UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Gastelum – Zarah Fairn dos Santos vs Josiane Nunes: Prelims Prediction and Analysis

Published 04/16/2021, 1:28 PM EDT


A catchweight bout between Josiane Nunes and Zara Fairn Dos Santos will take place in the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Gastelum. Nunes will be making her debut in the UFC. The 27-year-old Brazilian will look to make a name for herself upon her first appearance in the promotion.

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The French fighter, Dos Santos, will look to earn his first win in the UFC as she makes her third Octagon appearance against Nunes. The featherweight contender was submitted by Megan Anderson in her UFC debut. A T/KO loss to Felicia Spencer followed. Her overall record as a professional stands at 6-4.

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‘Josi’ has a professional record of 7-1. Her only loss was to Taila Santos in 2013. Considering Santos is now a ranked contender in the flyweight division of the UFC, that wasn’t a bad defeat at all for Nunes. Nunes has finished 6 out of her 7 fights as a professional, all by T/KO.

Josiane Nunes vs Zarah Fairn Dos Santos: analysis

Infinite‘ has 4 T/KO finishes in her resume. This signifies fans might be in for a striking battle between the duo. Dos Santos is the bigger fighter between the two ladies. However, she hasn’t shown anything on her grappling skills yet to prove that she can take advantage pf her size against ‘Josi’.

Nunes has some really good hands and possesses great pop in her strikes. She has a walk-off knockout win earlier in her career. She should be able to establish her better-striking prowess over Dos Santos. Unless the French fighter show something unexpected out of her locker, Nunes should be able to take control of the contest after getting over the initial cobwebs of her first-ever UFC appearance.

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Eventually, in round 2, she should be able to hurt Dos Santos early and earn a T/KO finish early in the round. The UFC should get yet another promising Brazilian addition to their ladies’ roster. Nunes will also grab eyeballs towards her if she can showcase her full arsenal of skills in her debut.

Final Prediction: Josiane ‘Josi’ Nunes by second-round T/KO finish.

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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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