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We have a pivotal fight in the Lightweight division, as Thiago Moises takes on Christos “The Spartan” Giagos. Having never lost back-to-back fights in his career, Moises comes into this fight in unknown territory. Formerly ranked in the top fifteen, Moises has shown that he has the talent to be a contender, he just needs to prove it. Meanwhile, Giagos saw his best stretch in the UFC come to an end, as Arman Tsarukyan defeated him. Looking to rebound quickly, Giagos is presented with a nice opportunity at knocking off a name in the division.
This should be a relatively interesting fight, as in order for Giagos to win, he must be willing to grapple with Moises. Something that only Beniel Dariush and Islam Makhachev have successfully done. Considering they are two of the top six ranked fighters in the division, I’d give Moises a pass. Giagos though is a wrestler, who’s game plan revolves around takedowns and control time. The only problem aside from his serviceable striking, is his suspect gas tank. If you ever back Giagos, you know in advance, should the fight get to a third round, he will be tired and in survival mode. Not exactly a recipe for success, but with the right matchup, it can be. This fight though isn’t that right matchup. Along with grappling and submission skills, Moises is an effective striker. If he can manage to stay upright or use submissions threats to get the fight back to the feet, he should easily take this fight. At worst, Moises will have the third round to rally. So with that said, I predict that Moises will win via decision.