The UFC heads to Charlotte, North Carolina, this weekend for Fight Night’s latest event. On paper, at least, this looks like a solid card.

UFC Fight Night: Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs.

With some solid name value up and down the card, this should be a show worth checking out.

Here are the expected results for UFC Fight Night: Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Gilton Almeida.

# 1. UFC Heavyweight Match: Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Gilton Almeida

Can Jairzinho Rozenstruik stop Jailton Almeida from rising to the elite heavyweight level?
Can Jairzinho Rozenstruik stop Jailton Almeida from rising to the elite heavyweight level?

With Sergei Pavlovich now considered a top contender for the title, the UFC’s heavyweight division is generally poor on prospects. This is what makes Jailton Almeida such an amazing fighter to watch.

Malhadinho is not the biggest heavyweight. Standing at 6’3″ and weighing about 225lbs, he’s often fought at 205lbs. But he’s never looked less than exceptional in his career short octagon, and a win here, especially with a finish, would send his hype train surging the speed.

The Brazilian won his first three fights in the octagon last year and then destroyed veteran Shamil Abdurahimov with punches in January to climb into the top 15. He has shown no problem putting his opponents up there.

🇧🇷 Jailton Almeida STEAMROLLS Another heavyweight! One way traffic from Malhadinho! #UFC283

This would be his first move against a truly elite-level opponent, but it’s worth noting that while Jairzinho Rozenstruik is ninth in the division, he’s likely to be a better match for Almeida as well.

The Surinamese native is a formidable and distinctive striker with the power of one knockout, as the likes of Alistair Overeem, Andrej Arlovski and Chris Daukos are well aware of.

However, he has often suffered takedowns during his octagon career, and while his strikes come quickly, he also lumbers quite a bit, which means he can be thrown by a faster opponent.

It would be silly for Almeida to try to hit “Bigi Boy”, because he would probably get the better of him. But if he could plant Rosenstroke on his back, it’s hard to imagine he wouldn’t win.

After all, Rozenstruik’s ground defense looked minimal against Curtis Blaydes, and he was rarely able to escape on his feet.

‘Bigi Boy’ could win this fight if he could catch Almeida, but the Brazilian seems to be the faster and more explosive guy, and unless he thinks right, a safe takedown will open up.

Given what we’ve seen of ‘Malhadinho’ before, he could potentially become a title contender, and should start his road to gold here, perhaps by TKO on floor.

Choice: Almeida via second-round TKO

# 2. UFC Light Heavyweight Match: Anthony Smith vs. Johnnie Walker

A win over Anthony Smith could put Johnnie Walker in contention for the title
A win over Anthony Smith could put Johnnie Walker in contention for the title

In many ways, given how long these two fighters have been with the UFC, it’s surprising that they haven’t fought before.

Of the two, Anthony Smith has been around for the longest. The Lionheart saw his second stint with the promotion starting in February 2016, but it wasn’t until moving up to 205 pounds in 2018 that he really hit his stride.

Three straight wins took him to a shot at the title, and while he failed to beat Jon Jones, he’s been a staple at the top of the division ever since. However, he recently saw a winning streak snapped by Magomed Ankalaev, suffered a leg injury during a fight, and has not fought since.

On the other hand, Johnnie Walker may have just entered his prime. At 31, he’s only three years younger than Smith, but after losing two fights in 2022, he’s cooled down from Wildman action and picked up stellar wins over Ion Cutelaba and Paul Craig.

Given that Smith is currently ranked No. 5 in the division, Walker’s win would likely propel him directly into title contention. Can he pull it off?

It’s hard to say. There aren’t many weaknesses in the “Lionheart” at 205 pounds. He hits hard, can take a shot, and rarely finds himself in trouble on the ground. In fact, his submission game was underestimated.

However, he lacks the explosive nature of Walker, who seems to be able to finish off any opponent with a wild impulse.

Walker’s problem here is that going in violently against Smith could be a mistake. He has proven that he is not always that great, and if Smith grabs an opponent, he is usually ruthless in putting them down.

Generally, then, this one can come down to whichever guy hits first. The fact that Walker would enjoy a 6-inch reach advantage, is the younger, less sloppy fighter, and not sustain a major injury could factor into it, but it could go either way.

Choice: Walker via second-round TKO

# 3. UFC Fight Night: Main Card

Hot prospect Ian Garry features on this weekend's main card
Exciting prospect Ian Garry displays the main card for this weekend

In a great welterweight match, Daniel Rodriguez faces Ian Gary. Gary has always been seen as a high-profile prospect, with a vicious and damaging game that has seen him compared to a young Conor McGregor.

“Future” is already 4-0 in the Octagon, but this will be his toughest test yet. Rodriguez has nine fights in the UFC to his name and has beaten the likes of Li Jingliang and Mike Perry.

Overall, we can expect to see a great match here, and it’s a tough one to pick, especially since “D-Rod” has never been eliminated. However, Gary seems to have the faster hands and is the bigger and better guarded guy as well. choice, so it is Gary by resolution.

in heavy struggle, Mackenzie Dern Takes on Angela Hill. This is a classic striker vs. gladiator, with Dern likely wanting to fight on the ground and “Overkill” determined to keep him afloat.

So the winner must be decided by whether Dern can get Hale to the ground. Dern is a decent, well-developed striker, but ‘Overkill’ has some excellent combinations and is hard to hit as well.

However, when it was taken on the ground before it didn’t display the kind of defense needed to survive a gladiator of Dern’s caliber, and even more so, it didn’t have the power of a single shot.

Basically, if Dern goes down once in this fight, it should be over – so the smart money works her to win by submission.

finally, Alex Morono squares with Tim mean in tilting welterweight. If he was mean in his prime, this fight would look good to him. At his best, “The Dirty Bird” was an expert at using his wild range to abuse opponents from distance and in the clinch.

However, he is now 39 years old and not always the same as before, with his last win almost two years ago. Morono is not a special fighter as such, but he is remarkably strong, hits hard and is happy to go into the exchanges without fear.

The Great White will need to be careful here, but the choice is still there Morono via TKO.

#4 UFC Fight Night: The Prelims

Selections in bold

UFC Welterweight bout: Matt Brown Opposite McGee Court

UFC Heavyweight Match: Carl Williams opposite Chase Sherman

UFC Bantamweight Match: Cody Staman vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade

UFC Light Heavyweight bout: Carlos Olberg against. Ihor Butria

UFC Lightweight Match: Nathan Levy against Pete Rodriguez

UFC Flyweight Match: Kim Ji Yeon vs. Mandy Boom

UFC Welterweight bout: Brian fight against Gabriel Green

UFC Bantamweight Match: Jessica Rose Clark vs. Taynara Lisbon

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