After an thrilling weekend in Texas, UFC returns to Las Vegas for UFC on ESPN 40 on Saturday evening. Former UFC Gentle Heavyweight title challenger Thiago Santos will sq. off with Jamahal Hill in the primary occasion. The co-headliner options Vincente Luque and Geoff Neal in a welterweight bout. This card additionally has the finals of the Final Fighter 30 heavyweight and ladies’s flyweight tournaments. Zac Pauga and Mohammed Usman meet for that heavyweight trophy, whereas Brogan Walker-Sanchez and Juliana Miller meet for the ladies’s flyweight honors. We now have the whole struggle card in addition to UFC betting previews for the primary occasion and the 2 match finals.
UFC on ESPN 40: Santos vs Hill Preview
Foremost Card (ESPN / ESPN+)
- Thiago Santos vs Jamahal Hill (Gentle Heavyweight)
- Vicente Luque vs Geoff Neal (Welterweight)
- Zac Pauga vs Mohammed Usman (The Final Fighter 30 Heavyweight Finals)
- Brogan Walker-Sanchez vs Juliana Miller (The Final Fighter 30 Girls’s Flyweight Finals)
- Augusto Sakai vs Sergey Spivak (Heavyweight)
- Ariane Lipski vs Priscila Cachoeira (Girls’s Flyweight)
Preliminary Card (ESPN / ESPN+)
- Sam Alvey vs Michal Oleksiejczuk (Middleweight)
- Terrance McKinney vs Erick Gonzalez (Light-weight)
- Takashi Sato vs Bryan Battle (Welterweight)
- Jason Witt vs Josh Quinlan (Welterweight)
- Miranda Granger vs Cory McKenna (Girls’s Strawweight)
- Mayra Bueno Silva vs Stephanie Egger (Girls’s Bantamweight)
Thiago Santos (22-10, 14-9 UFC, +220) vs Jamahal Hill (10-1, 4-1 UFC, -260) is Santos’ newest probability to shed his picture of being a little bit of a mirage, as those that will take in his harm have discovered that they’ll get by his defenses and end him. He has additionally delivered some thunderous knockouts, so getting by the harm might be the toughest half. Eric Spicely was the primary to cost by the placing and ship a first-round submission in a mammoth upset, and Gegard Mousasi and David Department used related ways to get related outcomes. After these setbacks, Santos, who entered UFC at middleweight, moved as much as gentle heavyweight and had extra success, changing into the highest contender in lower than a 12 months. He beat Jimi Manuwa in a battle and knocked out Jan Blachowicz. He was main Jon Jones, the champion on the time, after two rounds till he blew out a knee. He completed the struggle, however he couldn’t preserve Jones from taking the lead in factors. Santos missed over a 12 months recovering from his harm, and now that he’s virtually 40, he appears to be like like he might be accomplished, at the least so far as contending does. He virtually completed his opponent in his comeback struggle however ended up getting tapped out. HIs final three fights have been snoozers, as his opponents have all hung again and tried to have interaction him from vary, and Santos has additionally proven some hesitancy with regards to bringing the harm.
Hill has stunned observers along with his swift stand up the sunshine heavyweight ladder. He has size, however at first, he lacked the method to win. Nevertheless, he discovered rapidly, beating Klidson Abreu and Ovince St. Preux briefly order. He misplaced to Paul Craig in an unsightly submission, however he demolished Jimmy Crute with a knockout and adopted that up with an much more electrical knockout of Jimmy Walker in February. Santos might benefit from the truth that Hill leaves his defenses open for a counter, and Santos might ship that counter. Nevertheless, Hill ought to take the opening momentum and end this struggle rapidly.
Last Prediction: Hill wins by way of knockout
Zac Pauga (5-0, 0-0 UFC, -230) vs Mohammed Usman (7-2, 0-0 UFC, +195) brings us the brother of that “different Usman” – the UFC Welterweight champ. Usman hasn’t had a clean path up to now; in each fights the place he has elevated his competitors, he has misplaced, falling to Don’Story Mayes and Brandon Sayles. These two heavyweights are uncommon in that they’re even bigger than Usman, who remains to be studying to get snug within the Octagon, particularly when the struggle is upright. Usman had a tricky time with Sayles’ attain, however the instruments are in his repertoire to develop, as he has proven he can wrestle, though ending remains to be a little bit of a query mark. Pauga was a onetime NFL hopeful and, on the age of 34, appears to be like to return into the Octagon. A profession gentle heavyweight, he has come up right here however nonetheless could also be undersized. Pauga appears to be like extra snug preventing, and he delivers extra harm with every strike.
Last Prediction: Pauga wins by way of choice
Brogan Walker-Sanchez (7-2, 0-0 UFC, +105) vs Juliana Miller (2-1, 0-0 UFC, -125) is a distinction in types. Miller has the grappling abilities and the aggressiveness to begin a profession, however her power nonetheless wants to extend, which signifies that her wrestling can finish poorly. When she makes use of her placing, she desires to deliver that massive bomb to get her opponent to the ground for the grappling, so a savvy opponent who can climate that storm can benefit from the grappling inadequacies. Walker-Sanchez has extra expertise, having turned professional in 2014 and having fought for Invicta FC since 2018, and with such opponents as Miranda Maverick Pearl Gonzalez and Erin Blanchfield (all with UFC expertise) in her previous. Walker-Sanchez strikes with motion and may wrestle nicely. If Miller can get some takedowns, she might deliver a submission, however Walker-Sanchez has been in a position to maintain off wrestlers previously.
Last Prediction: Walker-Sanchez wins by way of choice
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