off a tough loss to Priscila Cachoeira, Mazany will look to rebound here. Currently on her second UFC stint and with a 3-5 record with the promotion, it’s pertinent for Mazany to win. Otherwise, she may once again find herself fighting on the regional scene. Meanwhile, Young is hoping that the third time’s the charm. Having yet to taste UFC victory, dropping two straight, Young comes into this fight desperately needing a victory.
As for a prediction, I have Mazany winning. While Mazany’s durability and striking are problematic, her wrestling abilities are solid. Having landed eleven takedowns in the past two fights, it’s evident that Mazany’s game plan is to wrestle early and often. Against a striker in Young, I see that approach being effective. With a 58% takedown defense, Young has been susceptible to being taken down. In fact, in Young’s two UFC fights, she has been taken down five times and controlled for 11:01 of the 22:22 minutes she’s been in the cage for. Something which Mazany definitely will add onto. So with that said, I predict that Mazany wins via decision.