Marlon Moraes fights Cory Sandhagen in the main event of UFC fight island 5, in what is a stacked main card. In this post I will be going over some stand out fights and be giving my prediction on the outcome of those fights.
Aspinall vs Baudot
Starting off with the Heavyweight bout between Tom Aspinall and Alan Badout.
Tom Aspinall looked extremely impressive in his UFC debut last July when he knocked out Jake Cross with a fast right hand.
The 6ft5 English fighter adopts a striking style that favours volume over power. Unusual for a heavyweight. But he still has the power to stop the biggest fighters in the UFC. Aspinall fights out of the Team Kaobon Gym in Liverpool with UFC middleweight Darren Till. The two also spar together, helping to hone the speed of Aspinall.
Alan Baudot is a French fighter making his UFC debut. He has been fighting all over the world in Canada and primarily Japan where he has earned a professional fighting record of 8 wins and 2 losses. The Frenchman’s fighting foundations are Judo and Muay Thai and he will be looking to take the momentum of Tom Aspinall with a victory this Saturday night.
Tom Aspinall seems like the pick to win this heavyweight battle. His speed and footwork may be too much for Baudot and the French fighter last fought back in April 2019. He may not be as ‘in the game’ as his opponent.
Barboza vs Amirkhani
UFC veteran Edson Barboza faces the relentless Makwan Amirkhani in the co-main event. Amirkhani has looked intense, aggressive and skillful in his past two fights where he has secured two submission victories. Whereas Edson Barboza is on a 4-fight losing streak. Albeit them losses where to Kevin Lee, Justin Gaethje, Paul Felder and Dan Ige (4 of the best contenders in the UFC). The UFC veteran will be hoping to end the losing streak and put his stamp on the featherweight division as one of the sharpest and most dangerous fighters in the weight class.
Finland fighter Amirkhani may have other plans for Edson. He will be looking for the submission as a striking exchange with his Brazillian opponent would not be wise. He may be able to get it too.
Edson has never been fantastic on the ground, whereas Amirkhani is starting to prove that the ground is where he wants to be. This would give the Finnish fighter the best opportunity to win as his ground game trumps Barboza’s.
This fight will be won and lost depending on where it stays. If its goes to the ground, Amirkhani is the favorite, if it stays on the feet, Barboza will take it.
Makwan has the wrestling ability to take down Edson but, Barboza’s striking is that many levels ahead of his opponents that he will be out pick in this unpredictable bout.
Moroas vs Sandhagen
This main event fight may not be a close contest…
Cory Sandhagen is a dynamic fighter with a long frame and a wide skillset. He has the ability to find a way to end the fight in most positions.
Despite this, Marlon Moraes is a strong favourite coming into this one. The Brazilian has explosive power and speed and the chin of Sandhagen has took a lot of damage and is, potentially, more compromised than ever. Bad timing to be facing the most powerful opponent he has ever faced.
Sandhagen needs to survive and drag the fight into deep waters as Marlon’s stamina seems to wear down significantly as fights go on. The later into the fight it gets to the more chance Cory has due to the superior conditioning on his behalf.
Nontheless, this could be an early knockout finish in favour of Moraes and its what we are predicting.