Happy Fight Week! It feels great to have the UFC back after a hiatus coming into the new year. This weekend, we have UFC Vegas 46: Calvin Kattar vs. Giga Chikadze; this is overall a fun card, however, there are decently priced odds on the prelim card. Read below for my UFC Prediction for Ramiz Brahimaj vs. Court McGee.
Ramiz Brahimaj vs. Court McGee
Saturday, January 15, 2022 – 06:00 PM EDT at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas
Ramiz Brahimaj is a 29 year old American with a professional MMA record including 9 wins and 3 losses. All 9 of his wins have been by submission, however, he has lost twice at the scorecards and once by a doctor stoppage.
Besides his elite wrestling skills, he has a decent striking game that he is still growing. His striking can sometimes come off as predictable, but he aims for wide strikes to follow up with a takedown. Overall, Brahimaj is a very technical and strong fighter.
Court McGee is a 37 year old American with a professional MMA record of 20 wins and 10 losses.
Of his wins, he has 5 T/KO finishes, 5 by submission, and 10 at the scorecards. However, in his losses, McGee has lost 9 times by decision and once by T/KO. Having fought inside the UFC since 2010 and having the experience over Brahimaj, McGee is a powerful striker that utilizes both his hands and kicks well. Although McGee’s chin has been tested once, he still has an overall durable chin.
The UFC Odds for this matchup are: Ramiz Brahimaj -120 and Court McGee -102 at Heritage.
For me, I think this is a fight where age will play a factor. Although I think McGee is a durable and well-rounded fighter, he is slowing with his age and that is not good against a speedy fighter like Brahimaj who is eager to finish a fight early.
I expect McGee to be playing mainly defense and countering, while Brahimaj is aiming to bring the fight to the ground to work his magic.
I can see either Brahimaj getting another early submission, or McGee staying durable enough to make it to the cards but Brahimaj taking home gold. Either way, I will side with Ramiz Brahimaj - his elite wrestling skills and improvements in striking should be able to outclass the veteran, and his UFC Odds are decent.