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UFC Fight Night 93 predictions: ‘Arlovski vs Barnett’ Fight Pass ‘Prelims’ undercard preview, Pt. 1

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More fights are coming to Fight Pass-only this weekend (Sat., Sept. 3, 2016) when UFC Fight Night 93: “Arlovski vs. Barnett” storms Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC Fight Night 93 “Prelims” party with the first installment of a two-part undercard preview series.

Going old-school.

Two former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight champions in need of a big win do battle this Saturday afternoon (Sept. 3, 2016) when Andrei Arlovski trades leather with Josh Barnett inside Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. In addition, former Light Heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson returns after 11 months away to face Jan Blachowicz, while his Swedish buddy Ilir Latifi squares off with Ryan Bader in a clash of heavy-handed wrestlers.

UFC Fight Night 93 will stream entirely on the mixed martial arts (MMA) league’s subscription-only online network, UFC Fight Pass, with seven “Prelims” undercard bouts setting the main card stage. Here are the first four.

135 lbs.: Leandro Issa vs. Taylor Lapilus

After tapping out to Russell Doane in his Octagon debut, Leandro Issa (13-5) showed off his Brazilian jiu-jitsu prowess with consecutive submissions of Jumabieke Tuerxun and Yuta Sasaki. His last time out, he grappled his way to an early lead against Iuri Alcantara before fading late in the face of “Marajo’s” power striking.

“Brodinho” has submitted nine opponents overall.

Taylor Lapilus (10-2) smashed up Rocky Lee in his UFC debut, then finished Yuta Sasaki in the second round for his first career knockout win. This set up a showdown with Jackson-Winklejohn product Erik Perez, who edged out the Frenchman over three competitive rounds.

His only other professional loss came against top-tier Flyweight prospect Magomed Bibulatov in 2013.

For someone with no experience under the unified rules before his UFC debut, Lapilus has been extremely impressive. His takedown defense has looked much stouter than expected ….View full article

Source:: mma mania