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Guide to UFC on ESPN 25: The Korean Zombie Vs Ige

Getting prepared for UFC action this coming Saturday? Here is everything you need to know about the event with our Guide to UFC on ESPN 25.

UFC on ESPN 25
Date: June 19, 2021
Location: UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada

Main Card
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET, 4:00 p.m. PT
Where To Watch: ESPN2 & ESPN+

Featherweights: Chan Sung Jung vs. Dan Ige

Overall Records: Jung 17-6, Ige 15-3
UFC Records: Jung 6-3, Ige 7-2
Last Fight: Ortega def. Jung, UDec, UFC On ESPN+ 38 (10/17/20), Ige def. Tucker, R1 KO, UFC On ESPN+ 45 (3/13/21)
Last Five Fights: Jung 3-2, Ige 4-1
Rankings: Jung #4, Ige #8
Betting Odds: Jung -105, Ige -115
Preview: The main event is a fight that Ige has been calling for for quite some time, and it is finally happening as he gets his chance to go to battle against “The Korean Zombie.” Ige has always seen Jung as one of the best, and knew if he was going to get himself into a position to fight for a title, Jung is a guy he needs to fight and beat. It has all of the makings of being quite a war as well. Jung is fighting for the first time in 2021, as he looks to bounce back from a decision loss to Brian Ortega in a title eliminator in October. He has been itching to fight again, asking for several different opponents, and he even looked at moving up to lightweight to get a fight. When things weren’t coming together, Jung decided to undergo a minor knee procedure, and that allowed an opponent to open up. It was Ige, who after calling out Jung yet another time, finally gets the fight he was looking for. Ige called him out once again following his 22-second knockout win over Gavin Tucker in March, which got him back in the win column. Ige was on the cusp of breaking into the top-five, having won six straight fights before suffering a loss to Calvin Kattar in his first main event bout in July. Ige and his wife just welcomed a new son to the world, and Ige admits that being a father has now given him even more motivation to become a UFC champion.

This has the makings of an exciting fight. Both men are stellar on the feet with knockout power. Jung likely has the power edge of the two, but Ige can hurt opponents with his speed and volume. Ige also has some good leg kicks and is the slightly more accurate fighter on the feet. Jung doesn’t have any issues getting into brawls, and it has cost him at times. It’s also paid off more than it has cost him, and he can use his powerful hands to set up a dynamic submission game if he can get it to the ground. We’ve seen Jung utilize some unique positions, and who can forget the time he submitted Dustin Poirier in an incredible fight. Ige does average more takedowns, but Jung has a better takedown defense rate. It might come down to whether the injuries have caught up to Jung. At his best, Jung is definitely a top-five featherweight, while Ige may not quite be there.

Ige is entering his prime, and this is a big showcase bout for him. Jung needs to be on offense from the start if he’s going to win this one. If he lets Ige get ahead on the feet to where he’s having to play catch-up, it could end with Jung going to sleep. The ground games of both are good, but Jung will have the edge there, though I expect the bulk of this fight to stay on the feet. This is even on the betting odds, and is one of those fights where if they fought ten times, one guy is likely to win six of those battles at most. I think the motivation for Jung is there, as he knows this is his last chance to make a title run. I see him wearing Ige down and getting a finish past the halfway mark of the fight.

Heavyweights: Aleksei Oleinik vs. Serghei Spivac

Overall Records: Oleinik 59-15-1, Spivac 12-2
UFC Records: Oleinik 8-6, Spivac 3-2
Last Fight: Daukaus def. Oleinik, R1 TKO, UFC On ESPN+ 43 (2/20/21), Spivac def. Vanderaa, R2 TKO, UFC On ESPN+ 43 (2/20/21)
Last Five Fights: Oleinik 2-3, Spivac 3-2
Rankings: Oleinik #15
Betting Odds: Oleinik +185, Spivac -230
Preview: A week shy of his 44th birthday, and in his 25th year of fighting, Oleinik is showing no signs of slowing down as he looks to end a losing skid when he battles another young prospect in Spivac. Oleinik is looking to end a two-fight losing skid, as he’s coming off back-to-back TKO losses to Derrick Lewis and Chris Daukaus. Prior to that, he had firmly put himself inside the top-ten of the heavyweight rankings, having gone 6–3 over a period of nine fights, which is par-for-the-course in the heavyweight division. He needs a win here, though, if he’s going to remain on the UFC roster. Spivac comes into this fight having won his last two fights, scoring wins over Carlos Felipe and Jared Vanderaa. It’s a nice rebound after having lost two of his first three UFC bouts, and he’s looking to break into the rankings with a win here. Of Spivac’s twelve career wins, eleven have come via a finish.

