The Octagon will be in Santiago, Chile on Saturday, May 19th for another UFC Fight Night 129, with the main card set to be shown live on FS1. It’s going to be a very busy night, as we have no less than 6 big fights on the main card, which is set to go at 7 PM EST. It is the Maia/Usman fight that is the headliner here, but we have a ton of other action to cover, so let’s get right into it with some previews and predictions.
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AT A GLANCE
When is UFC Fight Night 129? Sunday 20nd May 2018 – 01:00 start (UK)
Where is UFC Fight Night 129? Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile
What channel is UFC Fight Night 129 on? BT Sport 2
Vicente Luque (-200) vs Chad Laprise (+170)
It may be the opening fight on a busy main card, but this fight promises to be a beauty. Both of these men do not mind standing toe to toe and hurling punches, so expect some frenzied action. Luque (12-6-1) has the advantage here given that he has a much bigger reach and that he is also good on the canvas if the fight goes that route. Laprise is a solid 14-2, and certainly has the power to land a KO punch. Look for this one to go all 3 rounds, with Luque coming out on top.
Veronica Macedo (+255) vs Andrea Lee (-330)
We can probably expect a slower pace with this fight, as both of these women do their best work on the canvas. Macedo comes in with a 6-1-1 career record but is just 2-1-1 in her last 4 fights. She looks to be up against here against the 8-2 Lee, as this is a fighter who is making a habit of winning her bouts via submission. If this one does end up on the mat, the huge advantage goes to Lee.
A pair of very evenly matched South American fighters will step into the Octagon for what looks to be an intriguing match-up. Rivas is the king of the takedown, getting his opponents on the mat with an 80% accuracy. When you consider that 7-3 Cannetti has lost all 3 of his fights by submission, you see how important it is that he stays on his feet and tries to box this one out. I see this one going the distance, with the slight nod to Rivas.
Another fight that promises some fireworks, as these are two fighters who know how to pack a punch. Cannonier has a career record of 10-3 and is currently on a win one/lose one type of run. He will try to use his kickboxing skills to his advantage here. Reyes (8-0) is unbeaten but is still very much an up and comer in MMA. A win here would certainly be a huge feather in his cap, and I think he gets that win by decision.
Alexa Grasso (+450) vs Tatiana Suarez (-700)
Grasso comes into this bout with a 10-1 record and 5 wins in her last 6 fights. To get the win here, Grasso is going to need to get Suarez on the canvas, as that is where she really excels. That is not going to be an easy task against the 6-0 Suarez, who has won 5 of her fights via submission, Despite the disparity in odds here, this has the makings of the fight of the night, and one where I believe we will see an upset.
Damian Maia (+500) vs Kamara Usman (-675)
If you are looking for an all-out war, you are probably not going to get it here. These are a pair of fighters who do their best work on the mat, so look for a lot of grappling action. Maia (25-8), a former title challenger, is looking to get back up the ranks, but he is going to have a tough time against Usman who has gone 7-0 since joining the UFC, taking his career record to 11-1. This is a fight that looks certain to go the distance, with the nod going to Usman.