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We have a Women’s Flyweight bout to kick off the main card, as Ariane Lipski takes on Priscila Cachoeira. Halting a two-fight skid in her most recent outing, Lipski returns to the octagon seeking a winning streak. Having not yet competed in eleven months due to an injury, this will be Lipski’s first fight in 2022. Meanwhile, Cachoeira is coming off a wild victory. One in which she managed to absorb 170 significant strikes and still get the decision nod. The victory was the Brazilian’s third in the last four fights.

Whenever Cachoeira fights, expect chaos. Primarily a striker, Cachoeira features a blend of power and volume. With zombie-like durability and excellent cardio, Cachoeira looks to outlast her opponents and eventually take them out. Something in which the Brazilian has done, as six of her last eight wins have come via knockout. Looking to not add on to that statistic is Lipski. A former KSW Flyweight champion and dubbed the “Queen of Violence”, Lipski hasn’t had quite the UFC tenure many were expecting. A striker, with Muay Thai background, Lipski is most dangerous on the feet. Often looking to pressure opponents, Lipski does a good job of mixing up her attack and doing damage in the clinch. Offering sneaky power, Lipski has won six of her fourteen victories via knockout. However, it’s not all good with Lipski. Not the most accurate on the feet, nor great at keeping the fight upright, Lipski can be exploited.

Looking at the odds, I didn’t expect Lipski to be the favorite. Obviously Cachoeira is a wild card, but she always brings it. Boasting a higher significant strike total per minute, accuracy and with knockout receipts in the UFC, Cachoeira is the more dangerous of the two on the feet. The only aspect going against Cachoeira, is her striking defense, which is abysmal to say the least. However, in a fight that should mainly take place on the feet, Cachoeira brings forth volume and violence that can sway the judges. Also, Cachoeira has landed 69 or more strikes in three fights in the UFC. Lipski has only hit that number once, which came in her recent victory over Mandy Bohm. So with that said, I predict that Cachoeira will score a late TKO victory.

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