Legends Never Die!
We have solid fights Saturday night with the legend Alistair Overeem against the prospect Augusto Sakai in the main event. There's also a few other fights you won't want to miss!
(I miss steroided Up Ubereem)
Heavyweight Matchup: Alistair Overeem (46-18-0, 1NC) vs. Augusto Sakai (15-1-1)
The 'Reem' is back in action Saturday night after his recent victory over Walt Harris in May 2020. He has stated that this will be his last title run. At 40 years old, Overeem is a legend of the sport and it feels like he will be fighting forever. He will have a 3in reach advantage in this fight against Sakai and he will use that reach to implement his game plan of picking him apart on the outside. Overeem is 3-1 in his last 4 fights, but that loss came to top contender Jairzinho Rozenstruik. But, let's be real, Overeem was winning that fight before he was knocked out with 4 seconds left. The major downside to Overeem's game is his chin. He has been knocked out a whopping 15 times in his career. For that reason, Sakai has an excellent opportunity to knockout Overeem and climb the Heavyweight rankings. Sakai is 5-0 in the UFC, but has faced lackluster competition. However, at 29 years old, he already has 11 knockouts in his career. This makes him a real threat to Overeem due to his inability to take a hard punch. Also, it should be noted that this will be Sakai's first 5 round fight of his career, so we will see how his gas tank will hold up. Unless Sakai can score the KO/TKO (which is very possible), I can see the vet Overeem making this a boring striking match and outpointing Sakai to a decision victory.
Bulldogs Prediction: Overeem (-170)
Bulldogs Risky Bet: Overeem by Decision (+375)
Light Heavyweight Matchup (205): Ovince Saint Preux (24-14-0) vs. Alonzo Menifield (9-1-0)
In the co-main event we have another 'vet vs. prospect' fight that is important for the Light Heavyweight division. At 32 years old, Menifield is relatively young in his MMA career. But, he has proven to be a knockout artist thus far with 89% of his victories coming by KO/TKO. I'm not surprised that he's a knockout artist because he is built like a brick shithouse. However, Menifield is coming off the first loss of his career against Devin Clark where he was grinded to a decision loss. The major question for him coming into this fight is his cardio, and we will see how much improvement he's made since his first ever loss. Saint Preux (OSP) on the other hand has seen it all in the UFC. He has a balanced game of scoring KO/TKO's, submissions, and decision victories. However, at 37 years old, OSP is trending down as he is 1-3 in his last 4 fights. However, he will have a massive advantage on the ground if the fight reaches the mat, but Menifield is a very good wrestler. OSP has much more experience than Menifield since he has fought big names like Jon Jones, Dominick Reyes, and Corey 'future hall of famer' Anderson. With that being said, we like knockouts here at FullStack Sports, and even though OSP has only been knocked out twice in his career, let's go with a Menifield KO/TKO from a huge over hand bomb.
Bulldogs Prediction: Menifield (-135)
Bulldogs Risky Bet: Menifield by KO/TKO (+130)
Welterweight Matchup (170): Michel Pereira (23-11-0, 2NC) vs. Zelim Imadaev (8-2-0)
You don't want to miss a Pereira fight because anything can happen (as shown above). He's is fighting Imadaev in the main card Saturday night and this should be the most exciting fight to watch. Imadaev is 0-2 in the UFC, but all 8 of his wins have come by knockout. On the other side, Pereira has 10 knockouts in his career. So we should expect fireworks in this one. I don't even want to break down this fight because Pereira is a huge wildcard and we should all be rooting for him. My prediction for this fight is that someone gets finished, but let's go with Pereira to score a wild KO/TKO.
Bulldogs Prediction: Pereira (-130)
Bulldogs Risky Bet: Pereira by KO/TKO (+135)