This feels like a bad match-up for Oleinik. He’s clearly in the twilight of his career, and his recent performances have shown he is really having trouble taking a punch. Spivac is an imposing heavyweight who will have some size on him, and Spivac has also shown good improvement in his recent outings. This is still a fight that Oleinik can win, but he’s going to need to dig deep into his bag of tricks in order to do so. He will need to avoid getting hit and lure Spivac into taking him down. Spivac has good takedowns and works well from the top, but you are playing with fire if you allow Oleinik to work from the bottom. Oleinik is famous for the Ezekiel choke, so Spivac will need to train to be prepared for that. I’m not really feeling Oleinik’s chances in this one, and I think Spivac will hurt him on the feet without even needing to play any on the mat. I sense this to be quick, over in the first round, and with Spivac having his hand raised at the end.

Bantamweights: Marlon Vera vs. Davey Grant

Overall Records: Vera 16-7-1, Grant 13-4
UFC Records: Vera 10-6, Grant 4-3
Last Fight: Aldo def. Vera, UDec, UFC On ESPN+ 41 (12/19/20), Grant def. Martinez, R2 KO, UFC On ESPN+ 45 (3/13/21)
Last Five Fights: Vera 3-2, Grant 3-2
Rankings: Vera #15
Betting Odds: Vera -210, Grant +170
Preview: A rematch of a February 2016 bout takes place here as 15th-ranked Vera looks to avenge a loss to Grant in this bantamweight bout. They fought in London at UFC Fight Night 84, a bout that Grant won on straight 30-26 scorecards, which came when Vera was deducted a point for grabbing inside of Grant’s gloves. The two have had very different careers since that fight. Vera has gone 9–4 since, with some high-profile fights, including a win over Sean O’Malley and a defeat to Jose Aldo, to get himself inside the 135-lbs. rankings. Grant has only fought five times since, going 3–2, but he enters this fight riding a three-fight win streak, and is coming off back-to-back knockout wins over Martin Day and Jonathan Martinez. Both men are finishers as Vera has an 88% finish rate and Grant has an 85% finish rate.

Both have vastly improved since their first fight, which mostly consisted of Grant taking Vera down and controlling on the mat. Vera is a far more talented striker than he was back then; it’s almost like two different fighters. He’s become brutal on the feet, and his mixes his strikes well. That won’t scare Grant, however, as Grant is just coming off a knockout over a talented striker, because he showed no fear in battling Martinez on the feet. Vera does have a strong chin, and Grant might have trouble knocking him down. Grant could decide to go down the path that led him to victory the first time, but Vera has improved his takedown defense exponentially since their first fight. Vera has a 70% takedown defense rate, but he can be taken down.

If Grant is going to look for the takedown, he will need to avoid the power of Vera. Vera has scored five knockdowns since their first fight, and he does his best work when he’s pressuring his opponents. As I said above, both men are vastly different fighters than the first time they fought, and I see the outcome being different than the first time they fought. Vera should be able to wear him down with pressure and combinations en route to landing that big shot that leads to a finish.

Featherweights: Julian Erosa vs. SeungWoo Choi

Overall Records: Erosa 25-8, Choi 9-3
UFC Records: Erosa 3-4, Choi 2-2
Last Fight: Erosa def. Landwehr, R1 TKO, UFC On ESPN+ 43 (2/20/21), Choi def. Zalal, UDec, UFC On ESPN+ 42 (2/6/21)
Last Five Fights: Erosa 3-2, Choi 3-2
Betting Odds: Erosa +115, Choi -145
Preview: A battle of featherweights who are slowly working their ways up the 145-lbs. ladder takes place here as Erosa takes on Choi. Erosa comes into this fight riding a three-fight win streak, with his last two wins coming since re-joining UFC’s roster for his third stint. He is coming off stoppage wins over Sean Woodson and Nate Landwehr, and is looking to improve on his 88% finishing rate. Choi comes into this fight having won his past two fights, scoring wins over Suman Mokhtarian and Youssef Zalal. Those two wins have come after two losses to start his UFC career, and he’s looking to avoid dropping under .500 inside the Octagon in this bout.

