UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Holland- Adrian Yanez vs Gustavo Lopez: Prediction and Analysis

Published 03/20/2021, 5:30 AM EDT


UFC bantamweights Adrian Yanez and Gustavo Lopez will duke it out at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Holland in Vegas. There’s no love lost between both fighters who are ready to throw down concussive shots once the bell rings. Gustavo Lopez has gone so far as to say that he’s ready to ‘murder’ Yanez, who he believes is a hype job.

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The aforementioned bantamweight fighters have a style that fits in perfectly with the current divisional landscape. The recent title fight debacle at UFC 259 has brought plenty of new eyeballs to the sport, and to the bantamweight division in particular. Hence, Saturday night will be a perfect showcasing opportunity for the winner of Yanez vs Lopez to break-out in a big way.

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UFC bantamweights: Adrian Yanez vs Gustavo Lopez

The 12-3 fighter in Yanez is on a five-fight win streak that includes wins in Dana White’s Contender Series and the UFC. He decapitated Victor Rodriguez via head kick back in October and showed fans he’s a dangerous threat. In fact, a huge reason for his rivalry with Lopez comes in because fans are backing him to KO Gustavo Lopez.

Yanez relies on being explosive right from the jump, and he isn’t one to give his opponent any space to advance. Moreover, he’s not afraid of getting into a firefight and will continue to throw bombs till he lands. He’s built up quite the reputation for being a violent enforcer in the bantamweight division, and he’ll want to continue that trend.

Gustavo Lopez is 1-1 in the UFC, and he’s coming off an RNC submission over Anthony Birchak in his last fight. His debut against Merab Dvalishvili didn’t go as planned, but that’s certainly a tough introductory match-up for anyone. The former Combate Americas champion is a dynamic finisher with skills on the feet and the ground.

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The Xtreme Couture standout will look to get the fight to the ground and advance his position in due course. Rushing in on Yanez has proven to be an ill-advised strategy, as the past has shown. Lopez has the skills to dominate on the ground and put forth a clean win. He’ll have to focus on giving his opponent different looks to keep him guessing if he is to be successful with his plan.

Prediction: Gustavo Lopez to claim a second-round submission 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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