UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs Dillashaw: Kyler Phillips vs Raulian Paiva- Prediction and Analysis

Published 07/22/2021, 9:00 AM EDT


UFC Fight Night: Sandhaegen vs Dillashaw will see a bantamweight match-up between Kyler Phillips and Raulian Paiva go down in the main card. Both fighters are coming on the back of a win and will look to establish them further in the division with a triumph this weekend.

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Phillips will make his fourth appearance in the Octagon this weekend. He is so far undefeated in the promotion. He earned a decision over Yadong Song in his last outing at UFC 259. The 26-year-old is touted to be one of the brightest prospects of the division.

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Paiva was previously a contestant of the Dana White’s Contender Series show. He has won 2 out of his 4 fights in the UFC. He last competed at UFC 251, earning a decision win in his favor.

‘Matrix’ has a professional record of 9-1 with 6 finishes. 5 T/KO and 1 submission win comprise those numbers for him. Paiva, who is the younger fighter, is significantly more experienced than his opponent. His record stands at 20-3. The Brazilian has 4 T/KO and 3 submission wins in his resume so far.

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Kyler Phillips vs Raulin Paiva: Analysis

Phillips has a very complete arsenal of skill sets. He has an uncanny ability to mix up his strikes with takedowns. He will look to bank on that aspect against Paiva.

Paiva will be making move up from the flyweight division of the UFC. But he is a bright prospect as well. But, Phillips’s experience at the 135 lbs division might prove to be too much for him.

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Phillips might just be able to overwhelm Paiva with his early barrage of strikes and takedowns. His style is a problem for most of his opponents. Ans Paiva should be no exception.

Phillips should take Paiva down and attempts a few submissions. ‘Matrix’ will eventually overwhelm Paiva in the ground and earn a ground-and-pound T/KO win in his favor at the end of the first round.

Final Prediction: Kyler ‘Matrix’ Phillips by first-round T/KO.

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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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