Sheymon Moraes is slightly favored against Andre Fili at UFC Fight Night 155 on Saturday, July 13 in Sacramento, California. This event is one of seven fights on the preliminary card on ESPN+. Fili is 19-6 in his career, while Moraes is 11-3 in his career. There are a total of five fights on the main card on ESPN+ at UFC Fight Night 155, with the headliner a bout between Germaine de Randamie and Aspen Ladd. There are also a total of seven fights on the preliminary card, all on ESPN+. Let’s look at the bout between Fili and Moraes and UFC predictions.
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Andre Fili (19-6, 7-5 UFC)
Fili came into the UFC with a record of 12-1 and he has seven wins and five losses in the UFC. In his last five fights, he has three wins and two losses. He defeated Artem Lobov by unanimous decision, Dennis Bermudez by split decision, and Myles Jury by unanimous decision; while losing to Calvin Kattar by unanimous decision and Michael Johnson by split decision. Fili has been a pro since 2009 and he has eight wins by TKO/KO and three by submission. He has six first round finishes.
Sheymon Moraes (11-3, 2-2 UFC)
Moraes came into the UFC with a record of 9-1 and he has two wins and two losses in the UFC. He defeated Matt Sayles by unanimous decision and Julio Arce by split decision; while losing to Zabit Magomedsharipov by anaconda choke submission and Sodiq Yusuff by unanimous decision. Moraes has been a pro since 2012 and he has five wins by TKO/KO. He has two first round finishes.
Moraes said this to mmajunkie.com about his upcoming fight against Fili, “I think Andre Fili is a very complete fighter. He is good everywhere, but I’m ready for everything. I just think one step at a time. I just want to come on July 13th with a great performance and win this big fight, and after that we’ll see what happens.”
Strikes landed per minute: Fili 4.03/ Moraes 2.97
Accuracy: Fili 37% / Moraes 41%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Fili 3.87/ Moraes 3.51
Defense: Fili 53% / Moraes 63%
Takedown average: Fili 2.50/ Moraes 0.00
Accuracy: Fili 46% / Moraes 0%
Takedowns defended: Fili 69% / Moraes 53%
Submission average: Fili 0.2/ Moraes 0.0
These two fighters have been up and down in the UFC, but Moraes has had slightly more success. Fili used to be known as a finisher, but his last six fights have gone to a decision. Fili has the height and reach advantage in this fight, but Moraes has more power. The question with Moraes is always whether or not he will fight intelligently. He has the skills to be a top notch fighter, but he far too often makes stupid mistakes. I lean toward Moraes, but since I don’t really trust him, I will instead take the rounds to go over the total.
UFC Fight Night 155 takes place at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California on Saturday, July 13, with five fights on the main card on ESPN+, headlined by Germaine de Randamie vs. Aspen Ladd and seven preliminary bouts on ESPN+.
Main Card (ESPN+)
Women's Bantamweight - Aspen Ladd -200 vs. Germaine de Randamie
Bantamweight - Ricky Simon -315 vs. Urijah Faber
Featherweight - Mirsad Bektic -168 vs. Josh Emmett
Middleweight - Karl Roberson -210 vs. Wellington Turman
Middleweight - Marvin Vettori -150 vs. Cezar Ferreira
Preliminary card (ESPN+)
Light Heavyweight - Mike Rodriguez -400 vs. John Allan
Featherweight - Sheymon Moraes -125 vs. Andre Fili
Women's Bantamweight - Julianna Peña -165 vs. Nicco Montaño
Featherweight - Ryan Hall -117 vs. Darren Elkins
Women's Strawweight - Brianna Van Buren -125 vs. Livia Renata Souza
Bantamweight - Pingyuan Liu -140 vs. Jonathan Martinez
Bantamweight - Vince Morales -145 vs. Benito Lopez
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