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Following her unanimous victory against Yana Santos, Holm is arguably in the best form she has seen in years. As Amanda Nunes steps away from her longtime reign, the 135-pound division is left with a vacant throne. Given her legacy and ranking, Holm could be the next contender if she pulls off a win this Saturday.
However, Holm’s path is blocked by the rising star, Bueno Silva. Currently undefeated at bantamweight and riding a three-win streak since moving up to 135 pounds in 2022, Bueno Silva could skyrocket in the UFC rankings with a victory over Holm.
In the co-main event, the MMA’s rising star, Jack Della Maddalena, faces a sudden challenger, Bassil Hafez. This bout came to be after “JDM” had two abrupt cancellations at UFC 290. If Hafez manages an upset, it could change his life overnight.
The event will also feature intense lightweight matches — Ottman Azaitar vs. Francisco Prado and Terrance McKinney vs. Nazim Sadykhov. Also, there’s the potential final women’s featherweight battle in UFC history as Norma Dumont takes on Chelsea Chandler.
Holly Holm vs. Mayra Bueno Silva:
Holm, a UFC mainstay for nearly a decade, remains a formidable opponent in women’s MMA. Her striking skills and lethal head kicks are worth watching, while her developed grappling skills prove that age is just a number. On the other hand, Bueno Silva has been remarkable since her return to bantamweight, using her aggressive game plan to exploit her opponent’s weaknesses. She could be a tough nut to crack for Holm.
Pick: Holly Holm
Jack Della Maddalena vs. Bassil Hafez:
Pick: Jack Della Maddalena
Ottman Azaitar vs. Francisco Prado:
Prado, at just 21 years old, shows promise. Azaitar will have to bounce back from his first career loss, but whether he can pull it off against a well-rounded fighter like Prado remains questionable.
Pick: Francisco Prado
Albert Duraev vs. Jun Yong Park:
Despite my previous doubts, Park, “The Iron Turtle,” keeps proving his worth. The question in this match is who can assert more pressure. Here, I’m siding with Park.
Pick: Jun Yong Park
Norma Dumont vs. Chelsea Chandler:
Dumont has impressed in the octagon, with her fast hands and stance switches being the key against Chandler. Chandler’s aggressive fighting style might not be enough against Dumont’s technical superiority.
Pick: Norma Dumont
Terrance McKinney vs. Nazim Sadykhov:
Both McKinney and Sadykhov are finishers. However, McKinney’s raw aggression could be a game-changer if Sadykhov can’t withstand it.
Pick: Terrance McKinney
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC Vegas 77 predictions
Who are the main contenders for the upcoming UFC Vegas 77?
The UFC Vegas 77 will be headlined by a women’s bantamweight fight between Holly Holm and Mayra Bueno Silva. The co-main event features rising star Jack Della Maddalena against short-notice opponent Bassil Hafez.
What is the expected outcome of the Holly Holm vs. Mayra Bueno Silva match?
Given her form, ranking, and legacy, Holly Holm is expected to win over Mayra Bueno Silva.
What is predicted for the Jack Della Maddalena vs. Bassil Hafez fight?
Jack Della Maddalena, being one of the most promising prospects in the entire sport, is predicted to score another first-round finish over Bassil Hafez.
Who is predicted to win the fight between Ottman Azaitar and Francisco Prado?
Francisco Prado is predicted to win the match against Ottman Azaitar due to his well-rounded game and Azaitar’s recent loss.
What is the prediction for the fight between Norma Dumont and Chelsea Chandler?
Norma Dumont is predicted to win over Chelsea Chandler owing to her technical superiority.
Who is expected to win the fight between Terrance McKinney and Nazim Sadykhov?
Terrance McKinney is predicted to win over Nazim Sadykhov due to his aggressive fight style.