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We have an early contender for ‘Fight of the Night;, as newcomer Yohan “White Lion” Lainesse takes on Gabe “Gifted” Green. Undefeated and coming off an excellent knockout victory on Dana White’s Contender Series, Lainesse will look to prove that he isn’t a flash in the pan. Known for power, Lainesse has stopped six of his eight fights via knockout. Meanwhile, Green returns to the octagon for the first time in a little over a year. Looking to build off his first UFC victory over Phil Rowe, Green will have to shake off any rust early in what is likely to be an all out brawl.
As for a prediction, I have Green winning. While Lainesse has immense power and his offensive wrestling abilities look good, his striking in general is very awkward. Not saying that is a bad thing, however being aggressive with looping strikes is eventually going to expose you to a clean shot. Obviously, it hasn’t happened yet, but I believe Green can be that first. Also defensively not sound, Green make’s up for with a cast iron chin, solid striking, good cardio and a dangerous ground game. On the feet, Green is volume based. Landing combinations with the entire arsenal, Green looks to pressure and engulf opponents over time. While it’s feasible to worry about the two knockout defeats on the resume, Green has yet to be dropped despite absorbing 7.23 significant strikes per minute in his two UFC fights. So with that said, in a wild one, I predict that Green wins via TKO.