Picks of the Prelims
Jeffrey Molina vs Daniel Lacerda
Both early in their UFC careers one might give the fighter with the UFC experience the advantage, but one look down each fighters Tapology might level opinions. With combined opponents records of 65-36 and 52-40 and records of 11-1 and 9-2, the only thing separating these two as far as UFC readiness is Molina having had one UFC bout.
Lacerdas only career loss was due to a first minute shoulder injury. Both of Molinas losses came within his first three professional fights. They are both on good runs and should be the future of the flyweight division if they put on a good showing on Saturday.
No prediction but leaning towards Lacerda
Khama Worthy vs Jai Herbert
Khama Worthy and Jai Herbert have both taken back-to-back tough losses within the UFC with Worthy being slept twice and Herbert splitting his misfortune between a KO and Submission. The fighter nearest to being cut is probably Herbert considering he has gone 0-2 in the UFC while Worthy stands at an even .500 on his UFC run.
Worthy is landing over 4 significant strikes a minute while Herbert has averaged just over 1.3. While these stats could look like a Worthy dominated fight I have hope for Herbert. His stats are very much effected by his fight with Moicano where he has taken down five times in just 2 rounds. But even in that fight he out struck Moicano 7-3 with significant strikes on the feet, not very impressive when compared to the rest of the fight but when considering his striking abilities, it shows that there is quality.
Prediction: Going with the odds at the time of writing and saying Herbert W (TKO)
Laureano Strapoli vs Jamie Pickett
Coming off a bad string of Unanimous Decision losses Laureano Strapoli is the fighter in the potentially the worse of the two situations in this matchup. He is going into his second fight at Middleweight within the UFC and while arguably a step down from Dolidze, Pickett will provide another larger opponent to overcome.
Since his win on the contender series Jamie Pickett has lost to Tafon Nchukwi and Jordan Wright. Like Picketts last two losses, Strapoli will be looking to put a pace on the larger man. Pickett is absorbing nearly twice as many significant strikes as he is landing which wont bear well over the full 15 that Strapoli is capable of going.
Prediction: Laureano Strapoli W (UD)
Mason Jones vs David Onama
Just when you think Mason Jones has lost his opportunity for redemption with Alan Patrick pulling out of their rematch, here comes David Onama the Ugandan born Missouri native. The debutant must feel ready for this opportunity. He touts having completed his amateur career with an undefeated 10-0 record before taking the step to being a professional in 2019. Since 2019 he has remained extremely active, grabbing three wins a year in his two full years and in 2021 having won two already, he will be looking to grab his third off Mason Jones.
Jones had the tougher career leading up to his signing to the UFC. Nine of his ten pre-UFC fights came in the internationally acclaimed Cage Warriors promotion. Jones is averaging 7.33 across his UFC career and that is where he will shine against his undefeated opponent. It is unlikely Onama has the power and pace of a Mike Davis who Jones out struck 132-111 in significant strikes this January, so the path to victory is extremely slim, probably laying in an early knockout.
Prediction: Mason Jones W (TKO 2nd)
Written By Cameron Carlson