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Fight the Hands

The People's Main Event at UFC Vegas 43 is Adrian Yanez vs Davey Grant

by Steven Ricciardi
Updated On: November 19, 2021, 12:46 am ET

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Parlay: 1st Leg Lupita Godinez to win 

2nd Leg Sean Soriano to win (+119)

Lupita Godinez is back at her best weight of 115 pounds and that makes a world of difference in this matchup.  Godinez is fighting Tiger Muy Thai product Loma Lookboonmee. Loma has good kicks and is effective in the clinch.  Lupita has sharp boxing.  Lupita will be able to control Loma on the ground since she will be the bigger fighter.  Lupita’s aggressiveness will get her the victory here with a balanced attack of striking and takedowns. 

Sean Soriano’s aggressive striking should get him a victory here.  His opponent Shayilan Nuerdanbieke didn’t attempt many strikes in his previous UFC fight and instead went 2 of 14 on takedown attempts. Soriano should be able to keep this standing and outclass Shayilan on the feet.

Prelim Prop: Terrance McKinney to win (+104)    

Terrance McKinney has a clear path to victory in this fight.  I fully expect him to strike in round 1 and look for that knockout.  He may, in fact, get that knockout but his opponent Fares Ziam is an established kickboxer who keeps his distance and strikes at range.  McKinney will not be effective if he stays at kicking distance with Ziam.  McKinney is an accomplished wrestler and should be chasing the takedown by the end of round 1.  He should have success with an aggressive wrestling approach.  His high school wrestling coach, Michael Chiesa, is fighting in the co-main event on this card. McKinney should be wrestling most of this fight to earn top control and eliminate Ziam’s effectiveness as a striker by putting him on his back.  

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Prelim Prop: Natan Levy to win (+110)     

Natan Levy moved from Israel to Las Vegas to train at Syndicate MMA.  He’s a black belt in Karate and Kung Fu.  He uses his striking to close distance and grapple.  He’s a strong grappler who has three submissions on his professional record.  His grappling will be more effective as the fight moves along since his opponent, Rafa Garcia, has not shown a great gas tank.  The first round of this fight will be closely contested, especially if Rafa Garcia can keep it standing or get himself up off the mat from an early Levy takedown.  Levy will be the fresher fighter in rounds 2 and 3 where he can take over the fight with his grappling.   

Main Card Prop: Adrian Yanez/Under 2.5 Rounds (+120) 

Adrian Yanez vs Davey Grant is the People’s Main Event.  This fight projects to be violent.  These two strikers are looking to finish.  Davey Grant may attempt a takedown but Yanez has good Jiu-Jitsu and should be able to use his underhooks to keep it standing.  Yanez is extremely confident in his striking power.  Yanez looks to pressure his opponents and strike in combination.  He attacks the body to get his opponent to drop his guard and times his head strikes to maximize damage.  Once Yanez gets his range he’ll open up on Davey Grant and look for the finish.     

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Steven Ricciardi

Steven Ricciardi is a Combat Sports betting analyst for NBC Sports EDGE. He started Jersey Boys Sports Media to cover MMA events such as the UFC, PFL and Ring of Combat. His podcast started in 2018 which covers UFC betting and MMA DFS. You can follow Steven Ricciardi on Twitter @CombatSportsNBC