UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs Chikadze- Jamall Emmers vs Pat Sabatini: Preliminary Card Prediction and Analysis

Published 08/28/2021, 8:38 AM EDT


UFC featherweights Jamall Emmers and Pat Sabatini will meet in the middle at UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs Chikadze. The fight card has something for everyone and the event has intrigued both hardcore fans as well as casual fans. What’s more, ‘The Ultimate Fighter 29’ will be truly concluded as the finalists go head-to-head on the main card.

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The winner of the bout between Emmers and Sabatini could catapult themselves to higher visibility given the high-profile nature of the card. The featherweight division is rather top-heavy and entering the conversation isn’t the hardest thing to do. However, it will take a dramatic finish to put the winner on the radar of fight fans.

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UFC Vegas 35: Jamall Emmers vs Pat Sabatini

‘Prettyboy’ Emmers is 18-5 as a professional and is currently 1-1 in the UFC thus far. He initially fought on Dana White’s Contender Series back in 2018, however, he lost the contest to Julian Erosa by KO. He would eventually earn his spot by competing in other prominent organizations like M-1 and LFA and he racked up four straight wins.

Emmers has already faced some heavy hitters as his first fight in the UFC was against the card’s headliner, Giga Chikadze. If Emmers decides to swing for the bleachers, the likely outcome is that he’ll find a way to effectively connect. However, he also can take a measured approach and ride out a decision.

Pat Sabatini is 14-3 in his professional career and is currently riding a three-fight win streak in the promotion. He won his UFC debut back in April 2021 a UFC 261 when he picked up a unanimous decision win over Tristian Connelly. Much like his opponent, he too is experienced, hailing from a prominent organization like CFFC.

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Sabatini has picked up 9 of his 14 wins on the ground and there’s no doubt that he’s adept at grappling positions. He effectively asserts top pressure and finds a way to smother his opponent in due time. Moreover, it’s his ability to pick his shots effectively that opens the door to him having a rather bright future in the UFC.

Prediction: Jamall Emmers to claim a unanimous decision victory

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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