Get in the Cage: UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo Picks and Analysis
Welcome to the second edition of Get in the Cage for this week, check that, this Saturday alone. With that being the case, I did not have time to do a full breakdown of this card, but I will break it down for both tournament plays and cash game plays. In the main event, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, one of MMA’s legends, will get a rematch with Ryan Bader from back in 2010. Bader was the victor that night where he was able to control the majority of the fight from the ground. Nogueira will seek vengeance this weekend in his homeland of Brazil. It’s that time once again. Let’s Get in the Cage! Good luck to everyone.
#11 Thomas Almeida – $9,700
Thomas Almeida was on an absolute tear through the UFC’s bantamweight division until he hit the wall that is Cody Garbrandt. Garbrandt has the hands to finish anyone in the division and he did so with Almeida. Otherwise, Almeida looks like a future title contender with four consecutive performance/fight of the night honors prior to his last bout. He has three KO/TKO victories to his name since entering the company. His opponent may be in for a rude awakening this weekend.
Warlley Alves – $7,400
Warlley Alves is a tournament play for this weekend as he faces Kamaru Usman, who I have as a cash game play. Usman is favored to win, though Alves is an elite prospect and is expected to do great things in the future. Alves has two early submissions in his UFC career and could be a threat to wrap something up on the ground this weekend. He is a solid tournament play if he is able to pull out the victory against Usman, who will get this to the ground early and often.
#11 Justin Scoggins – 8,400
Justin Scoggins is an elite up and coming fighter in the bantamweight division. He has been able to score some solid DK points in previous match-ups. Scoggins is most well-known for his striking and he is highly efficient in that respect. He has been able to land multiple take downs in five of six UFC fights to date. He too, is a skilled grappler and has shown that a great deal in the past. His opponent is merely 57 percent with his take down defense coming into this fight, so Scoggins may be able to put up big points once again this weekend. He is a -190 favorite to win at the moment.