UFC 262- Matt Schnell vs Rogerio Bontorin: Prediction and Analysis

Published 05/12/2021, 5:30 AM EDT


This weekend’s UFC 262 will see an exciting bantamweight clash between Matt Schnell and Rogerio Bontorin go down on the main card. Both fighters are actually flyweights. However, they will be fighting at the 135lbs division this weekend.

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The American Top Team member, Schnell, is coming off a split decision win over Tyson Nam in January. Losses to Rob Font and Hector Sandoval gave Schnell an unwanted start to his UFC career. But he has turned that around with wins against the likes of Marco Beltran, Naoki Inoue, Louis Smolka, and Jordan Espinosa.

‘Danger’ has a record of 15-5. The 31-year-old fighter has 10 (2 T/KO and 8 submissions) finishes in his resume.

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Aug 3, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Matt Schnell (blue gloves) reacts after defeating Jordan Espinosa (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Bontorin, on the other hand, was knocked out by Kai Kara France at UFC 259 in March. Prior to that, he dropped a decision against Ray Borg. The Dana White’s Contender Series alumni (16-3), who holds a promotional record of 2-2, has registered 14 (3 T/KO and 11 submissions) finishes.

Matt Schnell vs Rogerio Bontorin: Analysis

Considering Bontorin’s last fight result, it’s bizarre to see him back in action before Kara France. However, it will intrigue UFC fans to see if it was a smart decision by Bontorin‘s team.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: (R-L) Kai Kara-France of New Zealand punches Rogerio Bontorin of Brazil in their flyweight fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The Brazilian has a superb submission game. His 11 wins by submission are a testament to the same. But Schnell, who is a master of the ground game, will not be a sitting duck. His submission wins against top fighters like Smolka and Espinosa prove that.

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Schnell might just be too slick for Bontorin to get the better off in the grappling exchanges. The fight should be a close and entertaining contest with ‘Danger’ eking out the win.

Final Prediction: Matt ‘Danger’ Schnell by unanimous decision.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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