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Predictions for UFC Fight Night – Poirier vs. Hooker and All Fights on the Card

| June 25, 2020 3:50 am PDT
UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Hooker

My UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Hooker predictions are in, and I’m feeling pretty confident in how things might turn out.

Dustin Poirier clashes with Dan Hooker in the main event, which is a fight that fans will not want to miss. This one could potentially affect the upper reaches of the lightweight division and should be up there with the best fights of the year when we review what has been a strange 2020.

The top UFC betting sites have odds for Poirier vs. Hooker, as well as the other fights on the card.

Speaking of which, we have a fun welterweight clash to look forward to in Mike Perry vs. Mickey Gall. How will the battle of the Michaels turn out? Well, if you haven’t got your predictions down, it’s probably a good idea to check mine out.

Let’s start my UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Hooker picks with the main event and work our way down.

Poirier to Beat Hooker by KO/TKO

Former UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier faces off with number four ranked Dan Hooker in the main event this Saturday night.

Poirier is fighting for the first time since his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 last year. “The Diamond” is not quite ready to give up his title ambitions and will keep himself in the mix as long as he gets the win.

Conversely, New Zealand’s Hooker has an opportunity to stake his claim for a shot at the title if he can beat Poirier. Hooker is coming off a razor-thin, split decision victory over Paul Felder in Auckland in February and is aiming for his fourth straight victory against the American.

Make no mistake, this is the toughest test of Hooker’s career. In Poirier, he faces a very well-rounded mixed martial artist with no discernible weaknesses. Poirier, who likes to operate from a southpaw stance, has sublime boxing. In addition to serious power, excellent management of distance and range, as well as creative combinations, Poirier has nasty leg kicks.

As I explain in my Poirier vs. Hooker fight preview, if the Kiwi brings a similar gameplan into this fight as he used against Felder, Poirier will wear him down and stop him on the feet. 

I only see this fight going one way — Poirier via KO/TKO. 

Perry to Beat Gall by KO/TKO

Mike Perry is one of the more… colorful characters of the UFC. But if he loses against Mickey Gall, he could find himself looking for a new job.

Perry is 2-5 in his last seven fights, which only tells part of the story. Tipped to be a big player in the division just a matter of a few years ago, Perry was matched up with some absolute killers who unfortunately revealed that he is not an A-grade welterweight. 

Losses to the likes of Santiago Ponzinibbio, Donald Cerrone, Vicente Luque, and Geoff Neal are hardly embarrassing. But in a results-driven business, records count. Put simply, Perry needs this win.

Perry vs. Gall is a traditional striker vs. grappler match, with Gall’s real talent coming off the feet. The man who handed CM Punk his first loss and Sage Northcutt the second defeat of his career is relatively inexperienced and has certainly not fought the same caliber of opponent as Perry.

A master of the rear naked choke, Gall earned his first victory on the cards in his last fight against Salim Touahri in August 2019. I don’t see him going the distance against Perry, however, who will have bad intentions on the night.

Perry wins this by way of KO/TKO for me. He is a hard hitter that is exceptionally dangerous in close quarters. And while he won’t want to give Gall many opportunities to take him down, all he needs is one solid connection to end the fight.

Diego Sanchez earned his first knockout win in eleven years against Gall in 2019. No disrespect to either man, but Perry will see that as all the motivation he needs for an early finish.

You can read more about my prediction in a Perry vs. Gall fight preview I recently posted.

Allen to Beat Daukaus by Submission

Brendan Allen and Kyle Daukaus go head to head in what should be a grappling heavy middleweight scrap.

Allen comes in as the favorite in this one, and it’s not hard to see why. He is riding a six-fight winning streak, which includes back-to-back finishes over Tom Breese and Kevin Holland. 

Initially set to face Ian Heinisch, Daukaus has stepped up on short notice following an injury to the 31-year-old. Like Allen, he is a skillful grappler who is dangerous on the ground. This is a huge test for him, especially since he is making a step up from regional level on short notice. With that said, a win would raise his profile monumentally.

Unfortunately, Allen looks too good for his opponent. I see this one ending in a submission win for Allen, and potentially as early as the first couple of minutes of the fight.

Greene to Beat Villante by KO/TKO

Next up, we have Gian Villante vs. Maurice Greene in what could either be a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots type of thing or a boring slugfest.

Villante comes into this one off the back of a loss to Michał Oleksiejczuk at light heavyweight. A former college footballer and NCAA Division I All-American wrestler, Villante is strong and has great movement for a man of his size.

For someone fairly well-rounded, Villante has often fallen victim to being dragged into fighting his opponents’ fights. Rather than playing to his strengths, he seems too keen to throw wild shots in search of big KOs. And despite a couple of big wins, this tendency has held him back in his career.

