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We have a clash in the Featherweight division, as Mike “The Lone Wolf” Trizano takes on promotional newcomer Lucas Almeida. Returning to the octagon for the for the second time in 2022, Trizano comes into this fight looking to rebound. Having traded wins and losses in the past four fights, Trizano will need to find some consistency should he want to progress in a stacked Featherweight division. Meanwhile, Almeida comes into UFC debut off a submission victory in November of 2021. Having fought on Dana White’s Contender Series previous to the victory, despite losing, Almeida clearly was on the UFC radar. With a 13-1 record, the Jungle Fight Lightweight Champion appears ready to fight under the bright lights.

As for a prediction, I have Trizano winning. An under the radar fight, this one could be exciting. Almeida is a pure striker, who is very active and likes to press forward. Having won all thirteen of his fights inside the distance, eight of which have come via strikes, Almeida can be a handful to deal with. However, there are a few problems in Almeida’s game. For one, his striking defense is not very good. In the Brazilian’s fight on DWCS, he absorbed 115 significant strikes. With a tendency to drop his hands, Almeida has made it easy on opponents looking to get off their offense. Another few problems Almeida has had trouble with, is grappling and takedown defense. While Trizano tends to lean on his striking, he has shown wrestling and grappling abilities. With Almeida being a more active striker than Trizano, I’m going to venture to guess, Trizano is going to mix in some takedowns. Not that I don’t think he can outduel Almeida, but it would be wise not to play with fire too long. With that said, I predict that Trizano will win via decision.

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