Erosa is a high-volume striker, landing slightly more than five significant strikes per minute, but he also tends to get hit often, eating just under six significant strikes per minute. He was able to get by Woodson by wearing him down on the feet, while his finish of Landwehr was a perfectly-timed knee. That shows that Erosa can mix his strikes well, and he has very good range, but Choi is a stout striker as well. Choi doesn’t land as much as Erosa, but, more importantly, he doesn’t get hit anywhere near like Erosa. They are both decent takedown artists, and Erosa is more active in looking for submissions, but Choi was able to completely shut down the wrestling of Zalal, and Erosa’s wrestling isn’t near as good as that. This is a close fight on paper, and Erosa, as the underdog, has some upset potential, but I don’t see him being a good-enough striker to out-work Choi during the fight. I sense Choi scoring the win on the scorecards.

Middleweights: Wellington Turman vs. Bruno Silva

Overall Records: Turman 16-4, Silva 19-6
UFC Records: Turman 1-2, Silva 0-0
Last Fight: Sanchez def. Turman, R1 KO, UFC On ESPN+ 32 (8/8/20), Silva def. Frolov, R4 TKO, M-1 Challenge 98 (11/2/18)
Last Five Fights: Turman 3-2, Silva 4-1
Betting Odds: Turman +105, Silva -125
Preview: A middleweight battle between Brazilians takes place on the main card here as Turman looks to get back into the win column as he welcomes Silva to the Octagon for the first time. Turman fights for the first time since August as he looks to bounce back from a first-round knockout loss to Andrew Sanchez. He’s been scheduled for two fights since then, but was forced out of both of those bouts. A loss here would drop him to 1–3 in the UFC, which wouldn’t be a good sign for his future with the promotion. Silva is making his UFC debut after being signed to debut in 2019. However, he failed a drug test prior to his debut and was handed a two-year suspension from USADA. With his suspension up, he’s still getting a shot, and he looks to improve on a four-fight win streak, which includes wins over Alexander Shlemenko and Artem Frolov. He comes into this fight with an impressive résumé, as 16 of his 19 professional wins have come by knockout.

Turman has a lot of experience for someone who is only 24 years old, as this will be his 21st professional fight. There is still plenty of room for him to grow, but it’s also concerning to have that many fights at this age, as his full potential might never be shown. Silva is a bit of a wild card coming into this one. He definitely earned his UFC contract, but that was before the drug suspension and two years off. In the past, he was a big-time knockout artist known for his wild style on the feet. He also competed on TUF Brazil 3 as a heavyweight, so he has some size and is physically imposing in the clinch. However, despite all of his power, he struggles against opponents who can take him down, and Turman has good takedowns, and Silva has been finished in all of his losses, including being submitted five times.

Turman was knocked out on his feet by Sanchez, and if he can avoid the power right hand from Silva, he might be able to grind it out. That is the big question, though. This has the potential to be an exciting finish, or it could be a boring, grinding affair. I’m going with the former and Silva scoring an impressive win in his debut.

Welterweights: Matt Brown vs. Dhiego Lima

Overall Records: Brown 22-18, Lima 15-8
UFC Records: Brown 15-12, Lima 4-6
Last Fight: Condit def. Brown, UDec, UFC On ABC 1 (1/16/21), Muhammad def. Lima, UDec, UFC 258 (2/13/21)
Last Five Fights: Brown 2-3, Lima 3-2
Betting Odds: Brown +140, Lima -175
Preview: A hardcore cult fan favorite veteran returns, looking to show he still has some fight left in the gas tank, as Brown battles Lima in what could be an exciting welterweight bout to kick off the main card. Brown is looking to end a two-fight losing skid, as he’s dropped back-to-back fights to Miguel Baeza and Carlos Condit. He’s gone 3–7 over his last ten, and Brown says he knows the end is coming, but he also feels like he still has a lot to offer. Lima is also looking to bounce back from a loss in his last fight, as he dropped a decision to Belal Muhammad in February. Prior to that loss, Lima had won three straight, the only win streak he’s been on during his two UFC stints. He’s looking to improve on a record that’s seen him score eight wins via stoppage in his career.

