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Dshell’s MMA Main Event 5.14.2022

Welcome to the PayDirt MMA breakdowns

MMA is a sport based on opportunity and split second decision making. The breakdowns that we try to focus on here will be looking at stylistic differences between fighters and how they will impact the card. Although the breakdowns won't usually be long, they'll have info on fighter strengths and weaknesses and how we expect them to be exploited. Towards the end of the article there will be the five best bets on the slate for you to tail!

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Nick Maximov (Grappler) vs Andre Petroski (Wrestler)

Maximov is much much better on the ground and I have a feeling that is where this fight will be most of the time. Petroski is more likely to try and stand and throw here. I have not been impressed with Petroski at all.

Tatsuro Taira (Grappler) vs Carlos Candelario (Striker)

I think this would be a really close fight if it was just a boxing match. Add in UFC elements and I really like Taira. I think his ground game is a game changer in this one.

Virna Jandiroba (Grappler) vs Angela Hill (Striker)

I think we all know how this ends right? Hill getting screwed in a split decision. Cross eyed by decision.

Michael Johnson (Striker/Wrestler) vs Allan Patrick (Grappler)

I think the loser of this one is done with the UFC. With that being said, Patrick needs to get this to the ground and try to submit Michael, which is his weakness. I see this one going to the judges.

Viviane Araujo (Striker) vs Andrea Lee (Striker/Grappler)

Interesting top 10 fight here. Both are really solid strikers, but the advantage on the grappling side from Araujo here is going to be big. 

Jake Hadley (Striker) vs Allan Nascimento (Grappler)

Flip a coin here. This fight is so damn close. Both of these men love to do the same thing and fight the same way. It’s a really close fight.

Frank Camacho (Striker/Grappler) vs Manuel Torres (Striker)

I would love for Camacho to win this one. I just worry that Torres is going to come out fast in this one and score a win. 

Katlyn Chookagian (Striker/Grappler) vs Amanda Ribas (Striker/Grappler)

This is just a different class for Ribas. Katlyn is really good and she has so much size on Ribas. Look for her to get a decision win by yelling HUT 1000 times.

Louis Smolka (Striker/Grappler) vs Davey Grant (Striker)

I really like Smolka and he hasn’t been horrible since he came back. Grant is so much better on the feet that it’s a huge fight changer. Smolka will try to grapple where Grant still has the advantage.

Ryan Spann (Striker/Grappler) vs Ion Cutelaba (Sambo)

Spann is one of my least favorite fighters on the roster. I just do not think he is good at all. Ion is going to baptize Ryan and he will join the top 15.

Jan Blachowicz (Striker) vs Aleksandar Rakic (Striker)

What a fun fight here! Possible next contender for the title here! This fight is oh so difficult to call though. I really like Jan and how much he battles and wins fights that he shouldn’t be winning, but Rakic is so big and such a nightmare matchup. It’ll be really interesting to see how it plays out.


  • Lee -125
  • Hadley -210
  • Torres -140
  • Chookagian -180
  • Cutelaba -230
  • Rakic -200

All my fight information is collected from

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