Irene Aldana (@1.16) vs Vanessa Melo (@5.0)

Our Prediction:

Irene Aldana will win

Irene Aldana – Vanessa Melo Match Prediction | 22-09-2019 17:00

Shes the best boxer Carla Esparza has faced in some time, probably since Esparza had the misfortune of running into Joanna Jedrzejczyk four years ago. So its not as if Grasso is the only one whose defense will have to be on point. Those takedowns become real difficult when youre getting jabbed in the face over and over again.

Askarov is no joke, having won championships over in Russia, and anyone thinking that this is being set up so that Moreno can have a happy homecoming will soon find out that Askarov is nobodys training dummy. Still, I like Morenos chances here if only because the altitude could play a factor and he has slightly more pop on the feet. Though it will be close, Moreno hands Askarov his first loss and by submission no less.

Brazils Vanessa Melo will make her promotional debut at UFC Mexico City this weekend, against longtime bantamweight Irene Aldana.

There, its really anyones guess. Theres a chance that Peterson decides to take this one to the ground, but even there Bravo is athletic enough to counter and escape and bring this fight back to the feet. Peterson is better at mixing up his techniques and his leg kicks could be the difference; Bravo, meanwhile, has the advantage in stopping power.

Against battle-tested competition, El Pantera has had mixed results. Then he regained much of his hype with a once-in-a-lifetime elbow knockout of The Korean Zombie last November. Rodriguez headlines UFC Mexico City, matched up with veteran featherweight Jeremy Stephens, who will be making his 31st walk to the Octagon. He blew out a well-past-his-prime B.J. Penn, but was humbled by perennial contender Frankie Edgar.

Props to Melo for taking this fight on just 10 days notice, but Aldana is not one to mess with. Could Mama Melo be as potent a force as Dad Cerrone? Doubtful, especially when you consider that Aldana is head-and-shoulders above Melos recent competition. Melo brings a nice story with her to the Octagon as shes gone undefeated since becoming a mother two years ago.

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Reneau though would have to withdraw from the fight. The UFC is coming to Mexico City, Mexico on September 21, with a Fight Night event going down at theArena Ciudad de Mexico. Irene Aldana was originally supposed to take on Marion Reneau on this card. Looking to Brazil, the UFC would sign veteran Vanessa Melo to step in on short notice.

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Its a shame we didnt get to see how her wrestling has evolved because that remains the biggest question mark in regards to how far she can advance in the UFC strawweight division. Alexa Grassos last performance against Karolina Kowalkiewicz was incredibly promising and went a long way towards reminding fans of her crisp boxing and slick footwork.

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Dont let his .500 record inside the Octagon fool you, Lil Heathen has only been knocked out twice in 44 pro bouts and thats having shared the cage with some of the heaviest hitters in MMA. Rodriguez showed a solid chin in the Chan Sung Jung matchup, but he wont want to find out how it stands up against the hammers of Stephens. It will take a lot for Rodriguez to put him down, especially since Rodriguez should look to approach this match carefully.

She now has the chance to cement herself as a legitimate contender against Esparza, a grinder who is sure to put Grassos wrestling defense to the test. The same could be said of Grasso as she heads into a co-main event bout with inaugural UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza. After starting her career 9-0, Grasso hit a couple of speed bumps, losing a decision to Felice Herrig and being handily defeated by Tatiana Suarez. Like Rodriguez, Grasso bounced back in impressive fashion, winning a convincing decision against Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 238.