Hopefully, for Lima’s sake, his brother Douglas’ loss last weekend doesn’t become a distraction, as Brown is plenty violent still to make Lima pay. Brown is still all-action on the feet, and still has some dangerous tools in the clinch and does solid work on the ground. He may not be as quick as he used to be, and Lima has gotten better. When he was at his best, Brown liked to walk foes down and pressure them as he unleashed a barrage of all sorts of punches, elbows, knees and kicks. Lima has struggled against those who pressured him, so Brown will need to know to do that. The question is if he still can. Brown’s chin is more vulnerable, though Lima hasn’t shown that one-shot power outside of his win over Chad Laprise. Lima also tends to get hit more than he lands, and he’s far from the most-accurate striker.

The chin of both men are questions, and I expect fireworks on the feet. Brown is still the better technical brawler, and with him being the underdog, I feel like he can turn back the clock in this one and get a brutal stoppage. If he is able to pull it off by knockout, it wouldn’t be the worst swan song for Brown. I like him to get the win.

Preliminary Card
Start Time: 4:00 p.m. ET, 1:00 p.m. PT
Where To Watch: ESPN2 & ESPN+

Light Heavyweights: Aleksa Camur vs. Nicolae Negumereanu

Overall Records: Camur 6-1, Negumereanu 9-1
UFC Records: Camur 1-1, Negumereanu 0-1
Last Fight: Knight def. Camur, UDec, UFC 253 (9/26/20), Safarov def. Negumereanu, UDec, UFC On ESPN+ 5 (3/16/19)
Last Five Fights: Camur 4-1, Negumereanu 4-1
Betting Odds: Camur -240, Negumereanu +190
Preview: The featured prelim bout is a light heavyweight fight featuring two prospects looking to bounce back from their first career losses. Camur started his career with a perfect 6–0 record, which included an impressive knockout win on The Contender Series to earn a UFC contract, and followed that with a win over Justin Ledet in his UFC debut. However, he dropped a decision to William Knight in September, so he now has the weird feeling of coming into a fight off a loss for the first time. Negumereanu will be stepping into the Octagon for the first time in 27 months as he makes his second UFC appearance. He started his career 9–0 to get a short-notice UFC call, but dropped a decision to Saparbeg Safarov in his debut in March 2019. He’s been out of action since then, recovering from injuries and having plans to fight derailed by travel restrictions due to the pandemic. He’s won all nine of his fights by stoppage.

It is safe to say that Negumereanu couldn’t have looked any worse than he did against Safarov. He only landed eleven total significant strikes during the fifteen-minute fight, and he was taken down multiple times and dominated on the mat. It showed so many holes in his game, and hopefully the two years off allowed him to shore those up. Camur is a lot better than he showed in the loss to Knight, as he fought a horrible fight and just allowed Knight to control in the clinch. He’s better than Knight, but fought down to that level, and it cost him. Camur will have the edge on the feet, should have the edge in the clinch, and should have the edge on the ground if he takes Negumereanu down. Negumereanu had an impressive record on the regional scene in Europe, but he didn’t look ready for UFC in his debut. Camur should make him still not look ready in this one. I have Camur wearing Negumereanu down en route to a win on the scorecards, and it might not be the prettiest fight.

Women’s Strawweights: Kanako Murata vs. Virna Jandiroba

Overall Records: Murata 12-1, Jandiroba 16-2
UFC Records: Murata 1-0, Jandiroba 2-2
Last Fight: Murata def. Markos, UDec, UFC On ESPN+ 40 (11/14/20), Dern def. Jandiroba, UDec, UFC 256 (12/12/20)
Last Five Fights: Murata 5-0, Jandiroba 3-2
Rankings: Jandiroba #13
Betting Odds: Murata +115, Jandiroba -140
Preview: A women’s strawweight bout between two quality fighters takes place on the prelims as Murata looks to score a win to break into the rankings when she battles 13th-ranked Jandiroba. Murata will make that walk to the Octagon for the second time, as she scored a decision win over Randa Markos in her debut in November. That extended her win streak to eight, and she’s only lost once in her 13-fight career. She has scored four submission wins, including a few Von Flue choke wins in her career. Jandiroba is looking to bounce back from a loss as she fights in the UFC for the fifth time. She signed with the promotion after starting her career 14–0, but dropped a decision to Carla Esparza in her debut. She then scored back-to-back submission wins over Mallory Martin and Felice Herrig before dropping a decision to Mackenzie Dern in December. She’s a strong submission specialist, with 13 of her 16 career wins coming by submission.

