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UFC on FOX 20 predictions: ‘Chicago’ Fight Pass ‘Prelims’ undercard preview, Pt. 1

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More fights are coming to Fight Pass and FOX this weekend (Sat., July 23, 2016) when UFC on FOX 20: “Holm vs. Shevchenko” kicks off from United Center in Chicago, Illinois. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC on FOX 20 “Prelims” party with the first installment of a two-part undercard preview series.

Back to the climb.

Recently-deposed former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm returns to the cage this Saturday evening, taking on Kyrgyzstan’s Valentina Shevchenko in the main event of UFC on FOX 20, live from Chicago’s United Center.

The co-main event sees Edson Barboza welcome Gilbert Melendez back to the Octagon after more than a year’s absence, while top prospect Francis Ngannou faces Serbia’s Bojan Mihajlovic.

An eight-fight “Prelims” suite complements the four-fight main card; here’s the first four streaming live on UFC Fight Pass at 4 p.m. ET, broken down for your analytic pleasure.

145 lbs.: Darren Elkins (20-5) vs. Godofredo Castro (12-3)

Now training at Team Alpha Male, Elkins has won two straight since a 2014 decision loss to Hacran Dias. He managed to out-grit Robert Whiteford last October, then dominated top-tier prospect Chas Skelly in March. He stands three inches taller than “Pepey” at 5’10”.

Castro struggled out of the gate in his UFC career, going 1-3 in his first four appearances with that one win a controversial decision. He’s since rattled off three consecutive first-round finishes, including a stunning flying knee knockout of Noad Lahat and a flying triangle submission of Andre Fili. This will be his first fight in sixteen months.

This fight will go in one of two ways: either Elkins will grind “Pepey” into a fine paste or he’ll get caught in a submission early. In light of Elkins’ great performance against Skelly and the fact that he hasn’t been submitted in nearly six years, I’m leaning ….View full article

Source:: mma mania