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Here is the main card for UFC Fight Night Greenville:
Renato Moicano (13-2-1) vs. Chan Sung Jung (14-5)
After being knocked out in the final second of his memorable main event against Yair Rodriguez, ‘The Korean Zombie’ is back, taking on Renato Moicano in a pivotal Featherweight affair. Moicano is fresh off of his 2nd UFC loss, being stopped by Jose Aldo but remaining 5th in the UFC’s Featherweight rankings. In my mind, Moicano feels likely to maintain that position too, appearing to be a tough stylistic matchup for Jung. I personally believe that Moicano will control the range in our main event, picking Jung off and dictating proceedings en route to a decision win.
However, if Moicano gets too comfortable trading punches with his foe, his night could end swiftly. Jung has genuine firepower and in a striking matchup, that could always show.
Bryan Barberena (14-6) vs. Randy Brown (10-3)
With losses to just Colby Covington, Leon Edwards and Vicente Luque since 2016, Bryan Barberena is one of the sport's toughest gatekeepers. With impressive wins over Jake Ellenberger, Sage Northcutt and Warlley Alves, Barberena has a proven and consistent ability to beat Welterweights on the fringes of the top 15. On the other hand, Brown has experienced some success of his own, winning four of his seven octagon outings but admittedly not fighting since a 2018 knockout loss against Niko Price.
This feels like a fight that Barberena wins. I see him pushing a tremendous pace and scoring the stoppage but it must be said that after suffering the first stoppage defeat of his career, Barberena’s chin may not be quite as sturdy as it was before. Whether or not Brown can capitalize on that is a different question altogether.
Andrea Lee (10-2) vs. Montana De La Rosa (12-4)
In a clash of rising contenders in the developing Women’s Flyweight division, these two ranked competitors will look to extend their already impressive win steaks. Though unable to win the Ultimate Fighter and become champion, De La Rosa has won three straight since arriving in the UFC. However, this feels like a tough stylistic matchup for her. Lee is very likely the better striker in this affair and while De La Rosa’s submission tally speaks for itself, I can’t personally see her dominating Lee in that element either.
That’s not to say she can’t submit her foe of course but in my mind, Lee is simply the more well-rounded fighter and as a result, I’m picking her to take the decision.
Kevin Holland (14-4) vs. Alessio Di Chirico (12-2)
This is a fight between two Middleweights with winning UFC records but one that frankly, presents a matchup that's hard to read. Both men are well-rounded without standing out in any particular area and as a result, this fight appears likely to wind up going to the scorecards. Di Chirico is almost a year removed from his last outing though while Holland has fought three times since then. With that in mind, I'll lean towards the more active fighter but it's almost impossible for me to be confident in that prediction.
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