UFC Fight Island 8 Betting Tips and Predictions Part 1

29 December 2020
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Viviane Araujo

Viviane Araujo vs. Roxanne Modafferi

UFC Women's Flyweight Bout

UFC Fight Island 8 takes place on Wednesday, January the 20th, live from Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

Viviane Araujo

Age: 34

Nationality: Brazil

Record: 9-2-0

Height: 5ft 4"

Reach: 68"

Gym: Cerrado MMA

Notable Gym Members: Alan Patrick, Herbert Burns & Vincente Luque

Current Streak: 1 win

Wins by KO/TKO: 3

Wins by Submission: 4

Decision wins: 2

The women's flyweight division will heat up at Fight Island 8 when Brazilian black belt & former Pancrase World Champion Viviane Araujo, squares up against the savvy MMA veteran Roxanne Modafferi.

Still young in her MMA career (9-2) (3-1 UFC), Araujo shouldn't be overlooked based on numbers, the Brazilian was a BJJ brown belt before she even began MMA and fought through the Japan/Brazilian regional scenes before making it to the big time.

Her fierce striking offence would have you believe that Araujo is a lifelong striker, but her background stems from grappling, which is ideal for her Fight Island opponent.

Roxanne Modafferi

Age: 38

Nationality: USA

Record: 25-17-0

Height: 5ft 7."

Reach: 69"

Gym: Syndicate MMA

Notable Gym Members: Michael Chiesa, Joanne Calderwood & John Makdessi

Current Streak: 1 win

Wins by KO/TKO: 4

Wins by Submission: 5

Decision wins: 16

Roxanne is a black belt in her own right and loves to use this aspect of her fight game if she isn't grappling than more than likely you'll see her lose.

Alternating wins and losses have been tough for the ageing vet, but her experience and determination has kept Roxanne at the top of the sport.

Fight Prediction

Araujo suffered a loss in the UFC because of the striking output that Jessica Eye laid on her, and the fight was so close that anyone could have had their hand raised. Utilizing her grappling has been vital for Araujo, but having the confidence in her striking will be the difference-maker versus Roxanne.

We could see an exchange of grappling because Roxanne will suffer if she decides to the striker for fifteen minutes, but Araujo has the tools to nullify her challenger's plans.

UFC Fight Island 8 Free Betting Pick: Viviane Araujo to win by decision at 1.80 (When Available) currently 1.36 with Bet365 (visit our Bet365 Review)

Lerone Murphy vs. Douglas ‘D’Silva’ De Andrade

UFC Featherweight Bout

UFC Fight Island 8 takes place on Wednesday, January the 20th, live from Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

Douglas de Andrade

Age: 35

Nationality: Brazil

Record: 26-3-0 (4-3-0 UFC)

Height: 5ft 7"

Reach: 68.5"

Gym: Refit Pro Fighters

Notable Gym Members: Raoni Barcelos

Current Streak: 1 win

Wins by KO/TKO: 19

Wins by Submission: 1

Decision wins: 6

D'Silva and his lack of octagon activity may have cost the talented knockout artist his chances as a top-ranked fighter, aged 35 he's now surpassing his prime years of knocking out the opposition.

Since joining the UFC in 2014 he's only competed in seven UFC bouts when you compare the likes of Khamzat Chimaev having three fights within the space of three months, D'Silva has seriously lacked in appearances.

Lerone Murphy

Age: 29

Nationality: UK

Record: 9-0-1

Height: 5ft 9"

Reach: 73.5"

Gym: Manchester Top Team

Notable Gym Members: N/A

Current Streak: 1 win

Wins by KO/TKO: 6

Wins by Submission: 3

Decision wins: 9

Lerone Murphy's technical boxing offence has been ripping through the challenges, and he's one of the newest featherweight prospects. Having fought Zubaira Tukhugov and Ricardo Ramos in his first two UFC bouts, the level of competition has begun at a high level for the Jamaican.

He was expected to lose in his debut and walked away with a draw, and he was expected to lose against Ricardo Ramos and walked away with a first-round knockout.

Fight Prediction

We can no longer doubt the newcomer in Murphy, and he's proved that he can hang around with high-level martial artists and will enter his next matchup with a few considerable advantages. Size, age, activity, speed and power will all favour the Brit – making for a tough night in D'Silva's world.

I believe that Murphy can find himself on another highlight reel, making an example of the tough veteran in D'Silva would be huge for Murphy.

UFC Fight Island 8 Free Betting Pick: Lerone Murphy inside the distance at 2.05 [+105] (When Available) 1.40 currently available with PaddyPower (visit our PaddyPower Review)