Randy Brown vs Zaleski dos Santos Prediction UFC 302 6/1

Randy Brown vs Zaleski dos Santos Prediction UFC 302 6/1

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UFC 302: Makhachev vs. Poirier - Randy Brown vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos Preview and Prediction

UFC 302 is set to deliver another electrifying night of fights at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on June 1, 2024. Among the many anticipated matchups, the welterweight clash between Jamaica's Randy Brown and Brazil's Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos stands out. This bout promises a thrilling showcase of striking skills and tactical prowess.

 

Randy Brown - Budokan Martial Arts Academy

  • Height/Weight: 6' 3", 170 lbs
  • Record: 18-5-0 (7 TKO, 5 SUB)
  • Team: Budokan Martial Arts Academy
  • Nickname: Rudeboy
  • Stance: Orthodox

Strengths:

Randy "Rudeboy" Brown is a versatile fighter known for his striking and submission skills. Standing at 6' 3", his height and reach advantage often allow him to control the distance and dictate the pace of the fight. Brown's knockout power, combined with his submission acumen, makes him a well-rounded threat in the welterweight division.

Recent Performance:

Brown's recent victories, including a first-round knockout of Muslim Salikhov and unanimous decision wins over Wellington Turman and Francisco Trinaldo, highlight his ability to compete at a high level. Despite a submission loss to Jack Della Maddalena, Brown has consistently demonstrated resilience and skill in bouncing back stronger.

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos - CM System

  • Height/Weight: 5' 11", 170 lbs
  • Record: 24-7-1 (14 TKO, 3 SUB)
  • Team: CM System
  • Nickname: Capoeira
  • Stance: Orthodox

Strengths:

Elizeu "Capoeira" Zaleski dos Santos is a dynamic striker with a capoeira-based style that makes him unpredictable and dangerous. His knockout power is well-documented, with 14 of his 24 wins coming by way of KO/TKO. Zaleski dos Santos also possesses a solid ground game, with notable submission victories in his career.

Recent Performance:

Zaleski dos Santos has shown his toughness and skill with a split decision win over Abubakar Nurmagomedov and a unanimous decision victory against Benoît Saint-Denis. However, his recent draw against Rinat Fakhretdinov and a split decision loss to Muslim Salikhov suggest some inconsistencies in his performance.

Prediction:

This welterweight showdown is expected to be a striking battle, with both fighters looking to assert their dominance on the feet. Randy Brown's height, reach, and versatile skill set give him a significant edge. His ability to maintain distance and utilize his reach will be crucial in keeping Zaleski dos Santos at bay.

Brown's experience against high-level opponents and his track record of bouncing back from losses highlight his mental toughness and ability to adapt. Zaleski dos Santos, while dangerous, has shown vulnerability against technical strikers who can manage distance well.

Given Brown's superior reach, striking accuracy, and ability to mix in takedowns and submissions, he is well-equipped to handle the unorthodox style of Zaleski dos Santos. Expect Brown to control the fight with his jab and reach, eventually setting up opportunities for significant strikes or a potential submission finish.

Therefore, the prediction for this bout is that Randy Brown will secure a victory, using his experience, reach, and well-rounded game to outclass Zaleski dos Santos.

Pick: Randy Brown to win by Decision or Late TKO

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