UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs Gastelum: Brian Kelleher vs Domingo Pilarte- Prediction and Analysis

Published 08/21/2021, 10:29 AM EDT


UFC bantamweights Brain Kelleher and Domingo Pilarte will square off on the preliminary card for UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs Gastelum. The scrap is earmarked to be a ‘Fight of the Night’ contender given the way both men push forward. ‘Boom’ Kelleher in particular has been known to be a technical brawler in every sense of the word.

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The bantamweight division has become the mainstay division of the UFC and has drawn in both casual and hardcore fans. The top of the division being log-jammed provides several intriguing match-ups that fans have turned their attention towards. Kelleher and Pilarte will want to become major players in the division as the bantamweight division continues to reach new levels of visibility.

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UFC Vegas 34: Brian Kelleher vs Domingo Pilarte

‘Boom’ Kelleher has had a rather shaky 2020-21 as he’s not been able to remain consistent as of late. He’s coming off a unanimous decision loss to Ricky Simon and is 1-2 over the last calendar year. However, the 22-12 fighter is not short on experience and it won’t take him too long to bounce back to winning ways.

Brian Kelleher is as heavy-handed as they come at bantamweight and he can shut the lights out on anyone. The veteran 135-pounder is well adept when it comes to entering range and punishes opponents for a false move. Not to mention, he’s extremely durable and can absorb punishment just as well as he dishes it out.

Domingo Pilarte is 8-2 as a professional and he’s 1-1-1 so far under the promotional banner. He began his journey with the brand through Dana White’s Contender Series where he secured an RNC victory. Since then, he lost a split decision to Felipe Dias Colares back in July 2019 and had a NC to Journey Newson in at UFC 247.

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‘Son of Fire’ Pilarte lacks experience and he’ll have to be wary of the various looks that Kelleher gives. Domingo Pilarte will be well advised to take the fight to the ground and look for a submission against Kelleher.

Prediction: Brian Kelleher to claim a third-round TKO

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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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