UFC 265 Early Prelims: Victoria Leonardo vs. Melissa Gatto: Prediction and Analysis

Published 08/06/2021, 11:21 AM EDT


The UFC 265 event is set to be one of the most interesting MMA events of the year. UFC 265 will be the fifth UFC event that will welcome a live crowd this year. This event has many great fighters like Derrick Lewis, Ciryl Gane, and Jose Aldo competing at the event. There is also one early preliminary fight that may prove to be a great watch for fans. That fight is the Women’s Flyweight clash between Victoria Leonardo and Melissa Gatto.

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Leonardo started her professional MMA journey back in 2018 as she faced Hailey Cowan at The LFA 40 event. She won her debut fight as she defeated Cowan via a 1st round submission. From then on ‘Fury’ moved forward fight by fight and ultimately joined the UFC through Dana White’s Contender Series 36.

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She faced Chelse Hackett in the Contender Series and defeated her via a 2nd round TKO. However, Leonardo’s UFC debut did not go as well, as she lost to Fiorot via a 2nd round TKO at UFC Fight Island 8. Therefore, ‘Fury’ would love to win her fight against Gatto and get her first UFC victory this weekend.

While Leonardo competed in January 2021, her opponent is returning to action for the first time since 2018. Gatto last competed at the Nacao Cyborg 3 event and defeated Karol Rosa via a 1st round submission. In her professional MMA career, Gatto has never lost a fight and has an MMA record of (6-0-2). Therefore, the fighter will look to continue her undefeated MMA streak and win her UFC debut fight this weekend.

UFC 265: Victoria Leonardo vs. Melissa Gatto: Analysis

If Gatto has not improved or changed drastically in the time she was away from the Octagon, the fighter will face some serious problems in her fight against Leonardo. Gatto is a capable submission artist, but Leonardo’s wrestling abilities will surely be a problem for the fighter.

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The whole fight might go down to what Gatto has done in her time off. If the fighter has changed her style or improved on it, she might be able to defeat Leonardo. However, if that is not the case, it should be an easy victory for ‘Fury’.

Final Prediction: Victoria Leonardo defeats Melissa Gatto via decision.

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Who do you think will win the UFC 265 clash between Leonardo and Gatto? Let us know in the comments.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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