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UFC 245 Predictions

6. Preliminary Card Preview

While the undercard for UFC 245 doesn't evoke the same sort of giddy excitement that the prelims for UFC 244 did, it's still got some very intriguing match-ups that have the potential to be wonderfully violent. The main fight of the prelims is a tantalising welterweight scrap between heavy-handed strikers, Geoff Neal and Mike Perry. If there's ever been an MMA bout that could resemble a matador taking on a bull, then this might be the one.

Although he's become more patient in his approach, Perry's propensity to throw his game-plan out the window and fight with reckless abandon is still very much there. Neal, however, is a pin-point accurate striker who knows how to move his feet out of the way to avoid attacks, before cracking an opponent with some vicious strikes of his own. Both have different approaches to fighting, yet have the same thirst for the finish, which should lead to an entertaining bout between the two.

We've also got an extremely interesting match-up between women's bantamweight contenders, Irene Aldana and Ketlen Vieira. Aldana is rarely in a boring fight, as the Mexican is always on the offensive at every opportunity.

However, she's got an extremely tough task in stopping Vieira's hype train. The undefeated Brazilian has shown very little weakness inside the Octagon, defeating all four opponents she's faced, including former title challengers Sara McMann and Cat Zingano.

Will Aldana be able to beat the odds or will she end up another victim to Vieira's well-rounded talents?

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