Neither of these women are going to scare you on the feet, though Murata is an accurate striker. The problem is, though, that she only lands less than two significant strikes per minute. However, the ground battle is what makes this fight potentially a lot of fun. Murata is arguably the best wrestler in the strawweight division, especially now that Tatiana Suarez is on her way up to 125 lbs. Jandiroba does have that submission acumen, but it will unlikely faze Murata from taking her down. Murata is going to want to establish dominance from the top, so she’s going to make Jandiroba hunt for the submissions as opposed to letting her have them come easily. Jandiroba struggled against a strong wrestler in Esparza, and Murata is better than Esparza in the wrestling department, albeit not by much. I see Murata taking the fight to the mat whenever she likes, and a stifling top position game that will negate any offense Jandiroba tries to pull off. I have Murata taking a decision.

Welterweights: Khaos Williams vs. Matthew Semelsberger

Overall Records: Williams 11-2, Semelsberger 8-2
UFC Records: Williams 2-1, Semelsberger 2-0
Last Fight: Pereira def. Williams, UDec, UFC On ESPN+ 41 (12/19/20), Semelsberger def. Witt, R1 KO, UFC On ESPN+ 45 (3/13/21)
Last Five Fights: Williams 4-1, Semelsberger 5-0
Betting Odds: Williams -155, Semelsberger +130
Preview: A welterweight bout that could provide a good amount of fireworks takes place here as Williams looks to bring something fitting to his name when he battles Semelsberger. Williams fights for the first time in 2021 as he looks to get back in the win column after a decision loss to Michel Pereira in December. That ended an eight-fight win streak he was on, which included a 27-second win and a 30-second win in his first two UFC bouts. He’s brought plenty of chaos in his career, and he looks to bring more here. Semelsberger comes into this fight riding a five-fight win streak, the last two of which have come since his signing of a UFC contract. He’s coming off a 16-second knockout win over Jason Witt in March, far-and-away the quickest win of his career. Six of Semelsberger’s eight career wins have come via a stoppage.

This one could provide plenty of early fireworks. Semelsberger is a high-volume striker who likes to come forward and throw sometimes recklessly. That is a perfect recipe for Williams, who can land fight-ending counter shots if they’re available. Semelsberger is the more aggressive fighter of the two, while Williams tends to stay back and be patient. Patience may have cost Williams his fight against Pereira, as Pereira fought a smart fight at range and didn’t do anything explosive to put himself in trouble. I doubt Semelsberger will have the same idea. Semelsberger likes to string together his punches, but he can get a little wild and leave himself open to getting hit, which is where Williams will find success. I don’t expect any of this fight to go to the mat, except maybe when one drops the other. I also don’t see it lasting past the first round. I favor the explosiveness of Williams, and see him catching Semelsberger with a perfect punch as Semelsberger is being overly aggressive.

Heavyweights: Josh Parisian vs. Roque Martinez

Overall Records: Parisian 13-4, Martinez 15-7-2
UFC Records: Parisian 0-1, Martinez 0-2
Last Fight: Porter def. Parisian, UDec, UFC On ESPN 18 (11/28/20), Mayes def. Martinez, UDec, UFC On ESPN+ 40 (11/14/20)
Last Five Fights: Parisian 4-1, Martinez 2-3
Betting Odds: Parisian -140, Martinez +115
Preview: A heavyweight bout between two men who definitely look the part goes down here as Parisian and Martinez battle in a fight that will, hopefully, see someone score their first UFC win. Parisian is looking to rebound from a loss in his UFC debut, as he dropped a decision to Parker Porter in November. That ended his win streak at six straight. Parisian is a rare fighter who has competed both on The Contender Series and The Ultimate Fighter, and it was his second Contender Series fight that earned him his UFC contract. Martinez enters his third UFC bout looking for his first win after dropping back-to-back fights to Alexandr Romanov and Don’Tale Mayes. Martinez has scored 11 of his 15 career wins via stoppage.

