UFC 263 Early Prelims: Carlos Felipe vs Jake Collier: Prediction and Analysis

Published 06/11/2021, 1:57 AM EDT


Carlos Felipe and Jake Collier will clash in a heavyweight bout on the early prelim card at UFC 263. As both fighters are coming off wins in their last contest, they will look to build on that with yet another triumph when the Octagon door closes this weekend.

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Since joining the promotion in 2014, ‘The Prototype’ has won 4 out of his 8 fights in the organization. He defeated Gian Villante by unanimous decision in his last fight in December 2020.

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Felipe, on the other hand, will make a walk to the Octagon for the fourth time this weekend. After suffering a decision loss in his organizational debut, ‘Boi’ has racked up two back-to-back decision wins against the likes of Yorgan De Castro and Justin Tafa.

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Collier has a professional record of 12-5 with 8 finishes (5 T/KO and 3 submissions) under his belt. The 26-year-old Brazilian, Felipe, has a record of 10-1 with 6 T/KO finishes under his belt.

Carlos Felipe vs Jake Collier: Analysis

Felipe has shown that he has the talent to belong at the top in the UFC. He is tough, durable, and has good technique. Also, his cardio was on display in his last fight against Tafa. During his first UFC fight against Spivak, Felipe displayed his boxing skills as well.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 17: (L-R) Carlos Felipe of Brazil kicks Justin Tafa of Australia in a heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Collier, on the other hand, put his cardio on display in his last fight against Villante. But one might argue Tafa is probably a tougher opponent than Villante to face. So Felipe might have faced more stern competition during his short stint in the promotion. Also, skill-wise, he looks good.

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Felipe might just be able to edge out 2-rounds in his favor in a close fight, eventually winning a unanimous decision. However, Collier has the potential to claim the win too.

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Final Prediction: Carlos ‘Boi’ Felipe 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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