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We have a clash in the Women’s Flyweight division, as Mariya Agapova takes on Gillian Robertson. A loser of two of the last three fights, Agapova comes into this bout urgently needing a victory. Once considered a rising star, Agapova is in danger of falling completely off the map. Meanwhile, Robertson has fallen on tough times of late. Dropping three of the past four fights, the submission ace has seen the momentum from her 6-2 start inside the octagon all but diminish.
This fight comes down to if Agapova can avoid being taken down. Being a striker, with quick and powerful hands, Agapova can be a disruptive brute to face. However, lacking the necessary takedown defense and grappling, Agapova can be undone on the ground. In fact, including Dana White’s Contender Series, Agapova is 0-3 when taken down. Which bodes well for Robertson, who’s notched a take down in ten of her twelve UFC fights. Even better, of those ten fights she landed a takedown, the Canadian has gone on to win seven of them. While MMA math can be flawed, it’s hard to ignore that Robertson’s strength and game plan, are Agapova’s kryptonite. So with that said, I predict that Robertson will win via submission.