UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Walker- Alex Oliveira vs Niko Price: Prediction and Analysis

Published 10/01/2021, 11:29 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 23: Alex Oliveira of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC 254 weigh-in on October 23, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)


UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Walker will see a welterweight match-up between Alex Oliveira and Niko Price go down on the main card. Both fighters are currently on a losing streak and will be determined to get back into the win column with a triumphant outing this weekend.

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Oliveira has lost his last 2 fights, both by submission. The 33-year-old Brazilian fighter has won only 2 out of his last fights in the UFC. As for Price, he has won only one out of his last 5 fights. He last dropped a decision against Michel Pereira.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: (R-L) Alex Oliveira of Brazil kicks Peter Sobotta of Poland in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Oliveira has a professional record of 22-10. He has a total of 17 finishes with 12 T/KO and 5 submission wins on his record.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: Donald Cerrone (L) and Niko Price (R) battle to a draw in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

As for Pirce, he has a record of 14-5. The 32-year-old fighter has a total of 13 finishes. 10 T/KO and 3 submission wins comprise those stats for him.

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Oliveira vs Niko Price: Analysis

Oliveira has a well-rounded skill set. But he hasn’t been able to showcase the same in his recent fights. ‘Cowboy’ will be determined to turn the tide in his favor this weekend.

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Price is very innovative inside the Octagon. He is unorthodox, yet effective in his own way. It will be interesting to see if ‘Hybrid’ can get a win this weekend.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: (R-L) Niko Price punches Donald Cerrone in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

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Price is still a good athlete and might just be too much for Oliveira to handle. The former should get a finish this weekend.

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Final Prediction: Niko ‘Hybrid’ Price by T/KO.

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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