UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs Kattar- Punahele Soriano vs Dusko Todorovic : Prediction and Analysis

Published 01/14/2021, 7:41 AM EST


The main card for UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs Kattar sees an exciting clash between two undefeated middleweight prospects. Punahele Soriano and Dusko Todorovic will look to hand the other the first loss of their respective careers. There’s a reason that this fight is placed as the opener and it has all the makings of a slugfest.

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The aforementioned fight card has many ‘firsts’ for the UFC as it makes its way to the brand new Etihad Arena. The show also marks the first time fans will be present in the venue since UFC 248 back in March. Furthermore, it’s also the first time that the UFC will air on network television, ABC network to be precise.

With several such moments sprinkled in to begin 2021, there’s sure to be plenty of eyeballs watching the fights. This is a great opportunity for the aforementioned middleweights to showcase what they’re made of.

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UFC middleweights: Punahele Soriano vs Dusko Todorovic

‘Story Time’ Soriano is coming off a rather long lay-off, last having fought back in December 2019. He looked impressive in that fight as he managed to close the show in under four minutes via KO. Punahele Soriano is somewhat of a wild man in close range exchanges and defensive responsibility doesn’t seem to be his biggest priority at times.

The prospect out of Hawaii will need to ensure he doesn’t circle into any traps laid out by Todorovic against the cage. Given the power he possesses in both hands, Soriano will certainly not be lacking in the confidence department.

Dusko Todorovic comes in with a 10-0 record and certainly made a splash with his Dana White’s Contender Series appearance. Despite not being able to secure the finish, he still did enough to impress the UFC boss. The Serbia standout followed up his entry ticket fight with a blistering TKO win over Dequan Townsend.

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He’s got a collected fighting style that allows him to put forth an exceedingly well rounded offensive game. Moreover, he’s no slouch on the defensive either and has shown to stick to the basics. His ability to telegraph shots and effectively fire back is likely the deciding factor in this fight.

Prediction: Dusko Todorovic to claim a first-round TKO win

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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