Amir Al Bazi vs. Francisco Figueiredo preview

At UFC 278 Amir Al Bazi will look to secure his third consecutive win inside the octagon as he takes on the Brazilian, Francisco Figueiredo. 

Fighters profiles

The Iraqi sports a 14 – 1 record and he’s Bellator and Brave CF alumni. During his career, he also fought for various European promotions. ‘The Prince’ made his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2, where he submitted Malcom Gordon. Next, he won his most recent fight at UFC 257, where he beat Zhalgas Zhumagulov. 

The Brazilian is 2 – 1 in the biggest MMA promotion in the world. He made his UFC debut by defeating Jerome Rivera at UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Magny. Then he lost to Malcolm Gordon at UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. Moises. He bounced back by defeating Daniel De Silva at UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Vera.

Fight prediction:

Most of Al Bazi’s wins came by the way of submission, mainly in two first rounds. His preferred finishing techniques are kimura and rear-naked choke. All of his TKO wins also came during round 1 or round 2. Only twice in his career, he was awarded the victory by the judges. 

Figueiredo, who has a 13 – 4 – 1, 1 NC professional record, secured 8 of his wins with a submission. His preferred technique on the ground is a rear-naked choke. He was able to get three TKO wins while other fights ended with the judges’ decisions in his favor.

In the most likely scenario, the Brazilian will be looking for a submission win, but Al – Bazi also is well versed when it comes to grappling. That’s why the most probable outcome is a submission victory awarded to whoever will be able to outsmart his opponent on the ground. The Iraqi fighter could also avoid testing himself against the Brazilian on the mat, and look for a TKO finish instead. 

UFC 278 takes place on August 20th at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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