Parisian is a big heavyweight that has to cut to make weight, and while Martinez has an, um, unique shape to him, Parisian will have the size advantage. Parisian also lands a lot of punches, landing almost eight significant strikes per minute. He tends to get hit a lot, but Martinez isn’t some kind of crazy volume striker. What Martinez is, is a durable opponent who, despite his physique, has excellent cardio. He could choose to let Parisian punch himself out early and take over late. I don’t know what to make of this fight, and it could be an ugly heavyweight fight. At least it is on the prelims and not the main card, so that’s a positive. Martinez is tough and durable, but he starts slow, and I think Parisian is just the better fighter of the two, and that will lead him to an ugly decision win.

Lightweights: Joaquim Silva vs. Rick Glenn

Overall Records: Silva 11-2, Glenn 21-6-1
UFC Records: Silva 4-2, Glenn 3-3
Last Fight: Haqparast def. Silva, R2 KO, UFC On ESPN 5 (8/3/19), Aguilar def. Glenn, UDec, TUF 28 Finale (11/30/18)
Last Five Fights: Silva 3-2, Glenn 3-2
Betting Odds: Silva -130, Glenn +110
Preview: A lightweight bout between two men returning from long layoffs takes place here as Silva and Glenn battle in a fight to determine who gets back into the win column. Silva is fighting for the first time since an August 2019 loss to Nasrat Haqparast. Silva started his career with ten straight wins, including winning his first three UFC bouts, but he’s dropped two of his last three bouts. Nine of his eleven wins have seen him score a finish. Glenn returns for the first time since November 2018 as he returns to the lightweight division following missing weight and dropping a decision to Kevin Aguilar in his last fight. He was supposed to fight last year, but had his fight pulled after he tested positive for COVID during fight week, and he’s looking to get over the .500 mark in UFC with a win here.

This one has the makings of a slugfest, as these are two fighters who are more-than-willing to stand inside the pocket and slug it out. Silva has had trouble with opponents who pressure him, so that’s an exploitation point for Glenn. Glenn will also have a height and reach edge over Silva, which will help him keep some decent range. Glenn is a durable fighter, but Silva displays a great amount of power, so he can expect to eat some hard shots from Silva. Neither man is the most accurate fighter on their feet, but Silva does tend to get hit more than Glenn does. Glenn does have the wrestling background to rely on if he gets in trouble on the feet, though he hasn’t been able to be very successful with his takedowns in UFC, only converting on 13% of his takedown attempts. This one likely stays on the feet for the majority of the fight, and become just a matter of who is able to establish their will on the feet. Silva has the power edge, and Glenn has the volume and control edge. I do think Silva will out-slug Glenn, leading to a late stoppage or a decision win.

Women’s Flyweights: Casey O’Neill vs. Lara Procopio

Overall Records: O’Neill 6-0, Procopio 7-1
UFC Records: O’Neill 1-0, Procopio 1-1
Last Fight: O’Neill def. Dobson, R2 TKO, UFC On ESPN+ 43 (2/20/21), Procopio def. McCann, UDec, UFC On ESPN+ 42 (2/6/21)
Last Five Fights: O’Neill 5-0, Procopio 4-1
Betting Odds: O’Neill +130, Procopio -155
Preview: The opening bout of the card is a flyweight bout that sees a strong prospect looking to remain undefeated as O’Neill battles Procopio. O’Neill is looking to remain perfect in her career, as she’s started off with six straight wins. She made her Octagon debut in February, finishing Shana Dobson in the second round. She’s only been fighting for two years but has already shown loads of potential. Procopio is looking to score her second straight win in this one. She started her career 6–0 like O’Neill, but lost to Karol Rosa in her UFC debut in August 2019. She bounced back to get in the win column, scoring her first UFC win in a decision over Molly McCann in February. She’s looking to get her fourth stoppage win in this fight.

While Procopio has slightly more experience, I see O’Neill as a potential can’t-miss prospect, and I’m surprised she’s the underdog here. She tends to land a lot on her opponents while rarely getting hit, which is a huge plus in a fight like this, as Procopio is a high-volume striker. That being said, Procopio also has gotten hit more than she’s landed in the past, and she will have to deal with the power of O’Neill. Procopio could decide to turn this into a wrestling and grappling battle, as that is where she had success against McCann, but O’Neill is a very good athlete and has the ability to reverse takedown attempts and end up on top. This feels like a fight that is set up to help further advance the skills of O’Neill and is a very good match-up for her. Procopio will put her in some tough spots and make her work for it, but O’Neill is too talented and skilled and has too much potential for this to go the wrong way for her. I see O’Neill showing the best version of her young career, and getting a stoppage win in this one.

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