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The
Ultimate Fighting Championship
’s last card before a one-week
break offers up a six-bout preliminary slate that has the potential
to be more enjoyable than the main draw. A middleweight clash
between Joseph
Holmes
and Alen
Amedovski
seems a surprising choice for the featured slot on
Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, as both men seek their first
Octagon win, but the gem of the
UFC Fight Night 206
undercard lies directly below, where top
light heavyweight prospect Jailton
Almeida
makes a temporary move to heavyweight against the
surging Parker
Porter
. There may not be much here in terms of stakes, but
everything should be strong in terms of action. Omar
Morales
and Uros Medic
are tall lightweight bangers; bantamweights Jonathan
Martinez
and Vince
Morales
seem to be clicking; and Chase
Hooper
’s confrontation with Felipe
Dias Colares
figures to be an entertaining mess. As far as
prelims go on one of these lower-level affairs, the UFC has
certainly put together worse.

Now to the preview for the UFC Fight Night 206 “Holm vs. Vieira”
prelims:

Middleweights

Joseph
Holmes
(7-2, 0-1 UFC) vs. Alen
Amedovski
(8-2, 0-2 UFC)

ODDS: Holmes (-200), Amedovski (+170)

Two middleweights look for their first UFC win here. A shade over
three years into his professional career, Holmes is an interesting
prospect to watch as he figures things out on the job inside the
Octagon. Tall and lanky for the division, “Ugly Man” makes the best
use of his frame when he locks up with his opponents, wrapping his
arms around them in the clinch and using an unorthodox submission
game to take things to the mat and find a finish. Holmes’ UFC debut
in January did raise the worry of that being his only way to find
wins at this level for the moment. Against a strong athlete, Holmes
got stalled out, mostly ran out of ideas and faded down the
stretch. He should find more opportunity against Amedovski, a
Macedonian-Italian who came to the UFC in 2019 after two quick
knockout wins. That basically sums things up for Amedovski, who
looks to trade and little else. His first trip to the Octagon saw
him get outwrestled by Krzysztof
Jotko
, and his last bout saw him meet John
Phillips
head-on and get knocked out in 14 seconds. It has been
roughly two and a half years since the Phillips loss, so Amedovski
may have put the time to good use and could show some new wrinkles,
but Holmes figures to smother him and find a submission sooner
rather than later. The pick is Holmes via first-round
submission.

Jump To »

Holmes vs. Amedovski


Almeida vs. Porter


Morales vs. Medic


Martinez vs. Morales


Colares vs. Hooper


Reed vs. Hughes


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