UFC Belfast and UFC Sao Paulo Main Card Staff Predictions

UFC Middleweight Gegard Mousasi

UFC Middleweight Gegard Mousasi: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports

In an attempt to capitalize on UFC 205’s momentum, the promotion booked two events on the same day the following week. Cage Pages has predictions for today’s 10 main card bouts.

The first event up for debate is UFC Belfast. After losing the original headliner of Gunnar Nelson vs. Dong Hyun Kim a few weeks before fight night, Gegard Mousasi and Uriah Hall stepped up to fill the slot in a highly anticipated rematch.

Cage Pages picked nine fights for UFC 205 including the FOX Sports 1 prelims. The draw between Stephen Thompson and Tyron Woodley was not counted as a loss, and 11 of the 21 writers picked more than half of the eight tallied fights correctly.

Four writers took home a 6-2 record for the night, eight writers went 5-3, six writers split the card evenly, two went 3-5, and one trailed with only two correct picks.

The first set of main card fights for the day are as follows:

  • #5 Gegard Mousasi vs. #9 Uriah Hall
  • Ross Pearson vs. Stevie Ray
  • Timothy Johnson vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Artem Lobov vs. Teruto Ishihara

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Cage Pages UFC Belfast Predictions
Staff Writers Lobov vs. Ishihara Volkov vs. Johnson Ray vs. Pearson Hall vs. Mousasi
Nick Strickland
(10-4)
Lobov Johnson Ray Mousasi
Farzin Vousoughian
(10-4)
Ishihara Johnson Ray Mousasi
Jake Krier
(108-58)
Ishihara Johnson Ray Mousasi
Nick Dwyer
(9-5)
Ishihara Johnson Pearson Mousasi
Harry Davies
(9-5)
Lobov Johnson Ray Mousasi
Paarth Pande
(9-5)
Ishihara Volkov Pearson Hall
G. Gonzalez
(28-16)
Lobov Johnson Pearson Mousasi
Dan Forkapa
(5-3)
Ishihara Johnson Pearson Mousasi
Jack Kopanski
(85-52)
Ishihara Johnson Ray Mousasi
Mitch Williams
(84-53)
Ishihara Johnson Pearson Mousasi
Anthony Mazziotti
(96-64)
Ishihara Volkov Ray Hall
Sean Bio
(102-69)
Ishihara Volkov Pearson Mousasi
Ryan Wagner
(35-24)
Ishihara Johnson Ray Mousasi
Dan Doherty
(99-72)
Ishihara Johnson Ray Mousasi
Eddie Law
(8-6)
Ishihara Johnson Pearson Mousasi
Griffin Youngs
(8-6)
Ishihara Volkov Pearson Mousasi
Jason Payne
(21-19)
Ishihara Volkov Pearson Mousasi

The closest fight on the card is the co-main event, with just one more writer picking Ross Pearson than Stevie Ray. The hype of former Bellator champion Alexander Volkov is not catching on, 12 of 17 writers picked Timothy Johnson. Teruto Ishihara is the heavy favorite in the matchup of fan favorites with 14 picks to Artem Lobov’s three. The widest margin on the card is the main event, where only two fighters picked against the quickly rising Gegard Mousasi.

Check out our UFC Sao Paulo Predictions below!

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Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports

UFC Sao Paulo Main Card

Like UFC Belfast, this card underwent a main event change when Alexander Gustafsson pulled out of his fight with Little Nog due to injury. In stepped top-five contender Ryan Bader.

Cards in Brazil typically equal mismatches slanted towards the home country’s fighters, but this card has produced some interesting matchups. The main card reads as follows:

  • #4 Ryan Bader vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • #10 Thomas Almeida vs. Albert Morales
  • #1 Claudia Gadelha vs. Cortney Casey
  • Thales Leites vs. Krzysztof Jotko
  • Warlley Alves vs. Kamaru Usman
  • Sergio Moraes vs. Zak Ottow
Cage Pages UFC Sao Paulo Predictions
Staff Writers Ottow vs. Moraes Usman vs. Alves  Leites vs. Jotko Casey vs. Gadelha Almeida vs. Morales Bader vs. Nogueira
Nick S.
(10-4)
Moraes Usman Leites Casey Almeida Bader
Farzin V.
(10-4)
Ottow Usman Jotko Gadelha Almeida Bader
J. Krier
(108-58)
Moraes Usman Leites Gadelha Almeida Bader
Nick D.
(9-5)
Moraes Usman Jotko Gadelha Almeida Bader
Harry D.
(9-5)
Moraes Usman Leites Gadelha Almeida Bader
P. Pande
(9-5)
Ottow Alves Leites Gadelha Almeida Bader
Gabe G.
(28-16)
Moraes Usman Leites Gadelha Almeida Bader
Dan F.
(5-3)
Ottow Alves Leites Gadelha Almeida Nogueira
Jack K.
(85-52)
Moraes Alves Jotko Gadelha Almeida Bader
Mitch W
(84-53)
Ottow Usman Jotko Gadelha Almeida Bader
A. Mazz.
(96-64)
Ottow Alves Jotko Gadelha Almeida Bader
Sean Bio
(102-69)
Moraes Usman Leites Gadelha Almeida Bader
Ryan W.
(35-24)
Ottow Usman Jotko Gadelha Almeida Bader
Dan D.
(99-72)
Moraes Usman Jotko Gadelha Almeida Bader
E. Law
(8-6)
Moraes Usman Leites Gadelha Almeida Bader
Griffin Y.
(8-6)
Moraes Alves Leites Gadelha Almeida Bader
J. Payne
(21-19)
Moraes Usman Leites Gadelha Almeida Bader

Only one truly close matchup on the main card, with Thales Leites receiving 10 votes to Jotko’s seven. Zak Ottow earned six picks of the 17. Warlley Alves only took home five picks after having plenty of hype behind him early in his career. Only one person decided to go against heavy favorites Claudia Gadelha and Ryan Bader separately. Thomas Almeida is the lone unanimous pick of the day.

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