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The curtain jerker comes in the Women’s Featherweight division, as newcomer Ailin Perez takes on Stephanie Egger. Turning professional in November of 2018, Perez has rattled off seven wins in eight fights. Currently on a two-fight win streak, Perez has impressively earned a shot in the UFC in less than four years in the sport. Meanwhile, Egger returns to the octagon in less than a month since a controversial tap saw her stopped in the opening round against Mayra Bueno Silva. Looking to rebound in short order, Egger will attempt to win her third fight in the past four.

After watching the majority of Perez’s fights, it’s clear that she has talent. Often trying to find her way inside, Perez will seek out the body lock. From there, she is a master at getting the fight to the ground. With good grappling, Perez does a good job at advancing and setting up her submissions or vicious ground-and-pound. The concern though I have for Perez and it’s part of why I’m not picking her, she has yet to face anyone worthwhile. Also, Egger is a Judo gold medalist in the 2010 U23 European Championships. If Perez looks to get inside, Egger will send her for a ride. With solid grappling and good submission abilities, Egger has proven that even her guard is a dangerous position to be in. Although, I see her controlling the majority of the fight in top control, Perez could reverse some positions. In the end though, this is a step-up in competition for Perez that I don’t see her getting by. So with that said, I predict that Egger wins via submission.

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