Preview: UFC Fight Night 206 Prelims
The final Ultimate Fighting Championship card before a week-long hiatus offers a six-fight preliminary slate that has the potential to be more enjoyable than the main draw. A middleweight clash between Joseph Holmes and Alen Amedovski looks like a surprising choice for the featured slot on Saturday at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, as both men seek their first Octagon win, but the crown jewel of The UFC Fight Night 206 undercard sits just below, where top light heavyweight prospect Jailton Almeida temporarily moves up to heavyweight against the surging Parker Porter. There may not be much here in terms of the stakes, but everything has to be strong in terms of the action. Omar Morales and Uros Medic are great light firecrackers; bantamweights Jonathan Martinez and Vince Morales seem to click; and Chase Hooper’s showdown with Felipe Dias Colares is an entertaining mess. When it comes to preliminaries on any of these lower-level affairs, the UFC has certainly staged worse.
Now for the UFC Fight Night 206 “Holm vs. Vieira” prelims preview:
Joseph Holmes (7-2, 0-1 UFC) vs. Alen Amedovski (8-2, 0-2 UFC)
ODDS: Holmes (-200), Amedovsky (+170)
Two middleweights seek their first UFC victory here. A three-year shadow in his professional career, Holmes is an interesting prospect to watch as he figures things out at work inside the Octagon. Tall and lanky for the division, “Ugly Man” makes the best use of his frame as he locks in with his opponents, wrapping his arms around them in the clinch and using unorthodox submission play to take things to the mat and find a finish. Holmes’ UFC debut in January raised fears that this may be his only way to earn wins at this level at this time. Against a strong athlete, Holmes was stuck, out of ideas and faded over time. He should find more opportunities against Amedovski, a Macedonian-Italian who came to the UFC in 2019 after two quick knockout wins. That basically sums things up for Amedovski, who is looking to trade and nothing else. His first trip to the Octagon saw him get beaten by Krzysztof Jotko, and his last fight saw him face John Phillips head-on and get knocked out in 14 seconds. It’s been about two-and-a-half years since Phillips’ loss, so Amedovski may have taken advantage of the time and could show some new wrinkles, but Holmes intends to smother him and find a submission sooner rather than later. The pick is Holmes via first-round submission.
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Holmes versus Amedovsky
Almeida vs. Porter
Morales vs. Medic
Martinez vs. Morales
Colares vs. Hooper
Reed vs. Hughes