Villante has been knocked out five times in his career, which makes his decision to move up to heavyweight a curious one. But one man who will happy to test him is the giant Maurice Greene.

Greene is coming off back-to-back losses against Aleksei Oleinik and Sergei Pavlovich. Prior to those fights, he knocked out Junior Albini in one round but has thus far failed to live up to his reputation as a knockout artist.

That could all change this Saturday night if Greene can get to his man early in the fight. I think he’ll do just that.

Pena to Beat Worthy by Decision

Luis Pena is showing signs that he could one day hang with some of the best fighters in the UFC’s lightweight division. The 26-year-old stands at 6’3″ and with a 76″ inch reach, which should help him a lot.

Worthy is coming off a tremendous knockout of Devonte Smith in his UFC debut in 2019. Prior to that win, he notched up five consecutive wins on the regional circuit, including three stoppages. 

As much as Worthy is a big threat to Pena, I think the “Violent Bob Ross” is too technically sharp to give up his advantages. He is the bigger man with the better range of tools at his disposal and should take Worthy to the scorecards en route to his second win from two fights.

Maverick to Beat Borella by Decision

Miranda Maverick makes her UFC debut against Mara Romero Borella, who will be fighting for the second time in less than six weeks.

Borella lost by submission to Cortney Casey on the undercard of Alistair Overeem’s fight with Walt Harris. She is 1-4 in her last five fights and could be set for the exit door if she loses this one. Borella probably isn’t cut out for this level.

Maverick is coming off a decision win against former UFC competitor Pearl Gonzalez in Invicta FC, having submitted another former UFC fighter in DeAnna Bennett six months prior. 

Maverick is the younger, more athletic fighter and should have what it takes to earn a commanding decision win on the night.

Lins to Beat Boser by Decision

Philipe Lins squares off with Tanner Boser in the first of two heavyweight fights on the night.

Boser is a solid, battle-hardened scrapper that will come to fight. I don’t doubt his heart, nor his confidence, but he simply doesn’t have significant speed or power, which puts him in a bit of a pickle against a man like Lins.

Lins will see this fight with Boser as a very winnable one. Coming off a loss to Andrei Arlovski in his UFC debut last month, he has a lot to prove. Providing he fights smart and doesn’t stand in the one spot, he should get the win here by decision. 

Woodson to Beat Nelson by KO/TKO

Sean Woodson takes on Kyle Nelson in the second fight of his UFC career. In his debut, Woodson beat the tough Kyle Bochniak to make it 7-0 in the paid ranks and will be hoping to extend that record this Saturday.

Nelson is 1-2 in the UFC thus far. Stoppage losses to Carlos Diego Ferreira and Matt Sayles in his first two fights were disappointing, but he bounced back with a TKO win over Polo Reyes to give himself a chance of making something of himself.

Unfortunately for Nelson, I think Woodson should have the speed, technique, and power advantages on the night. I’m backing Woodson for the KO/TKO.

Sato to Beat Brahimaj by Decision

Ramiz Brahimaj faces Takashi Sato in his UFC debut this Saturday night.

Naturally, there is not a lot we can tell about Sato at this level. His record on the regional circuit is 8-2, which includes two wins and two losses from his last four. The Texan does have a proven submission game at regional level, and from what I can tell, decent striking.

Sato is coming off a loss to Belal Muhammad in September. Prior to that, he earned a nice stoppage win over Ben Saunders in his debut. I will give Sato the edge in this one, but it should be a close fight. 

Hansen to Beat Frey by Decision

A strawweight clash between former Invicta Atomweight champion Jinh Yu Frey and Kay Hansen should be an exciting one for the early prelims.

Both are UFC debutants, but Frey is the more accomplished of the two. Hansen is the younger fighter at just 20 — a full 15 years younger than her opponent on the night — but has experience of fighting at flyweight and some nice grappling chops to boot.

This is a tough one to call, but I’m giving the edge to Hansen. She is the stronger fighter and should have the better gas tank.

Griffin to Beat Zalal by Decision

Jordan Griffin got his first UFC win at the third time of asking in February, with a slick submission over T.J. Brown. “The Native Psycho” faces Youssef Zalal on Saturday night and will be looking to stay on the right side of the promotion with another victory.

Zalal won by decision over Austin Lingo in his UFC debut in February and will fancy his chances of making it two from two against Griffin. I think he’ll come up short against Griffin, however, and could be looking at a decision loss.

What About These Picks?

Well, that’s my picks done and dusted for UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Hooker this Saturday.

What do you make of them? Naturally, you’re free to agree or disagree as you see fit. Especially if you’re betting on the UFC fights on this card. 

Let me know who you’re backing for Poirier vs. Hooker, as well as the other bouts, in the comments section below!

Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

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