UFC Vegas 34 Prelims: Roosevelt Roberts vs Ignacio Bahamondes- Prediction and Analysis

Published 08/21/2021, 10:21 AM EDT


UFC Vegas 34: Cannonier vs Gastelum will take place this Saturday. The card features some of the exciting clashes headlined by a middleweight clash between Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum. In prelims, lightweight stars Roosevelt Roberts and Ignacio Bahamondes will battle it out to make a move towards the upper echelons of the division.

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Roberts will enter this fight on the back of a no-contest result last time around against Kevin Croom at UFC Fight Night 177: Waterson vs Hill. Prior to that, he suffered a loss at the hands of Jim Miller at UFC on ESPN 11: Blaydes vs Volkov via submission.

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His career record stands at 10 wins and 2 losses. Out of those 10 wins, 3 have come via KO/TKO, 5 via submissions, and 1 via decision. He will look to pick up a win after unwanted results last time around.

Ignacio, meanwhile, suffered a split decision loss to John Makdessi at UFC on ABC 2: Vettori vs Holland. Prior to that, he had defeated Edson Gomez in the Dana White Contender Series via KO.

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His career win-loss record stands with 11 wins and 4 losses. Out of those 11, 8 have come via KO/TKO, and 3 via decisions. He will look to bounce back from his last defeat.

Roosevelt Roberts vs Ignacio Bahamondes- analysis

If we look at their physical stats, Roberts stands at 6’2″ tall and has a reach of 73″. Meanwhile, Ignacio stands at 6’3″ and has a reach of 75″.

Roberts lands 3.03 significant strikes with 49% accuracy. He absorbs 2.27 significant strikes with a 52% defense rate. ‘The Predator’ has 1.75 average takedowns landed per 15 minutes with 53% accuracy. He also has a takedown defense of 58%. Meanwhile, ‘La Jaula’ lands 7.91 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy of 41%. He absorbs 6.41 significant strikes with a defense rate of 51%.

Though they have struggled recently, it would be too harsh to write them off. Both are young, technically adept finishers, and can still have a lot to offer the sport.

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Bahamondes worryingly is easy to target. He has a clear edge in striking potency and vividness, and has a more complete game than the boxing-centric Roberts. Although the latter has a dangerous grappling game, it doesn’t play much of a factor, as Bahamondes is difficult to take down.

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Both men got some battering in their recent fights and thus would be cautious enough to see a win. In the end, Bahamondes would probably grind out a distance win.

Final Prediction: Bahamondes via unanimous decision

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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