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We have a fun fight in the Featherweight division, as Damon “The Leech” Jackson takes on newcomer Daniel “The Determined” Argueta. A winner of two straight and four of the last five, Jackson looks to be a fighter who’s confidence is building. Making the most of his second stint in the UFC, with a few more wins, Jackson may be nearing cracking the Featherweight division’s top fifteen. Meanwhile, Argueta steps into this fight on just over a week’s notice. Putting his undefeated record on the line, the former TUF contestant will finally get an opportunity to grace the octagon. Having won the LFA Bantamweight title less than a month ago, we’ll see if Argueta can make a successful turnnaround.
As for a prediction, I have Jackson winning. While Argueta looks to be UFC ready, this opportunity comes on short notice and up a weight class. Also, against an opponent in Jackson, who is looking better than ever and is a grappling wizard. Argueta being a solid wrestler with excellent BJJ, certainly may have his moments. However, the weight advantage and grappling of Jackson is something that may be a tall task to overcome. Even on the feet, Argueta will be at a disadvantage. Not to say Jackson is a superb striker, but he has vastly improved. In this particular fight, he may even look better than ever given Argueta’s not the most well verse striker. In the end, I believe Jackson will get it done via submission.