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We have an intriguing fight in the Women’s Strawweight division, as Lupita “Loopy” Godinez takes on Ariane “Sorriso” Carnelossi. Coming off a victory over Loma Lookboonmee, Godinez will look to snap a trend that has saw her trade wins and losses for the past five fights. Not one to stay on the shelf, Godinez took a much needed five month break following a stretch that saw her fight three times in a six-week span. Meanwhile, Carnelossi comes into this fight a winner of two straight. Having put an unsuccessful UFC debut in the past, Carnelossi has used back-to-back stoppage victories to elevate herself in a good position. With a victory another victory, Carnelossi could be staring at a number next to her name.

As for a prediction, I have Godinez winning. While Carnelossi has proven herself inside the octagon, this is stylistically a tough fight for her. Known to be a pressure striker, with good cardio and volume, Carnelossi looks to break opponents down over the course of the fight. With good offensive wrestling and solid grappling abilities, Carnelossi has several options to gain the upper hand. However, Carnelossi has shown that her takedown defense and striking abilities against technical strikers may be her downfall. Godinez being technical on the feet and notably excelling in taking foes down (4.57 takedowns per minute), would appear to be a problematic foe for Carnelossi. So with that said, I predict that Godinez wins via decision.

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