Our final PPV, and one of our favorite cards of the year, is this weekend at UFC 269: Oliveira vs. Poirier. This entire card is stacked; the main card will consist of two title bouts.
The first title bout is in the co-main with Amanda Nunes getting a chance to defend her title against Julianna Peña. And the second will obviously be in the main event with Charles Oliveira defending his title against Dustin Poirier.
However, the prelim card has some wonderful matchups as well, and there is one bout with two prospects that have my eye. Read below for my UFC Prediction between Miranda Maverick vs. Erin Blanchfield.
Miranda Maverick vs. Erin Blanchfield
Saturday, December 11, 2021 – 07:20 PM EDT at the T-Mobile Arena
Miranda Maverick is an American mixed martial artist fighting out of Norfolk, Virginia with a background in Muay Thai and BJJ.
In the early stages of her career, Maverick compiled a record of 7-1 and won the Blue Corner and Shofight flyweight championships at 18 years old.
In 2016, Maverick signed with Invicta Fighting Championships and made her debut against Samantha Diaz and won via submission (RNC) in the first round.
Fast forward to June 2020; Maverick then made her promotional debut with the UFC against Liana Jojua in October 2020 and won via TKO due to a doctor stoppage between the first and second rounds.
Erin Blanchfield is an American mixed martial artist fighting out of New York with a background in BJJ.
In her early career, Blanchfield compiled a record of online 1-0 before signing to Invicta Fighting Championships. In 2018, she made her debut against Brittney Cloudy and won via split decision.
In 2021, Blanchfield then signed with the UFC and made her debut against Sarah Alpar and won via unanimous decision.
This should be a fun preliminary bout with two rising prospects. However, when you really look at the two, it appears Maverick is the more “put together” fighter in this one. Her striking is top tier with a lot of volume and accuracy.
Blanchfield’s striking is not her best trait and does need some improvement, however, her grappling is a different story. She likes to bring fights to the ground to apply pressure and wear girls down. But we also can not underestimate Maverick’s ground game as well.
Overall, I see this fight going back and forth with Maverick’s striking giving her the edge. I envision Miranda Maverick winning at the scorecards.
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