UFC Fight Night – Jack Hermansson vs Marvin Vettori : Montana De La Rosa vs Taila Santos – Prediction and Analysis

Published 12/05/2020, 7:21 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 05: (R-L) Montana De La Rosa punches Viviane Araujo of Brazil in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 05, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Montana De La Rosa and Taila Santos will face off this weekend in a flyweight bout. The matchup will take place on UFC Fight Night: Jack Hermansson vs Marvin Vettori. The event is set for December 5, UFC Fight Night: Jack Hermansson vs Marvin Vettori will take place at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will take place on the main card of UFC Vegas 16.

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Montana, ranked #15 in the UFC flyweight rankings, will take on unranked Santos, who was a Dana White’s Contender Series winner. Both ladies will look to make a statement and propel themselves further up the division.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 05: (L-R) Viviane Araujo of Brazil punches Montana De La Rosa in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 05, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

De la Rosa is coming off a loss to Viviane Araujo. The Brazilian served as a replacement to Maryna Moroz, who could not compete because of COVID-19. The 25-year-old will now look at getting back to winning ways after losing to a last-minute opponent change. She is currently 11-6 in her career. She will now face another Brazilian in the unranked Taila Santos.

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Making her way to the UFC through the Contender Series, Santos was undefeated in her professional career. Although in her official UFC debut, she lost a close split decision to Mara Romero Borella. Taila would win her next fight against Molly McCann by unanimous decision. She now has a professional record of 16-1 and is split at 1-1 in the UFC.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 04: (L-R) Opponents Viviane Araujo of Brazil and Montana De La Rosa face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on September 04, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

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The American, Montana, finds herself in unfamiliar territory. She has now lost two of her last three fights against Andrea Lee and Viviane Araujo. Before losing to Lee, Montana had racked up four submission victories in a row. She did however get a unanimous decision win over Mara Romero Borella between the two losses.

Santos’s only loss oddly enough has come against Mara Romero Borella. Prior to going on the Contender Series, Santos had a record of 14 wins, 12 of them via TKOs and submissions. The Brazilian is very dangerous on her feet; she also has a strong submission game.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 14: Taila Santos of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 14, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

A win over De La Rosa will send Taila into the top 15 rankings of the UFC. Santos (27 years) will look to impose her game and secure a finish over Montana (25 years) and show the fans why she was signed by the UFC.

Fight Prediction: Taila Santos via Decision

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Keith Dsouza

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Keith D'Souza is part of the Essentially Sports MMA writing team. Having followed the sport since 2013, some of his favorite fighters include Max Holloway, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, and Johny Hendricks. Keith also runs PureMMAIndia, a brand that promotes MMA over social media which aims at growing the sport in India.

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