UFC Vegas 35 Main Card: Andre Petroski vs Micheal Gillmore- Prediction and Analysis

Published 08/27/2021, 12:45 PM EDT


UFC Vegas 35 will take place this weekend with some exciting clashes on its sleeves. A featherweight clash between Edson Barboza and Giga Chikadze headlines the event. A promising middleweight bout between Andre Petroski and Micheal Gillmore will take place on the main card.

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Petroski has cut his teeth in different local promotions before finding an opportunity to apply his trade in the biggest MMA promotional house. He last fought against Aaron Jeffery at LFA 93 and lost via TKO. He currently has picked up 5 wins and incurred one loss. Petroski has picked up 3 wins via KO/TKO and 2 via submissions.

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Gillmore, just like Petroski, will make his UFC event debut. He too has cut his teeth in other promotions before finding his way to UFC. He has so far picked up 6 wins and incurred 3 losses. Out of those 6, 3 have come via KO/TKO and 3 via decisions.

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There is a reason Gillmore has featured in this card and that has to do with TUF. Team Ortega Middleweight Miles Hunsinger tore his MCL while preparing for his quarterfinal clash with Gilbert Urbina. He wisely withdrew from the fight and thus avoided the risk of serious injury after watching his limited movements.

UFC supremo Dana White just accused Hunsinger of walking out because he couldn’t handle the little pain and thus brought in Gillmore. The latter impressed the boss by claiming that he quit his job to pursue mixed martial arts.

Andre Petroski vs Micheal Gillmore- Analysis

If we look at their physical stats, Petroski measures 6’0″ and has a reach of 73″. Meanwhile, ‘The Gentleman’ Gillmore stands at 5’11” in height and has a reach of 74″.

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In the fight against Urbina, Gillmore got taken down the canvas and submitted quickly. Thus, from the looks of it, his ground game is pretty weak. The other indicator of this is the three submission losses prior to the loss against Urbina.

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While this hint should be enough for Petroski to target him, his limited gas tank could prove a hurdle in his path towards glory. But Gillmore’s canvas game is so weak that if Petroski stands fresh, he could take him out easy. Petroski can dominate him with some strikes and look for a takedown to make him tap with submissions.

Final Prediction: Petroski by first-round submission

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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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