UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs Muhammad: Cortney Casey vs JJ Aldrich- Preliminary Card: Prediction and Analysis

Published 03/12/2021, 11:48 AM CST

This weekend’s UFC Fight Night card will be headlined by welterweight contenders Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad in an exciting clash.


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The card has some good fights along with some equally exciting ones on the preliminary card as well. Cortney Casey will fight JJ Aldrich in an exciting clash in the women’s flyweight division.

Here we take a look at the prediction and analysis of that fight, along with two other bouts that are set to feature on the preliminary card.


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Cortney Casey vs JJ Aldrich

Casey has a professional record of 9-8 and has been fighting in the UFC since 2015. She holds notable wins over the likes of Randa Markos, Angela Hill, and more.

Aldrich, on the other hand, has a professional record of 8-4. Her losses in the promotion were to highly regarded prospects like Sabina Mazo, Maycee Barber. She has been a UFC fighter since 2016, and Polyana Viana is her most notable win to date.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 20: (R-L) Cortney Casey punches Gillian Robertson or Canada in their flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

The 28-year-old Aldrich is 5 years younger to her 33-year-old opponent. But the recent trend of older fighters getting the better of younger prospects in the women’s roster may creep into this matchup as well.

Casey is a complete fighter with 3 T/KOs and 4 submission finishes in her resume. Aldrich is a decent stand-up fighter. But Casey’s overall arsenal should be enough to grind out a unanimous decision in her favor.

Final Prediction: Cortney Casey by unanimous decision.

Gloria De Paula vs Jinh Yu Frey

The 25-year-old Gloria De Paula will butt heads with the 35-year-old Yu Frey in a strawweight clash soon enough. Dana White’s Contender Series alumnus, De Paula, is looking to make her promotional debut against Frey.

The former Invicta FC fighter, Frey, has lost both her fights in the UFC to the likes of Kay Hansen and Konklak Suphisara.

The Brazilian has a professional record of 5-2 with 3 of those wins coming by way of T/KO. Yu Frey’s record, on the other hand, stands at 9-6. She has 1 T/KO and 2 submission wins under her belt.

The younger fighter De Paula seems to be more skillful than her opponent. She should be able to grind out a decision in her favor.

Final Prediction: Gloria De Paula by decision

Matthew Semelsberger vs Jason Witt

Semelsberger and Witt will take to the canvas in a welterweight clash soon. The 28-year-old ‘Semi The Jedi‘ is coming off a win over Carlton Minus in his promotional debut.

The 34-year-old Witt will be making his 3rd Octagon appearance against Semelsberger. A T/KO loss to Takashi Sato in his organizational debut was followed by a submission win over Cole Williams.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: (R-L) Jason Witt prepares to slam Cole Williams in a welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The Vanilla Gorilla‘ has a professional record of 18-6. He has 3 T/KOs and 8 submission wins so far in his career. Semelsberger has a track record of 7-2 with 4 T/KOs and 1 submission win to his name.


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Witt brings great ground control to the table and should be able to show Semelsberger his mat expertise by controlling him in each round and eventually earning a unanimous decision.

Final Prediction: Jason Witt 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.