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We have a showdown in the Flyweight division, as Jeff “El Jefe” Molina takes on Zhalgas “Zhako” Zhamagulov. A winner of nine straight, two of which have come inside the octagon, Molina heads into this bout with excellent momentum. Having been involved in a “Fight of the Night” in his debut, then a dominant stoppage victory, Molina has been both entertaining and impressive. Meanwhile, Zhamagulov comes into this fight seeking consistency. Dropping three of his four fights inside the octagon, Zhamagulov urgently needs a victory to stave off a potential pink slip.
As for a prediction, I have Molina winning. While I was very high on Zhamagulov when he entered the UFC, he hasn’t quite lived up to the expectations. Facing stiff competition throughout, it doesn’t get easier for the Kazak against Molina. A talented fighter, who has showcased his endless cardio and relentless activity. Landing 11.36 significant strikes in two fights, Molina hasn’t had many issues out landing his opponents. Something in which I believe he will do here, as Zhamagulov isn’t nearly as active nor has the wrestling to keep Molina grounded. So with that said, I predict that Molina will swarm Zhamagulov, eventually finishing the Kazakh via TKO.