UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Chikadze – Mana Martinez vs. Guido Cannetti: Prelims Prediction and Analysis

Published 08/28/2021, 9:27 AM EDT


UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Chikadze will take place on August 28, 2021. Fans will witness several exciting match-ups in this upcoming UFC event. One such match-up is the intriguing bantamweight clash between Mana Martinez and Guido Cannetti.

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Martinez is on a two-fight win streak. ‘Manaboi’ claimed a spectacular first-round TKO victory in his last fight in May 2021. The former Dana White’s Contender Series fighter will make his first official debut inside the octagon against Cannetti. 

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Meanwhile, Cannetti is on a two-fight losing streak. ‘Ninja’ suffered a first-round KO loss in his last fight in March 2021. Before that, he suffered a submission loss against Marlon Vera back in November 2018.

Martinez will aim to prolong his win streak, while Cannetti will try to turn his last two skids at UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Chikadze. 

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Martinez is one of the best up-and-coming bantamweight contenders, having a magnificent professional MMA record of 8-2. He is a knockout artist with all of his wins coming in this manner. 

Moreover, he can finish his opponents early as 62% of his wins have come in the first round (5 out of 8). With an illustrious MMA career so far, the UFC president recognized his true potential in his series named Dana White: Lookin’ For a Fight. 

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Meanwhile, Cannetti is good on his feet and down on the ground. He holds a striking professional MMA record of 8-5 (3 T/KO and 3 Submissions). Moreover, ‘Ninja’ can finish his opponents early on as well as go to the distance if needed. 

It is clear by now that Martinez will aim to finish the fight early, while Cannetti will try to make it a long-drawn battle. Regardless, UFC fans can expect a finish in this intriguing bantamweight clash.

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Final Prediction: Mana Martinez via T/KO in the second round.

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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