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Dshell’s MMA Main Event 5.20.2023

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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Takashi Sato (Striker) vs Themba Takura Gorimbo (Striker/Grappler)

These two gents are going in different directions. Sato is on his way out and Gorimbo is just getting started. Give me Themba.

Gorimbo -120

Natalia Cristina da Silva (Striker/Grappler) vs Victoria Leonardo (Grappler)

Bleh. Silva by domination..

Chase Hooper (Grappler) vs Nick Fiore (Grappler)

Hooper is moving up to 155 for the first time and I am not a fan of him at all. I just don’t think he is very good anywhere..

Fiore -110

Ilir Latifi (Striker/Grappler) vs Rodrigo Nascimento (Grappler)

How in the world is Ilir still fighting? The crazier thing? I think he wins this one.

Latifi +155

Orion Cosce (Striker/Grappler) vs Gilbert Urbina (Grappler)

This fight is very very low level, but it should be pretty wild. They both are wanting this to go to the ground, while Urbina is going for the wild subs. Should be an interesting one.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz (Striker) vs Vanessa Demopoulos (Grappler)

I am very very biased with Karolina. She is my girl. Not changing ways here.

Kowalkiewicz -125

Maheshate Maheshate (Striker) vs Viecheslav Borshchev (Striker)

Definitely a toss up fight. Both these guys are wild strikers. Maheshate is a bigger guy and loves to use his range, while Borshchev is a volume striker.

Michael Johnson (Striker) vs Carlos Diego Ferreira

Oh Michael. Look where we have gone.. I think he crumbles apart late in this one and loses it. 

Ferreira -165

Andre Fialho (Striker) vs Joaquin Buckley (Striker)

Fun fight here! This one will be fun and I think Buckley has an advantage if he can safely get down to 170. He will have a massive strength advantage.

Buckley -220

Emily Ducote (Striker/Wrestler) vs Lupita Godinez (Striker/Wrestler)

Lupita doesn’t have great wrestling and Emily is very slick on the ground. I think that will be the deciding factor here.

Ducote +125

Edmen Shahbazyan (Striker/Wrestler) vs Anthony Hernandez (Striker)

Everyone seems to be on Anthony, but I’ve liked what I have seen from Edmen when he came back from a break. He needs to wrestle Fluffy and I think Edmen has a good chance here.

Shahbazyan +165

Mackenzie Dern (Grappler) vs Angela Hill (Striker)

What a card that we have this as a main event! Woo. We know what happens here though…. This will go all five rounds and it will be a split decision and Dern will win.

Dern -170

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